I have been following the battery life discussion with some interest. I decided to run a test on my unit to see if it would run all day as the consensus seems to be about 5-hours. I ran my Sansa Clip+ 8Gb [B10910BNXK-8GB (V01.02.13A)] with 8Gb card installed into a pair of powered Altec Lansing VS2620 speakers. Volume set to ‘High’ and Output level on the Sansa level set to approximately 95%. Replay Gain Off, Pre-Gain > 7.5dB, USB mode > MSC, EQ > Jazz. All other settings remain at initial Factory settings. After 6-hours the battery meter had just 2-black bars showing. After 10-hours the battery meter showed just over ½ remaining. I then turned the Sansa off until the next morning.
I started the player the next morning in the same configuration. As expected the battery indicator started dropping at a somewhat faster rate once it got below the ½ way point. At 13 hours elapsed time the meter was down to two bars remaining at which time I terminated the test. I feel that the 13 hours represents a fair test and that San Disk’s representation of 15 hours is a fair estimate for an under ideal situation.
Now if San Disk would just start shipping the 32Gb cards!