Ok, it might sound like a conspiracy but for me it looks like the current (first) firmware for Clip+ was designed in the name of killing it’s battery. It has a Lithium battery. Lithium batteries have a limited number of charging (actually the number of started chargings). It is about a 1000, which is enough for a few years if you are careful. But in theory if you plug in the USB cable a 1000 times, your Clip+ is dead…
I know that I don’t have to worry about it happening soon. But with some modifications on the firmware the player’s lifetime would be easily expanded.
* The first thing I noticed was that not only there is no key lock when the device is off but to switch it on only a short press is required. This means that an accidental touch on the power button switches on the player. I hard music from my bag a few times, that is how I found it out…
If the device only switched on after press & hold for 2 seconds the accidental switch-on could be avoided.
* The other problem is with the “sleep” mod. In my previous (other brand) player the sleep mod meant that after not touching any buttons for a period of time the device shut itself down. In 45 minutes I definitely skip track or change volume unless I am sleeping or not using the device.
The Clip needs this option to be enabled after every start-up and switches off even if I am actively using it. The other method is much more battery-friendly.
The above two things together means that if the power button is accidentally pressed in one’s bag the player will not stop until the battery runs out. So in the morning the clip cannot be used.
* It would be also nice if after plugging in the usb cable a confirmation was necessary to start charging the battery. Or give 10 seconds to choose if charging is requested or not, after that automatically start charging. While uploading songs we do not necessarily want to charge the device.
What do you think, will a newer firmware be more battery-friendly? Or is it really on purpose to help users wear out their player and buy a new one in two years?