I have a 2G Clip and the battery on it doesn’t hold near the 15 hours Sansa claims. I like the size of the Clip and the radio. I just saw the 4G Fuze on sale at Best Buy for $50 and am wondering if it is a better player. Sansa claims the Fuze will run for 24 hours. Is this even remotely true or hype like the 15 hour claim for the Clip? The Fuze is a lot bigger than the Clip, but not too big for my needs. I want to take it camping, so I am hoping the claim of long battery life is true.
Also, I don’t care about video. I am only interested in listening to the radio, podcasts and some music. Thanks for your opinions.
I found a thread from about a month ago asking essentially the same question, but if anyone has anything else to add, please do, otherwise, I will rely on the previous thread posted by Clipman. Thanks.
Message Edited by TomD on 11-28-2008 11:30 PM
Well Tom, what kind of life are you getting? There are a lot of variables that affect battery life, as I’ve learned with my players(Clip and Fuze). Your backlight time setting ,display brightness setting, file types, how often you skip tracks…all these can have an effect(and how loud you turn it up). My 2gb Clip, a couple weeks ago, I tested the life…the music I had on it, in terms of memory space, was about 30% mp3, 65% wma vbr, and 5% ogg vorbis. Those last 2 require more decoding “horsepower” and therefore battery life, so over the course of 2 evenings, I went 10.5 hours at decent volume levels with 60ohm headphones, then my battery was down to 0%, but still playing loud…then I shut it off and charged it.My Fuze…I’ve never tested it to the same extent, mine also being the 4gb like you saw. I have noticed that if I obsessively watched the battery icon and the percentage level in the settings menu that those gaugues don’t run in an entirely linear fashion. That said, I have an 8gb external memory card in my Fuze, and some have said that eats a little more battery…I honestly am not sure. However, I can saythat not doing any video, the Fuze will last significantly longer than the Clip, keeping in mind all those variables I mentioned…and it gives you the option of expanding the memory if you wish.
Also…almost forgot…the equalizer can eat more battery too…especially the “custom” settings…although unless you have bad headphones, or ear problems, you really don’t need the equalizer that often. Hope my little novel here helps!