11-14-2016 05:11 AM
I would be willing to pay up to $100 for a player with a built in battery if it is worth the price. For a high quality player that uses an easily swappable inexpensive standard rechargeable battery, I might pay up to $200 or perhaps even more if it is really great. Some of the things I want in a player are high enough power output, a metal enclosure, two card slots, being Rockboxable(or else coming with firmware that is as versatile and customizable as rockbox). Now that I have a player that outputs up to 65mw into 32 ohms, I
am not so pleased with players that have much lower power output. I wonder when mass market portable audio players will start using silver based rechargeable batteries. These have much higher energy density than lithium based ones, and are much safer. They are already common in hearing aids.
11-14-2016 05:21 AM
Imo Sandisk made a mistake with the Sport Plus by only including 16GB or flash memory. Imo since the player's database can support up to 6,000 songs, having 32GB built in would have been the obvious choice, as flash memory is so cheap now. I hope Sandisk comes out with a premium version of the Sport Plus, with 32GB built in, and double the battery capacity. Getting just 7 hours of battery life using bluetooth makes the Sport Plus not so practical. Some people like to leave a player in a gym locker, and take it home to charge as infrequently as possible.
11-14-2016 07:31 AM
My guess is, SanDisk was aiming for the Apple iPod Shuffle market, the gym exercise crowd, where sweat-proof is more important than large storage. Me, I guess I just don't sweat that much.
11-14-2016 10:41 AM
Battery in rockbox is closer to 25 hours, at least if your battery is still in good condition. I think the best I saw was someone who got 29 hours with MP3, although I think that was with a special build.
11-14-2016 08:47 PM - edited 11-14-2016 08:50 PM
I never got anywhere near that. I think I was getting around 16 hours on a Rockboxed Clip+, although it was a few years old when I put Rockbox on it. I did notice longer run time using Rockbox, however the difference wasn't so huge, perhaps just 15% longer? Now battery life is down to around 3 hours. I can't complain though, as the player is 7 years old, and has had huge usage. I never thought it would last that long, although the clip did break off a few years ago.
11-14-2016 09:56 PM
My old Zip gets about 8 hours in the Sandisk firmware, about 20 in rockbox for Lame MP3. That is about 250%, which is a bit more than 15%. I haven't tried testing with a new battery, but a battery that got 12 hours in the Sandisk firmware ought to give you 30 in rockbox.
If you're getting 3 hours battery life, you probably need a replacement battery.
11-16-2016 06:43 AM
I believe I've seen, for batteries of this type, approximately 500 full charges (note, "full charges"--and so if you do a half-charge Monday and another half-charge on Friday, that's one full charge, not 2 full charges).