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PSP Battery Life

Discussion in 'Playstation Forums' started by harrisuk, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. harrisuk

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    Just found a very interesting article on PSP battery life :

    http://psp.ign.com/articles/574/574557p1.html?fromint=1

    Basically they are saying with heavy UMD use for Games they were getting over 5 hours use :eek:

    It obviously went down sharply when they started hammering it with WIFI gamming and memory card use (DOen to 2 hours odd.

    Still if you get 5 hours for games and UMD movies its a result :)
     
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    5 hours quoted in this months GamesTM too. Can't be bad! :thumbsup:
     
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    I don't think 5 hours is very good in this day and age. I could get that out of a Sega Game Gear and that was universally derided for its poor battery life. For something like a Pocket PC, 5 hours is acceptable as it is something that will probably be docked to your computer every so often but for a portable games console it is shocking. When you take into consideration that 5 hours is the life without the Wi-Fi on it is even worse. To make matters worse yet, graphics intensive games such as Ridge Racer will hammer the battery down even more so you're probably looking at 2 or 3 hours playing Ridge Racer over wi-fi.

    The PSP needs a heavy-duty battery upgrade fast...
     
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    or you could just buy another battery to take around with you
     
  5. harrisuk

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    Or you could buy one of the cheap power packs that are already available. This isnt a game gear. Its got an optical drive. The 5 hours quoted was for games which use the drive heavily with screen on max.

    Question whats the average battery life on a portable DVD player ? Answer 3 hours tops. If you are getting 5 hours - for games and movies I think its pretty good for what it is to be honest. I will be getting a power pack anyway to supplement the battery life on long haul flights.
     
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    yeah i think its a bit harsh to deride the psp battery life so much

    just buy a spare, theyre not too expensive

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    I personally have the brightness of the screen at the lowest setting, and I get on with it fine (games, movies and of coarse music) I only end up chargeing it every 2-3 days. I get at least 5hrs out of it.

    The battery is a bit better built than a mobile phone battery, however I'd buy a spare battery if I'm going on a journey to london (about 3 and a half hrs away, driving sensably, or 5 hrs away if the old dots taking me, due to getting lost lol)

    tris
     
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    Also Game Gear didnt have a 4.5inch widescreen :rolleyes:
     
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    True, it is harsh to question the PSP's battery life given what it can do but when its direct competition (DS) is giving you twice the battery life with 2 backlit screens it becomes a serious issue. Sure you could easily buy an extra power pack but that is an additional outlay that you wouldn't need with a DS.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the PSP is a great device but this battery life thing is definitely an issue.

    And for the record, 3 hours life on a portable DVD player is exactly the reason I wouldn't buy one.
     
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    Any ideas on price?
     
  11. harrisuk

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    You are not comparing like for like. The DS cant play movies ! It dosnt have an optical drive. It dont have the WiFI capabilities the PSP has. It dosnt use memory cards. It dosnt have a 4.5" Widescreen ! As far I am aware it cant play MP3 out of the box. The PSP will give you 10 hours of MP3 play back. I have an ipod and i can tell you thats well over three times the actual battery life of an ipod.

    The PSP has alot more features and they use more power. You can pick up some high capacity rechargables and a power pack for around £16. That will take its life for the purpose of games / films to approaching that of a DS and you have a mucm much better unit. There are already high capacity battery packs available for the PSP anyway but for what you are getting I actually think the battery life is extremely good.

    Just checking on Amazon the street price for the Ds in the UK is £95. I paid £104 shipped for my PSP and it will probably come with a free Spidermann 2 movie. Even with Import duty it will only end up around £50 more than a DS and look what you are getting for your money.
     
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    i think lik-sang has the batteries for under £30 squid


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    I think that the battery life is fine & as Harris says you can just get a high power pack & some batteries for not a lot of cash. An extra PSP battery at £30 isn't bad either and that would give you 10 hours.
     
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    What you want is the OEM high capacity packs. They will offer more life than the Sony ones and will be cheaper also. They had these listed on Lik Sang a couple of weeks ago but were out of stock. Been removed now but I am sure they will be available again in the future.
     
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    well i was always a person bothered by mobile devices not having enough battery power.... but i think the psp is quite good.
    I got enough power on mine to listen a good few hours of mp3s, play some games throught the day on maybe 2 journeys through london. So altogether 4-5 hours which i attempted earlier in the week and i didnt even see the battery light come on at all, i just plugged it in to charge. I was actually quite surprised at the amount the battery lasts...
    I had yet not had to stop mid-play and plug it in beacuse the battery has drained.
     
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    Buyer beware!!!!.

    Don't go for cheap batteries,if buying them online check user ratings before buying.There is a lot of el cheapo's from over seas on the market.:lease:
     
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    Probably good advice but you may want to check on the age of a thread before ressurecting it, the last post in this thread before yours was made in 2005
     
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    That said, the poster certainly can't be criticised for not using the search function before starting a new thread :).

    There's even a post from myself in here 6 years ago lol.
     
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    To be perfectly honest, it's kind of disappointing Sony only managing 5 hours battery life on the Vita, a product released just short of 7 years later from the orginal. Of course, the improvements in games graphically speaking with power hungry CPU and GPU have played a significant roll in this but regardless i think Sony could have done a better job.
     
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    The day they bring nanobattery technology to the handheld market will be a blessing.

    I was watching a Sci-Trek episode with Dr. Michio Kaku when he was theorising about designing a real life Lightsaber - and he was discussing using nanobatteries. Really interesting, and perfect technology for the PSVita.

    I imagine in only a couple of years time these batteries will be the norm and replace the current Li-Ion. :thumbsup:
     
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    How can you even build a lightsaber?
    I thought you can't just stop the light beam unless there is something on the end to cap it off.
     
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    :)

    http://youtu.be/aLcEYbAdyxk?t=5m12s
     
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