Replaceable Batteries (Continued)
by gosfan - 2/11/05 7:53 PM
In Reply to: ipod battery by smeagol
I agree that Apple should have allowed an easily replaceable (and affordable) battery with the iPod. I'd prefer to have a the type of battery I've seen on some two-way radios, where you simply twist the bottom of the radio to remove the battery and put in a new battery, with only one way to attach the battery.
If designed properly, it would allow users to quickly and easily replace battery and to have a spare battery while not ruining the clean look of the iPod (a faint line would be the only evidence that the battery is removeable). It would also allow existing iPods to be fitted with longer-lived batteries as they become available.
My understanding of the estimated battery life of an iPod is based under ideal conditions, meaning:
- All songs are encoded at 128bits and are less than 4 minutes.
- The iPod is turned on and left to run until it dies, without touching any buttons and not using the backlight.
The magazine "Popular Science" recently had an article about batteries and battery life. One way mentioned to increase the battery life of devices like the iPod is to use slower-spinning hard drives, unlike the currently used hard drives which are intended for laptop computers (and can spin up to 7,200 rpm). It is mentioned that a spinning speed of 4,200 rpm would adequate for music use and would reduce power consumption.
A replaceable battery would nullify the issues of batteries with the iPod (the battery life and that it only good for 500 charges), especially if the batteries are readily available. The battery runs out, pop in a new battery and go on, versus having to charge it for a few hours.
Thanks for reading.
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