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Hi all,

I've a Sansa Clip+ (6 yrs old) which I use mostly for podcast with very low CPU demand (OGG, bitrate 16Kb/s) while I hear music in my "new" FIIO M3k.

Battery in Clip+ is lasting less and less (50% original time):

If I recompile Rockbox with half normal CPU Frequency (19,2 MHz) and half boost CPU frequency (96 MHz) do you think I could save some battery time and still have a usable player (no problem for small lag in starting), hearing podcast or simple music mp3 ?

Thanks for your help

I doubt you'd save much. You'll be running at a steady 38 MHz stock so about as low as it gets.

I'd replace the battery if it's failed.

So you don't see a lot of battery saving (>10% runtime) if CPU is working @19,2 MHz instead of 38,4 MHz ?
Battery is still usable but with a limited runtime (10 hrs aprox.).  I guess in a year it will be much less.

Thanks for your advice

PS I searched this file firmware/target/arm/as3525/clock-target.h and it seems 38,4 MHz is already the lowest frequency, no 19,2 MHz available.

I did a lot of testing on the clip+ I actually took and added a current shunt inline with the battery
when I was looking to optimize the runtime of the device

Its been a long time but IIRC the biggest driver of power use was the display
the voltage tweaks to the CPU that caused problems for so long were within measurement error

best things to extend the battery life:
backlight exemptions,
codecs that take less RAM and are lightweight for decoding by the CPU
leaving audio processing off

for better battery longevity
don't fully charge or fully discharge the battery liion doesn't like either extreme

You're right, thanks for your battery saving's advices. I'll try to save my clip+ as much as possible.


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