Battery Life

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  1. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Well-Known Member

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    Hi All...

    Considering that my SP4 is having battery issues, I am seriously thinking about picking up the SP6 (i5/ 256) within the next few days or so.

    I wanted to know what has been your experience with the SP6 battery life. Battery life is important to me as I travel (sometimes) and work remotely (very often). Usually, I am on 2 or 3 Word documents, 2 or 3 PDF documents, Edge (usually) with 4 tabs or so open with sync set to OneDrive, Telegram desktop app open, and I am connected to a WiFI connect on work premises (relatively good) and at home (very good). On my SP4 I get about 2 hr 40 mins, which is totally abysmal.

    MS says the SP6 delivers about 13 hours of battery life. But i am guessing this is under very controlled conditions. Even if the battery life is around 8 hours (with the above-mentioned usage), then that works perfectly for me. Standby time is important too, especially when traveling (again, this is something that is horrible on the SP4 - my experience).

    Can you guys please give me an insight into your real-life battery experience on the SP6?

    Thanks in advance.

    Edit: Pity about the SP4 though because in every other way the machine seems to be doing fine!!

    Edit 2: Picked up the Surface Laptop 2 today. Interesting and new experience!
     
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  2. Fast-T

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    My experience so far:

    Consuming media in airplanes (either via streaming or offline) my SP6 lasts for a complete intercontinental flight to Asia. Doing office work like you do with a few ppt's and word documents open, I get between 5-7 hours, depending on the complexity of work. I usually run the device in power savings mode.
    Some apps such as Flipboard and LinkedIn tend to consume lots of battery, so I keep them closed unless I really use them.
    What I have learned is during the first couple of days battery life is terrible due to indexing and photo thumbnails creation. I have a 85gb photo library and let the surface on power for the first night to let Windows do what it does. After a few days, battery life stayed constant. However, a lot depends on what little helpers are running in the background. Keep startup items disabled unless you need them really at windows start.

    6h should be doable.

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    I get roughly 10hrs per charge out of my Surface Pro 6. It does depend on what I am doing or what apps I run, however somehow I managed to get 10hrs use while playing "Northgard" for at least an hour during that time frame. The days of burning my lap are over and I won't look back unless its a gaming laptop. I make an exception for those because I keep them on a desk/table. Surface Pro 6 for me from now on for work/consumption. Lapability claims are just ridiculous denial of accepting new tech.
     
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    kristalsoldier Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. As I mentioned via edits above, I had picked up a SL2 but returned it for a ThinkPad. Battery life is very good though AR sucks, imo, that is!
     
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    This makes me feel better. On my first charge right now and dropped 20% in just about 30 minutes.
     

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