Low battery life

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  1. flolp

    flolp New Member

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    Hello,

    I bought my "Surface 3" one week ago.
    I noticed that the battery life while watching a movie is 2 hours, 2 hours 30 minutes max.

    Is this normal?
     
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    Welcome to the forum

    Normal is a broad question but that is well below what it probably could/should be. What type of movie and how were you watching it,streaming, on SD card, internal memory, format? A lot may depend on your update status and what else is going on while you're watching it.
     
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    Thanks for your answer.

    It was an average quality film in format .avi

    And there was nothing else open.
     
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    My guess is that you may have some other background apps running at the same time. You didn't answer some of the most important parts of my question.
     
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    There was nothing else open simultaneously.
     
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    Please read my first post again and fill in the blanks.
     
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    The film is in my internal memory.

    And there are no updates in the background.
     
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    Now we're getting somewhere. What app are you using to play it? I assume you have the WiFi only version of the Surface 3. I also assume you have downloaded all the current firmware updates.

    One big final question. If you aren't watching a movie how much battery life do you get?
     
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    I'd also ask what brightness setting were you using as well as what app did you use to play the movie.
    I get around 4.5-5 hours with 65% brightness playing 720P streams via Kodi on my Surface 3 so an average avi stored internally should yield far more than you are getting
     
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    Using apps like VLC Desktop for mkv files will drain batteries faster than using Modern Apps
     
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    I have the "surface 3 wifi"

    I use windows application "Film and TV" to watch my films.

    Brightness 100% with automatic variation.

    In normal use the battery takes 2 hours 30.

    I need to check if I have "windows update" to perform.
     
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    Brightness at 100% and auto bright on, you'll need to expect shorter battery life. It takes a lot of energy to push all those pixels and even more with those settings.
     

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