Post Your SP3 Power/Battery/Charging Issues Here

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  1. leeshor

    leeshor Well-Known Member

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    Lots of issues with not charging or what to use. Post your issues here.
     
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    I wouldn't say power issues as much as I would say battery issues. I'm not sure how the reviews and Microsoft are claiming people are getting 9 hours of web browsing. All I've been doing is light web browsing and one note and I can only manage 4 to 4 1/2 hours of battery life. That's with all the updates and brightness only set to 35%. Hopefully this is a bug and something Microsoft will fix very very soon.
     
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    Yes, battery life is surprisingly poor, even after the firmware update. I got about the same - 4 1/2 hours with about 40% brightness.
     
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    I've been using it since 6 AM and have managed 8.25 hours and still have 20% left. I'm using Modern UI IE, Bing News, Tweetium and a few other Modern UI Apps.
     
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    Yeah...can't complain about battery life either. I spent the whole day (literally 9-5 on the device) updating stuff, installing apps, fiddling around, reading on sites, posting on sites, using OneDrive and Office (mainly Word), reading and replying to email. I still have 48% left.
     
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    That's fantastic!

    What brightness? Did you modify any settings like having shuffled wallpapers active while on battery?

    I have to have this on. It's one of my favorite features.
     
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    Brightness at around 40%. No shuffling wallpapers. No other settings modified. It's just been over 24 hours since I took the SP3 out of the box so no messing around yet...just putting the device through its paces at the moment.
     
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    How do you know the exact time you are getting on your battery? are you estimating or is there some type of app?
     
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    Same question to you too are you using an app or guessing or what?
     
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    Please, run this:

    powercfg /batteryreport /output %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\battery_report.html

    That will help to find the cause.
     
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    No app. just observation. I started with 100% exactly AT 9am today. It is now 8:51pm at my location and the battery icon report 19% at which time I plugged the SP3 into the mains. This means I got 11:51 minutes of battery time. I would knock off 2 hours because my observations are just that - so that would account for the error margin, which still leaves me at 9 hours of runtime, which is very close to what MS predicts for this device.

    Edit: I would also second what ctitanic recommends - run that command and see what the report throws up.
     
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    No my son woke me up at 5:45 AM today, by the time I had my morning routine and coffee when I sat down it was 6 AM, I started reviewing what happened over night on my SP3 (which was at 100%), at 2:15 PM I posted the above which was 8.25 Hours on battery, I finally plugged in at 10% which was at 3:45 PM so I ended up with 9.75 Hours with 10% left under normal use...
     

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