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Old 03-27-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
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Lightbulb To all SJ33 users! POST YOUR BATTERY LIFE HERE!

TO ALL SJ33 USERS: Could you please put here your battery life for our comparison? You can do it over night when you are sleeping, you don't have to give up your Clie for a day....

Can you try this:

1. Install the Palm Bench software on your Clie:
2. Make sure it's fully charged.
3. Set the screen to max brightness.
3. BACK UP YOUR STUFF! just in case, either Hot Sync or MS
4. Run the battery test on Palm Bench.
5. Tell us your results!!!!!

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

It will help us all troubleshoot battery life and compare it between different users.

(Please use full backlight just for the test so we have the same testing conditions)

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Old 03-27-2003, 04:01 PM   #2
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My gets 4 hours 31 minutes with full backlight. (Seems quite short)
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Old 03-27-2003, 07:16 PM   #3
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My gets 4 hours 31 minutes with full backlight. (Seems quite short)


Do you really find you need the backlight on full ? I can use mine almost all the time on only 1/4 to 1/3 level with no problems at all. Check & see if beam receive is turned off as that eats up extra power too. I'm getting 7 hours with 50% charge left the way I use it & I'm very happy with it.
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Old 03-27-2003, 08:15 PM   #4
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English version of Palm Benchmark?

Where did you get an english version? I tried the link you provided and the version from there is German. THen I tried PalmGear, but that version is German as well.

I'd like to perform this test.... but in English!

Thanks!

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Old 03-27-2003, 08:31 PM   #5
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Talking Re: English version of Palm Benchmark?

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Where did you get an english version? I tried the link you provided and the version from there is German. THen I tried PalmGear, but that version is German as well.

I'd like to perform this test.... but in English!

Thanks!

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The english version is actually embedded in the program! It just defaults to the German language but you can easily change it to English! Here is how.
When you start the program you get 5 icons, the second from the bottom looks like 3 flags and says "Sprache wahlen" which means Choose language in German. Tap it, choose English and you are done. Enjoy!
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Old 03-27-2003, 09:57 PM   #6
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Currupted ZIp File

Hi

From PalmGear when I download the Palm Bench software I repeatedly get a corrupted zip file.

Can you give me another link to download PalmBench, Or the developer's website.

I did a google search but couldn't get a valid link

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Old 03-28-2003, 07:31 AM   #7
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someone can put the link here ...
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:06 AM   #8
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http://www.ive-software.com

this is the developer's site for Palm Bench
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Old 03-28-2003, 09:08 AM   #9
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Thumbs up DOWNLOAD PALM BENCH HERE

DOWNLOAD PALM BENCH HERE! Since some people had problems downloading it from Palm Gear here is the zip file you can download directly.
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Old 03-28-2003, 10:48 AM   #10
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Just for test purposes-

Hi Paul,

To eliminate variables for this test, we all need to use the same brightness. Also, using the Palm Bench programs eliminates variations in usage.

This will provide a so-so measure of realistic battery life, but the main purpose is for us to compare 'battery strength' so we know whether our CLIE's are okay. Some people didn't follow the exact Sony directions for charging the CLIE the first time, and it apparently can affect battery life.

I'm going to try to test this weekend, the thing is I also need to redo the charge thing first.

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Do you really find you need the backlight on full ? I can use mine almost all the time on only 1/4 to 1/3 level with no problems at all. Check & see if beam receive is turned off as that eats up extra power too. I'm getting 7 hours with 50% charge left the way I use it & I'm very happy with it.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:41 AM   #11
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4hrs 43mins 35secs battery-life using PalmBench with SJ33 on full bright. It does seem kind of short doesn't it. Still, my Prism and Treo 90 don't seem to have that kind of battery-life. And I rarely use my SJ33 at full bright for very long. I use it with the Energy Dimmer Hack at about 1/4 bright and dimming further after a minute of non-use. This seems to significantly extend my battery.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:49 AM   #12
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Keep in mind backlight is a SIGNIFICANT factor. This is from the SJ30 review at Palminfocenter-

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Because the major battery drain that is under the user's control is the backlight, I did several tests with the backlight set on different levels.

With the backlight at half power, the first battery warning came after exactly 6 hours of use. I think this is the most realistic test, as most people tend to keep the backlight set somewhere near half power.

With the backlight at full power, the first battery warning came after just 3 hours of use.

Finally, I wanted to see what was the maximum time I could get. With the backlight at about one quarter power, which I consider the minimum, the first battery warning came after 9 and a half hours of use. I didn't try it with the backlight all the way down or off because I think the screen is to dim to be useful with the backlight below one quarter power.


So almost 5 hours at full backlight is better than SJ30 I believe. In any case, it's interesting 2 people have gotten almost the same exact result.
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Old 03-28-2003, 11:52 AM   #13
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Wow! What a relief! I'm getting 4:31 so it's pretty close, I was one of those people who used Clie before it was fully charged for the first time. So it seems it didn't damage the battery after all! (although I did a hard reset as SOny support suggested) Also I checked carefully the manual (sometimes reading manuals can help...) and it said about battery that you should get up to 9 days of 30minutes a day use with full backlight, which translates to 4 hours 30 minutes of continuous use.
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Old 03-28-2003, 03:26 PM   #14
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Re: Just for test purposes-

[QUOTE]Originally posted by madmaxmedia
[B]Hi Paul,

To eliminate variables for this test, we all need to use the same brightness. Also, using the Palm Bench programs eliminates variations in usage.

OK, I'm sure there are enough people to help you find out what you need to know. As for me I'm confident I'm getting what Sony claimed which would be 8.5 hours (based on their website claim of 17 days @ 30 mins day).
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Old 03-28-2003, 03:38 PM   #15
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I also used my SJ33 a little before it was fully charged so my time of 4hrs 43mins might be affected by that. However, I did have to do multiple hard resets while transferring data from my old PDA so that might have cleared any damage I might have done to the battery. It would be interesting to get a comparison from someone who got a full charge before turning on their SJ33.
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