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ARCHOS GamePad battery life tests
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With the GamePad, ARCHOS made one of the first great Android portable console. During our product review on a pre-production model a few weeks ago, we regretted the short battery life. Since then, we have been doing some extra measurements to report the battery performance on a retail version of the GamePad in different usage scenarii.


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According to hailrazer member in our forum, who did some surgery on his GamePad, the following specs (3.7V, 11.1Wh) are printed on the Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery. This represents a 3000mAh capacity, but it seems to deliver really less in reality.

With the supplied 2A charger, it takes about 2 hours and half to get the tablet battery fully charged.


Battery life test methodology

From a fully charged tablet, we let a test scenario loop until the tablet battery gets empty.

Unless mentioned otherwise, our battery life measurements were done under the following test conditions:
- using latest firmware from 2012/12/27 on a retail device (Android build signature:


- tablet was started after a fresh reboot
- tablet fully charged (lockscreen says “Charged”, Settings / About tablet / Status says Battery level100%)
- media sound volume set to 50% (Settings/Sound/Volume, set Media bar to middle position)
- brightness set to half (Settings/Display/Brightness)
- WiFI disabled
- each battery test has been run at least 2 times

In each test, the battery level is monitored using our ArcTools application.

Video test

This first test deals with playing this video file big_buck_bunny_720p_AAC.mp4 (Big Buck Bunny 720p, stereo sound in AAC format) in loop until the tablet battery gets empty. We have done 2 extra tests measuring the battery life with display brightness set at minimum and maximum values.

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The battery measured were the following:
- brightness at 50%: ~5 hours (~18 000 seconds)
- full brightness: ~3 hours 20 minutes (~12 000 seconds)
- minimum brightness: ~6 hours and 10 minutes (~22 000 seconds)

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2013/02/04 - 05:39
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Although Archos Gamepad has best price, but if Archos company upgrade hardware for more better than and increase price, I will still buy it.


About battery life, my feeling are:

_Short time when I play game (of course)

_But, when I exit all app, device running in stanby, it's still short life


Then, in the stock rom, I have been disabled a few functions, battery life improve (but not much). After flash Sigmax-JFG rom of and replacement the stock launcher by NOVA launcher, I could say: it's better than the stock ROM very much.


So, I need Archos optimize the stock rom, also upgrade battery to more capacity 

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