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iPod and cold weather? (Read 729 times)

    My iPod mini is a wimp ... she does not like cold weather (roughly defined, by her, as anything under 33*). The battery only lasts for about 20-25 minutes in the cold, then dies. I tried, um, sticking it between my boobs to keep it warm ... and that worked for a little bit ... and then it died. Again. Sad I checked out some websites and apparently it's a pretty common problem .. any suggestions on how to prolong the battery? Or just run w/out music for the rest of the winter? Surprised Thanks! Trish Smile
    2009: BQ?
      All (chemical) batteries have this problem, since they work based on a chemical reaction which slows down in the cold. Sorry. Just try and keep it in a warm place B]


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        My Nano has been fine, even running when the actual air temp is only around 10º. But mine is inside a rubberized case and generally under my fleece top. Do you keep yours covered at all? k

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          Kirstin, from what I've heard, the Nano and shuffle do better in cold weather b/c they don't have any moving parts ... I think. I do try keeping it covered, but it still dies Sad
          2009: BQ?
            I tried, um, sticking it between my boobs to keep it warm ... and that worked for a little bit ... and then it died. Again. Sad
            Insert your own joke there. Scout, settle down. ---------------- I had the same problem with the mini. After owning it a few years, the battery was good for maybe an hour on a warm day, and truly about 20 minutes in the cold. Clipping it to the inside of my shorts did actually double thatm but 2 x 20 ain't much. (Scout, I said settle down.) I looked into options regarding the battery, but they all turn out to be as expensive as just buying a new iPod. Get the Nano - it's worth it. I think the 2 gig (which is already way more room than I need - 500 songs maybe?) retails for like $150, you can find it for $130 or less. The shuffle goes for half that. The battery on the nano seems to last roughly forever. I wore it in a half marathon in Tennessee's version of a blizzard, then drove home, then left on my desk all day without plugging it in .... and had better than half the power left.
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              Kirstin, from what I've heard, the Nano and shuffle do better in cold weather b/c they don't have any moving parts ... I think. I do try keeping it covered, but it still dies Sad
              Ahhh...that's right. I had forgotten that the old ones are little hard drives, essentially. I agree with Jake, the Nano is worth it. Plus, since there are no moving parts, if you were to drop it it should be MUCH more rugged. That's the reason I use CF cards in my camera and not microdrives, which are a TON more memory for the price--they are just too fragile and I'm a klutz. k

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              '14 Goals:

              • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

              • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


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                Yes, it's the hard drive, not the battery. I run with my nano even at -25°F and it's fine.

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                  Trishie, I'd also recommend the Shuffle. I have a regular iPod, but I found it too bulky to run with, was worried about it skipping and concerned about HD performance in the cold so I bought a Shuffle exclusively for working out. It's completely without exciting features (including a display), but it's got this going for it: 1) $79 2) 1 GB flash memory (no moving parts). That's about 250 songs. 3) tiny 4) has a built in clip so you can easily attach it to your clothing. 5) Several exciting colors (ok that's a gimmick, but choice is good) 6) ~12h battery life, or so Apple says -- haven't tested this. Ultimately though, here's what you have to decide: 1) If your mini is doing the job for you and you don't feel the need to upgrade/replace it, buy a Shuffle. 2) If the mini is not doing it for you from a memory/performance/battery standpoint and you've been thinking about upgrading, buy a Nano. They range from $149~$249 (for 2,4,8GB), are flash-based, and extremely light/small. Good Luck! Jeff

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