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Subject: Technical question about Nook Tablet and battery
Date Posted: 12/7/2012 4:47 PM ET
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We gave my Mom a Nook Tablet for her bday a month ago.  She couldn't decide if she wanted it.  Now she can't stop playing with it :D

It's got a problem though.  When she stops using it and it goes into sleep mode, it seems to be draining battery.  She might put it away at 60% and in the morning it's at 35%.  I've got the Nook Color Tablet and I don't have this issue.  I've got hers set up with power save on.

I noticed yesterday that the screen off setting was set to 1 hour.  Mine is 2 or 5 minutes (depending on what I am doing).  Does anyone know if the screen off setting being at an hour would make it draw battery power?  I recharged it last night, reset it 2 minutes, then put it to bed (so to speak).  This morning it only lost 1%.  I'm not sure if it's coincidental or if I solved the problem.

Date Posted: 12/7/2012 7:27 PM ET
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Is she leaving the wifi on? Using apps/games that constantly check the wifi for updates (like words with friends does).?  That is usually what causes power drain from a tablet when not in use.

for example, my hubby and I have the same phones, bought at the same time, only difference is what apps we have on it. He complained that his battery was draining fast and needed a new one.. So I asked him to swap batteries and see.  I've been using his battery for a week, had NO issues with it and he keeps draining my old battery. SO it's him using wifi apps and leaving it to 'update"  all the time in 3 different games. (turn based things)

Also if she has auto updates enabled that will drain the battery down too.

Date Posted: 12/7/2012 7:47 PM ET
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Yeah, turning off the Wifi really helps with battery drain.  I keep my Wifi off unless I need to use it and my battery charge lasts a lot longer.

If she's sitting it down without turning off the screen, then I can see how the auto-off setting would make a difference.  It uses more power with the screen lit up which will drain the battery faster.

Date Posted: 12/7/2012 9:39 PM ET
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Also, go into settings and check what apps are running in the background that you aren't aware of. Some games will run even if you think their off. Some games/apps will start without you telling them to.

Date Posted: 12/8/2012 3:43 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!  I know that Wi-Fi is always on (she'd be too forgetful to set it on and off each time she used it)  But, my Nook Color also has WiFi set on and I don't have the battery drain.  I'll have to do a test by shutting it off then turning it back on to see if she has the same problem.

What may be is the auto-updates.  I know that I have to check for updates by clicking a button.  Maybe this isn't set on hers.

I'm not sure how to check if apps are running in the background on a Nook Tablet.  How do I do this?

I hope to resolve it without having to call B&N.  Thanks for the help!

 

Date Posted: 12/8/2012 9:05 AM ET
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At the bottom of the screen, you should be able to find settings, tap it. Then find applications and tap it. Then there is a place on that screen where you can select running, all, and downloaded (I think). Select "running" and see what is in the list. If you see something in that list that shouldn't be there, tap it, and you can then close or force close it.

I don't have a Nook Tablet but all the android-based tablets are about the same in this respect.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 2:08 PM ET
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Hey all, I wanted to let you know we solved the problem.  For whatever reason, my Mom's nook wasn't going to sleep.  I fooled with the screen settings.  When I put it on 2 minutes, it did what it was supposed to.  Her Nook is no longer draining the battery overnight. 

Thank goodness!  I really didn't want to have to return it.

Date Posted: 12/30/2012 3:57 PM ET
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Oh, good! I'm glad you were able to solve it!