1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Anyone know what the battery life is going to be like on the SB2? Curious if they've made improvements over and above the first edition.
    10-17-2017 11:35 AM
  2. orlbuckeye's Avatar
    MS says 17 hours and 5 hours for the clipboard alone.
    10-17-2017 12:29 PM
  3. excalibur1814's Avatar
    No-one knows as it's not even available yet. ?

    Once the reviews hit we'll all know the exact figures.
    10-19-2017 05:48 AM
  4. FXi2's Avatar
    It seems to lose about 7-10%/hour sometimes less if you are using it in a light wifi reading mode
    11-18-2017 03:08 PM
  5. ctballos's Avatar
    I'm having horrible battery life. Last night I used the clipboard and when I started it was 100% I put battery saver mode on and I surfed the web but mostly played solitaire. The display was set to 25% brightness and after an hour battery power was down to 20%. The screen would occasionally flicker and it went black a couple times. Not to mention Outlook, Google Earth and some apps don't run. I've installed and re-installed office a couple times and still can't get outlook to load. I'm hoping for a software fix real soon.
    11-19-2017 07:51 AM
  6. FXi2's Avatar
    Was it trying to do updates or scans while you were in clipboard mode? I haven't tested that mode from a battery time angle, but the many reviews I've read where they did try they at least got a few hours out of it. I use outlook (there is a new update for Office 2016 in the last couple days). Also when you first get the SB2 you'll likely get the Fall CU pushed down to you which is a serious system consuming update. Given that you are having software issues is sounds like something was updating or your system needs it if it didn't finish.

    Give a lookup of the Command prompt "sfc /scannow" which can check system files for corruption or errors. I will at least tell you that while I uninstalled the presupplied Office and dropped in the 64 bit 2016 Pro 365 subscription, I have not had issues with either Excel or Outlook and I have to use those for work.

    Only thing you've spent more time doing is the undocked usage but the flickering and software issues seem to indicate something amiss there.
    11-19-2017 12:57 PM
  7. ctballos's Avatar
    Hi FXi2, thanks for the response. I have since shut off most items in my startup folder and turned off most of the live tiles as well as most notifications. I've also shut off Wi-Fi and BT when the machine is off. I retested last evening, while watching TV I played Solitaire. My results were better and I got 2.5 hours using the clipboard until the power came down to 10%. A little better. I did the same as you with the pre-installed Office Suite and installed the 64 bit version of Office 365 Home.

    I ran the "sfc /scannow" program and it didn't seem to do anything. It just went away so I hoping it's working in the background. The screen flicker is a bother, even though only intermittent, and I'm hoping for a fix It seems to only happen when the clipboard is detached. I'll give it a few weeks to see if anything develops before I contact Microsoft.
    11-22-2017 11:28 AM

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