1. chobo2's Avatar
    Hi

    On my surface 3 I seem to be getting only like 4 hours of battery life. I am mostly doing surfacing the net and writing notes. I thought you would get more around 8 hour mark doing this as on the MS site it is rated up to 10hours.

    What is everyone else getting?
    10-28-2015 04:44 PM
  2. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Web browsers can eat up battery pretty quickly. Even on my Surface Pro 3.

    Have you run a battery report to see what's consuming battery on your Surface? Might be interesting.

    How to generate a Battery Report in Windows 10 | Windows Central
    Faizil Wasbari likes this.
    10-28-2015 05:26 PM
  3. Dave47's Avatar
    There have been many reports of battery consumption problems with Win10 that didn't exist with Win8.x.

    Bing Windows 10 battery drain (or words to that affect) for many minutes/hours of reading on the subject. Microsoft Community is another source. IMO battery consumption with Win10 is broken and needs to be fixed.
    Faizil Wasbari likes this.
    10-28-2015 06:46 PM
  4. Faizil Wasbari's Avatar
    I got 6 hours. Bought it 2 weeks ago.
    10-28-2015 09:32 PM
  5. tbsteph1's Avatar
    Six plus hours sounds about right for me also. I have ran the battery report where nothing odd seems to be occurring. A bit disappointing. (Running Windows 10).
    10-29-2015 09:57 AM
  6. chobo2's Avatar
    Six plus hours sounds about right for me also. I have ran the battery report where nothing odd seems to be occurring. A bit disappointing. (Running Windows 10).
    What is the battery report? Is that built in?
    10-29-2015 10:44 AM
  7. chobo2's Avatar
    I want a second charging cable for work. Would this work?
    10-29-2015 10:45 AM
  8. icwhatudidthere's Avatar
    6 hours sounds about right. It's made worse by the fact that Windows 10 is really still in beta. My 2 week old Surface 3 came with Windows 10, yet I still have problems with it not charging when plugged in, not sleeping properly and seemingly not going into hibernation at all.

    I have a Surface Pro 1 that can last a week barely using any battery but the Surface 3 lasts maybe overnight. Dunno if that's cause of their Connected Standby or what but it's annoying.
    10-29-2015 06:40 PM
  9. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I am at 95% right now and showing 10 h 49 min. IMO the biggest drain is edge. I dropped that and my battery consumption went down dramatically. Probably got 2-3 hrs extra time on my two laptops. I never even fired it up on my surface. I am a heavy user of my devices and I get all day from the battery on my surface 3 on windows 10.
    10-30-2015 04:16 AM
  10. chobo2's Avatar
    I am at 95% right now and showing 10 h 49 min. IMO the biggest drain is edge. I dropped that and my battery consumption went down dramatically. Probably got 2-3 hrs extra time on my two laptops. I never even fired it up on my surface. I am a heavy user of my devices and I get all day from the battery on my surface 3 on windows 10.
    You mean MS new Browser?

    Also can anyone confirm the cable I linked to would work?
    10-30-2015 12:11 PM
  11. mfgillia's Avatar
    I'm also getting just under 6 hours. Not using Edge didn't make any noticeable difference. I was considering reinstalling the OS from scratch again to see if battery life will improve. However, since most everyone on here is getting about the same battery life guess I'll leave it alone for now.

    On the bright side, my battery pack (Anker PowerCore 20100) charges the device just about as quickly as the wall charger and nearly doubles the time away from an outlet.
    10-30-2015 12:20 PM
  12. mfgillia's Avatar
    Also can anyone confirm the cable I linked to would work?
    I don't have any experience with that particular product. However, this one together with Anker premium micro USB cables works well with the Surface charging the device about as fast as Microsoft's charger.

    Amazon.com: Mpow 40W/8A 5-Port Ultra Portable Multiple USB Wall Charger Family-Sized Desktop Power Adapter with Xsmart Technology for iPhone 6, 6 Plus 5s 5c 5 4s 4; iPad Air Mini; iPad 4 3 2; Samsung Galaxy S4 S3; Note 3 2; the New HTC One (M8); Nexu
    10-30-2015 12:25 PM
  13. Steve Adams's Avatar
    You mean MS new Browser?

    Also can anyone confirm the cable I linked to would work?
    Yes, I find it is a resource hog and plus it has no ad blocker, very annoying!
    10-30-2015 03:02 PM
  14. Dewg's Avatar
    The reason Edge is draining your battery is that you don't have an ad blocker, so you're getting tons of flash ads that eat CPU and GPU. Run a HOSTS file fix for now until ad block is an option, then revert back on the HOSTS. You should see an improvement.

    Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File
    11-01-2015 11:25 AM
  15. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I am just going to use IE until MS gets it sorted out. I am not messing with host files etc.
    11-01-2015 02:07 PM
  16. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    I am just going to use IE until MS gets it sorted out. I am not messing with host files etc.
    Have you considered Opera? I have been a long-time user of Chrome but it kills battery life on everything it touches. I use many devices so bookmark/history syncing as well as extensions are important to me. Opera has been a terrific replacement for Chrome.
    11-04-2015 06:14 AM
  17. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I am fine with IE. I, for one don't see all the hate for IE, its fast, on my surface 3 I am at 95% battery life with 10h 5 min remaining on battery. Fine by me.
    11-04-2015 04:36 PM
  18. arrty's Avatar
    I have disabled flash plugins in chrome, which forces me to right click and enable flash content when I want it.

    Also installed ad block plus, which will prevent me from loading content and wasting precious battery resources on ads.
    11-04-2015 10:38 PM
  19. 3earnhardt3's Avatar
    I am lucky to get 4 hours use for anything other than watching movies/tv, otherwise I get about 8 hours. This is with hosts file adblocking and using edge, I have found performance issues on anything not edge/ie on my surface.
    11-06-2015 05:25 PM

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