Bluetooth, how much battery does it use??

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    Bluetooth, how much battery does it use??

    I use headphones all day at work listening to online Sirius Radio. In the morning, I need to use wired earbuds as I listen to a station on the FM radio app & that only works with wired headsets.

    The rest of the day however, I can use either my Ultimate Ears earbuds or my Motorola S9 HD stereo BT headset. Does anybody know how much extra battery life I would get by using the wired set all day as opposed to swapping out to the BT set??

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    Not sure exactly how much bluetooth drains your battery, but I use BT and non-BT frequently and I don't notice much of a difference. Obviously it drains more, but I think the data connection constantly running from streaming music is much more of a battery drain IMO.

    Personally, I love my BT headphones over wired enough to ignore any extra battery drain. I figure I can leave my phone on the charger if need be and then I don't have to be right next to the phone as I would if I were wired.

    Also, TuneIn Radio likely has the station you listen to if you want to use BT. TuneIn will drain more than the FM radio due to the data connection, but as I mentioned, you could leave it charging while its playing and still have the wireless freedom of bluetooth.

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    unfortunately, the station I listen to is blocked from tune-in. It works on iheart radio, but iheart rebuffers so much it is virtually useless.

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    For me, just a 20 minute run using my Motorola S10-HD headphones and Doubletwist will drain about 10% according to the battery meter. But, since the darn meters only work on the 10th percentile on the Droid X, who knows how accurate that is...
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    I also stream online radio with abd without bluetooth and I've never noticed a difference in battery drain. I also never have seen Bluetooth show up on the battery usage screen.

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    The 10% or so drain by using BT headphones isn't worth NOT using them. They are fantastic when running or when I'm in the car (doubles as hands free).
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    Quote Originally Posted by C Dippa View Post
    Not sure exactly how much bluetooth drains your battery, but I use BT and non-BT frequently and I don't notice much of a difference. Obviously it drains more, but I think the data connection constantly running from streaming music is much more of a battery drain IMO.

    Personally, I love my BT headphones over wired enough to ignore any extra battery drain. I figure I can leave my phone on the charger if need be and then I don't have to be right next to the phone as I would if I were wired.

    Also, TuneIn Radio likely has the station you listen to if you want to use BT. TuneIn will drain more than the FM radio due to the data connection, but as I mentioned, you could leave it charging while its playing and still have the wireless freedom of bluetooth.
    Thanks tune in radio works like a champ!! Never knew about this app I use my local radio app but it doesn't work on cm7.
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