01-16-2020 06:57 AM
I know there are a number of posts regarding battery life on the current generation of X1 Yoga/X1 Carbon both here and on Reddit, but I didn't see a detailed discussion of battery life problems with the the FHD display.
I've got the late-2019 model X1 Yoga Gen 4 with the FHD (380-nit) display and an i7-10710U processor, 16GB. Last year I purchased a similar product with the 4K UHD display (and the older 8th-gen chip). I was disappointed with the ~3-4 hour battery life and returned the machine. It was too bad, but I figured it wasn't fair to expect anything like the advertised maximum life with that beautiful display.
So I recently purchased basically the same maching with the FHD display and the 10th-generation processor. I thought this display (and maybe the sleeker processor) would give me much better battery life. And here I am doing web browsing and word processing, "battery saver" mode, dim screen, and getting between 5-6 hours. This isn't totally unusable, but it is ridiculous for a machine advertised with 18-hour battery life.
Latest BIOS, all the Lenovo Vantage updates, and just reset the battery gauge. Any ideas? Anyone else experiencing disappointing battery life with the FHD display?
01-16-2020 07:06 AM
Hi sl_harris! Have you tried checking the programs running on the background? Can you take a screenshot of the Task Manager under the Performance tab? And also, send to us a screenshot of the system information. You can get this by typing msinfo on the search box at the bottom left side of your screen.
01-16-2020 08:09 AM
Hi there, thanks for the quick response. Here are the screenshots, ~15 minutes after waking from sleep. At the time of this screenshot, battery life read 79%, 3 hr 41 minutes. There are quite a few background processes running, including a large number of "Service Host" processes. I haven't used a Windows machine regularly for a long time so I'm not sure what's normal. Of the active processes, Firefox appears to be eating up roughly 1 GB of memory, and Windows Defender about 500 MB.
01-20-2020 01:16 PM
Thank you for the information. Install the latest Windows update(version 1909) since your computer is compatible to run with it. Before proceeding, kindly run the update through the Vantage app. Install all available updates especially the BIOS. Let us know how it goes.
01-22-2020 10:15 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I've updated to Windows version 1909 and run the Vantage system update again, which gave me an Intel integrated sensor solution driver. Restarted computer manually after all updates installed. BIOS is latest version. Unfortunately, if anything, battery life has gotten worse, or at least hasn't improved. I haven't tried to run the battery down with the updated configuration, but my current battery gauge gives me 3 hr 46 minutes from a full charge, with only a web browser (2 tabs) open. I know that the estimates might not be a perfect predictor, but there's obviously no way I'm anywhere close to the advertised battery life even at pretty minimal usage. Any other suggestions? Anything else I should reset or restart?
01-23-2020 06:55 AM
Let's try to calibrate the battery by:
A. Changing the Power Plan:
1. Right-click the battery icon in your taskbar and click Power Options.
2. Click Change when the computer sleeps and click the dropdown menu next to Turn off the display.
3. Click Never and click the dropdown menu next to Put the computer to sleep.
4. Click Never and click Change advanced power settings.
5. Click the expand button next to Battery and click the expand button next to Critical battery action. Ensure the section next to On battery says Hibernate.
6. Click the expand button next to Critical battery level and click the percentage next to On Battery.
7. Click the down arrow to set the number as low as possible and click Apply.
8. Click OK and click Save changes.
If you don't plan on using the laptop while the battery discharges, ensure you have a screensaver set up.
B. Charge your battery:
Now that the power settings are taken care of, you want to charge your laptop's battery up to 100%. When it's completely charged, leave it plugged in and wait for the battery to cool down. Depending on your laptop and battery, this can take up to a few hours.
C. Unplug your laptop and let it discharge:
Now that your laptop is cooled down and the battery is fully charged, you can unplug the cable. You can use the laptop during this time. Always make sure it doesn't go to sleep or hibernate (at least until the very end), although the power settings you changed should take care of this.
D. Charge your battery again:
Once your laptop's battery is completely drained and the device shuts off, you'll want to plug it back in and let it charge back to 100%. Feel free to use your laptop during this time.
Once you're charged back up to full, your laptop should give you a much more accurate reading of how long the battery will last.
E. Reset your power plan:
Now that your battery is calibrated, be sure to reset your power plan to how you had it before. No sense in wasting battery when the device isn't in use.
You can also try the suggested steps here: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/videos/vid500054.
Hope these helps.
01-27-2020 06:33 AM
Thanks again for following up. I had the chance to follow these instructions this weekend, and now, after fully discharging and recharging the battery, with only one program open (web browser, 1 tab) I'm reading 3 hrs, 24 minutes at 99%, which just won't work for me and my workday schedule.
01-27-2020 08:14 AM
I don't have a solution for you but I'm following with interest. I have a Gen 4 with 10th Gen i7-10510U and a WQHD screen. Ran some fairly casual tests and I'd call it a 10+ hour machine.
The only differences that jump out at me are your 6-core CPU and different (brighter?) display.
I'd like to know/hear what others with 6-core machines are seeing in terms of runtime.
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01-27-2020 12:48 PM - edited 01-27-2020 01:37 PM
I have a X1 Yoga 4th Gen (Type 20QF, 20QG) Laptop (ThinkPad) - Type 20QF since 2-3 months
And it has a catastrophic battery life despite not being the most powerful of its family. It doesn't work more than 3-4 hours even at the lowest setting., only using navigator and note taking on One Note I already sent it once to the support, they only updated the firmware and changed the cooling. We are light years away from the advertised 18h of battery life.
I am still under warranty (3years), I am extremely disapointed with this. The more I read about it, the more I regret not going with the last Dell lattitude...
Moderator note: post merged with existing thread.
01-28-2020 02:00 PM - last edited on 01-28-2020 03:17 PM by zoltanthegypsy
Brand new X1 Yoga 4th Gen 20SA i7-10710U CPU w/ 4k screen has terrible battery life. Fully dimmed screen in airplane mode and all running processses killed except for the minimum and I only get 6hrs. Using at 60% brightness just browsing amazon on wifi I get a little over 2hrs. That is a very far cry from the advertised 18 hrs even taking into account the 4k screen.
I have run powercfg reports and there is nothing that seems out of the ordinary. All updates were installed since day 1. I have also tried rolling back to earlier power management drivers as suggested in other posts (18.104.22.168) with no noticable effect.
Has anyone experienced anything better on the 4k screen or come up with some solution? This is a work computer and it doesn't last through some of my meetings!
Windows 10 Pro (1903)
Moderator note: post merged with existing thread. (a bit of a judgement call but there seems to be a common denominator: the CPU perhaps)