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RC65RB poor battery life in RF mode?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rjb75, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Jun 3, 2013 #1 of 18
    rjb75

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    LIke the title says, I get maybe two weeks on a fresh pair of batteries in my RF remote. Am I the only one?
     
  2. Jun 3, 2013 #2 of 18
    jimmie57

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    Try turning the backlighting off and see how long they last.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2013 #3 of 18
    longrider

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    I am probably a light user but I have the backlight on and a pair of batteries will last me several months.
     
  4. Jun 3, 2013 #4 of 18
    gov

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    If my RF remote worked more than 10 feet from my HR22 I'd be happy to put new batteries in it every 2 weeks.

    :coffee
     
  5. Jun 3, 2013 #5 of 18
    peds48

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    Are you using off brand batteries? I use Energizer and I get almost a full year!!!!


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  6. Jun 3, 2013 #6 of 18
    rjb75

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    This is the bedroom TV so it doesn't get a ton of use. Backlighting is off and I have been using Duracells. Maybe I'll try a different brand of batteries?
     
  7. Jun 4, 2013 #7 of 18
    inf0z

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    I have the same remote and my batteries only die quickly when I pass out on the couch and lay on the remote, no doubt pressing buttons all night. I'm on 8 months with my current set of batteries(in RF mode).
     
  8. Jun 4, 2013 #8 of 18
    Rich

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    Where did you buy the Duracells?

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  9. Jun 4, 2013 #9 of 18
    rjb75

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    I bought a 40 pack at either BJ's or Home Depot.
     
  10. rjb75

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    I would also agree that laying on the remote has been a part of the problem but not for the last 2-3 weeks. When the remote was being slept on I would only get a couple of days of battery life.
     
  11. Rich

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    I've got a package of Duracells that are supposed to be good until 2017, bought them at Costco. They work for about a week in a remote. The Duracells with the silver band work well. Costco sells them too. At a higher price, I think. Their Kirkland batteries are pretty bad too.

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  12. jimmie57

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    Have you tried a pair of those batteries in another remote to see how long they last in it ?

    It is possible that the remote is defective and allowing a drain on the batteries, even when you are not pressing a button.
    Try pointing the remote at a digital camera, like one hooked to a computer or laptop. If it appears that there is light at the end and you are not pressing a button then something is causing it that is defective.
    I posted a very short video showing the remote pointed at my laptop's camera. It is a way to see if you have a worn out button on the remote or not. When a button is pressed the camera can see it even tho our eyes can not.

    My son uses an RB remote and his batteries last about a year.
    I always use Eveready.
     
  13. peds48

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    I would also agree that laying on the remote has been a part of the problem but not for the last 2-3 weeks. When the remote was being slept on I would only get a couple of days of battery life.


    You made me remember of a remote I bought a while back, it was called the chameleon. This remote was pretty much had a blue "plastic" cover and once you moved it, the "buttons" would lit up. The problem was that if you left it on your bed while you sleep, even if you are not pressing anything, the movement along would "wake" it up. Needless to say, the batteries would only last a week or so. I "retired" this remote very quickly due to its high cost of "operation"


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  14. bobnielsen

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    I have had a set of the normal (gold/black) Duracells in my RC64RBX for nearly a year without problems. I agree about the Kirkland batteries.
     
  15. rjb75

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    Mine also say good til 2017-will have to pick up some different batteries and try them.

    I have been using the same batteries in my Xbox controllers and my IR DTV remote that's used in the LR and get more than acceptable battery life. I'll try the camera trick and see what I find.
     
  16. Rich

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    I've had problems over the years with a few packages of Duracells that I've purchased at Costco. I think they've got a lot of seconds floating around their stores.

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    I've had good luck for years with Kirkland batteries, though I think they change their supplier from time to time, Some of the batteries have a red band, some have a blue band. Consumer Reports rated them highly when last tested.
     
  18. gov

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    A small gripe:

    wish all remotes took AA batteries, just easier with all the other stuff I have to lug around to only have to carry one battery type. A small gripe, but still . .


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