I have only had my Fire TV stick since Christmas and I am already on my 4th set of brand new batteries?
I use the remote most days and each time I finish watching the tv, I always press the home button and turn off the tv. There is nothing pressing against the remote (either in use or not) to cause this excessive drain, so has anyone any suggestions please! It’s driving me nuts.... many thanks.
Have you tried your TV remote(s)? I've found that virtually all of the Fire functions are duplicated on many such remotes. It's not the drain issue that concerns me or indeed has affected me but that the Fire remotes tend to be very flaky. I only use them when I really have to.
Having exactly the same problem with ours and from internet searches this seems to be a common problem with fire stick remotes. Did you get any help from Amazon?
Hi. As you suppose it certainly is a common problem with fire remote sticks. Unfortunately I doubt that Amazon are interested in their previous failed technology, so contacting them will probably be a worthless waste of time. They are I’m sure developing the next generation of hardware to lure us in again. Anyway all the best with it. 😔
I bought a Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice control about 6 months ago. The original batteries that came with it were reported on the TV screen as being very low and needing early replacement. This happened after about two months. I put in a couple of Duracell AAA cells as replacements, and these have lasted around 4 months.
I have measured the current drain of the remote, and it appears to be drawing around 75 mA from the batteries, so it is no surprise that the battery life is so poor. I left it running like this for around 5 minutes. The current fluctuated by around ± 5 mA during that time. I suppose it might shut down after a longer period of time, but I have not found any information about this.
The current did appear to go up slightly when I turned on Bluetooth on my phone. Since there appear to be a number of Bluetooth devices in my neighbourhood I suspect these are not helping.
I am going to try using rechargeable batteries to see if they will work and continue for a reasonable time. If that fails, I will suffer the inconvenience of removing the batteries when I am not using the Fire TV Stick.
Either my remote is faulty, or it is a piece of very poor design.
My Fire TV Stick is set automatically to select the TV's HDMI input when the stick is activated. A couple of days ago while watching normal TV the Stick took control of the TV to report that the batteries in the handset needed changing.I can prevent this either by disabling the automatic HDMI selection, or simply removing the power from the Stick when it is not in use,
I have now replaced the single use Duracell batteries with rechargeable ones, and I am waiting to see how they work out.
I prefer rechargeable AA & AAA batteries because (I hope) they are better for the environment. They are certainly cheaper in the long run even if the charger has to be replaced after 3 years!
I have TWO 2nd Gen 4k Fire TV 'boxes' & a 2nd Gen HD Fire Stick.
They all use their own Alexa Voice Remote. I use rechargeable batteries in all of them. My first 4k Fire TV 'box' device ate its original batteries after just TWO DAYS. The replacement rechargeables lasted no more than a week, then the device and remote failed completely.
Since replacement of that device & the Fire Stick (and purchase of a 2nd 4k box) it seems 'normal' for rechargable batteries to last between 2-3 weeks (from fully charged) if the awful virtual keyboard is used for a lot of searching, not nearly so much drain with voice searching.
If I search ONLY via 'scrolling' through menus instead of searching by typing or by voice, then batteries may last 6-8 weeks, or a bit more sometimes.
The new non rechargeable AMAZON branded batteries put in the new remote worked with the new box and lasted over three months so........
.........I have found non rechargable batteries usually last longer and provide more power (especially for torches - so brighter light) than rechargeable batteries, but it depends on what device is using the batteries and how that device is used, obviously.......
My Samsung TV remote batteries lasted 6 YEARS.
My New Sony 4k Smart TV remote batteries lasted longer than the remote - which failed after two months - the original batteries lasted about three or four months. Rechargeables still last about two months for Sony TV remote, including using this Sony remote (sometimes to control fire tv device).
These Alexa Voice Remotes obviously still use a ridiculous amount of battery power, since my PS3 remote batteries (duracell & every ready & energiser non rechargeable) also lasted at least 3-5 YEARS each, but I vary rarely had to 'type' anything for searching for ps3 game downloads.
I don't understand how such a 'small simple & lightweight' remote with so few functions can use up so much power compared to one with so many more functions and capabilities many of which are actually similar to Amazons Alexa Voice Remote.
I believe that the Fire / remote controls are linked via BlueTooth.
I assume that there is always a modest amount of power flowing through the remote to maintain Blu connectivity. I'd therefore expect the battery life of a Fire BlueTooth remote to be less than a normal EDIT ( Infra-red) -linked TV remote. (Could not remember word for Infra-red - thank you BOTN)
I must admit that I do not recall any significant performance difference between supermarket own brand batteries and high performance Kodak and Duracells.
I would not choose to use rechargeable batteries in any "constant drain" device.
(I did try linking both a Fire and an iPad to use as a "spare" remote control - needless to say I was too butter-fingered to achieve success.)
- I do generally unplug the Stick from the TV and power source every 6 months or so just to clean out any gremlins. I am not sure it's needed but the device works well so I'll probably keep doing it.
- When originally stuck directly into the TV HDMI socket the interference from TV, Speaker Bar, Tivo, DVD and Stereo detracted from performance. Using the adaptor that came with the Stick and a £2 male/male HDMI cable to move the stick away from all that technology made a marked improvement in the Stick.
IR (infra red) remotes work perfectly with any old battery. Alkaline batteries are designed for constant drain, and so are a complete waste of money using them in your IR remote which only uses short bursts of power.
BT (bluetooth) remotes maintian a BT connection and so use more power. However, what battery you prefer (time vs cost) is your personal choice and trial and error is your best guess. Unless you use rechargable batteries for other purposes it’s a waste of money using these in a remote - cost of quality batteries plus quality charger will buy you a huge number of ordinary batteries.
Having the same issue myself. Batteries dying all the time in my fire TV remote. Just download the Fire TV app onto your smart phone and use it as your remote. You can use a full keyboard on it to search for shows so it's easier to use than the actual remote.
I have the same issue but I am having to change me batteries at least once per week. I have changed remotes but it makes no difference it doesn't matter if I use batteries from the £ shop (which are panasonic) or duracell the power just drains from them, very frustrating.
To those who are still having this issue of Firestick remote batteries draining too quick, I had the same issue when I had to change the batteries every week or two. I got this information from Amazon customer care and it seems to be working. I haven't had any issue for last one week. First, make sure your Firestick is up to date. Then follow the steps below.
1. Unplug the Firestick adapter from the power supply.
2. Remove the batteries from the remote.
3. Press left on the circle + back + options/menu button simultaneously for 30 seconds
4. Now plug the Firestick adapter to the power supply
5. Put the batteries in and wait for the Firestick to detect the remote. This should take about 30 seconds after the Firestick boots.
This should resolve this issue. Will update in a week if this solution doesn't work either. If not, consider the solution working.