The batteries in my Fire TV remote are only lasting about three weeks; I've replaced the original batteries with fresh, new Duracell batteries twice in the past two months. I only use my Fire TV a couple of times a week for about an hour each time. When the remote batteries die the Fire TV freezes and I have to reboot it; so that's an additional frustration. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any thoughts on what could be causing the batteries to drain so quickly? Help??
Yeah. The remote on my Fire Stick 1st generation used to last for months, but, when I had that one, the TV I had at the time only had 1 HDMI port, so it was often not connected and unplugged.
I now have a Fire Stick 2nd generation, and it's on a different TV, where it's connected and plugged in more often. With that device, the batteries only last just over a month before complete discharge. I believe the Fire TVs with the Alexa Voice remote are often communicating, and continues to do so when the device is in sleep mode. The TV I have now still only has 2 HDMI ports (with me having 3 HDMI devices I frequently use with it). I'm often switching my Fire Stick and Bluray in/out with each other. On the months where I use the Bluray more than the Fire Stick, the batteries last longer (because it's also unplugged when not in use).
Try unplugging the Fire TV when not in use to see if the batteries last longer.
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Maybe it’s the batteries you are using? I have a Firestick 2nd gen with the voice remote. I bought it over a year ago and I’m still on the original batteries. Granted I don’t use the remote that often anymore because I have a universal remote. I did use the remote for the first 9 or 10 months. I’ve never bothered to unplug my Firestick when it’s not in use. Settings show the remote battery as “good,” whatever that means.
Thanks for the above discussion. We've replaced our batteries 2X now, and the first replace today was a bust--assumed something else was wrong. But then I saw the remark about not using rechargeable. That was the magic fix. Once I used some mid-range quality batteries, it's working. Thanks very much for sharing what you know!
We bought 3 Fire TVs with Alexa Voice remotes on Black Friday 2018. We installed them all at Christmas. One remote goes through batteries in 2 weeks, the other two still have their original batteries after 5 months. It seems like there are a few defective remotes out there. We're doing an experiment now to see if the problem is with the remote or with the fire stick (perhaps keeping the remote 'awake' too much over bluetooth). We swapped a good remote and the bad remote between two Fire TVs. We should know in a couple weeks if the problem follows the remote or the Fire TV.
I purchased 4 FireSticks (2 4K) in December and I have not had to replace the batteries in any of the Firesticks. Could you be placing your Firesticks in a position where a button is continually being depressed.
Okay - It's been a couple weeks, and the experiment results are in. The bad remote drained another fresh set of batteries, just sitting idle in a basket. So the problem is with the remote. I'm happy to give the serial number to someone from @Amazon if they would like to investigate the problem. The other remotes still have their original batteries in it. Looks like there are a few problem remotes circulating.