Do I Need To Turn Off My Sonos Move?

Most of us are accustomed to leaving our electronic devices on for long periods of time. We live busy, chaotic lives, and it is easy to forget or simply neglect to turn our devices off. The Sonos Move is one that you might not think about turning off on a regular basis. Does it actually need to have this done?

When should you turn the Sonos Move off? Does the Sonos Move shut off automatically? These are things I wondered to myself after I bought my speaker. I wanted to leave it plugged in for as long as I could, but I found myself thinking about other electronic devices with lithium-ion batteries and how you are supposed to let them run on battery power sometimes.

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Do I Need To Turn Off Sonos Move?

You should ideally turn your Sonos Move off when it is not in use. It is safe to leave the speaker plugged into a wall outlet for a couple of days, but leaving a battery-powered device like this plugged in for good can cause a lot of damage. The battery will become inactive and lose its capacity as time goes on.

The Sonos Move does have a lot of great add-ons that will extend your speaker’s battery life and overall lifespan. However, you still need to let this speaker run on battery power alone sometimes, letting the battery drain down to zero so you can charge it back up again.

Should I turn my Sonos Move off – and how often? Does Sonos Move charge when turned off? Can you leave the Move on its charging base? Read on to learn about why it is important to turn your Sonos Move off as well as some tips on how you can extend its lifespan.

Can I leave the Sonos Move on the charging base?

You can leave the Sonos Move on its charging base for a few days. The base will prevent overheating and overcharging, and the speaker has some battery-conserving features built into it to protect the battery. 

But, generally speaking, it is a good idea to take any electronic device off of its charger once it is charged to 100%. There is always a chance that you could diminish the battery’s capacity if you leave it on the charger all the time.

Is it okay to leave the Sonos Move plugged in and turned on?

Again, you can leave the Sonos Move plugged in and turned on for an extended period of time without incurring any real damage. With a battery life of ten hours on a full charge, you can get a lot of use out of the Move throughout the day without needing to recharge it. 

If you do want to recharge it at night, it is safe to do so.

Just remember that, while the battery should not overheat or overcharge due to how the charging base was designed, you should unplug it every once in a while. 

Also bear in mind that the longer the Sonos Move’s battery is able to remain charged and provide you with sound, you will have a smaller need to keep the speaker on its charging base.

When should I unplug my Sonos Move?

It is important to unplug your Sonos Move speaker every now and again. Try to aim for every two days and get yourself into that habit. Once a battery starts to become degraded, you cannot do anything to reverse the damage. 

That is unfortunately a permanent and progressive process. Even a speaker that is built to be rugged and plugged in for longer periods of time needs to be unplugged and its battery allowed to drain. This is always a best practice when it comes to battery-powered electronics.

Importance Tips For Sustaining the Sonos Move’s Lifespan

How can you keep your Sonos Move’s battery in good shape for years to come? Let’s go over a few tips for keeping the lifespan as long as possible.

Let the Battery Remain Active

Battery cells need to be kept active. This is why it is important to keep a bit of electricity flowing through the battery on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean letting the battery drain all the time, but you should keep some juice in it.

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Plugging the Charging Base Into a Surge Protector

I highly recommend plugging the charging base into a surge protector instead of straight into a wall outlet. Why? An electric power surge is a real threat to home electronics, especially when you run into foul weather. 

Small and large appliances alike can sustain damage – just ask my relatively new refrigerator or my friend’s old iMac that literally went up in smoke after her home was struck by lightning. During a lightning-charged storm, you might want to even unplug the surge protector just to keep everything safe from harm.

Powering Off While Not In Use

Suspend Mode can power your Sonos Move down when it is not in use. This alleviates the burden of you having to remember to turn the speaker off.

Just make sure this mode is enabled by going into your device’s settings from your app.

Protecting the Speaker From Water and Heat

While the Sonos Move is rated IP56 for protection against debris and splashes of water, you should never, ever submerge it. You will also want to keep it out of extreme heat. Sure, the Move cannot overheat just from being left on the charger, but letting it cook in 100-degree heat inside of your car could cause some internal damage. Keep it in a dry and moderate climate for prolonged life.

Closing Thoughts

You don’t need to turn the Sonos Move off all the time. Enabling Suspend Mode can help power it off for you while not in use. 

Sonos built the move to be as safe as possible for life on the charger, but as is the case with any battery-operated device, you should let the battery alone operate it as much as possible, even though you don’t necessarily have to let it drain to 0% all the time.