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    Questionable Battery Life

    Hello all. I just got a new Razr Maxx HD a few days ago and I'm unsure the battery life is what it should be. I will unplug my phone, fully charged, in the morning, and the battery lasts until I go to sleep. This is a period of approximately 12-13 hours, and I'm not running the battery down excessively in any way I can see. Sure, I use the phone and occasionally open some apps, but its not out of my pocket all day long. Is this normal? I just plugged it in at the end of a 13 hour run with about 14% battery left. Thoughts?
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    Might be a rogue app. Check out Gsam battery monitor and see what it shows you.

    Location services might be hurting the battery too so I would go to Google Settings -- Location -- and turn off both Location history and location reporting.

    Also, where you frequent the most (work, school, home, etc.) is the signal strong? A weak signal area can drain the battery fast as your phone is constantly searching for a connection.
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    Battery meter may need training. I would run it down to 10% and the shut it off to charge it over night. Then see if it improves which it should. When you shut the phone off and plug it in you may see a big difference in what the meter said when on from the meter that comes up with it off.
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    Use Smart Actions to limit the background stuff and as said above, rogue apps can suck any size battery down quickly. The battery life on my Maxx HD is fantastic. On my Kindle (now a Jelly Bean tablet), I use DU Battery Saver; seems to work pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by styrofoamdreams View Post
    Hello all. I just got a new Razr Maxx HD a few days ago and I'm unsure the battery life is what it should be. I will unplug my phone, fully charged, in the morning, and the battery lasts until I go to sleep. This is a period of approximately 12-13 hours, and I'm not running the battery down excessively in any way I can see. Sure, I use the phone and occasionally open some apps, but its not out of my pocket all day long. Is this normal? I just plugged it in at the end of a 13 hour run with about 14% battery left. Thoughts?
    Your not alone, anyone who says you are is nuts. In fact many people complain about this.

    See the thing is the phone will last a while if you dont use it like a phone LOL, I have seen a lot of people complain of the same thing, then you will see some people who just stare at it and modding it and try to make it all flashy and never really "use" the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by styrofoamdreams View Post
    Hello all. I just got a new Razr Maxx HD a few days ago and I'm unsure the battery life is what it should be. I will unplug my phone, fully charged, in the morning, and the battery lasts until I go to sleep. This is a period of approximately 12-13 hours, and I'm not running the battery down excessively in any way I can see. Sure, I use the phone and occasionally open some apps, but its not out of my pocket all day long. Is this normal? I just plugged it in at the end of a 13 hour run with about 14% battery left. Thoughts?
    one trick I learned that helped with battery on my phone is changing the mobile network from global to LTE/CDMA. Go to settings, below data usage select more, then select mobile networks, then network mode, finally select LTE/CDMA. I drive truck over the road and have not noticed any signal issues by doing this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti35 View Post
    Battery meter may need training. I would run it down to 10% and the shut it off to charge it over night. Then see if it improves which it should. When you shut the phone off and plug it in you may see a big difference in what the meter said when on from the meter that comes up with it off.
    Yeti is correct. My first question is...did you fully charge with power off before you used it (as recommended in the owner's manual)? If you're like most, you probably didn't. Power off (press and hold power button, select "Power off" and accept), then charge to 100% as indicated on the screen when you press and release a volume control button. Then power up normally and use until you reach 10%, then repeat the power-off and charge method.

    You may see significant improvement in a few days.

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    Battery life is also drastically affected by cell sight signal strength. If you're in an area of weak signals then it wont last long.
    I also played around the last few days to try and stretch my battery life, and what I did was run with WIFI turned OFF and ran with 4G only. I managed 51 hours before the battery hit 10%
    Never got that kind of run time before.
    I will say that I am a fairly light user, spending time on tapatalk and a few calls.
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    I get only like 14 hours on a charge and that's running wi fi and music on my old maxx I got 26 hours a charge
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodave View Post
    Battery life is also drastically affected by cell sight signal strength. If you're in an area of weak signals then it wont last long.
    I also played around the last few days to try and stretch my battery life, and what I did was run with WIFI turned OFF and ran with 4G only. I managed 51 hours before the battery hit 10%
    Never got that kind of run time before.
    I will say that I am a fairly light user, spending time on tapatalk and a few calls.
    He ^ is correct. I have terrible battery life and it has IMHO a LOT to do with signal strength. I live in a home where signal levels are 1-2 bars, and I work where it ranges 1-3 depending on where in the building I am. We have a large power substation feeding the high speed rail lines that run at the rear of our building and I believe that contributes to the poor signal levels there. See the photo out our back window below.

    For the most part my phone remains in my shirt pocket and is warm all day long. I'm lucky to get through a day with a full charge and I might not even use the phone once during that time.







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