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    Question Battery loss while using Navigation in the car?

    I was just curious to see what people have been experiencing. I really do love my Razr, and I was worried about the battery life but it turns out to be perfect for me. Lasts a long time and charges at night when I need it to...

    Now for my question. While using GPS Navigation in your car, does your Razr still LOSE battery life even while plugged in? I was really surprised - I took a 45 minute drive this past weekend and like always I was playing music. I needed directions so I also was using Google Navigation, and yes the phone was plugged in the entire time. Well I found that when I got the my destination my battery had lost a lot of its life! I know it is using a lot of energy with GPS signals and 3/4G signals with music playing, but I still thought the charger would keep up... Because of that my phone was on real low battery the rest of the day. This normal?
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    Sounds about right. The Razr is a power hog when you multi-task it like that. The stock car charger is good, but not with that power drain.

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    I've not tried that but seems surprisingly to me that being plugged in doesn't supply enough power.

    But I've never tried running the gps and music together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SallyC View Post
    I've not tried that but seems surprisingly to me that being plugged in doesn't supply enough power.

    But I've never tried running the gps and music together.

    That is my exact configuration in my car and I use Navigation while streaming as much as 1MB/second since I use Jamcast (see it in the market - I was a beta tester for it from the first beta releaae), and stream FLAC encoded audio. All of my CD collection is ripped to FLAC (over 3,800 CDs) and on 4G while navigating with the Razr plugged into the charger it not only doesn't lose power but it actually tops off my battery. I also have Bluetooth running and take calls as well.

    I would check the charger jack to make sure it is a tight fit. If the charger adapter is loose it may be cutting in and out on you without your knowledge.
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    Yea I use SubSonic to stream all my music. I honestly CAN NOT be in a car without music playing... I have been using a generic car charger that I had with my old Droid1, so maybe that is an issue but I wouldn't think it would matter THAT much. I will think about dishing out the cash for a moto bran charger.

    I hardly ever use navigation in the car, but when I need to it is for a long trip with music, so a draining battery is not cool in that situation... Thanks guys...
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    You got me curious so I just drove around in a snow storm for an hour running Zillow with the GPS in map mode and streaming Google Music in high quality mode.

    Combo of 3G/4G depending on where I was. After an hour my phone went from 49% to 55%.
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    On my Rezound, I use an AC Inverter and the AC charger to keep my phone charged in the car -- I find that the extra current that the AC inverter pushes out keeps the phone charged while it's under heavy use, while the DC car charger or USB charger doesn't.
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    My Nexus did the same while recording a time lapse video on the autobahn a few days back - car chargers aren't very strong, it's kind of like a trickle charger

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    Hmmm, a few mixed results huh?
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    Don't tell anyone, but I stream the NFL games on the way home each Sunday and Monday night and it still charges as I drive.

    Most days I listen to Sirius which is streaming music and have used navigation as well with no loss of battery.
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