11:15 30% battery

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  1. HayWire

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    I unplugged at 4 am and its now 11:16 and my battrey is st 30%, after some light use. is this normal? how can I change my sync settings on email and such? I work a 12 hr day so I've gotta have it.last me till then. looks like an extended battery is in my future.

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    You should add the power control app to your desktop; there you can change Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, sync (just leave this one on), and screen brightness.
    (After you get bored with this one get switcher pro, 99¢)
    Keeping most of those off should help a ton.

    You should also go into your battery settings under settings>battery manager>battery mode. I usually keep mine in maximum battery saver when I won't be around my charger for a while.

    If you've come from a non-smart phone the battery life will be something to adjust to but the sheer power of this phone makes it worth it.
    Just make sure you have a charger at home and in your car and you should be ok. Maybe take an extra charger to work if need be?
     
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    Oh my, there are so many different variables of why your battery looses that much juice. What's that? 6 hours to 30%

    How's your 3G coverage? Are your settings keeping your DX awake at all times? Widgets pulling and email pushing nonstop? "Some light use" is ...5 texts and some internet? Gaming?

    Has this been happening since day 1? Or did all the sudden the DX go bananas and have nothing left? could be a battery gone bad.
     
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    My day starts at 4:30am... my DX use to run out of juice daily by about 2-3pm; since I started using JuiceDefender (from the market) I can often make it until 7-10pm before I have to plug in...

    I have noticed that I will occaisonally have days where my battery will drain before noon; usually this is due to some app not releasing GPS or wifi and keeping it active.
     
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    Ignore the first part of wefflers post. Enabling WiFi uses LESS battery then 3G, so you're better off using it when you have it available. Also you can always leave GPS enabled because it isn't used unless you're running an app that requires it.

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    Battery Life

    Here's my tips (Doesn’t apply to all phones):

    1. (Doesn’t apply to all phones) Go to settings/wireless & networks/mobile networks/Enable always-on data. Uncheck always on data. Your phone will still receive email, text, & phone calls as before as well as internet usage but your battery will last a lot longer.

    2. Emails: I don't know what email app you use, but try this. It saves battery power and in some cases emails arrive quicker. This scheme will have you using only the Gmail app on the phone for all email accounts whether they are pop3 accounts or Gmail. Go to the Google Gmail inbox on your computer and log into the Gmail account. On the top right of the screen is an option called Settings. In there is an option to have the Gmail program poll your regular, non-Gmail accounts (From the inbox; Settings/Accounts & Import/ Check mail using POP3). Provide the email address and the password. The Google Gmail program will then poll your other accounts on a frequency from 1-5 minutes and push the email immediately to your phone. The polling frequency is determined by each account's activity - more emails = faster polling. This saves battery power because on the android OS pop3 accounts are polled at a frequency of 1-30 minutes and that really eats battery. Because the phone goes and checks those accounts for mail whether there is mail there or not.

    3. If you are using Live Wall Papers, stop!

    4. Use wifi any time it is available. It uses a lot less power than 3G and it is much faster.

    5. If there are widgets that automatically update (facebook, weather, etc.) change their update frequency in their settings menu. Set them to 30mins or 1 hour.

    6. Oh, almost forgot, get the extended battery from Verizon.

    7. Turn off the GPS unless you are actually using it. There are some background apps that can burn a lot of power via a live gps.

    8. The Power Control Widget is a good tool for easily turning on and off some of these features (gps, wifi, screen brightness, etc.).

    9. From the home screen do the following: menu/settings/About Phone/Battery Use. This graph will show the 10 biggest power users on the phone. It should always be Screen as the top user and the android os, android system, phone standby and phone idle should be the other top users. If there is an app listed you should determine if it’s an app you actually use a lot or do you have a rogue app that needs to be uninstalled.

    10. Get Screebl. It will turn your phone off anytime you are not actively using it.

    11. If you have either a task killer or an anti-virus app installed, you should uninstall.

    12. Go to data>system>and delete batterystats.bin after you've charged your phone to 100%. This will help with battery meter accuracy.

    13. D2G - go in to settings, wireless and networks, mobile network and change the network type from global to CDMA only. The d2g is locked out from using the local GSM networks in the US. You don't need global radio turned on in the US just overseas. Go into Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Mode > and turn off the default setting of Global and turn on CDMA. This assumes you are in the US.
    [FONT=&quot]14. If you have ad blocker, turn it off.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]15. If you are using Launcher Pro, try switching to ADW for a while.[/FONT]
     
  7. Rocko

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    That is not good.

    Turn screen brghtness down to lowest acceptable amount
    Turn screen timeout to lowest acceptable time
    Turn off GPS
    Turn off wifi and data syn when not in use.
    *228 and update roaming.

    This should yield you 24-40hrs with a light user.
     
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    Hey dick, spell my name right.
    Also, thanks for the tip on the wifi. Didn't know about this.
     
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    Possibly, but leaving wifi on when you are not using your phone for data wastes battery. Basically turn everything off when not in use.

    And don't curse at someone for any reason. Not cool.
     
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  11. HayWire

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    Thanks for all the tips! Ive downloaded screeble and the battery defender, I am also going to look and see how I can change how my mail syncs. Turns out, I forgot to turn off wifi today when I left the house so it was probably searching for the work network all day... I'll report back after I've made these changes. Fyi, my dock came, and I love it!

    Edit: I found disable background data. If I use this option, can I still use apps like pandora and espn radio? I use them alot..But it looks like it will kill background data that may help me save some juice.
     
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    I`ll back up what Bayou said, as well as chime in on the WiFi issue...turn off WiFi if you dont have a WiFi connection to connect to, else the phone will constantly be "searching" for a WiFi connection...which does drain the battery.

    Heres what i do to keep my DX up and running in excess of 12-17 hours daily...and have made it as far as the screenshot attached below...

    1) Disable all "pushing" activity...e-mail, Facebook, Twitter etc...unless you absolutely have to have it sync on the go. I have mine set for manual, on WiFi only.

    2) Widgets...roll back the "polling" times on widgets that need data connections, Beautiful Widgets being one of them...my weather stats update every 12 hours unless I do a manual poll...

    3) Battery Saver Mode is set to Nighttime Saver...seems to work just as well as Maximum Saver and I still have all my data requirements at the ready.


    4) Screen Brightness set to Automatic...screen brightens up in dark areas, darkens in light areas...no fumbling around trying to see the screen cause you have it set to Ray Charles Mode...

    5) Liberty ROM...this ROM alone added about 1-2 hours of battery savings to my DX...6) You can also root and then underclock your DX`s processor so that it runs at lower clock speeds when full speed is not needed...but you need to get used to the phone before just busting out and Over/Under clocking the device...