Another battery thread

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    Battery life isn't good enough.
    3 hours of being unplugged. Zero use. down to 76% already.
    cell standby 70%
    phone idle 20%
    screen 10%

    That isn't good enough. I've tried Juice defender for several days...it did nothing to help so I uninstalled.
    screen at Auto. (but that doesn't matter....i'm not using the phone...just sitting idle it takes waaay to much battery.
    WHY? i understand if i use it...the big screen the data being pulled in. but just sitting on standby and idle, why such a battery drain when not in use??
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    Are you in a place with very little signal? The battery will decrease as it is constantly searching for signal if that's the case.

    EDIT: Mentioned the above because of your percentage of usage going towards "cell standby".
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    Dont worry man. I have the EXACT same issue. I unplug it at 5 AM every morning, go into work, and at my 8:00 break, which is the first time I check my phone since I got up, I look at it and its at 70% battery....Makes 0 sense
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    Did you just get your phone? Have you fully drained/charged it yet?
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    I'm at work...and it is FULL 4 bars of solid 3G strength here. always.

    I got my phone on the first day it was out. july 15th. i have let it completely drain 2 or 3 times fully.
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    Than it must have something to do with the widgets you have running, etc.

    By the way, you said 76% in your first post of this thread. Android only displays battery life in increments of 10 before hitting 15%. Where did you come up with 76?
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    Battery Left is the battery widget i have going to show me the exact percentage.
    I have the darn thing 100% calibrated for accuracy but it is usually showing a vastly different number than what the stock battery thing shows. can be off by 20% or so.

    if widgets or whatever are using up my battery is there a way to know. That screen that says phone idle and cell standby isn't very useful if its widgets sucking it down.
    I use the built in weather widget...and have google calendar.
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    Is that the only widgets you have? It might even be the battery widget that's causing such a drain, seeing as how it updates for every 1%. Than again I've never used said widget so wouldn't know.

    A good application to find out which apps/widgets are using up battery/CPU is "SystemPanel App / Task Manager".
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    My wife had the exact same problem, and yesterday her phone wouldn't even charge. I looked it up and someone recommended taking out the battery. I tried that and phone started charging and this morning she told me she still had a full charge from last night. previous nights she would have half the charge by morning.

    Maybe a fix, we'll have to wait and see how it does in the next few days.
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    I've pulled the battery a couple times.
    I do have Android System Info.
    I've watched it work sorting by CPU usage many times and nothing seems to be using more than 0% when i'm in there...exempt for the Android system itself and the system info app itself when i'm in there.

    I think the weather widget doesn't update that much....cuz when i open it...i can see when it last updated for a split second before it updates to the current time cuz I opened it.

    last week i used a task killer program pretty religiously. it did Nothing at all to help battery life and made the phone chug a bit here at there. so i uninstalled that a week ago.

    I leave off wifi, bt, gps and all that until i'm actually going to use it.
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    Standard answer: These phones suck up a lot of juice. 2 hours and 51 minutes since unplugging 2 hours and 52 minutes since unplugging, I'm down to 80%.

    I did plug in briefly to do download a file manager. So really it's more like 4 hours.

    The fix is to buy a spare battery. By a charger for wall, or car wherever you need it and live with it. A docking station for when it's idle.

    I don't have an X but battery use is just a fact of life. That's why you see 500,000 of them throughout the forum.
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    yeah i know.
    the only thing i dont like is how it uses TONS of battery life while its locked and the screen is off. I have no problems with how fast it chews it up when i'm using it.
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    Yeah I still have not gone back to the DX, but I am pretty sure I am ready to jump back in. I took it back because of battery life, but I think it is just something I will deal with. I have a BB Tour now and I can go two full days on steady use (for me anyway), just have to realize other phones can't do that. The positives of the Droid outway the bad battery life.
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    If you got a Blackberry Storm 2 you wouldn't see that much difference in battery life. Yes, it does last longer but it's only a matter of a few hours.
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    Yeah I never like the touchscreen on either Storm phone. I do however like the looks of that BB Slider they have coming out for ATT. But still think I will go with Droid.
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    I get 1 day + out of my battery and I use the phone a fair amount. 2 hours of phone calls, 30 to 40 texts and that amount is growing, I download apps during lunch and live wall papers to play with and pass my breaks/lunch times.

    Yesterday I put my phone on the charger and it was 1 day 6 hours and had 30% charge.

    I don't know what you guys have running but I suggest you download system panel and let it run for 8 hours and see.
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    I had a battery problem untill i removed ATK, drained and charged over night. My phone would last about 4-5 hours before this. I removed widgets and tried each one I found the the ATK used about 10% more jucie an hour. I also take the battery out every morning for a fresh restart. My phone last about 9 hours with all the widgets installed back on. So i say no ATK for me. I just use the one installed on the phone. This helped me I hope it will help someone else.
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    according to a fully calibrated Battery Left widget....my dx will go 11 hours with a full charge if i never use it. if i use it...of course it will drain much quicker. I'm saying no usage....the drain coming from idle and cell standby in a full 4 bar 3G area.

    that's Far from acceptable.
    (with an emphasis on FAR)

    edit....at the rate i use the phone on a normal day. i need to gas it up twice besides the normal over night charge. normal for me is a couple phone calls. 10 txts. and internet browsing here and there.
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    12 hours from unplugging and im at 50% with moderate use throughout the day. I don't use any task killers because they use more battery than it saves.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
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    i unplugged at 7 am today with everything off. i text throughout the day and use the web etc. i send around 500ish texts a day give or take i know its alot of screen draw but still it was 40 percent when i got out of work today at 2 i cannot wait for that extended battery that supposed to be the same size as current battery im buying the day it drops