battery and memory issues

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    I feel stupid posting this..........

    My battery has been draining at speeds I'm not used to. My phone sits idle a lot because of not being able to use it at work. But, in the beginning, I would leave and come home with almost a full battery.

    Now I leave for work and come home with half a battery.....IDK what's causing this. I don't use a task killer. Could it be LauncherPro?

    I have system panel on my phone and it's telling me most of memory is in use and I have 32% left. I truly don't have a lot of apps on my phone, 45 at the most. Is that a lot? I'm finding this hard to believe that these little apps are sucking my phone dry. If that's the case, then I'll delete them.

    So, is there a way to tell what's draining the battery and what's hogging my memory?

    When I check the system...it tells me the display is taking up most of the battery which I know is normal. From there, it's phone idle, Cell standby, Android OS, dialer, etc.

    I don't keep wifi, gps or anything on. I keep the brightness down low. I even have a dark background pic.

    Could someone tell me or guide me in the right direction here? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I don't know if you're having the same issue i am, but there's definitely something going on with my battery.
    As of late, my battery drains at rapids speeds. I lose about 10% every 15 minutes or so, and even when my phone is charging it still drains. My phone says charging, but the battery still drains.
    I don't know if Jarby is having this same problem, but it pretty much sucks.
    I've tried different kernels, ROMS, whatever and i still have this problem...
     
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    The problem with it not charging is a problem with your battery or your charger. Nothing to do with a rom or kernel.
     
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    Wait a sec, DISPLAY is taking most up? I'm not exactly a genius but I know the display is only supposed to use battery when the screen is on. If the lights are on for that long(don't ask me how) they would take up half battery easily. Also if you have many widgets their syncing to the internet can suck up battery.
     
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    If you're getting a full work day (estimating roughly 10 hours including commute, and using it occasionally) and you're still at ~50%, that's not all around too horrible. If you say you used to get better life; what apps have you installed since then?
     
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    If your display is using up a lot of battery when you're not using the phone, check to make sure the screen isn't sliding out in your pocket. If the screen slides back and forth in your pocket it will keep the screen lit, using battery.

    Also check and see how much battery the cell radio is using. If its a lot, check how much time you are without signal. Being in a poor or no service area sucks up an impressive amount of battery. This can also occur when leaving the phone in a locker or other faraday cage like area.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    Thanks for the ideas and info everyone.

    I came home today with mild use on my phone from an 8 hour work day. The display used 41% of the battery. Even though I hardly used it....odd.

    I don't use a lot of widgets....my smartphone is becoming a basic dumb phone as I continue on here. I use AppOrganizer which creates shortcuts for me to get to my apps.....but I've always had that unless the update changed something.....?.........

    @ Droidman101..I stopped the widget syncing, so I'll see how it works tomorrow. I forgot about that...duh!

    @yourunderarrest, I don't have that problem...that's extreme....I'd be back at Verizon or whoever complaining about that.

    and @ Showtime, I deleted most of the apps I thought would be an issue. Anything I have downloaded lately has been deleted. I even deleted my beloved LauncherPro and went back to stock screens....Bleh! But, I'm playing around to see what's going on here.

    And by cell radio Explosivpotato, do you mean the cell standby? It used 16% today.

    My phone is on me at all times.......Somehow it used 30% with me sending out a few texts today, adding a contact, checking the weather, checking the system panel, keeping it on vibrate, and using the browser for a full minute ??? IDK.

    1hr5m35s of display time used 43%
    I went 1% without a signal with 11hr15m33s on which used 16%

    I'm thinking I'm over reacting, someone please let me know!!! Cause I'm driving myself nuts. :icon_eek:
     
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    For me with the OEM battery, my Droid would go from 100% at 7am and be at 20% at 11pm (or 16 hours) with moderate use. I wasn't worried as I could charge it overnight.
     
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    OH yeah....I forgot about the whole charging thing....I'll give that a shot and see how my battery is after that....

    Seriously? wth?

    I was just seeing if I had a battery issue or if this was normal battery drainage with hardly any use.
     
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    Just saying what I was experiencing. I understand that there is a battery drain with a smartphone. I was staying overnight at a friend's house and the phone went from 100% to 80% overnight without anything being used.

    I figure if it can last for one day on a single charge it's OK with me.
     
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    OK, I got ya....I thought you were being a smart***. Sorry.

    I just don't get it.....the battery shouldn't drain if I'm not using it. It's just annoying, that's all. I was hoping it was something I was doing or something I could do to make it better.
     
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    What's your reception like where you work? Poor reception can chew up battery like crazy as the phone works even harder to try and find and maintain a signal.
     
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    the reception is decent as far as I know. When I checked the cell signal for the day, it told me I was without a signal for 1% of the time. And I know exactly when that was too. I was in a JCPenney on the lower level where there is no reception.
    But besides that.....no issues of reception that I know of. :)
     
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    I understand how you feel. My last phone was a Voyager and with the extended battery it lasted almost a week without having to recharge (I rarely have a cell phone on more than 16 hours at a time). Then I get the Droid and now it became a daily recharge. Even with the extended battery I might only get a weekend out of it. When I said 16 hours from 100% to 20% that was maybe 3 phone calls, a daily check of the Market for any update and maybe a little internet looking at the links provided by my news app.

    Most of the threads I see say it's "the nature of the beast" (ie a smartphone). There are various debates on whether Wifi saves battery power vs 3G and whether to turn GPS on only when you need it. And as for Task Killer threads, oh boy.

    In short, if your battery is dead in a few hours there's a problem. It may be only bad reception, but that's a really battery killer. I've heard that some apps are battery hogs.
     
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    This is my first smartphone, so I guess I just need to get used to it.

    I did delete a lot of the useless apps that I didn't use. Stopped the auto-sync. Downloaded Juiceplotter, SeePU, and mini info. I'm tracking everything now to see where the drainage is.

    I unplugged my phone at 10 am this morning. Although it's been sitting idle for most of the day besides a few texts and visiting the market. It is now 10:46 pm and the battery is showing 90%. I must say, I am impressed. dancedroid

    It's amazing how widgets and apps suck the battery dry. Live and learn....live and learn....

    P.S. This question is for anyone....if you know you're not getting good reception, do you think it's better to just put your phone into airplane mode?
     
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