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Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by graintrader, Jul 23, 2011.

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    I've noticed if I fully charge/my phone and then leave it on standby overnight, it drains the entire battery after just 8 hours. Is that normal? Wifi gps and bt are off. No apps on, no signal 0%. Is anyone else experiancing this?
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    My X did the same thing for the first few weeks too. No idea why. Now it will go a few days idle. I'd say just use it and it should improve. Batteries can have a break-in period.
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    my wife's D3 is having this same issue, i bought my DX2 at the same time and set both phones up, so most of the options and software are the same

    However, when I go to the battery usage screen, her top 2 are 'cell standby' at 29% and 'phone idle' at 24%

    while my 'cell standby' is at 7% and 'phone idle' at 5%

    She uses her phone as a phone a lot more than I do.
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    I have that exact same problem.....standby and idle are in the 20-30% range while my phone just sits there doing nothing with the screen off and I have no idea why. I talked with motorola but they just gave me tips I have known about for years.

    It's so annoying....my OG nor my droid 2 had this problem. Any suggestions?
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    Don't go to a verizon, they are worthless and will just tell you its normal. I would encourage everyone to call verizon tech support and motorola and report the problem, maybe they will admit they screwed up if we get enough complaints. Go to airplane mode at night.
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    If your phone is mostly sitting idle, of course standby and idle are going to be the largest battery drain. Those percentages are relative to the total battery consumption. Got example, if you made a lot of phone calls, voice calls would show a high percentage and the others would be correspondingly smaller. Does that really not make sense?

    My phone idle and standby are 22% and 18% right now, with 22 hours on battery and 30% left.
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    What you are saying makes sense. But you do not understand the problem. The problem is we are getting 8 hrs of standby on a full battery and left with 10% or less. Last night I put mine into airplane mode, which should give 300 hrs. Died after 9.
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    Yeah, for whatever reason, standby and idle are draining the battery on my phone substantially as well. I've had it off the charger for two and a half hours now, and all the phone has been doing is sitting on my desk with the screen off while I did some work during that time. I've got the extended battery, and it's already down to 72%. There's no reason why it should drop that quickly, and standby and idle are astronomically high on the battery usage. With my original Droid, Droid X, and Droid Pro, they could sit for a couple hours in the exact same fashion, and standby and idle would still be at the bottom of the list for battery usage.

    And that's after the first few days with the extended battery where I had to really try to drain it. It was great. Not so much now.
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    Right, which means the battery drain isn't a radio issue.
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    I just dont see why my battery life on the droid 3 is sooooo bad compared to my d1 and d2 which all have the exact same apps and widgets.

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    Sounds like something a dumb rep would say, but perhaps try loading up a task manager, not the built in one. If it has autokill, TURN IT OFF. That way, it's still a task MANAGER. Use and kill the running apps, then see how long the phone battery lasts. I had similar dismaying battery life on both my D1 and D2G until I loaded one up. Combined with some ending running services. Oh and if you're feeling daring, feel free to kill some system stuff aswell. Things like search applications provider, calendar storage can go. Don't hit anything sensitive sounding though.

    Sent from my cyanoblurred D2G
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    This is actually what I did to fix my battery problems. Turns out my phone was randomly loading the bloatware that has absolutely no reason to turn on. Found this out by combing through logs that I collected overnight. The auto-kill has helped a little as well. I can keep it off the charger and not lose over 10% now.
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    dont need app killer for gingerbread. the phone just eats. its the duel core. best you can do is stay off it or get the extended battery.
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    i've seen lots of theories and i'm not buying much. the dual cores only really engage when being stressed. signal is a typical drain issue. i usually get pretty crappy service here at work, yet my D3 is telling me i have full service. it has got to be the radio.

    both of my D2 and D1 could go a solid 8hrs, steaming Pandora before I'd have to pay attention to the battery (usually 30-15%, depending on other activity). my D3 won't go 2hrs before I have to charge it agian.

    i'm fiddling with it now, to see if it's a break-in period thing, like people suggest, although i'm not seeing it. yet.
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    btw there's a difference between "cell standby" and "phone idle". if you click on cell standby, it says, "battery used by cell radio", which to me is clear indication that the radio is the primary drain here. if the phone was really sitting idle, "phone idle" should be near the top of the list.
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    my wife doesnt use her D3 for 8 hours and the battery dies...

    I bought the DX2 at the same time (also duel core) and my battery will last all day while making calls, playing games, web browser, etc...

    it has nothing to do w/ the fact that it has a duel core processor
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    Running stock blur should not be draining battery. I'm actually unrooted right now, sitting at...50% after 8 hours of moderate use. The display eats up the most battery, being on for 2 hours, and my task manager doesn't even show up under battery use. I might just root and force the phone to be constantly 1200mhz, just to see how long the phone lasts.
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    Incorrect on 3 out of 4 points. Dual core has nothing to do with. Staying off of it is what seems to be really draining the battery. Many people, myself included, are still having the problems with the extended battery.

    No, you don't need an app killer for Gingerbread. But as long as it's not always on and not set to auto kill apps, it's nice to have when a random app didn't shut down properly and continues to run (which can drain the battery and slow down the phone).

    It's true that it shouldn't, but the Droid 3 does have a newer version of Blur than your Droid 2 Global. I don't think it's the problem, but something is clearly off with the phone for so many people to be having these kind of issues. My Droid 3 has been off the charger for an hour (it was at 100% when I took it off), and it's just been sitting on my desk not being used the entire time. I just checked, and I'm already down to 84% on the extended battery. Standby time should not drop the battery that quickly. Besides the fact that Droid 3 and the Droid 2 Global are different phones (and will experience different levels of battery life), something is clearly off with the Droid 3 for many people.
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    The wife and I both have D3s that we picked up on Tuesday. I got the D1 the day it got out, so I'm used to what the "average" battery consumption should be on an Android device. This phone, though, is insane.

    I charged my phone last night to 100%, went to work this morning at 8 am, and then picked up my phone to check something at around 9:45. My battery was already at 40% (!!!!) and the back of the phone was burning up like it was running constantly. I checked battery status and here's what I saw.

    Cell Standby 40% (12% time without a signal)
    Phone Idle 26%
    Android System 14%
    Groupon (need to disable the constant checks) 6%
    com.motorola.home 4%
    Display 3%
    Android OS 3%
    Maps 2%
    Media 2%
    com.motorola.contacts 2%

    I connected my phone to my second computer to charge it--which I've done w/o problem all week. I pick the phone up about 20 minutes later to check, and I'm down to 30%. Another 10 minutes, I'm at 15%. WTF?! The phone is DISCHARGING while charging! I know the MAX output of a USB port is ~500ma, and that the wall charger is ~750ma, but there's no reason for that.

    I'm seriously starting to think that this phone was a bad decision.
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    This could just be my phone randomly starting to work correctly, but originally if I had 100% charge when I went to bed and unplugged the phone, when I woke up it would be at about 30%. Now a few days ago I used my phone until it was 100% dead, as in it wouldn't even attempt to turn on anymore. Then when I got back home I left it off and let it charge to 100% via the wall charger. After it reached 100 I booted it while still plugged in and then unplugged it after the boot finished. Now I can leave it off the charger overnight, which to me is 8 or 9 hours, and only lose at most 10% and that's with the battery saver settings disabled.
    So try completely draining it and then doing a full charge, it might work, or the batteries/phones may be defective.
    Cheers
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