Battery gets hot... and mean HOT!!! (READ ME)

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  1. Kevin8se7en
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    My phone got HOT as hell yesterday while charging it. I don't mean warm.. I mean HOT. My power manager said OVHT which obviously means OVERHEAT... the screen was very hot as well. It was charging for about an hour and a half before I noticed and the battery only said 15% when normally it should say somewehre around 80% in that time... anybody else experience this?

    I'm going to go exchange my phone ASAP for another Droid... I probably just got a "lemon". I'm writing this because it was fine for almost a full week and honestly.. it's a fire hazard... if it had been plugged in for longer, who knows how hot it would have gotten. Basically, at least for the next week or so, don't leave the house with your phone charging, i'd make sure it doesn't do what mine did for a week or 2 before trusting it.

    NOTE: To explain the degree of heat... kind of like the metal part of a seatbelt in a car that's been in the sun for several hours... it almost hurts but not quite. It would make an infant cry.
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    Dude I've left my battery charging for a couple hours before I went to the gym (it was at 50%). I got home an hour and a half later and it was at 30% and the battery was hot as hell.

    This is my second battery and the guy said if I had an issue with this one, I can go and exchange the phone. Guess what I'm doing tomorrow lol.
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    I would definitely take em back if you are having issues, you don't need exploding phones ;)
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    Yeah, with what i've read about the batteries and iphone issues. I think the main issue was in asia, through a battery manufacturer over there. But the batteries got so hot they actually exploded. I know there have been a few iphone / ipod issues also here in the US. If at any time your phone gets very hot to the touch, i don't mean warm, but HOT, you should instantly turn it off and remove the battery. I would take the unit to the closest verizon store and explain to them what is going on, or if there isn't one close or you just don't have the time, then call up verizon and they should be able to overnight a replacement, whether it be a battery or entire phone. Seeing the damage it has done to people, i would NEVER chance anything like that.

    Below is a link to what happened to the iphones just in case:

    Another iPhone Explodes in Europe

    PS.. the reason I use the Iphone as a reference is because it's more of the well known.
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    Yes, my phone battery has started getting very hot. Sometimes when it is not even charging. About a week ago it stopped holding a good charge. By mid afternoon it was dead, I had made about 4 short calls and that's it! I called verizon and they said they have had no reports of hot batteries and if it's hot I should trade out the phone. But this just started happening a week ago. I went to the Verizon store and they said it was the battery only. Gave me new one to try. Today it is still draining fast. Half of the charge is gone by noon and I have not even used the damn thing.

    Help!
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    As long as you're within a month of buying it, you can exchange the phone for a new one if it is defective. Go back to the store and ask for a new phone; explain that two different batteries did this, and they ought to let you switch it out.
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    Just got my droid today for xmas. I haven't had an issue as of yet, however I have had the exact situation you are describing with a Samsung Blackjack I used to have back in the day. The problem in that situation was the memory card. There was a defect with the memory card that would cause an electrical short that drained the battery extremely quickly and overheated the unit.



    Have you tried using the unit without the memory card installed? Try charging the unit without the memory card installed, charge it to full capacity and then use it as normal. If your phone does not overheat anymore that could be what is causing the problem.
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    Something similar is happening to me but not when I am charging. I notice it when the icon with the two arrows in a circle (syncing???) appears in the upper right hand corner next to the "3G" icon.

    It makes me wonder if the problem isn't the battery but that the phone is doing some background function that is killing the battery. That icon will appear for hours, make the phone hot, and drain the battery.

    Has anyone else noticed this? Could this be what's causing the phone to get hot and the battery to drain? What is the icon for?

    Thanks in advance, everyone.
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    Battery issue resolved.

    Verizon traded out the phone and shipped me a new one. That fixed it. Now I will go the whole day and with heavier usage my battery may only discharge to 60-70%. There was definitely a bug in that first phone.
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    Interesting. I may have to talk with Verizon (but it's been over 30 days since I got the phone).

    The "phone gets hot, battery drains, syncing icon comes on" thing doesn't happen every day. It only happens about once a week. I will normally get almost 2 days of usage on the phone. Then when the syncing icon thing happens, my battery drains in about 6 hours (all settings stay the same).
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    Everybody make note of Solutions post in here as well.
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    No if I wanted that, I'd buy an iPhone, LOL!
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    Battery issue resolved.

    the first time I went back to Verizon they traded out the battery within the 30 period. That did not make a difference. I went back two weeks later and had a bit more animated discussion with them. they decided to trade it out under warranty and shipped me a new one. That worked.

    I think they know there are droid phones out there with this bug/issue but they try not to admit it. Anyway, I love the phone now.

    Oh, and if you go to Verizon location, go to a corporate store vs. franchise location. You'll have a better chance of getting it traded out for a new one.
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    The one and only time my phone got warm was running navigation for 30 min.
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    Mine has been getting hot with and without charging. I guess I will have to get a new phone. What a drag!!! I also, noticed that once while driving with my sister, I could not make a call but she was to the same number at the same time with a Samsung phone. What's up with that? Could it be the phone getting hot? Anyone have the same thing happen? :r_c:
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    my original droid did that once. The phone got hot as hell and wouldnt charge at all. I thought it was the battery so i swapped it out with my other droid and its been working fine ever since on both phones.. I dont know the cause of it, but its never happend again.
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    it happens to me once every 2-3 weeks. I shut the phone and re-boot and it's fine. At 3.5 months, I don't think I have much recourse.
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    Hot Droid

    My phone get's uncomfortably hot during calls. Also, when plugged into USB, if I try to use the standard eMail client, the phone gets very hot and the battery begins to drain. If, however, I Kill the Tasks, the phone cools down and begins to charge again.

    Is this typical behavior or do I have a defective unit? I'm still within the 30-days. I'm wondering if I should get it switched out.
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    You sure do. I think. AFAIK all verizon phones are warrantied against defects for a year. I sued to cwitch blackberrys out all the time. They've had their fair share of bugs too. Just go in with some documentation of the problem whne uit happened how often and maybe print this thread up too. jsut go with plenty of time. A trip to my verizon store takes 2-3 hours inside jsut to get to a tech
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    my motorola Q used to do the same thing. Just unplug it, wait a bit then plug it back in. Stop flipping out and taking your phones back! lol
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