Battery Life and Battery Temperature

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    Hi all -

    I am trying to figure out if my unit is OK or whether I have a defective battery. My first concern is the battery life. I've been on battery for nearly 8 hours today (7:42) and am somewhere between 30-40% charge left. This includes 2:15 of screen-on time. I'm not really sure what other info I can provide. I have the Smart actions battery extender enabled, and I have the backlight set to autoadjust (I realize this can burn up the battery a bit but I'm not trying to get the absolute most out of the battery that I can - I'm just trying to figure out whether my battery is ok).

    Does this sound reasonable? I never have to charge during this day, so honestly I am fine with this battery life, but it seems to me like some people get 2 days out of the battery whereas I only get one (and it always seems like these people claim to have moderate-heavy usage).


    I also frequently hit battery temps over 40 degrees C, especially when browsing the internet. Is this typical/expected/OK? I really don't want to have a defective battery explode and leak all over me - that would not be fun.

    Cheers! Thanks for any advice.
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    your fine

    i've had this phone since it came out, and people exaggerate about how amazing the battery. yes it is better than any other 4g phone's pathetic battery life. however, for me if i abuse the phone, whether its texting, talking, using internet, games, streaming movies, its usually about a day.

    temperature is fine, if it is kept in your pocket it gets hot very quickly. phone lasts more than a day usually when i just use it to talk and text only. also people that claim it lasts more than 2 days or whatever live in a 3g area only so its easier for battery to be stronger.

    don't worry, you can always go to verizon for a over-night replacement.
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    My Maxx is doing pretty good.

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    I got my razr maxx about a month ago. I was only getting about 10-12 hours out of a charge. And my temp was hitting 108 farenheit quite a bit. I took it in and the manager looked at it and pulled up the battery screen and said its showing that its fine. I said well there are people saying they are getting a day and a half to two days on a charge and mine barely gets 12 hours. Plus it gets really hot. He goes well if it happens again then come back before your 14 days are up and if its still doing it we will swape it out for a new one. I told him politely that I live 45 minutes from the nearest verizon store and I dont want to have to go out of my way to come back down here. So he goes Im not suppose to do this cause I dont see a problem but I will change it out. That phone was a week old. The next one is a week and a half old and Im still getting the same battery time but the phone is a lot cooler. I think I only hit 100 degrees on it once. Its usually around 85-90 degrees.
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    How are you getting that good of battery life? Im coming from a Thunderbolt so Im trying to figure out all the different stuff with this phone. I use it moderatly with wifi off 90% of the time and 4g off all the time unless im in 4g coverage. Would like some tips thanks.
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    First thing I would do is calibrate your battery meter to ensure your readings are correct. The following advice comes from Professor FoxKat, our resident battery wizard.

    1. Power OFF your phone and let it charge to 100%. You can check the level of charge by pressing either volume button.
    2. Turn your phone back on and use normally until you get the 'low battery warning' at 15%.
    3. Repeat step 1.
    4. Repeat this process every other month or so.

    Once that's done, try enabling some Smart Actions like Battery Extender, which will allow you to turn off cell data, background sync, etc, (whatever you choose) while your display is off. You can also try using Task Manager, which will auto-end apps you select two minutes after the display is off. Note: some of this info might change once ICS is released to the masses, but the gist of it remains the same.

    Finally, take a look at the Battery Forum - Smartphone Battery Discussion. Lots of good tips there too.
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    This makes me nervous. I'm actually starting to think the phone might be a lemon - the past two days I've had multiple random freezes and shutdowns, and after turning it on during a flight yesterday I had a bunch of random processes crash. And my ringtones changed by themselves which is also a bit odd. The phone is only a month old (as of yesterday).
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    Very concerning. I bought one a week ago today. I've had to reboot it once but aside from that it's been okay... the battery isn't getting 21hrs of use time though... it also is nowhere near the stated standby time either. It seems I'll get 48hrs on a charge barely using the phone. If I do some work on it I'm gonna have to charge at night or face a dry battery in the middle of the next day. This is their 1st claimed "super-battery"... in other words it's not going to perform 1/2 as good stated. The Verizon salesman said "bring it back in if you're not getting near 21hrs use"... I plan to keep doing that until the battery issue is fixed to match Motorola's claims.
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    Well I did what you said and I woke up around 630 and took it off the charger. Then at around 10 I noticed it said on battery for a half hour. I did restart it so not sure if that effects anything? I set up some smart action stuff. I turned on Battery extender, low battery saver, nighttime battery saver, sleep. All at default settings. So far today I have used the phone for checking email, facebook, a few texts, 1 phone call, and downloaded two apps. My battery is now at what it says 77% on the app I downloaded and 80% on the actual phone software with what it says 1 hour 37 minutes on battery. I wouldnt think the battery would go that quick with not a whole lot of use. Does it take a while for it to train?

    Sorry to the OP for stealing your thread.
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    Just before I took my original phone in to get replaced the screen actually turned upside down and i couldnt get it to go back to normal. I had to turn it upside down (with the charging port facing down).
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    Curious for those with battery life issues are you on 4g or 3g does your area switch between 3g and 4g a lot? That could be some of the problem. It may not be but just a thought have you tried setting it to 3g only just for a day and see if your battery life is a little better? I have had 3 different Maxx's. The first one did good for a 10 days and then the sound stopped and my battery failed a few days later. The battery got super hot and would not hold a charge. My 2nd phone worked great until it fell out of my car charger and broke the screen. My third Maxx which I have had for a few days is doing fine with the battery they have all been pretty consistent which tells me that signal could play a role in battery life which you don't have a lot of control over.
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    1. Continue to use it normally until you get the 15% low battery warning, then power OFF and recharge to 100%. Once that's done, you should be good to go -- use/charge your phone as you normally do. However, never intentionally drain it completely.

    2. The battery itself does not require training. What we're accomplishing is training the meter to reflect an accurate level of charge. FoxKat's guidance should be accomplished every two to three months.

    Hopefully you'll see better results immediately.
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    Wow.. I hope your luck improves :)

    I agree that signal plays a big role in battery life. When I have network issues around my house, I can tell because my battery will get sucked down really quick.

    DROID RAZR MAXXIMIZED!!!! PREPARE TO BE VANQUISHED!!!
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    I have it set for CDMA. I do not live in a 4g area yet. Its a mile or so away from me. So the phone is always on 3g unless I know im in a 4g area which is not very often. I had the Thunderbolt and with it on 3g and the extended battery. I could go all day and have 60% left. Doing the samething on the razr maxx im at 70% just after like 3 hours.

    Ok thanks Im hoping so
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    I live in a 3G only area and had it set to 3G only for about two weeks. Tbh, I didn't notice a difference in battery life. However, that may because I don't live anywhere near 4G - so it's not like it's bouncing back and forth between 3G/4G connectivity.
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    Yeah had the X for almost two years and no accidents or anything get the Maxx and on my 3rd phone not cool! lol Yeah I think a lot of the battery issues for some is signal strength which can be hard to pin point and not a lot of options to fix. I will be traveling to Ohio next week so I am looking forward to trying 4G for the first time and see how my battery does with it.
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    If you use badass battery monitor it tells you your signal strength though out the day. Might be something to look at to see if your battery is struggling to find a signal. Again this may have nothing to do with your issues just something I have seen talked about around here before. :)
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    I've had my Razr Maxx activated for about a week now (had it a while longer, but waited until I had my original Incredible backed up before activating the Maxx), and I've been thoroughly unimpressed with both the battery life on the Maxx, as well as the long time it takes to charge it compared to my Incredible with the Seidio 3500 mAh battery. I could have the Incredible charged in a few short hours with it powered on, while the Maxx takes 6 - 8 hours to charge from 10-15% while powered off. The Incredible would charge to 100% & maintain that charge while in my RAM car mount plugged into the car charger & running navigation & Pandora all day on long road trips; the Maxx actually discharges the battery while running navigation (no Pandora) and plugged into a factory Motorola car charger. The battery app I found to check the level & temp of the battery shows the battery at over 100 degrees while charging, and higher when sitting in the car mount running navigation & charging. I'm getting about 8 - 10 hours of life before hitting the 15% warning, and I use the phone moderately (as much as can be expected while at work), and I've followed all of FoxKat's suggestions on conditioning the battery meter, etc. I'm probably going to take it back to the store & get it swapped, but I'm hoping it's not just hit-or-miss with the quality on these phones, as I'm leaving on a 2-week road trip in 2 days, and will need my phone to actually perform as advertized for navigation & web/email/communication while I'm away from home. Any suggestions/ideas on the likelihood I just got a lemon & whether a swap will resolve the battery issue? BTW, my 4G connection has periodically gone from blue with 5 solid bars to white, still with 5 bars, while engaging navigation, so it took forever to try to plot a route; I turned the phone off, then back on, and that appeared to reset whatever vapor-locked it & it started connecting to data properly again. Lame.
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    You're gonna love 4g. You might not want to leave that speed behind :)

    DROID RAZR MAXXIMIZED!!!! PREPARE TO BE VANQUISHED!!!
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    Someone else may chime in here, but common battery hog culprits are having wifi on when there is no wifi available, 4g-3g on when there is poor 4g available or no 4g available (the phone will keep trying to connect to 4g or keep switching between 3g to 4g which sucks allot of battery), background sync enabled, etc. Your 5 bars are for your phone reception not your data. The 3g or 4g icons are for your data reception. If it has blue arrows that means it is transferring data connected to google servers, white arrows means it is transferring data over the internet. No arrows doesn't necessarily mean you lost connection, just that no data is being transferred at that time.

    Things to do to get better battery life:
    -keep your phone in 3g only mode unless you are in an area with good 4g reception or if you need the faster speed (watching youtube, netflix, etc). Navigation works fine, if not better, in 3g.
    -turn off wifi when not in use. Turn off data if on wifi.
    -turn auto sync and sync your background data when you actually need it.
    -set your email accounts to fetch at longer intervals (I have most of mine set at every four hours. The only one I have set art every 15 min is my work email. The others automatically give me my new email when I go into that email account).
    -turn location services off for facebook.

    Many of these settings will also help your phone stay cooler.

    In settings, look at battery usage. What does it show is using most of your battery? That will give us some more info to help you.

    Your Maxx should be able to get at least 20 hours, depending on use. Keep us posted and we will keep troubleshooting.

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