battery life fix

Discussion in 'HTC Droid Eris' started by ironslave, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. lowtech

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    "2 - Check your awake time. If it running at or near 100%, some app or another is not letting the phone sleep. Once I got to the bottom of this (in my case, YouMail), battery life markedly improved."

    How do you do this? I'll try anything at this point... love the phone - hate the battery!
     
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    Go to Settings (appears as an icon in the window showing all icons), then scroll to the bottom & press "About Phone", then press "Status" and scroll to the bottom in order to see Awake Time. The percentage is more important than the time. A percentage between 0 and 30% would be indicative of someone experiencing good battery performance; a vakue at or near 100% means you're draining it quickly and getting close to buying a different phone.
     
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    Like I said before, YouMail was killing mine too. After uninstalling it, I am at 15% awake time for 86hours of uptime and my battery is good for over 20 hours. That is also with GPS and WiFi on all the time and bluetooth on when I need it. I am very happy with it. Now if only we could get updated so we can get navigation :)
     
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    Mine went from not-too-bad to VERY BAD, suddenly. I checked the setting and... 100%!!! I recalled installing and running Astro with some components prior to the sudden decline in battery life. I uninstalled that app and... 23%! Hmmm... very dramatic!

    I do not have YouMail installed, so this must have been my big problem app. Now I will drain and recharge a few times and see how it goes...

    Thanks very much for this tip!
     
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    It didn't work for me.
     
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    I've had the Eris for 8 days now, let the battery fully discharge for 3 days running before charging. Awake time is 33 hours and i average between 13% to 21%. I have disabled always-on mobile netwok, but left mobole network connected (3G). I have disabled Auto Backlight and have the Brightness set at 25%. Got rid of Advanced Task Killer and some other misc apps. I'm getting about 36 hours before having to charge it. I think over time if you treat the battery right, and watch what apps your running (that would be trial & error), it's a pretty good phone.
     
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    Seriously?

    Hey everyone. I'm new to these forums and found it by searching on information on the Eris. After reading through the comments. I think we all have to step back and look at this from outside the box. Why should anyone here have to change their normal usage patterns just to get or even maybe get a decent battery life. The fault lays squarely with HTC/Google. We shouldn't have to shell out for a extended battery. If anything, they should provide one for free for all the trouble. They also need to be more forthcoming about the upcoming bug fixes if they will resolve these battery issues.
     
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    Some people say "drain your battery". Some say its dangerous.
    Here is an official word on the topic.

    From the Motorolla Website Tips and Tricks PDF:

    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    Train your battery
    Train the battery by fully charging it and draining the
    battery until it shuts off.
    1 With the device turned off, fully charge the
    battery until the LED no longer flashes and
    remains on.
    2 Let the battery charge for an additional TWO
    hours.
    3 Repeat the process again (perform twice in a
    row) and you should experience improved
    battery life.
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
     
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    That is a good rule of thumb. However, most if not all manufacturers have that advice and most of the time it doesn't do much if anything which brings people back to square one.
     
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    I have not changed MY normal usage patterns, but i am careful what i leave running in the background. The Eris battery does seem to get better with time. After 8 days of owning my Eris, i'm getting about twice the battery life over day one.
     
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    Battery Life

    Battery Life is a major problem for a lot of people. I think it comes in 4 different packages:

    1: Battery : Do you drain the battery to zero or never let it drain down

    completely ? I do not know the definitive answer. It depends

    on who you believe and personal experience. I have not tried to

    drain the battery yet.

    2. Charger : Many people who have bought after market chargers have had

    interesting experiences from auto phone calls and emails made in

    sleep time to discharging while plugged in etc. I have several

    after market chargers, some work and some do not.

    3. Killer Apps : I believe they are helpful although they also drain battery.

    Some people feel that the LINUX system auto shuts down

    unused programs. I am not sure.

    I think TasKiller and Adv Task Killer work but use more battery.

    I personally use Adv Task Manager and find it works well for me

    4. Usage : Of course the biggest drain is usage. Any battery no matter how

    good will drain with heavy usage. i.e. game playing, listening to

    music, gps, bluetooth, wifi etc. The main drain is how long is the

    screen on.

    Conclusions: 1. Battery: defective ? Replace. Drain or not drain ???

    2. Charger: defective ? Dispose

    3. Killer apps: Do you need them ? I like Adv Task Management

    4. Usage: Review usage in Settings/ App - Spare Parts

    Modify especially in areas of low coverage. A lot of

    the programs kick in automatically and if your

    coverage is not good it continues to search and

    uses battery. That is what the Killer apps do.

    Let me know if there other thoughts on the matter.
     
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    I have had my Eris for less than a week but immediately did the battery conditioning the first few days I had it and downloaded spare parts to see more about what was going on. So far it seems to me that battery life depends on what is running and what it is doing. Having locale checking GPS every 10 minutes and active Sync checking/downloading email every 15 minutes would kill the battery pretty quickly. Right now I am not using locale and I have my email set to update manually (whenever I feel like checking it). Even with GPS, 3G and wireless running I am only down to 82% after 7 hours. Moving forward I am going to try enabling certain services to get the most functionality while trying to maintain a usable 12-15 hours between charges. personally I have no problem if it needs to charge every night. The Moto Q I had previously needed to do that anyway with only a fraction of the functionality I get from the Eris.
     
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