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Battery life v1.8 compared to 1.7

Discussion in 'Droid Bionic Roms' started by pharmnatr, Oct 21, 2011.

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    Hi All,
    Has anyone noticed a decrease in battery life in version 1.8 compared to 1.7?
    I'm finding 1.8 uses a little more battery than 1.7 did.
    I was using about 4 or 5% battery per hour on 1.7. That has increased to 7 to 8% in version 1.8.
    Anyone else notice any differences?

    Al
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    I would also like to know this.. im still running 1.7 but thinking of reflashing for 1.8

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    DT has suggested he is releasing v2.0 soon which has some improvements to battery life and data connectivity. I also think v1.7 may have a little better battery life than v1.8.
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    I may go back to 1.7 . If I restore 1.7 do I have to clear caches and format data?
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    Yea Ive noticed that my battery life isnt the greatest :(
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    I'm not doing too bad. I"m at 64% on 5.5 hrs. and that's with moderate to heavy use.
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    I did a restore earlier and did not clear or wipe anything. It is my understanding that nandroid backup will wipe everything as it is installing.

    On topic, now: I put 1.8 on this morning at about 10 or 10:30 and right now at 4PM I'm at 83% (fairly light use, but normal for me). So battery life seems the same for me.
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    Wow. I totally wish I could get this. Did you do anything like install any battery scripts or delete battery stats?
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    Here's the guide i follow:

    Battery Life – BY: NoBloatware on DF

    consider doing a factory reset. Do not sync apps, wifi connections, etc. with Google services as that may cause a problem. Install all apps and wifi connections from scratch. A bit of a pain, but not too bad.- install a home/launcher replacement. I use Go Launcher EX, which is free, and I love it. No reason not to try out an alternative launcher as you can always go back to how you had it.

    - don't use an automatic task killer--not even the one that comes with the phone. Reboot your phone and look at what's running. If anything that you've installed is running and there's no reason for it, then uninstall it and find an alternative that behaves. Ignore any stock apps that run on boot as I've found them to be more or less benign.

    - weather widgets, live wallpapers, news/social feeds, any app or service that you use that runs--do without it if you can.

    - don't use antivirus

    - the DLNA app pops up a dialog box that will set your WIFI sleep policy to never. The default is "turn off when screen turns off" and I personally think that this setting is the best thing for battery life. Under wifi settings view your connections then hit menu to see "Advanced options" where you can set the sleep policy

    - if you have access to wifi, leave it toggled on as it is more efficient than 3G. This is different from the sleep policy.

    - I leave GPS toggled on too by the way. Apps use it as needed. When I'm done with Maps or an app that uses it, I'm sure to return to the home screen so GPS can stop. Under wireless settings turn on "Google location services" so that an app is able to use network resources to get your location instead of GPS. I have "VZW location services" turned off--don't know why that option is even there. By the way, I increase the speed of voice output > text to speech > speech rate because I like the directions to get spit out faster. That saves a bit of battery. Turning off the display and just listening for directions help. Also, often I just get the directions and then exit back to the home screen: GPS uses so much battery I try to get it over with ASAP.

    - when you get a new battery, do a factory reset, or an OS upgrade run your battery all the way down until the phone shuts off and then charge the battery all the way up. This will callibrate the phone's understanding of the battery's capacity. Do this once every month or two also, but don't do it too often if you can help it.

    - I have my battery set to "Performance Mode" and data is on all the time because I am on call 24x7. If you don't mind, try out a more conservative battery profile to save more gobs of energy.

    - set screen brightness to "Automatic"

    - under Accounts, click on any account listed and turn off sync for any items that you're not interested in syncing. For example, Google Books if you don't use it. Don't use Backup Assistant--I prefer syncing my contacts with Google. You don't need both. Also go into your contacts > menu > display options > backup assistant > UNCHECK. Also do contacts > menu > more > settings > contact storage > and select your Google account and "remember this choice"

    - if you never use bluetooth then toggle it off. If you do use it sometimes, it's fine to leave it toggled on all the time.

    - consider turning off voice privacy. This may not be a big deal but it will save some processing (and therefore battery). It may also improve call quality.

    - turn off haptic feedback, animations, and any un-needed sounds in Android settings and in your apps

    - set your screen timeout to as low a time as you can stand (I use 1 minute) and manually turn the screen off when you're done using the phone. I use an app to lock the screen so I don't wear out my power button...as happened on my original droid.

    - turn off in-pocket detection

    - keyboard: turn off vibrate on keypress and sounds for any keyboards you use

    - use a red screen background. On the original Droid screen--not sure about this Droid 3 screen--red was the most efficient color that could be displayed. Anyone know if this still holds true?

    - camera app: i like keeping location on and flash on auto. Consider turning location off or at least returning to the home screen ASAP when using camera if location for camera is on.

    - in stock browser the default home page is Google and it uses your location. This is a bad idea as it can waste your battery for no reason. Make something else your home page and make sure to close any web page that uses your location when you're done viewing it.

    - charge your phone via the wall charger instead of computer USB as it is faster. Also, don't use long USB cords--use regular power extension cords instead. I stick with the charger that came with the phone.
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    Well ..i think i'm okay w/ this in 2 hrs. of heavy use/and the rest for the normal use...15 hrs.+ w/ 47% battery remaining..What do you think fella?:)
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    Whats your method? You still on 1.7 or 1.8?
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    Where is the setting to disable animations? I cant remember where it is.
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    Settings/display

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    2.0 just came out this am. Gonna give it a try today.
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    Running since last night!Presently doing full charging after the battery calibration this morning!Presently in 60% battery.. :happy:
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    So far right now im on 11h 20m with 57%