Battery Life?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by n8sco, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Rocky
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    My D3 sometimes seems to play with me feelings. Sometimes the battery charge hardly goes down and other times it drains real fast. This seemingly without me doing anything significantly differently.

    Anyway, it's been good to me lately. Hopefully your D3's are strong and stable with the rest of y'all.



    Regards
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    I will definitely post some stats tomorrow. The ones that have me scratching my head are cell standby and phone idle. Every time I checked battery stats those two are very high percentage wise. One thing I am truly loving is the keyboard. I don't think I can ever go back to a phone without a physical keyboard again.

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    Locally off my SDcard, it's such a pain to stream music because I use the subway alot
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    I can normally get about 12 hours out of a charge.

    But today is different for some reason.
    I'm only at 50% after 14 hours.

    I've send about 20 seconds an hour, had 2 10 minutes phone calls, and listened to some music while I was doing some things around the house (about an hour) as well as light browsing here and there.

    Only thing I didn't do today that I normally do is use Google Maps for about 10 minutes. Surely 10 minutes of Maps wouldn't cause my battery to drain that much fast, would it?
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    I dunno. I've noticed that when I open maps or something that uses gps like that, within that short time it will be the #1 battery user for the day.
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    OK stats time. I have noticed that after the factory reset battery life has most definitely improved I was at work so i had a very light usage day but before the reset I would have needed a charge after 5-6 hours with same usage. I will still be buying the extended battery so my only gripe with phone has for now gone away.

    40% battery left
    11 hrs 14 min 14 sec
    Cell standby 45%
    Phone idle 40%
    Display 6%
    Android OS 3%
    Android system 3%
    Words with friends 2%
    Voice calls 2%





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    Yes! Nice bro, glad it worked for you too!

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    A couple of comments:
    1) Motorola still defaults to a 10% increment when displaying overall battery life, and they don't seem to understand rounding very well. So 91% is 90%, and 89% is 80%. Keep that in mind when viewing your overall battery stats from Motorola. The battery IS sending the detailed info to the system, it's just that Moto chooses to display it in 10% increments.
    2) That being said, I find it more useful to use a widget like Circle Battery Widget or MinimalisticText to display battery stats, because they display in 1% increments. MUCH more accurate. It's nice to see my battery use just drop 2% when I cruise the internet for a few minutes, rather than getting the shock of a 10% drop.

    I work for a store where we sell 30+ different Android phones, and when people come back to me with battery issues, I always find two major culprits: Facebook and widget updates. These use your cell radio to update, hence the drain on that part of the power bar. With the customers' permission, I disable automatic updates from Facebook, and I encourage customers to eliminate all self-updating social and news widgets on home screens. You can gain an extra 10% or more by this simple fix. (I can see the complaints now: "But my old phone made it 4 days on one charge!" Yes, and your old phone wasn't polling Facebook and CNN 24 times a day, Twitter every 10 minutes, and Flickr, Tumblr, or WordPress now and then! Seriously, if you are so hooked on other people's lives, then you deserve the dismal battery life you are getting.)

    I used to have a D2 Global with the 1450mAh extended battery, and I consistently found that I made it to bedtime with 50% or more battery life still available. (At which point I would use that up playing games. :happy:) Then I rooted and froze some self-loading Motoblur junk, and got to bed with 60% or more battery life. Now I have the D3 with the stock battery, and I am still making it to gametime--I mean bedtime--with 60% or more. In other words, I haven't noticed a big change from one to the other of my phones, and my D3 is running stock Android on a stock battery. Honestly, I am not displeased with the battery life. Sure, it isn't what my old BlackBerry used to get, but then again, my old BB Curve never did what this beast can.

    I do wish I could disable some interface settings--such as the little "glow wave" as I flick from one home screen to the next--since I know they drain power. But until I switch to ADW or something, I suppose I'll just have to live with it.
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    I don't know if it's already been said (the previous poster came pretty close), and i'm sorry for not having the patience to read through 500+ posts, but I found that checking the "allow automatic updates" box is VERY BAD on battery life. I have a list of probably about 50-60 apps I download/restore, and had most, if not all, on automatic update. It wasn't until I rooted and rommed my D1 and still had miserable battery life that I understood what the real problem was. The more programs one has, and the more of them that are allowed to update automatically, the more the phone connects to the network/wi-fi, the faster the battery dies. So yeah, if it can be helped, avoid letting apps update on their own.
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    Yeaaaaaa.... not so much! With the Droid 3 we are not experiencing either of those being a killer. Read the thread and you will see.

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    To the guy with the huge post about motorla and rounding. I stopped reading at the top because your info in the very first paragraph is wrong. Motorla rounds in incriments of 10 and on the number 5. Here is the example. Phone says 90% that's anywhere from 99 to 85. Once it hits 84, it will display 80, at the 74 70 and so on down to 15. Download circle battery widget and see for yourself.

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    Just wanted to put this out there in case it hadn't already been mentioned.......I have had battery problems with the D3 since day one, and verizon and moto just give you the same run around every time.

    So I installed juiceDefender just to try it...and boy did it help! It kills the 3g connection when your phone is locked which saves A TON of battery....like 50% after 14 hrs saving battery.
    You can set schedules for when the app will automatically re enable 3g if your screen is locked so you can still get all the updates/email/FB posts or what not, and you can adjust the frequency of it turning on 3g and turning it off as well.
    If you need an app like gmail always on, you can add it to a list that juicedefender will always allow data to flow to, while cutting it off from everything else when your phone is locked.


    This app has worked wonders for me, and $5 for the ultimate customizable version definitely beats a $50 extended battery.

    Tutorial:
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    I tried out the free version a while back on my D1..hows your batt life been since using JD ultimate?

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    Extended Battery

    Does the extended battery make it thicker?
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    This is actually a feature built into the D3. Go into Settings > Battery and Data Manager > Battery Mode. No need for another app.

    I set mine to turn off after 30 min idle during the day, and after 15 min at night. It has really helped. I went from having a near dead phone by the end of the day to having around 50-60% left.

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    It partially can replace JD.......JD can automatically re-enable 3g after x amount of minutes so you don't have to unlock your phone. So you cna have the phone just sit there for an hour or so....have it auto enable 3g for whatever span of time you set it to so you can retrieve emails or MMS messages or what not. So it does have a lot more functionality than the 2.3 battery mode. And you cna customize everything about the times....when it enables, how long it enables, how much data needs to keep getting transfered before it kills the 3g again....all without having to wake up your phone.
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    My battery life has been outstanding...I set it to enable 3g for 1 minute every hour so I can get emails and what not...and then it goes back and kills the 3g. All the timings, or what you want the app to kill for you is completely customizable in the ultimate version. It is a much better $5 fix than a $50 extended battery. Last night i was at 40% battery after 14 hours of normal use. Before that my phone MAYBE would get 6-7 hours and that was with trying to use my phone as little as possible
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    I installed juice defender, the free version, for kicks and giggles. I haven't hit a day over 8 hours of battery life with light to moderate use. I have my email set to sync once an hour, no automatic updates, no syncing on any social networking, lowest brightness possible, and every app in the end program list of the task manager. I started using juice defender yesterday, with the setting on 'aggressive.' I am presently at 18 hours and 15 minutes on a single charge, and I am at 70% of my battery.

    Granted, there was some sleep involved, and about 6 hours of inactivity on the phone, but to have 12 hours of use already is a huge improvement. My battery stats are 96% camera 360, 2% phone idle, 2% cell standby. This is the first I have seen my cell standby BELOW 30%! I used camera 360 for about 5 minutes yesterday. I have played monkey blast, used facebook, played speedcard, and sent a few emails and text messages. So far so good. I was going to order an extended battery, but I might hold off for now.

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    After getting back from my trip I had experienced worse battery life than before the trip and have been combing through my settings to see what the difference is. I got 57% yesterday. Then last night I remembered that I had setup my corporate email for the trip. That was responsible for a 20% drop, even with the email set to sync every hour and the data settings to shut off after 15 minutes during the day. It is after all yet another application syncing along with Gmail and Facebook (and the backup).

    So this brings to my attention a couple more opportunities:

    First off, I believe it is possible to setup Gmail using the corporate mail app, I would bet that it would be more efficient to have one email app syncing instead of two. I wonder what the cost per mailbox is of each app and which might be more efficient. I have two Gmail addresses that I sync, so this is fairly easily testable--to an extent.

    Second, I wonder what the cost of the backup sync is. My D1 certainly wasn't using that app, though it was using the MCafee app and at some point I changed to the free version of Lookout, which I am still running.Both of those do some level of backing up--not much, but some.

    I've removed the corporate account sync--don't need it. I will run today without further changes to see if I get back to around 75%. Then I will try removing the backup sync.
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