Battery Saving Techniques

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  1. 2010 ZR1
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    I am ordering my DI in about a week and from what I have read so far, there are a lot of issues with battery life. What I've gathered up to this point is that there are some things you can do, for free, that will save battery life. I just want to get a list of things going that will help users who are moderate users, like I plan to be.
    - Battery Left App (to monitor battery %)
    - Lower Brightness
    - Darker Backgrounds
    - UnLive Backgrounds
    - Turning off WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS
    - Turning off "Always on Data"
    - Extend Refresh Rates
    - Airplane Mode With Poor Reception
    - Typing Vibration Off
    - Screebl (Worth a shot)
    - Better/Spare Battery


    If I forgot anything useful, please post and I will add it to the list, maybe this can even be made a sticky eventually.
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
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    Airplane mode is only really important if you don't have a signal (Helps with Cell Standby usage).
    I average about 13 hours (5-6 hours in standby) of Battery life a day with Moderate use. Alot of web browsing.

    Things I changed:

    1. Switching off "Always on Data" (puts more power into certain apps)***
    2. Lowered brightness to about the 20% mark.
    3. No WiFi or GPS (unless I'm using it)
    4. Switched the Vibration off for typing.

    Task killer isn't really that important. Droid can take care of its self. (This is more for peace of mind)

    Battery indicators use up battery... (The most Ironic app on the market place)
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    At first I was going with the smarty response and was going to say take it out and put it someplace nobody can mess with it....

    An option not listed here is to spend 40 bucks or so and get the extended life battery. If the goal is to make it through the day, that would help.

    Screebl, in the market, is worth at least trying. Mixed reviews. Phone not in an in-use position? Off it goes.

    I also use the Power Control Widget so I can easily switch things on and off. If you are going to be toggling brightness, bluetooth, gps, etc on and off all day but its a pain to get to you just plain won't be turning it off.
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    screebl killed my battery life.
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    I do none of those an get 15-18 hours.....
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    ditto... i just have no social networking crap running every five min.. i dont have it running at all.. no accounts on any of that junk...
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    Only poorly coded ones.
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    I purchased a 1750 mAh SEIDIO and have gotten 24+ hours out of a charge - everything on update 5 minutes and nothing turned off to "save" battery
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    My 1750 mAh SEIDIO is giving me 36+hrs but no social networking, wifi only at home and GPS when away from home. Phone works great for me.

    Did some of the battery saving items. Plus I keep the OEM battery in my wallet in case I run out and not home.
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    I am short on cash at the moment, which is why I have to wait to get the phone, so I will try some of the free options first.
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    You Keep the OEM in your pocket!? You must have buns of steel. :?
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    Here in the NY area we learn to use small wallets and always carry it in a front pocket. Plus you never keep money in your wallet. Bills are kept in another pocket.

    And I hate sitting on a wallet, hurts my sensitive butt. lol
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    Funny you mentioned this. On my Motorola Droid, Screebl was a LIFESAVER! But, on the Incredible, it seems to be the one single application that, at least for me, drains the battery. I'm wondering why there is such a difference between the two phones. I love the program, always have, and the developer is awesome, but I just don't know what changed on the Incredible's platform that caused it to utilize such resources.

    It's ALWAYS #1 on my battery usage list on the Incredible. It never was up there on my Moto.
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    Anyone recommend a certain site/company to get an extended battery? I noticed some earlier posts in here about a 1750 mAh SEIDIO. Is that the best one to get?
    Thanks!
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    I have the extended 2150mah and seems to be working great. It will usually last me about 2 days on full charge.
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    My "wallet" consists of a td bank card holder for all my cards and the cash is loose always in the front... guess it is the NY thing lol
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    Are you using stock battery? I just got my Incredible and where I work has poor reception. I previously had a Droid X and was getting horrible battery life. At work I would be at 10% or drained by the end of a 10 hour day with light use. With my new Incredible I used the stock battery and still had 20% by the end of my day with moderate use (was playing alot lol). I recieved the 1750 battery last night and am NOT impressed. I charged it from 6pm last night till 6am this morning. In the office I now am down to 39% and its only 10:45am. I took it off charge at 6am. Thats worse than the X by far! Im sending this POS 1750 back to Amazon and putting my Stock battery back in at lunch.
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    I don't have an Incredible so ymmv:
    -no task killer
    -no antivirus
    -uninstall apps/widgets that run on startup/in background if you can help it
    -no live wallpapers (some are worse than others but they all use juice). A red image supposedly uses the least power.
    -ok to leave gps on. Apps will turn it off when done...unless you're experiencing the droid x no sleep bug
    -ok to leave wifi on. It uses less power than 3g so let your phone use it...again unless you're on a droid x (no sleep bug)
    -once/month update PRLs via *228...or at least once in a while
    -once/month run battery down til phone shuts off. Charge battery all the way. This calibrates phone/battery
    -display usually uses most battery power. I leave mine on auto brightness but turn it down if you can stand it
    -try not to leave your phone where it gets poor reception
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    I was just told by an employee at Verizon that the battery for the HTC touch pro 2 fits the Droid Incredible and lasts longer. He had it in his phone. You can get it on ebay for about 10 bucks. I haven't ordered it yet but plan to.
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    I recently bought the Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh Extended Life Battery from Amazon.com for $60 (after tax and shipping). It is a MAJOR upgrade from the shoddy stock battery. The stock battery only lasted about 8 hours (on a good day), the the 3500mah battery lasts 2-3 days depending on your usage. My only gripe about the DINC was the battery life, but now I love the phone because I can actually leave GPS on and run multiple widgets. Of Course if your goal is to max out the battery, follow some of the steps above (Turn off "Always on Data", GPS, Wi-Fi, etc). FYI: The 3500 is big and will make the phone thicker.

    Here is the link to Amazon:
    Amazon.com: Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC Droid Incredible (Black): Cell Phones & Service
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