Bionic Battery improvement

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  1. BIONICPREDATOR
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    What are the best ways I can improve my battery life with the standard and extended batteries?

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    What is your battery life now?

    You can try Juice Defender, but you can also shut down 4G if you don't need it.Try changing your display settings to auto.

    Some free apps, like Angry Birds, consume more power over the paid version as the free version uses power to run the radios for the ads.

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    +1 ^^^ on JuiceDefender. I use it and it's extended my battery life by 20% or so, but I'm on WiFi a lot.
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    I may get 3 hrs of battery on my standard battery with nothing but emails, some text messaging and a few phone calls. I get around 5-6 hrs with the extended battery doing the same things. I may try the app you guys just suggested.

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    Yes, WiFi helps a lot.

    I generally recharge at about 15 hours, but I still have power left.

    I forgot to ask, are you rooted? Are you on GB or one of the ICS leaks?

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    Not rooted and still on stock .905 GB, afraid I would brick my phone somehow if I were to jump on .246

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    Yes, I am rooted now, but JD doesn't require it to improve battery performance (in my experience). I am also running .246 ICS leak and had a bit less improvement on GB.

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    I used Juice Defender on GB and it was pretty good. Battery life extended by 20% or so with the default configuration. It didn't seem to help much with ICS once you setup good rules with the Smart Actions.

    If you're near a computer throughout the day(such as at work) you can use a USB cable to charge your phone. You can get some from monoprice.com for less than $2 + shipping. I have like 10 and they all have been great.
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    Wow that IS bad. I was using Juice Defender but I think Smart Actions will do nicely. I went to 246 yesterday morning and by 10:00 pm I was still at 70%.
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    I've been trying to calibrate my battery so I've done a couple of deep battery drains. On a standard battery with ICS .246, it takes me longer than 3 hours to drain the battery with the screen on all the time, Wi-Fi, bluetooth on, sync and 2 emails in background and continually running Quatrant.
    I regularly get 16 hours out of the standard battery but I don't "talk" on the phone a lot, I use it as a PDA, email getter and web browser.
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    Idk how you guys are getting such bad battery life. I'm running 232... 4g always on, no smart actions.

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    So far, Smart Actions hasn't "recommended" any battery actions but the standard low battery settings. All of my improvements have been from JD. JD does shut down the 4G radio when WiFi is available and I'm told that's the cause of the improvements. 4G radio takes lots of power, comparatively speaking.

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    Ok, can I ask. What is JD?
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    Juice Defender, a software package that helps preserve battery power by shutting down certain things when they aren't in use.

    Also, to the OP, sounds like you might consider a factory data reset if not already done.
    It can help battery life quite a bit when evil crap gets caught in memory.

    Good Luck,

    RMD
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    No problem, I'm still on stock GB myself. I have heard that ICS helps with battery. You can wait until the OTA, if you want to.

    While you don't have to be rooted to use JD, if you are it help more by shutting down GPS and other radios.

    Part depends on where you live. If you're in an area where 4G/3G are poor, the phone works harder to connect, using more battery. I average 21 hours using JD on stock GB with an extended battery, but sometimes not, depending on where I am during the day. It lasts from when I wake up to when I go to sleep, which is good enough for me.
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    Ahhh, gotcha. I tried it on GB, but it didn't work very well. Haven't tried it on .232 , yet.
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    If you're on the ICS leaks or anything higher make a custom rule for battery extender in Smart Actions. You don't even need to install an app from the Play Store, and it works better than JD in my experience. JD would bug up my data connection a lot, but it happens with the Smart Actions like once every other day. Seeing as it's turning on and off every time my screen turns on and off and I use my phone all day it's pretty successful. Get Battery Widget Reborn to keep up to date on your battery info. My battery averages 18 hours and 50 minutes to die. I don't sacrifice my 4G, my GPS is on, and it's overclocked to 1.2 Ghz. I have the extended battery though so that may be part of it.
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    My experience exactly. I'm even considering going back to the regular battery for a few days and see how it acts.
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    I couldn't or didn't find a Smart Actions script for battery stuff until I looked again after reading your post. I've implemented it now and turned off Juice Defender and will see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion in your post.

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    Another one is GSam Battery Monitor, which is recommended by FoxKat.

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