Confusion Amidst the Battery Life

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  1. michaelnote

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    Hello, I just got my first Droid Phone and I my brain is so cluttered by all of the things that it can do. I have many questions. One the questions is about battery life. I just unplugged my phone 52 minutes ago, and now my battery appears to be at 30% life.could this be from all the tasks running in the background? Or from task killer killing and then restarting. Them twice a day? Could it be that I charge it before I sleep at night regardless of the battery?

    Thank You.

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  2. spaz33g

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    First off don't use any kind of auto kill feature. If the battery is dying that fast its possible you received a bad battery.

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  3. BayouFlyFisher

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    I agree with spaz. No task killers. I deleted mine over a year ago now. The apps that are open in the background are not using resources. They not running in the sense that apps on a Winmo, BB, Palm, etc. are running. They are merely loaded into ram and waiting to be used. It takes no more power to keep them there than it does to keep stuff on a thumb drive.

    Here's my generic battery tips:

    1. (Doesn’t apply to all phones) Go to settings/wireless & networks/mobile networks/Enable always-on data. Uncheck always on data. Your phone will still receive email, text, & phone calls as before as well as internet usage but your battery will last a lot longer.

    2. Emails: I don't know what email app you use, but try this. It saves battery power and in some cases emails arrive quicker. This scheme will have you using only the Gmail app on the phone for all email accounts whether they are pop3 accounts or Gmail. Go to the Google Gmail inbox on your computer and log into the Gmail account. On the top right of the screen is an option called Settings. In there is an option to have the Gmail program poll your regular, non-Gmail accounts. Provide the email address and the password. The Google Gmail program will then poll your other accounts on a frequency from 1-5 minutes and push the email immediately to your phone. The polling frequency is determined by each account's activity - more emails = faster polling. It will always be no less frequent than every five minutes. This saves battery power because on the android OS pop3 accounts are polled at a frequency of 1-30 minutes and that really eats battery. Because the phone goes and checks those accounts for mail whether there is mail there or not.

    3. If you are using Live Wall Papers, stop!

    4. Use wifi any time it is available. It uses a lot less power than 3G and it is much faster.

    5. If there are widgets that automatically update (facebook, weather, etc.) change their update frequency in their settings menu. Set them to 30mins or 1 hour.

    6. Oh, almost forgot, get the extended battery from Verizon.

    7. Turn off the GPS unless you are actually using it. There are some background apps that can burn a lot of power via a live gps.

    8. The Power Control Widget is a good tool for easily turning on and off some of these features (gps, wifi, screen brightness, etc.).

    9. From the home screen do the following: menu/settings/About Phone/Battery Use. This graph will show the 10 biggest power users on the phone. It should always be Screen as the top user and the android os, android system, phone standby and phone idle should be the other top users. If there is an app listed you should determine if it’s an app you actually use a lot or do you have a rogue app that needs to be uninstalled.

    10. Get Screebl. It will turn your phone off anytime you are not actively using it.
     
  4. swagmonster

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    One thing you forgot bayou...turn off auto sync, other than that keep the backlight as low as possible, if u root use set cpu and set custom profile to underclock when ur. Screen us off

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  5. michaelnote

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    thank you very much. my battery lasts up to 21 hrs now.

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