Did I get a lemon/bad battery?

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  1. donnie5336

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    Hi all... not that new to the forum, had a OG Droid for 2 years and posted here a little, but mostly lurked and searched. Just got my Razr and so far I love the features, but the battery life--not so much. I've been reading up and from what I've read, I don't think I'm getting nearly the battery life as most. It actually all started when i first got the phone on Friday, we had to go through 3 sim cards to get me up and running; sending and receiving data. I don't know if they just had a bad batch of sim cards or if this may be another sign of a bug with my phone. Regardless, we got it going after that. Well, my battery hasn't lasted long at all. I'm not in an area with 4G yet so i have cut the LTE off. I also have a couple smart actions set to save battery at night and when the phone is motionless with the screen off. I would say i'm an average user, not alot of texts, a little browsing, little facebook, etc. I don't stream music or video often. With that said, I don't think my battery has lasted maybe 6 hours without being needing to be charged (I consider less than 20% as needing to be charged because it dies quickly after that). Also for reference, I had my phone plugged in last night and I woke up at around 4am. It was fully charged so I unplugged it. When I got up and dressed and out of the house this morning i plugged it in again on the way to work and at about 7:30 it read 70%. So sitting doing nothing, 30% of my battery was depleted in 3 hours. Does this sound like I should be taking it back to Verizon? Also, nothing looks fishy on my battery usage.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    They had to try a couple of different sim cards on mine also, I don't think that has anything to do with your battery issue. It takes a couple of days for your battery to "settle in". Running it through several charge and drain cycles usually does it. Apps like Facebook, weather, news etc that update in the background can really drain a battery. Check to see how often those apps are updating. If you can, select to update manually...that will save a lot of battery. Also, how often do you have email being sync'd? The longer between sync cycles the better for battery. Live wallpaper is nice but it is a battery "hog" and 3rd party task managers/killers usually will cause more problems than they solve...and use a lot of battery. Try powering your phone off completely (turn it off) before charging a couple of times. Turn down the display brightness to about 30%...that makes a big difference also. You may have to adjust the display brightness up if you're outside. Haptic feedback is also a battery "hog".
     
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    One of the largest battery drains on the Razr is an app called (in pocket) you might wanna check and see if that is turned on? I believe it is in settings/display menu. This feature is absolutely useless!!!!!

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    40% left[​IMG]

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  5. Zandar

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    If you're on 3G only and don't have a lot of crazy apps going in the background, you should be able to get far more out of it. I can do 17+ hours of moderate usage easy with 3G only. I'd recommend you factory reset and then add apps back in one at a time to see if any are a problem (cumbersome, I know; but it beats having that crummy of battery life).
     
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    Yeap, if all else fails, a Factory Reset is a good option.
     
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    Try to always use the charger that came with the phone. I noticed that on nights i charge them phone using the HDMI dock it doesn't last as much as when i charge it with the wall charger that came with it. I don't have any smart actions set because for some reason having them drained my battery fast. I turned them off. In the My Music app(s) turn off Live Music Information and anything that syncs "live" to facebook like your gallery and my music app. I found that twitter also uses a lot of battery. Turn off sync for that. Also, one thing that uses a lot of battery is Google+ that app for some reason uses it a lot. Finally, what i have done is the infamous cycle. I let my phone drain all the way until it **** off then i plugged it in to charge and left the phone OFF all night. I noticed a major increase in battery life after i did the cycle.

    Hope it helps! I am getting about 16-17 hours a day with normal/moderate/heavy-ish use.
     
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    Tell Google+ to not synch your photos unless you ask it to (might only be able to say, "WiFi only;" I forget). Do this and watch it's usage plummet to reasonable levels.
     
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    I always choose the option to never sync.
     
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    I don't have that issue at all on mine. You may want to uninstall/reinstall the app.
     
  11. donnie5336

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    I dont have anything syncing except gmail. No social media except facebook app. Its not sync'ed straight to the phone. Only downloaded about 10 of my apps so far and its weather channel, fox news, ebay, etc. I had the phone charging on my way home from work today and it was 90% when i got home. After 3 hours of being in my pocket in sleep mode it was down to 30%. I dont get it. I cut the live music information thing off... dont have "in-pocket" detection on, and have brightness set low. Also ive been through about 4-5 full charge>dead>full charge cycles already (because it dies so fast). So... is there a chance i just got a bad one?


    EDIT: I just received an OTA update to 6.11.748. Should this help any?
     
    #11 donnie5336, Jan 31, 2012
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    Do it. Your battery life and lots of other things will be improved with .748

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