Does anyone sell an extended battery yet?

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  1. saxmaster45

    saxmaster45 New Member

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    Just a guess

    I'm just guessing here, but maybe since we're all playing with new phones, the batteries haven't settled in yet... maybe they have to go through a few charge cycles before they give accurate readings.

    GPS seems to be a huge draw on mine. I leave it off most of the time.
     
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    As stated earlier, go into "settings" "about" "Battery Use".

    Look at the top of the screen, you will see it say...

    While last unplugged for #h #m #s

    Right now mine says: While last unplugged for 7h 43m 36s, so that is how long the device has been running since I removed it from the charger.

    Once you plug in and unplug your device, these numbers reset and start measuring usage from zero again.

    During that time, my battery usage was broken down like this:
    (clicking each item on your device will display the times)

    Display - 46%
    Time on - 1h 43m 22s

    Voice Calls - 16%
    Time on - 12m 40s

    Phone Idle - 6%
    Time on - 6h 0m 14s

    Cell Standby - 6%
    Time on - 7h 43m 36s
    Time without a signal - 6%

    Android System - 6%
    CPU Total - 12m 4s
    CPU Foreground - 42s

    Wi-Fi - 5%
    Time on -2h 4m 17s

    Mediaserver - 5%
    CPU Total - 9m 37s
    Android OS - 3%
    CPU Total 6m 24s

    Media - 2%
    CPU Total - 2m 7s
    CPU Foreground - 1m 50s
    GPS - 32s

    Slacker - 2%
    CPU Total - 3m 4s
    CPU Foreground - 28s

    Android Core Apps - 2%
    CPU Total - 2m 43s
    CPU Foreground - 1m 38s


    My battery was about 60% used when I put it on the charger. As you can see, out of those 7 hours+ , my screen was lit up for 1 hour and 43 minutes. That used 46% of the 60% the battery used. Aside from the 12 minute phone call, most of the screen lit time I was on wi-fi and playing with email, web, and android market.

    You can do the math and figure out times, but wi-fi don't seem too bad if after 2 hours it used 5% of the 60% power that was used. Still, being on when you don't need it could use around 10% of your power every 4 hours.

    It can also clearly be seen that the screen does use most of power.
     
  3. Jason

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    I played Robo defense for 2 hours and it was at 80% My Battery is pretty good
     
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    so back to the title of this post.... are there larger batteries you can buy?
     
  5. ThePhoneGuy

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    No extra batteries either, i had to order one from verizon, their stores don't carry any yet, and they didn't know when they would get them in.
     
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    not interested in an extra battery, I am interested in a bigger capacity battery.
     
  7. R1Lover

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    Just an update on mine today...

    Current status
    Time since unplugged: 12H 58M
    Battery status: 60%

    I sent about 15 txt today
    played a couple games of solitaire
    Made about 15 minutes of phone calls
    checked e-mail all day, sent and received about 50 e-mails.

    wifi is the only thing off, everything else has been on all day.
     
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    I'm a little bummed about battery life too. Right now I'm at 15h 35min from the last full charge, and 40% life. No calls, like 5 texts and maybe 20 total min of browsing+marketplace. I've had wifi, GPS, and BT off, brightness at the lowest setting. The battery status says display, phone idle, and cell standby are the biggest power drains at 34, 16, and 14%. At this rate I wouldn't be able to go more than 24 hours without charging, which to me seems like awfully shoddy performance...
    On another note, the battery widgets I've tried seem to only display the % remaining rounded to the nearest 10 (and rounded down, I suspect). Is there anything more precise?
     
  9. b34st1y

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    Any word on either a fix for better battery life.....or a larger capacity battery?
     
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    Today I got a full 12 hours of usage with 20% remaining when I got home. I had some phone calls, did some web browsing and the GPS was always on (I never turn it off). No bluetooth or wifi. Seems like the more charge cycles it gets the better it works. When I first got it, it would be close to dead by 5.00pm with the same amount usage.

    I also like how quick this thing charges.
     
  11. employeeno5

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    Here are some suggestions for people who seem to be struggling with battery life while others are doing just fine.

    I too get a great battery life (for now) when I keep Wifi and Bluetooth off (have no use for Bluetooth personally, so can't say anything about it otherwise) but everything else running. I can get a full 12 hours including some calls, a good amount of web browsing and market browsing off and on, playing some games & testing some apps, making many texts and emails, etc.; similar activity to what others have reported here as a full day with good battery life.

    However, initially I was tearing through my battery life even with my phone mostly idle on my desk. What did I change to improve things? I made three small and unobtrusive changes to my settings.

    The first thing that I changed was to turn off Facebook sync in the "Accounts & Sync" section of the phone's settings. This may not have made a big difference, I'm not sure, but the bottom line is it's one less process using 3G through out the day. Unless I've added a new contact and I know they're on my Facebook profile, I don't need that sync turned on all of the time. If I do add a new contact and want it to sync with their Facebook profile, I just need to turn it on for a minute, it will then sync, and then I can turn it off again.

    The second setting I changed was on Twidroid, the very popular Twitter app. I'm not a Twitter fiend, but I do have friends who will frequently message me with it. I set it to alert me on mentions of my name and direct messages and to check every five minutes. That may have been a mistake. While something like your Google account doesn't seem to eat-up too much battery with frequent checks all day, a random app like Twidroid might not be so well optimized. I changed it to check only once an hour and got a huge improvement. Once an hour seems still more than frequent enough for something like Twitter. If I want to check sooner, I merely need to open the app.

    Finally, in taking a cue from my apparent success with Twidroid, I set the Facebook app to stop updating me all together. Why? Because while the Facebook app has a native way to notify you of messages, it does not open these notifications in the Facebook app, it just opens them in the browser for you. You can set your Facebook account to notify you by email instead (I imagine many people were already using that method). Android is already checking your email at regular intervals and the alert you get will open up the message in the browser just like the Facebook app's alerts (or you could just read them in your email if you don't need to reply). Keeping my Facebook alerts as emails kept a possibly unreliable and battery-eating third-party app from regularily accessing my 3G in the background. The email updates allow me to still get Facebook updates as often and reliably as ever, and in no less of native way given the app alerts just redirected you to the browser anyways.

    I don't know if anyone of these helped more than another, but all together my battery life went from ****ty and awesome. I'm guessing it was mostly asking Twidroid to update so often, but my Facebook tweaks surely couldn't have hurt and likely help at least a little.

    Perhaps these kinds of things won't help those with serious battery issues that could be due to just bad batteries, but I found they not only made a difference on my phone, but that they made a huge difference. Regardless, good luck to anyone out there with disappointing battery-life
     
  12. b34st1y

    b34st1y New Member

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    good news so far. I turned off the auto-sync...as the previous post suggested....running 14+ hours with 20% battery left. I used 3g....wifi....bluetooth.....moderately throughout the entire day. :) *happy*
     
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