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Droid 3, extremely obscure battery issue.

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 3' started by MasterChris, Feb 2, 2012.

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    So basically, let's start off with the basics...
    I've got a Droid 3(dur), Rubix ROM(note that this has a preinstalled battery mod*1% increments*), and I'm using a 3500mAh extended battery.
    Before, when I was using the stock battery(right when I got the Rubix ROM) I noticed that the battery would go down to 1% a bit too soon.. it would die maybe 5 minutes while being on 1% and right when it reached 10% it would automatically drop down to 5% and then 4% immediately after.
    So, I bought an extended battery, and the percentage drops down to 1% even quicker than my standard battery would.
    I did a lot of googling and research, and I found out about battery calibration. Tried this several times and failed. But one time I improvised on a method I found. I had my battery charged to 40%(incorrect percentage my phone was showing), and I turned it off and plugged in the charger to boot into charge mode. It showed 40%. I took out the battery and my phone booted into CWM, I rebooted after clearing the battery stats. I rebooted my phone after doing that and it booted into charge mode with the "?". I put in the battery, and nothing happened, so I unplugged the charger and plugged it back in, and it booted into charge mode again and it showed 70%(the actual percentage of my battery)...
    So everything is great, right? Wrong.. I use my phone for about 15 minutes and the charge drops to 69% (from 70) and next thing you know, the percentage drops to 49%... So back to how it was before with the incorrect percentages..
    After that, clearing battery stats and the same/different method(s) have not worked..
    I have also tried flashing the battery mod directly, that hasn't fixed anything either.
    I am typing this up from school on my phone, and my phone has shown 1% battery for the past 2 hours.

    Any comments, or help, would be extremely appreciated. :)
    Thanks in advance,
    Chris.
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    Who makes your battery? The quality matters some 3500's are worse than stock. I have the OEM (Motorola) extended one and I get about 13 hours heavy usage, with horrible signal around me. ALSO: what recovery do you have? that ROM seems to have some trouble flashing with safestrap.
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    I don't know the brand it is from eBay..
    But I don't think that matters, because the battery WILL NOT DIE. I swear I could turn on bluetooth, GPS, go on data, and torch my LED flash for all night straight(like 6-8 hours) and my phone will not die.. The quality is great, the battery works as it should, the ratio of time I get from this battery compared to my stock is the same as the ratio of mAh of mine to the stock.
    I am using CWM Recovery 5.2.0.6(if I'm not mistaken).. I am NOT using Safestrap.
    Thank you for replying by the way, I appreciate it! :)

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    oh so your phone is not dying just stuck at showing 1%?
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    Yes, exactly.
    Any help you can provide? Anything, even if it doesn't fix it, will be truly appreciated!
    I just don't like how I don't know the actual percentage, and the red light is annoying me.
    EDIT : For example, today, in the morning, my battery was fully charged(according to Android).
    I go to school at 8, I unplug my phone at 7. It drains all the way down to 1% by 12 o'clock.
    Until now(10:30) it has shown 1%... I use my phone heavily : texting, listening to music, sending pictures(especially today), using data, etc.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2012
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    hmm, that is odd, and im sure you said you wiped battery stats. try this, if you haven't already. do the the steps in this order wipe battery stats again in CMW recovery, then use phone till it completely kills itself, then plug it in the wall not computer and let it charge all the way up with it off dont turn it on, then take it off the charger and put it on for another 5 minutes or so then unplug the charger before turning it on and see what android thinks. if its still messed up i think its the 1% increment mod in the rom thats messed up. have you tried re-flashing the ROM? EDIT: with a battery that big it may take android a week to figure it out the right way, but its still way wrong as of now.
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    Dude, thank you so much, I will definitely try this out right away, and update you on how everything is going by editing in this post. :)
    Again, I truly appreciate your help! Have a great night man, I just noticed you're from California too! :D
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    He yeah I am near Ontario. Im also always on Skype too you can message me with the thing under my avatar on here.
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    Alright man, I will do.
    At the moment I'm at school using my original battery. It's 11:30 and it shows 76%. Seems like a legit percentage. When I get home I'm going to burn this battery and drain it down to 1% and see if it stays on 1% for a long time, or whether it dies.
    After that I'll clear the battery stats and then drain the extended battery, etc. :)

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    Best of luck to you

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    Well, I did it.. Once I booted up my phone.. it was already showing 95%..
    And now after like 5 minutes it shows 82%...
    Also, note that I am using the battery mod I found online on rootzwiki... not the stock one.. :eek:

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    nvm was dumb read on EDIT: why did you flash the mod 1% over the stock 1% in the rom? that changes the framework(might not hurt anything) but either way should take like three days for android to really read it right.
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    I flashed that because the 1% stock one in the ROM also wasn't being correct..
    and okay so then I should just use my phone for like three days and you think it would? :eek:

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    Yeah see for three days first and see if it improves.

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    These past few days haven't changed anything, sadly. :(
    It's been less than an hour off of the charger and it shows 75% remaining..
    What to do now?

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    I noticed a lot of people are getting this problem with the 3500mah batts if I was on my comp id link other threads id try a diffrent rom to see if it helps I'm currently using sd 4.5 with speedy v7 config and get good life and phone is very snappy. I forgot if asked already but did you try starting from square one by wipeing and flashing again.

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    When you get on the computer can you please link me to the other threads because I haven't been able to find any...
    SD ROM? Which one is that?
    And what's v7?
    Nope I have not tried a full wipe.. I don't know I don't really want to do that.. I don't even think it's necessary..

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    Just a heads up for anyone that didn't know already. 'wiping battery stats' does absolutely nothing, it was stated by a developer that works for good a few months back on her blog, to make things clear for everyone that had been advertising 'how to calibrate your battery'.. In a nutshell, 'wiping battery stats' has nothing to do with battery % or gaining battery life, it has to do with your application data.

    "This file [batterystats.bin] is used to maintain, across reboots, low-level data about the kinds of operations the device and your apps are doing between battery changes. That is, it is solely used to compute the blame for battery usage shown in the "Battery Use" UI in settings. That is, it has deeply significant things like "app X held a wake lock for 2 minutes" and "the screen was on at 60% brightness for 10 minutes."

    It has no impact on the current battery level shown to you. It has no impact on your battery life."

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/105051985738280261832/posts/FV3LVtdVxPT

    H
    ere are some other roms to try;

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/st...e-steel-droid-4-5-gingerbread-1-3-2012-a.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/maverick-rom-d3/196770-maverick-rom-droid-3-mavrom-v3-0-a.html

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/liberty-rom-d3/184786-rom-liberty3-v2-0-d3-11-28-sunday-bloody-sunday.html

    I
    did not include the 2 AOSP roms (CM7GB and CM9ICS) because the preferred hijack is Safestrap and I see you are using CWMR and ICS is not quite complete yet.

    Personally I have stuck with Liberty Rom due to it being mostly AOSP and having the most features IMO. Steel Droid is also good, and havent had much experience with Mav Rom.

    I only listed those roms because those are the 'more popular' if not most stable and complete (bugless) to use. And I'm not much of a fan for roms that are heavily themed and have watermarks of the rom name, there are more out there (here on DF.net under 'roms') if you don't like any of the above.

    Also.. Doing a full wipe usually fixes any current issues, if simple trouble shooting doesn't work a full wipe is usually what fixes the problem. And, if your going to try any new rom you will have to do a full wipe anyway.. Meaning

    wipe data/factory reset
    wipe cache
    then in mounts and storage
    wipe system
    wipe dalvik
    wipe data

    Doing all of that will ensure a 100% clean install. Just "wiping data/factory reset" is not sufficient when moving to different roms and if its a problem with the system just doing that will not fix anything.

    Good luck hopefully you figure it out.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
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    Thank you for all of this helpful information. This is exactly the kind of idea I was getting with what the "Clear battery stats" does..
    This weekend I will actually try a clean wipe just like you have mentioned. But instead put the Stock Droid 3 ROM back, and check to see if the battery percentage is appearing correctly. Later, I will reinstall this same Rubix ROM.
    If that doesn't fix the problem, I will try Liberty ROM. I will definitely tell you how everything goes.
    Thank you so much!

    EDIT : I just realized that for the Rubix ROM, you're supposed to flash it over the Deodexed stock ROM rather than doing a full data wipe, so what would we do in that case?
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    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
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    finally saw this post, thanks for the info Cdjones. :biggrin:
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