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Droid Battery life?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by neodan, Dec 29, 2009.

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    I'm thinkin on buying the droid, im curious what is the battery life on the phone? How often do you charge it? How often do you use it?
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    My battery life has gotten better since the update. I still charge it every night though. I do quite a bit of texing and browsing on it throughout the day and I'm usually at 30% battery life by the time I get in bed.
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    Same here. Browsing on the Internet and playin games are the biggest drains. Talk time on the phone is great though
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    I charge mine every night and sometimes charge it in the car, dependent upon what I'm doing in the car.

    I use the internet heavily on the phone and I like the streaming radio and podcasts. Both will drain the battery. So will using navigation heavily.

    Using it as a phone really barely touches the battery. I'm pretty yappy, going though about 1800 minutes per month on the phone.

    I've gotten more than one day out of the device, but I normally charge it overnight. It charges quickly, too.
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    a lot of it has to do with what is activated when you arent using the droid.

    if you are at work, you shouldnt need the gps (unless your work is driving, but i digress) so you need to deactivate the gps. i often use this when driving to work locations outside of San Antonio.

    not surfing the web? deactivate the Background Data (the Market will ask you to activate it and then take you to the proper screen to do so when you want to use the Market)

    disable wi-fi too and dim screen

    most of this can be done through the power widget. i do this because i am not allowed to use my phone during work (unless to accept a call from one of my area managers) and i have fantastic battery levels all day. then when i do find free time (during lunch or breaks) i text and what not to my hearts content and never worry about battery usage.

    but if you are a person that uses all the power hungry apps all day, you still should be able to use the Droid all day and just charge it while you sleep
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    I got the droid about a week before Christmas when I got home from school for Winter Break. I haven't put the phone down yet. At first I was just using it non stop surfing the web, texting, and just figuring out the phone. Lately, I have found some games and have gotten crazy addicted to them, and it drains my battery like crazy.

    Basically, I am on the phone the entire day, litterally all day. Whether its talking, texting, surfing the web, radio, gps, or games. I am using it. When I get back to school and the semester starts up and I start my lacrosse season I won't be on it nearly as much, and Im sure I will be able to do with only charging it at night, but as of right now, due to the heavy use. I need atleast a full mid-day charge, as well as charging it at night.
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    For talking and texting its amazing how little it uses. However, I like alot of people on here use the web and other features heavily throughout the day. I charge it every night and I end the day off at around 15-25% battery life left.
    My day usually starts at 11am-1pm and ends at around 4am so basically 15+hrs of texting, talking, and web all day. Its surprisingly good considering all that I do.
    I couldn't ask for more either!



    Wagner :motdroidvert:
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    I usually go 3 to 4 days before I have to charge my Droid. I mainly use it to text and make phone calls. But I use the Facebook app constantly, occaisionally use the browser, and on a daily basis check my e-mail. Haven't used it to play games yet though...very tempted!
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    I use it on and off all day - wi-fi always on along with gps etc...

    I can go a whole day without a charge and be around 25%. But I do put it in my desk charger sometimes during the day and at the one near my bed all night long.

    It's a terrific phone.
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    I'm an app maniac. I'm always playing with apps, going on the internet, finding new apps, etc and the thing hasn't died on me once. I charge it every night before I go to bed. Very good battery
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    I couldnt go 2 days even with it on standby...

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    Battery is slightly worse than my old BB storm but still more than enough to get me through a day.

    With all smartphones, I charge overnight anyway. I purchased a cable for the car this time given how useful navigation can be. Would've gone with the dock but it was pricy for my tastes :)
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    I can get a day and a half out of mine, but I charge it every night anyway because it's just more convenient.
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    Ugh!

    Gentleman...

    I have cleaned this thread up of some of the argumenative or useless posts. Please try to make your posts meaningful and not just "this sucks *** :. It isn't helpful or needed. Thanks to the guys who tried to help also.

    Thanks and have a nice day
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    I charged my Droid on Wednesday day the 23rd before we left for the in-laws. I didn't charge it again until Sunday night the 27th when we got back.
    This included talking a lot on the phone and sending text messages. The occasional internet search for a phone number as well.

    Edit to say this is turning it off every night when I am sleeping
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    I am concerned that my battery may have issues. Plugged in all night, I am up at 6 am with a full battery. Texts (heavy, about 150/day), a few phone calls, email and some app surfing - or some variation - I am down to 30% battery life left by 11 am. No matter what.

    Phone plugged into the trickle charger on my laptop barely gives the phone enough charge to maintain the 30% throughout the rest of the day, so I remain tethered to a laptop just to keep enough juice in my phone for the drive home in the evening.

    By the sounds of it this is not a normal experience, I believe I will be stopping by to swap a battery out later today...
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    Make sure you don't have some app running that's killing your battery. I had the same experience for one day only until I found out that it was my accuweather widget trying to download data constantly.
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    Turn off GPS, wifi and bluetooth when you aren't using them. The power widget makes this pretty easy.

    Some apps can really drain the battery if they are constantly communicating from the phone even when not in use.

    Streaming radio kills it pretty quickly too.

    Auto-Brightness is no help to battery life either. Turn it off if you can.
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    I've read some great advice from the folks in this thread regarding the techniques used to preserve battery life, one of the most useful is of course the Power Widget...

    Also, I would suggets d-loading the Advanced Task Mangaer app, it allows you to quickly view all apps that are running, turn off what you do not want/need on, as well as quickly delete any apps you no longer want on the device.

    As to the charging overnight thing: as a Verizon employee, I have from time to time had people come into the store complaining about their battery not holding a charge (this is for all phones, not just smartphones) on a device that they have had for only 6 months to one year...the 1st thing I do is take out the battery and attempt to spin it on the counter, and if it spins, it is swelled, which usually means it has been overcharged.

    I then ask the customer if they have been charging the phone overnight, and the answer is always 'yes'.

    I have read through just about every users manual on damn near every device, and have never come across one that states there is a 'auto shut down' in regards to charging on the phones..I had one tech tell me that Blackberry's have a 'trickle mode' when the batter reaches full charge and is still connected to the charger, but I never found that info anywhere.

    If someone has come across info that says otherwise please share it, however in the meantime, I would suggest not charging a phone overnight.
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