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Droid Pro Battery Life

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Pro' started by MitchE, Nov 15, 2010.

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    Biggest gripe is battery life. I switched from BB Tour to Pro. Love the Pro so far - keyboard is nice - but biggest complaint is the battery dies constantly. I downloaded an app to kill other apps from running in background and left setting so that phones sleeps to save power but still is an issue. Anyone else have suggestions/ideas? I presume the extended battery will help but should not force people into that as the only solution.
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    For one I would probably get rid of the task killer. Its been proven that those things don't really do anything except cause problems and kill battery. A quick search here will show what I mean. I think some more about it and get back

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    ^+1 here.

    Get rid of the taskkiller. Put your brightness all the way down, unless its necessary to see outside.

    Same battery as the Original Droid. So it can't be TOO bad. Coming from a BB it will be worse, BB's will last 2 days on moderate usage.
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    Thanks, was not aware of that Verizon recommended it. Does it not close apps that are no longer needed and which may be draining battery? I will try not using it and see what happens.
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    ok will try that to see if it helps and no too dim to see but where is that done? That is different than Battery Saver whereby I can choose Maximum battery saver and has least auto updates? Right now I am on Nighttime Saver setting.
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    Not sure about the power saving features but you should have a brightness setting in Setings>Display>Brightness
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    Thanks, on auto brightness now, I will try to adjust
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    don't forget, your droid pro is a BEAST of a phone. it is about the equivalent of a 5 year old laptop. it WILL need to be charged just like a laptop. a 2 year old blackberry on the other hand is about as powerful as a 10 year old flip phone, so yea...
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    the back of Droid Pro warms up quite a lot also`

    Hi. My Droid's battery life also sucks. I would assume maximum of 6 hourse of constant use (emails, web browsing and occasional talks) or around 4 hours on the phone.
    Generally I feel battery life is at least twice worse than on blackberry 9000.
    Another issue: when I browse a lot a back of the phone starts to heat badly, you can literally feel it warming up. Do you experience the same issue? Maybe my Pro needs to go back to Verizon?
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    Extremely nice comparison! LMAO!
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    I have a Droid Incredible, so this tip may come in a different place on the Pro. In Settings under Wireless and Networks, Mobile Networks I unchecked the option or Always-On Data connection. This has had no negative effect and my battery life improved dramatically. Also, on the mail app, I have an Exchange server, Gmail and Yahoo. I set the polling frequency of Gmail and Yahoo to every hour (out of the box it was like 10 minutes). This helped too.

    Widgets also can be sources of drain. I removed all but the clock and the weather (weather set to poll hourly).

    You also should check to see if there is a program preventing the phone from sleeping. In Settings About Phone Battery the Droid INC gives Battery usage with Uptime and Awake time stats. My Uptime is 24:17 (time since last reboot) but awake of only 15:14. There is also a what has been using my battery window I find helpful.

    I came from a Blackberry Storm2, which had slightly better battery life. The functionality of the Android platform is really in a class of its own. Its a laptop for your pocket. Some of the tips here can give you more life between charges, but its a reality that you will likely need a charger in more places than before (car/home/office). I have several chargers in key places. You never know.
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    Definitely a valid point but I would still expect more from the battery
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    I just came from a Tour as well. Was horrified by the battery life!

    The battery life is no where near as good at the Tour, but then again, this thing has alot more processing power.

    Saw a suggestion on-line about leaving WiFi off when not needed has helped. Leaving Bluetooth off and GPS also helps.

    Dimming screen and reducing screen timeout to 2 minutes helped alot too.

    Going to buy a couple of extra batteries and an external charger for sure... lol

    Pretty happy with the Droid Pro so far. Only thing I hate is the notification LED does not work unless it is plugged in for charging, and screen has gone blank.

    That in my opinion, really sucks. For what little battery they save by not using the notification led on battery it makes no sense at all.

    Other than that and I keep hitting the screen when typing on the top row of keys, it is great phone.
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    Thanks MikeyMan - I also removed all widgets except weather and calendar. On Pro in Battery Manager (accessed from Settings) there is a Max battery saver mode that provides less frequent data connection - will try that to see if it works. Guess I will also need more power cords but I am concerned when I am travelling - perhaps extra battery or teh extended life when available?
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    Stazik - no heating issues for me - other than when charging - just battery life issues
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    If You use wifi in certain locations and not other's try Y5 battery saver in the market. Automatically shuts of wifi when it cannot connect to a "remembered" location.

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    I agree with you. Mine sucks also. I can't wait for a beast extended battery.
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    I agree with RanMan, in order to have the battery last longer, I shut everything off, Bluetooth, wifi, GPS, Sync. Dim the display, this makes the battery last much longer when these features are off when not in use. I also went to ebay, and bought an extra battery, really good deals there. I got 2 batteries and charger for $10. I have a Droid 1, so prices may vary. I carry 1 extra battery everywhere just in case. Never really had to resort to that much if all those features are shut off....
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    One thing to remember -- especially for those of you using the android os for the first time -- you are in all probability using/exploring your new phone more than you normally will a couple of weeks from now because of the phone's newness.

    Battery life will auto-magically get better, when in reality you are not using the phone as much as you did when you first got it.

    This has been the case with every new phone I have ever gotten.
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    I'm looking into getting this phone if I can unlock it and use it in Canada so I came across this thread.

    Come from other Android phones I will give out a few suggestions.

    A. I find it usually takes a week for the battery to learn then it gets a bit better.

    B. If you've rooted your phone you can try installed setCPU, so you can lower the cpu speed when the screen is off and such.

    C. Wifi when connected uses much less power than the 3G radio, so if you can connect via wifi. There are apps out there that will turn your wifi on/off depending on your GPS location
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