"False" dead battery issue?

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    I've had my Droid for two weeks tomorrow, and today was the first time I've seen this odd behavior.

    With the phone on standby, and over 90% charge (I have the battery widget), I came back to it about five hours later to find it claiming it was at less than 5% power and I should plug it in immediately!

    I didn't have my charger with me at work, so I turned it off to save that remaining 5%. Plugged it in as soon as I got home, and after it booted, it said it was at full charge. Huh?

    Anyone seen this one before?
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    yes I think most of us have : )

    Happened to me once as well.

    Couple threads have popped up here mentioning the same thing. As I said in those threads it's not a big deal, it happens.

    You probably won't see it again.
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    Hmm. Sorry for the repost. I searched the forums for what I thought some likely keywords might be, but I didn't spot anything similar-sounding. Good to hear it's nothing serious, though. Thanks.
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    I've had it twice since I bought it (Nov. 6). I usually know about where the battery should be at any point in the day, so both times I just figured it was an error. A restart brought up the battery level back to full.
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    My first thought was that I'd left a power-intensive app running (WiFi or GPS) that had drained it. I was almost set to go buy a car charger in case the battery ever ran down that quick again. Heh.
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    I had something like that today. Last night when I went to bed I was at 40%, and when I went to use it this morning it was deader than dead. I had to plug it in to charge.

    Now, a remember hearing from a Verizon person last year that when they do testing and/or upgrading to the system, the amount of power they are putting in the towers saps the batteries. I remember a few times when they did it, my Razr needed to be charged twice a day.

    Just my 0.02.
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    ghostwheel,

    My own battery issue sounds exactly like yours. I posted my experience on this thread
    I'm now on day 4 (over 3 days with this red led flashes). I've decided not to run out the battery. I will try to alternately do wall charge/usb charge every so often. It is just good to know that if when I do run into red led flashes not long after full charged I can still count on using the droid until when I come home.
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    Mine does this often and its getting worse, I used to just turn off/on, now I do have to plug it in
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    I've never had this happen (knock on wood) but I have heard of it happening to people. It doesn't seem to happen more than 2 or 3 times to people though.

    Pockets, take the phone in and get a new one. It should be covered under manufacturer.




    Wagner :motdroidvert:
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    I have a question for everyone in this thread who has had this issue.

    At the time you noticed the false battery, did you have swype installed?

    Both times I've noticed this issue of being caught offguard with a low battery, even though it was just 100%, it was after having swype installed. I took it off (can't say I cared for it much opposed to the hard keyboard) and I haven't noticed it since.
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    I'd hesitate to make a causal correlation until more is done to test this, but I am a Swype user (100% of the time!) and I just had this battery issue occur the other day. Let's see if a pattern surfaces across users on this forum.
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    When it happened to me I definitely did not have Swype installed.
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    Nope, I've never had Swype installed. I was trying to think if I'd installed anything new right before it happened - I think just updates for Astro and Mystique. And no WiFi or GPS stuff was running, either.

    My other thought was that my work building had something to do with it - I work in a large steel-framed factory type building, and sometimes it interferes with the 3G signal. It used to drain my RAZR occasionally, too. It had to work harder searching for a signal all day.
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    Wife had it happen today, no swype.
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    no swype installed. I only have a handful of 3rd party apps installed, none of them active and neither was the wi-fi. I recharged using wall adapter (vs. my usual USB charging) and so far it's back to normal self as far as battery usage.
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    Happened today. 100% to < 5% in a matter of hours. Thinking it was accurate, I shut it down. Reatarted the Droid 2 hours later to retrieve a contact number and the battery reading returned to 100% +/-. Wierd.
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    Defective battery?

    I recently purchased a inexpensive 1350mah LI Ion battery ($17.99) as an extra to have around, from Wirelessemporium.com. All of them are made in China afterall and it's a great deal right? Not so!

    Not only did I have to sand some of the excess plastic on one end of the battery to prevent it from getting stuck (opposite end of the connection terminals), I started to get these false readings of low battery power. A battery pull would clear it up and give an accurate reading. When I switched back to my original battery......no issue. So I tried the cheapy one again and went back to the power issues after a day or so.

    My point is, maybe you folks have a defective battery, like the cheap one that I got. The only nice thing about this other battery, is that it charges from almost dead to full, in about 45 minutes!
    After some careful thinking about risking damage to my phone, I coughed up the $40 from Verizon for an OE battery.

    If I were you, I'd address your issue with your local VZW store and request a new battery.

    To those of you reading this, I hope you learn from my bad experience of peeing away $20, with buying non-factory replacement parts.
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    Dead battery - maybe, maybe not...

    I have been experiencing the same problems that GhostWheel posted.

    My Droid phone will normally go for 2-3 days without a charge if I don't use it.

    2 days ago my battery went "dead" in about 4-5 hours. For most of the morning the cellphone was at "idle", with: Wi-Fi off, bluetooth enabled, my bluetooth headset off, and no suspicious applications running. Unfortunately the battery was too dead to check the battery-usage statistics.

    I rebooted the phone, plugged in the charger, checked the cell phone about 15 minutes later and it reported 100% charge!


    I used the phone that day and recharged it once, so it was above 75% at the end of the day and I didn't place it on the charger. The next morning I found the phone turned off! When I rebooted, the battery was dead again!

    This time it took hours to charge it. I did not charge it last night and today, with no usage yet, the battery is down to 60% just from "Idle", "Standby", and Bluetooth modes.

    I'm taking my phone into Verizon to have it tested so that I have a record of the problem.

    I hope this was helpful.
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    Neutronstar,

    Have you been charging via usb/pc? I had similar problems as stated on my earlier post. I've been using wall charging for the last 4 charges and I'm putting a mental note to alternate between wall and usb charging and will see if the problem will reoccur..
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    Thanks for posting this thread.

    I woke up the other morning to find my 75%-charged-the-night-before Droid at about 5%, so I plugged it in to my car adapter to charge on the way to work and 20 minutes later I unplugged it at work and it was at about 60-70%.

    It also happened once before when I was out to eat. I was playing around with it, waiting for my order. Once my order came, it went into idle mode and I left it alone. After dinner, I unlocked it and it told me my battery was at about 5% and needed a charge. I didn't have my car charger yet, so I turned it off and charged it at home. As soon as I plugged it in, it showed me a charge of about 80%.

    I have only a handful of third-party apps installed and haven't tried installing Swype.
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