Is the stock battery on this thing supposed to be lousy?

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    I just bought an OG Droid the other day, I consider this thing a relic, the Holy Grail of Verizon Android phones.

    Anyway I'm overclocked to 800mhz (I hear it can go to 1Ghz somehow?) on CM7.1 and the battery life is obviously pretty lousy. I can't say exactly how long the battery is lasting but it feels worse than stock Thunderbolt battery, which barely gets one through the day checking the time and googling pages a grand total of 8 times in a day.

    So would you guys consider battery life decent, I mean also considering that you probably need a new battery after what, 3 years?

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    When I had mine, which was a while ago, I used to get a whole day out of it. I would definitely say it is due to the battery being so old. At this point if it is the stock one it is over 2 years old.
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    Last I remember people got the OG DROID up to around 1.3GHz.

    As for the battery. The OG was never really anything to write home about. If you want to you can get another battery. You can go to verizonwireless.com and buy the standard battery for the DROID PRO for around $40. Pro and OG have the same standard battery.
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    I would also check Amazon, they used to have them dirt cheap on there. Like less then $10 with shipping cheap.
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    My experience with phone batteries in general is that they only last 2 years or so. Should make people wonder why they are buying a phone that doesn't come with a way to change the battery.
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    That would make me nervous as well. But I have to admit I rarely make it anywhere near the 2 year mark with a phone. So taking that into consideration I guess it should not be an issue for me lol.
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    Alright I got one for like $6 total (including shipping + tax!) on Amazon, I'll letcha guys know how it works out. But batteries degrade whether in use or not, according to battery university (via Google), so wouldn't this battery be about halfway to lousy (I say halfway because it is supposed to be a new battery, so no charge cycles used)?

    As always, thanks for the replies!

    By the way- JSM9872, is that a Catcher in the Rye reference I see? lol
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    That is a sweet deal and definitely let us know if it helps. And I wish I could claim to be that clever... but I can not.
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    Well I couldn't tell if autocorrect changed "hell" to "well", the main character of that book always says things like "makes me nervous as hell", "...as hell". Good book lol
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    Ahh I see what you were looking at now. I read it a few years ago in high school, would not mind reading it again!
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    Haha... well I got the new battery today, naturally there is improvement, like I don't lose ten percent reading the news for ten minutes. Of course I haven't used it a whole lot, so not much detail, but yeah, it's considerably better! And again, like $6 total, I forget the exact amount.
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    Glad to hear it seems to have been worth it. Worst case scenario you have a spare battery now for real cheap.
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    I do suggest you charge the new battery once while the phone is powered off. To do this, power the phone off first, then plug in the charger. You'll eventually see a large battery on the display with the current charge level and animated liquid representing the levels. Make sure the battery reaches 100% before you remove from charge and power it up. This will set the battery meter properly calibrated for the new battery's higher capacity. Then use it till the phone signals "low battery" at 15% and the meter will have a valid reference for the battery's minimum threshold.



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    The charging method you describe won't work on the original Droid, which always powers on when it's plugged in.
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    I think he means keep it on the charger till 100%. Anyways I've always been iffy on how Li-Ions do their thing, I thought battery meter was based on info directly from the battery?

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    Time for me to buy a new one.
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    My former OG (now wife's) has been overclocked to 1.25 ghz for a while now running simply stunning ROM and a mid voltage 1.25 ghz kernel and 2.3.4....it's awesome.

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    My old droid reports weird.. I can go from 80 to 15% in a matter of 15 mins no joke, but the last 5% can last me a few hours lol. I normally just use it as a music player or tapatalk when i'm around the house

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    My og Droid is over 2 years old at this point since I bought it shortly after it dropped. The stock battery was to the point if I was at 100% battery, I would be down to 15% before the end of a 20 minute Netflix stream. I bought a cheap $4 battery off a seller from Amazon and I was impressed. I only drop maybe 10-20% in the same timeframe on Netflix. I will post the name of the shipper once I get home (at college right now).

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    Get an extended battery!!! The stock is 1200mAh. And extended battery will cost about $20 on EBay and is 3500mAh - 3x the capacity means lasts 300% longer.

    I was getting at max 2 hours on heavy usage out of the stock battery... the extended battery will last 6+ hours with heavy usage, 24 hours with normal usage.