My 2nd trip with the Droid. Battery life an issue.

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  1. MrCapcom

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    I have one of these that I bought for my old LG phone, and it worked quite well. Not sure how well it would work with a Smart phone, but you for sure would not want to have the phone doing anything while trying to charge it.

    Energizer also makes a Lithium Pack with 2 USB slots for remote charging. Looks like it is much less than the other device mentioned in the earlier part of this thread.
    Energizer® Energi To Go® Rechargeable Power Packs | XP4001 Power Pack
     
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    I use my phone lightly and it lasts two days, not 8-10 hours. I agree with others that the battery may be bad. Do you have the brightness turned down? What does the battery usage say is using most of your battery life.
     
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    There definitely are big differences in opinion on the Droid's battery life. Like the op, I can run my down quite quickly. I compare it to more like using a laptop than just as a phone. Turn by turn nav is a killler. Without A car charger, I would never use it. The Zagg Sparq has been on sale a couple of times for $50 -$60. They claim 4 full charges on an iphone. My experience has been I can get three charges after my phone gets down to 30%. They have had some problems with quality control. It says out of stock if you go to the order page. They are coming out with a new version next month. I look forward to it. I use a body glove with mine and would rather use a device like the Zagg then fumbling around with the case etc. That's just me though.
     
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    I took a 2500 mile trip 3 weeks ago with mine and my experience was almost exactly like yours. Althought I did find that if I kept it plugged into the car adapter I always had more than enought power to keep it fully charged. The worst was in New Mexico. I doubt that a single tower in that entire state is owned by Verizon.

    I used it for calls, texting, GPS, Google Locate, palying MP3s, tethering, etc. I worked it hard. I know my iPhone could not have kept up with what I did to my Droid.

    And I had a Sparq. It died the second day of the trip and I have been waiting for a replacement. So far I have been run around in more circles than a Nascar driver. I will give them one more week to fix (replace) this issue before I take it public.
     
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    And I had a Sparq. It died the second day of the trip and I have been waiting for a replacement. So far I have been run around in more circles than a Nascar driver. I will give them one more week to fix (replace) this issue before I take it public.[/QUOTE]

    They told me they took the current model off sale and that the the one wouldn't be ready until the end of next month.
     
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    I agree, the Droid can be quite a power hungry little beast. I was just testing how much battery it drained to play a video and I was honestly shocked.

    BT: Off
    GPS: Off
    Wifi: Off
    Brightness: 50%
    Sound: 100% (Speaker)
    Keyboard backlight on

    and it drained from 70%-->20% in 1:48
     
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    I played the whole first matrix with audio maxed with headphones, drained from 100% to 60%. Auto brightness enabled. Sounds like you guys either have bad phones, bad battery, or something else going on.
     
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    No, there is nothing wrong with our batteries. When you are not within a 3G cell tower your battery WILL drain faster as it searches for service. It will drain faster as you use the GPS, etc.

    I have mine optimized to where I can play games and do normal things every day. After 11 hours my battery is only drained 50%

    In fact, you can extend your battery life even more by rooting your droid and reducing your CPU speed when you are playing MP3s.
     
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    The ones complaining in this thread don't mention being outside tower range. I get that logical fact, same with GPS.