"Official"? Bionic battery life thread

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Bionic' started by jkaod, Sep 8, 2011.

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    Hey Mods- How about we start an official battery life thread for people to report how that is going? That is a big question for a lot of people sitting on the sideline about this phone. Most other 4G LTE on VZW phones so far have been big battery hogs. If the battery life is way better, more people may want to jump from their current phone to this new kid. People need to be their own judge of "light, moderate, heavy" use of the phone to give us a good comparison. Please also always let us know if you are on 4G all the time, only in a 3G area, in a "fringe area" where it will switch back and forth on it's own, or if you manually turn off 4G most of the time.
    Just a thought.

    Please see post #322 for a template to use to standardize phone settings and usage. This will make it easier to see if your settings are in line with others that have better or worse battery life than you do. Thanks to Psychlone for coming up with this.
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    Ive had mine off the charger for about 3 hours of heavy use. Virtually been playing with it non stop mostly on wifi but some 4g and I used the navigation for about 10 minutes and I'm at 70%

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    I got the extended battery and waiting for it to charge fully before running into the wild with it. I'll report my mileage and usage here if another thread doesn't get pinned up.
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    how does it feel in your pocket with the extended battery?
    I'm tempted to pick one up but it looks like a tank.
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    got mine home fully charged it without using it at all (took every ounce of my strength:p) had it idol for 10 mins and it went down to 90%:blink:
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    Same here
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    I think that's pretty common for a new battery. It should improve after a couple of charge cycles.
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    Same here but I've been on 3G and wireless. I'd say it looks pretty promising for a first charge.
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    Does it have a battery only charger?

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    The way the OS reads the battery charge will change after a couple of cycles. Many people say that the battery improves, but my guess is that it's the OS that learns that 90% after the 1st charge is really better.
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    I'm very interested in this as well. I have the Thunderbolt but would love to get the Bionic if the battery lasts longer than 7 fin hours of light / moderate use. I'm seriously considering an iPhone due to the battery.
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    Yes, there is a battery dock - it takes one battery, and has a micro-USB plug to simultaneously charge your phone. It's $50 at VZW, and includes a battery.
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    With the battery and a case it is close to 3/4". I'm 6'1" so it isn't any noticable difference from having a fascinate in my pocket, it is thicker but so far I'm not really noticing it. What I have noticed is now 3 hours after taking this off the charger i'm still at 90% with my battery with heavy use.
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    5 hrs after first full charge with moderate/heavy use and im at 50%. 28 mins using google maps navi also. So i think its great. Hell my og droidwouldve been dead a long time ago after the navigation.
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    Hoping it gets better after I get a chance to do a full charge....battery out of the box was 50%...spent about an hour re-downloading all my apps, down to 20%. 30 minutes on the charger, back to 50%, one hour with absolutely zero usage (stuck in a locker at the gym) and back down to 20%.
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    Got it at noon, used it a bit, then put it on the charger. Took it off at 5:00, reading 100%. Now 3 hours of heavy use, downloading apps, some video, some web browsing, I'm down to 40%. Will make sure it gets a good charge tonight and hopefully will get better results tomorrow ...

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    I got the Bionic this morning and had the rep get me the spare battery and battery dock/charger. He said it rang up for only $30 and guessed it was part of the promotion. (They said VZW didn't give them complete "deal" info until today and they were learning more about the deals from customers) I then remembered the extended battery and I was going to exchange that for the battery dock... until the rep surprisingly told me that the extended battery rang up for only $25 when purchased with the phone. Then I got my 25% off! So... I took both. So.. for people who haven't gone shopping yet, see if you can get this deal on the extended battery as I've never paid 25 bucks for a battery before.
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    5 hours off charger with what I would consider heavy use still above 60%. Hotspot was on for about an hour of that while using the phone to surf periodically. Coming from the Tbolt which lived on a charger this is a huge improvement. Not to mention Costco had a awesome bundle which included a spare battery with a charger. Tbolt was a great phone but goodbye and good riddance. The battery on that phone would ruin my days.
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    wow, I'm impressed. Got my bionic home and completely charged it up, used it all day nonstop setting it up, and it finally just died. I got 8 hours of HEAVY- again, literally nonstop- use. That includes over 4 and a half hours of display time on. Ended up streaming Pandora and Netflix to try and kill it off before bedtime :)

    really promising start for the first charge cycle!

    (oh- I don't live anywhere a 4G area, so had the setting on CDMA ONLY).
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    I noticed that my battery life started to go down when I turned on bluetooth. I don't have it configured to pair to anything but in two hours it drained 12% of my 60% total drained which is 4% more than the screen which was on for over an hour. It will be something to keep an eye out for.
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