"Official"? Bionic battery life thread

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

  1. john1

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    Mine took maybe a week of conditioning to start getting decent life. Now I get 15 to 20 hours on a charge. If you can do some recharge during the day then your golden no matter what your usage is like. Just be sure to charge each night. I'm always in 3g only but strong 3g i.e. no switching. Maybe 20 mins. of combined 1x and 4g on the phone. I turn on wifi for a few hours a day which does effect it. I don't use data features all that often but I do quick notes/texts/calls somewhat frequently. I pay attention to the battery but don't go overboard trying to save it and use no task killer other than the auto end list in the stock task manager. I switched from dumb phone to smart phone which was a bit hard to get used to on the battery but its much better than friends' Android phones.

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    Im down to 80% after 11 hours when I sleep for 10 of those hours lol..... 6 hours and I'm down to 62% on an extended.... all matters how and what u use I guess... I'm on 4g all day... some gaming a lot of web and Texts.... usually I'm around 50% by now... and w the stock battery I'm pretty much charging within an hour of now

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    I agree and disagree w the 60 hours battery life. I was able to get 40+ hours last week and still had 60% left. Of course that was w very little use. A couple texts and some time w words w friends. Could've gotten 60+ if I continued not using my phone but I started streaming NFL redzone and lasted 3 hours.

    On a daily basis I usually unplug my phone at 6 am and by the time I get home at 10 it'll be 25-30%. I'm on 4g all day w the extended battery.

    It all depends on the usage of your phone. Psy posted he gets great battery life because he doesn't use his phone like the rest of us.

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    You're welcome. I would like to point out that I'm no expert on Android devices, I'm an IT with 27 years experience, and I pay attention - nothing more. That certainly doesn't make me an authority on the subject though.

    As for leaving GPS on, I found (through trial and error with different ROMs), that the internal GPS radio wasn't actually being used like we think it would be - it's only actually activated when a program polls it, so that means that when I pull up Nav or Car Home, that my GPS doesn't waste time trying to locate me (and running down the battery). With this new Standalone GPS in the Bionic, I haven't really noticed much of a difference in battery life in and of itself, but I've noticed the same decrease in the time it takes to locate my current position, which would definitely equate to less battery used in the long run... just nothing noticeable right then and there.


    What is your "light" usage?? This is the one variable that only a filled-in template would show and we could compare oranges to oranges.
    See, for ME, "light" usage is roughly an hour of calls, roughly 60 texts and roughly two hours of WiFi use in a 24 hour period.

    The bolded text is the main difference in all of our phones - yes, it's the same device, but even with the same exact settings and all other things being equal, it's the user that differs.
    However, I find your "very little use" kind of vague as well. If you really only had 2-3 texts and "some time" with words w/friends, you just used your phone quite a bit less than I do. But then at the end you said that you spend all day on 4G... does that mean you're using 4G all day long or ?? (just confused)


    Again, I'm not the authority on battery life. I've been playing with Droid since it's inception and have noticed many, many things. It's my job to note discrepancies in computers and software, so it's easy for me to make a single setting change and then log and note the differences between a day without that setting and a day with it. Follow that up with many settings and many different ROMs on several different Android phones, and you've just grasped exactly what I've done here.


    It all comes down to how much you actually need that device in your pocket vs. how much you need it in your hands, AS WELL AS how long you can wait for an email to arrive, etc. For instance, how many people on this planet absolutely HAVE to have an email the second it's sent? I can't say I've ever missed anything of importance in a 10-minute period, so it doesn't make sense to have my Bionic's email set to "push", constantly polling the 3G stream waiting for that elusive email that's going to save someone's life... that doesn't happen for me, so my Bionic's settings reflect that. Same with WiFi - it's on when I'm at home, but I'm on my computer when I'm at home - I really only have it on for convenience because if I actually need to download some app to my phone while I'm at home, I can use my 30MB/s speed rather than the crap 3G speeds I'm stuck with.
    GPS, again, is a different beast altogether. I have found ROMs that hate having GPS on at all and will deplete the battery very quickly because the ROM isn't intelligent enough to turn it off when it's not needed. But most of the newer ROMs, including all the stock 2.2 and higher Gingerbread on most of the phones I've tested, it *is* smart enough to only poll GPS data when it needs to, shutting down it's standalone internal radio when it's not needed.


    Anyway, I'm glad some of you are finally getting some use out of the template! I made it with the vision that more people would post their settings in it along with their actual usage and their "time to discharge" so we all have a standardized "benchmark" that we all could tear apart and understand. Maybe now it will catch on.
    Again, the end-user is the biggest difference here - the hardware is identical, it's only about how you use your phone and what settings you can have turned to OFF - even if that means you have to turn it on when you need it... sure, it's a bit of a pain to have to turn things on and off instead of having it fully-automagic, but hey, even 20 hours is better than 10, right? ;)
     
  5. JohnnytheK

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    Uh is having spare battery beyond the pale? I always have one at work on a charger and one at home.
    Who cares how long it a takes to drain a battery, when getting low I pop in the full one and go.
    Forget about all the power savings, (not really, I can save about 20% if I use these tips you'all have posted) but why limit your self?
     
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    I wouldn't mind that if the phone could stay powered on while plugged in, sans battery, to allow for quick, uninterrupted swapping. But, it doesn't.
     
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    I have had Bionic since release. After getting extended battery no problems. The battery ran its cycle a few times and appears to be getting stronger or it is at its stongest point. A battery company "Mugen" have made batteries for the bionic and are suppose to be good check link out. Verzion Motorola Droid Bionic Battery Life Increased by 15% by Mugen Power Batteries - Yahoo! News

    Overall just kill junk that does not need to be on 24-7. Overall I am very happy with battery life and phone. Cant wait until update soon. I know phone had glitches at first but most of them appear to have worked themself out over time?? I figured with new phone this could be common. My phone has ran really well and I am a bionic fan. :icon_ banana:
     
  8. RodThaBod

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    One thing people need to remember. If you charge your battery and it says battery is charged it may not be fully charged. It shows fully charged at 95% so if you pull it off the charger and the minute it goes to 94% then it basically shows a 10% drop which is not true. 95% will show 100% and 94% will show 90% under the battery manager. Get the widget called circle battery widget and it shows you the battery broken down into 1% increments instead of 10% ones.
     
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    Has anyone ever used any of the mugen-powered extended batteries before? I was just looking at them (not available til 11/25), but they are supposed to keep the same size as the stock battery while increasing battery life. Never needed an extended battery on a phone until now. Problem is I am using the Otterbox Commuter case. The case is pretty essential for the type of work that I do and I cant get rid of it for one of the silicone or tpu cases. Hoping this might do the trick, just wanted some of your opinions or see if anyone has used products from them before.
    [HLI-XT875SL] Buy Mugen Power 2000mAh Extended Battery for Verzion Motorola Droid Bionic
     
  10. LegalAmerican

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    Before I got the Extended Battery, I would take my phone off the charger at 7:30 a.m, and by lunch time around 1 P.M I was at 20% or less. And that was with the phone being idle for about 60% of that time. With the Extended battery, the phone is AMAZING. You can do whatever the heck you want, as much as you want and the battery will still get you through the entire day and then some.
     
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    Good to here man ordered one yesterday should be here Wensday. I was same as you I dont turn nothing off. Thats why I bought the phone. How much thicker does it make it? I figure about as thick as at top?
     
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    I've had my Bionic for less than a week and my battery life sucks. From a full charge, with moderate usage (which includes having GPS not maps or directions turned on), I'm dow from 99 to 70 in about an hour. WAY worse than my Fascinate! Any suggestions? Root and if so what ROM would give me the most battery life and speed?
     
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