"Official"? Bionic battery life thread

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

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    For me everytime cell standby is the highest user .. I have no idea how to stop it either..
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    CLEARLY there are problems with the battery life on this device. I'm sorry but what is the point on having a "super smart phone" that you have to turn off 4G and something as simple as Bluetooth?? (Every time I get in and out of my car I have to remember this?) Getting 4-5 hours of battery life with these items on is ridiculous and Motorola needs to work through this in software improvements STAT. We have been waiting through all the BS for this phone for a year so the "improvements" would result in a great phone. This isn't suppose to be another Thunderbolt!

    MOTOROLA GET YOUR S*** together. There I said it.
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    I think Motorola has some software updates to make... After removing the phone from the charger overnight, it is very warm to the touch - reporting 107 degrees sitting idle in the home dock, with the screen turned off.

    I thought it was a battery problem, so I tried my 2nd battery. I removed from the standard desktop dock at 9am after overnight charging, did some quick email checks, and by 12noon, it was down to 30% with hardly any usage.
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    With the Extended 2700mh battery it's not so bad. Only have gotten down to 70% so far after a full charge since 7 am when i woke up. I would heavily suggest investing in it as well guys
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    I dont know what everyones problem is. But here is my Initial impresion

    Got the phone and used it nonstop on release day(thursday). Had it by running by 10am Let it run all the way to around 5%-10% by the Evening.(5-6pm) on its out of the box charge. Used it constantly(there were a FEW breaks) in Wifi at home setting up all my Apps and screens until around midnight-1am and was still on 70%. Put it on the charger when I went to bed. Off the charger by 10 am friday morning. Moderate use in both Wifi and into a 4G area thru friday night and thru today, (no charge last night) had 15% this morning at 10am and I JUST hit 5% at 1:30. So basically it lasted from 10am friday until 1:30 pm Saturday with moderate/mixed usage. This is better than I expected and is on Par with my OG Rooted D1.

    I hope it holds up.

    IMHO you MUST let the battery discharge almost completely and then fully charge when batterys are new to properly train them. I have read some conflicting storys to this but in my experiance this works best with ALL batterys that you want to deep discharge.
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    So far I've gone 2 hours on wifi with light usage. I'm in a 3G/4G boundary area and I'm at 81%. Not bad. Would probably be better if I turned off 4G. I think I'm going to let the battery run down for the first time even thought it takes forever to charge this thing.
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    5 hours, 37 Minutes (from full charge) to 80%

    Phone is on 3G (sadly no 4G at my house, although if I go down the street I get it).. Cell Idle = 33%, Bluetooth = 33%, and then a couple other small amounts.. I had a few phone calls, and some text messages during that 5 hours.. installed a couple apps, but very light usage overall..

    That being said, it's better than my original droid that it replaced already!
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    Stock battery today....7 hours from full charge to phone shut-off. Wifi and bluetooth off, 2.5 hours of screen on time. One 3 minute phone call. Disappointing. I don't like the bulk of the high capacity battery at all but I'm gonna be stuck with it I guess.
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    So...I get great battery life. So far I take the phone off the charger around 8am, get home around 6pm and still have at least 50%. Even the first day where I was downloading everything, watching netflix, gaming, etc. All on 4G. Dunno what you all are doing to drain your battery so quickly, but so far mine is holding up better than my Eris did and yet I'm using it 3x as much for things.

    Currently I'm still at 80%, after six hours off the charger. Granted, I haven't used it for much besides calling and texting today, with a little light web surfing, but still...it's holding up tremendously well.
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    As I mentioned earlier, I got 14+ hours of use on mine with the standard battery, that pretty much gets me through the day, so no complaints here.

    For those running social widgets or widgets that constantly update on the background, you might wanna see what intervals it checks and maybe set it to check less often. Twitter and Facebook was set to check every 15 minutes by default and I've set it to every half hour, just some small things. I also set backlight to turn off after 30 seconds instead of a minute.

    I haven't done these yet, but there are some build.prop modifications you can do that help the battery life.
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    I have had motorola Droids since they first came out. The original had very good battery life. Since then, imo, motorola and Android are going down hill with hardware and software. I just upgraded from dx to bionic. I have everything set to lowest possible settings to maintain battery. All services are shut off until needed. I don't even sync background data. I still have to recharge after about 6 hours. That's just reading news and some twitter, maybe an occasional game. These products are uber hyped and released with software glitches and hardware problems. I hardly even use my Xoom because its do buggy.

    I don't want to go windows or Apple, but it may be time to leave motorola on the shelf.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk
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    I had HORRIBLE battery issues the first day and realized it was because Skype was on in the background using LTE constantly. Since killing Skype things are much better. I havent turned off any services, just skype.
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    I've just been letting it sit (had it for since Thursday so the battery is a little more accurate) and in half an hour, it went down by one percent. I think that's pretty good standby time.
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    well i think that most of the battery life problem is just because of how much goes on with these phone i man dual ghz prossors high res. screens and every thing they can do i think thats the problem not the phone itself. i mean the higher tech these phones get the more battery power they consume to keep everything running. personally i think they need to work on battery technology more with these types of phones.
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    Well dual core actually saves battery. This phone just has a lot of power so even with a big battery, it still gets drained.
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    I have no complaints about the extended battery besides finding a good case for it. I watched a movie on netflix, played 25 songs while I was at worked, talked abut 45 minutes and its been on for 12 hours and its about 3/4 still full and that is with wifi. I haven't adjusted any other setting. For those wondering what it looks like check here: Droid Bionic extended battery | Android Central
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    No, Bluetooth was off. LTE was on, mainly because I forgot to shut it off (no LTE hear yet).
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    With LTE on (we have it everywhere here) and constant use the battery has lasted ~4 - 4 and a half hours all 3 times following complete charge.

    I think that turning LTE in an LTE area is ridiculous so it seems that I will be needing the extra battery or the battery dock.

    FYI I have drained the battery down to 3%
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    My results:
    Day 1 - had horrible battery life.. lasted only a few hours out of the box and had to keep it constantly on a charger to keep it alive
    Charged to 100% with old charging block/usb cable.. took nearly 4 hours.
    Woke up today and decided to drain the battery to zero.

    Used the block/cable that came with the Bionic
    0% to 100% took 2:15
    Battery lasted 12H10M until 0% (by 0% I mean phone shuts off)
    Back onto the charger that came with the Bionic plugged into direct wall power
    0% - 100% just under 2 hours.

    I am inclined to believe that drain and fill is needed for this device, at least through a couple cycles.
    I'm going to drain it one more time in the morning when I wake up and then will see how long the full charge takes again and how long the battery lasts.

    One important note... from what I've seen myself and what a few others have confirmed it APPEARS that plugging into direct wall power is working better than plugging into a strip.
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    You don't need to worry about training li-ion batteries, draining them all the way to 0.0% could damage them though in the long run.
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