question about battery draining...

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X' started by The Batman, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. mystified

    mystified New Member

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    I have a 2 year old LG Versa doing same thing so am going to try the 1 minute battery idea.

    I already replaced battery this past august and still fighting it hope it works a real pain to talk 5 minutes and text 5 messages and lose 2 bars poof. mystified
     
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    Its probably from the lack of cell signal.
     
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    I was getting the same thing. I ended up using SetCPU and running the cpu with ondemand scaling. I haven't seen a performance decrease either. This seemed to help the phone a lot. I had a similar time scale as you for power drain. I now can last till 6pm before the battery dies. search the forums there are some very good articles on how to conserve battery power.
     
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    Poor coverage destroys your battery. Look at the link in my signature for help. I hate to say it, but put your phone into airplane mode to save battery when your signal is that bad.
     
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    Same issue

    OP - I'm having the exact symptoms you described. Started this AM. I have had solid battery life - no issues. Today it died after 5 hours. Recharging from computer has been painfully slow, so I pulled it off USB cord, turned off and rebooted. No joy - stuck on the big M. About to try the battery pull.
     
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    Battery pull seems to have helped. Allowed the phone to come back up and it seems to be taking a charge properly now. Stay tuned........
     
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    That might be your problem, just a guess but if you haven't upgraded to froyo while its available, it might be refreshing it constantly and killing your battery which might be included in cell standby. Just a thought.
     
  8. The Batman

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    i went to verizon yesterday and the lady suggested using an app killer. i explained to her, multiple times, that this is a new issue and i don't understand how an app killer would fix it since i have been running all the same apps as when i got a day or 2 of battery. she said to try it for a few days and if it doesn't help then try to go back and unistall my most recent apps as they my be conflicting with froyo.

    so, answer me this, how exactly does an app killer work? because i will go in and kill everything and 2 minutes later when i go back into app killer everything is running again. so do they even do anything?

    also, what exactly does plane mode do? just kill all signal? so its essentially like having the phone off without having it off? what is the point, why not just turn it off? i guess unless you want to play games or something...

    i honestly can't see it being a signal issue since i haven't changed anything location wise, same house, same work, same roads.

    the one other thing she said it may be is that verizon (who has great outdoor signal) bought out alltell (who has great indoor signal) and verizon people are converting all alltell towers to verizon and them working on the towers in this area may be affecting my signal and thus causing my phone to search for a better one thus killing it.

    it makes sense, but also sounds like BS.

    anyway, i have froyo installed, i uninstalled the one app that i had downloaded prior to this issue beginning and am using a task killer, lets see how today goes....
     
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    Thanks for putting that in here.

    Why they are suggesting app killers is beyond me. Is this something Verizon instructs employees to do?

    Anyway, I plugged in my phone at some point last night after 2d 10h 56m off of the charger with fairly active use. This thing outlasts my stock battery by a mile, OP. If you can get it, maybe it will help out.
     
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    I had this very issue. Had the phone about a month and not sure if it was an app or a setting, but the battery went wicked hot and the charge just left the building after that. I couldn't figure it out. Did lots of research here on the forums and decided that ATK wasn't the answer (which you've heard now too). I also got a new battery from VZW on warranty and while they suggested using ATK (I think they all do for some reason) I didn't.

    Not sure of the thread, cause there are so many that address the battery, but there is some very simple things to consider that have been stated many times. Your settings and what you are asking the phone to do is one primary thing to consider. I suggest starting at the top of the settings tree and look into each one and see how you have it set...display brightness, battery mode, data push, retrieval schedules, background data, notifications...and then look at your home screen(s) and widgets. Widgets take up battery cause they are pulling down as needed. It's probably not one single thing that your phone is doing or has done, but a multitude of little things that are berating your processor to stay active. The more actions, less sleep, the battery and processor get hot, which degrades battery life exponentially quicker.

    Just to see, I adjusted everything to manual pushes and retrievals, eliminated most of my widgets, set to battery saver mode, and took the brightness to 30%, etc...AFTER I did a factory reset with the new battery from VZW. Basically, I started from scratch but with a new battery and the least pull on the settings. Slowly from there I added the things I wanted it to do. Not that you should do this, but I would consider it. Definitely update your DX to 2.2 as I am told, one of the issues addressed was the battery. Even before I went to 2.2, I had fixed my battery issues. I'm now rooted and have settings pretty mild. Fetch schedule is on the hour, only the power control widget, wi-fi is on whenever I'm home (over 3g while in the house), auto-sync Facebook over wi-fi only, and no task killer. Depending on how much use I put the phone against in a day truly determines how long of a charge I get. Light use can be up to two days, heavy use...8 hours.

    Just some considerations.

    I hope that helps in some way.

    -Andy

    ***EDIT*** I run the power control, weather channel, slacker radio, sticky note, and calendar widgets.
     
  12. mrbworm

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    Are you located in an area that has poor coverage or is on the fringe of poor coverage? I found my battery life sucks at home in rural Maine on the fringe of extended network as it keeps reacquiring signals, but will last 10 hours or more or real use in a better covered area.
     
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