ridiculous battery life

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    Updated to .890 about a week ago and have had to charge multiple times each day with normal usage. I came from a droid 2 then d2g and got at least a day on one charge. I have the Verizon extended battery. Im seeing on these forums that guys are getting a day and a half easy on a single charge. I have every flipping thing shut off and and dead in 6hrs. Wtf????
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    did you calibrate your battery?
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    You mean stats-wise? I use battmonx. Its pretty accurate all the way till the phone shuts off
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    I added everything I could except my emails to the "auto end" in the task killer. Worked for me, I get 12-14 hrs with good usage.

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    I don't have any task killer cept for killing stubborn apps auto killer is frozen with bloatfreeze. These screens are a typical day for me on stock battery after some heavy usage at school. View attachment 40619

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    I get a good 15-20 hours with normal use (phone calls, internet, facebook, texting, gmail, etc..) after installing the leaked update. Before that it was easily 10+ hours.

    No auto-end task killer crap going on either (which is VERY bad for the OS).

    I did freeze most of the bloat including all the social services and whatnot which I am sure helped some.
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    I used to use advanced task killer on my d1. This time I am using the one that came with the phone. I have it set to turn off selected 2 minutes after screen goes out.
    Gonna have to try the leak though, 15-20 hrs sounds real good.

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    Yeah im thinking I might just take it in. Doesn't matter whether the screen is on 100% of the time and im tethering or if I have it shut off and don't touch it- the thing dies after 6hrs and is borderline on fire the whole time.
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    I don't even think my Droid 3 has even been what I would call "warm", tethering, GPS'ing....anything.

    Maybe GPS'ing.....it's been above cool.
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    What apps are you running? Take everything off of the auto-end list. Uninstall antivirus, security software, automatic task killers.
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    Agree with the bloatless one. If its warm then there is a chance something is running in the background. If you haven't tried powering it down and pulling the battery for a minute, that would be a relatively painless first step. Listing your apps might work if any of us see something that is a known problem we can better advise you. Otherwise, a factory reset without syncing the apps, and then adding the apps back one at a time very slowly is another way to get to the bottom of a misbehaving app. If you haven't done that yet, now would be a good time to since many users with similar issues have indicated that the reset fixed them... well their phones anyway.

    The mighty V may not treat you so well if they ID the update on your phone BTW.
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    The only time I find mine get above room temperature is while using Skype video chat, I imagine its from constant CPU use. If yours is hot all the time your CPU is working hard alot or maybe its a defect. Have you tried a CPU monitoring app to see what's going on there

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    Sorry if hijacking here....but I am asking to learn something....so, are you saying you should never use the 'Auto-end' in the Task Manager? Not even for the VZW bloatware?

    Thanks.
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    My short answer is: correct, never use an automatic task killer.

    I say this for a number of reasons:
    -Android will free memory as needed so you don't need to worry about it. You usually don't even need to exit out of apps. An exception is Google Nav. I always choose the "Exit" button when done with it.
    -That VZ bloat that restarts itself will be toying with your auto task killer all day. Bloat starts, it gets killed, it starts again, it gets killed. This will slow your phone and use your battery charge. If you just leave the stuff alone then it sits in memory and uses basically zero CPU and battery. Don't worry about the RAM being used as Android will free it as necessary. Of course, rooting and disabling the bloatware would be even more efficient, but not necessarily much of an improvement over stock.
    -As for apps that you've installed, if it runs on boot or keeps restarting itself without a good reason you should uninstall it and find an alternative that behaves properly. Autokilling these things will just cause an endless cycle as stated above.

    Do I ever manually kill running apps? Sometimes, but in theory it is not necessary as Android is usually smart enough to handle it.
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    Where did you get the extended battery from? I got one from amazon and its looking like I get less battery time than my standard battery. 3 hours already passed and its down to 50% by only using the facebook messaging app, and that alone shows only 3% used.

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    I've decided to only get OEM batteries direct from the manufacturer, so I got mine from Verizon's store (basically direct from Motorola). I know it costs more, but I've heard too many people complain that their cheaply obtained, supposedly OEM battery just doesn't work correctly. I look at it this way: I'm going to be using the thing every day for at least a year so it better be top notch. That being said, have you run the battery down all the way and then charged it up all the way? Do this every month or two, but not more often if you can help it. Note that this type of cycling is required if you switch batteries, get an OS update, or do a factory reset.

    You put the ridiculous in "ridiculous battery life".
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    +1 that. You get what you pay for with cheap batteries and cheap chargers.