short battery life on motorola droid

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    I have had the motorolla droid now for 3 weeks i would like to say, and i have noticed that my battery drains quickly.
    i work in a refrigerated warehouse and tend to text a lot, and just today my phone only last 6 hours from the time i took it off the charger.
    all my old phones i would need to charge every night, but would at least last the night with heavy texting.

    i also have noticed with old phones before that if i charge it and take it off the charger when it was only for a short period of time but claims its full that the battery will die quickly.
    on the droid it stops charging as soon as its "full", is it not actually fully charging?

    i cant stand my phone only lasting half of my work shift...
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    are you running any unnecessary apps while working? leaving bluetooth, wifi, or gps on?

    I only use my phone moderately, but i watched a couple youtube videos today and i've been unplugged for over 13 hours and I'm at 80%.
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    i turn off gps and wifi.
    do applications continue running and using battery life when i go back to the home page, or do i have to force close them using task killer?
    that could be the problem
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    do you happen to play music while working? using Pandora uses audio and data at the same time, but i think you gotta run it for awhile to really kill your battery.

    Another thing could be screen brightness? I never have mine over 30%, 30% is plenty bright for me, usually i have it lower, so that could be another reason?

    But please read both those threads the Mods posts, they are very helpful
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    the display does use a lot of juice... i have mine set to auto-brightness.
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    Yeah it does, and the display is already pretty darn bright at 10%, 30% is usable in sunlight imo, so i turn auto-brightness off. saves alot of battery
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    I've read quite a few posts complaining about the DROID's battery life, but I don't appear to have any issues whatsoever with mine.

    I easily make it through an entire day of 'mixed usage' with at least 20 to 30% remaining.

    Maybe it's just that my (previous) iPhone 3GS had such horrendous battery autonomy, that anything's an improvement?​
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    if you've got your device set up properly the battery isn't bad. I get a full day of usage with web browsing, texting, phone calls, some e-mail, and using my phone as my primary music player.... I'm content with the battery now. I only charge it at night...
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    well i dont text all night at work, so the screen isnt always on.
    i usually take it out of my pocket maybe every 7-15 minutes to check the time, and check for text, respond to text then click to turn the screen off and back in my pocket for another 7-15min.
    i dont listen to music at work either
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    I think the most annoying thing is when apps are running when you never touched them. By that I mean apps that aren't required to run in the background like Android Keyboard or Gtalk services. I text a whole lot myself and I can actually say I am pleased with the battery life of the droid.

    Like many have already mentioned, make sure the GPS and WiFi is disabled if you aren't using them. I usually have my GPS/location options unchecked from the Location menu in settings. You'll preserve some battery.
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    so i read both those threads, and found nothing that could make my battery be dieing so much.

    i dont run any apps at work that send out "hey im online" msgs
    and i turn gps and wifi off
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    well im not sure, but maybe i accidentally had wifi or something running the other night.
    tonight i made sure to wifi and gps off and i barely used half a battery
    as well set the phone to turn the screen off after 15 seconds compared to the 1 minute it was set at and set the screen brightness to the lowest setting.
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