Tips to Help Improve Battery Life on ThunderBolt

Discussion in 'HTC ThunderBolt Battery Discussions' started by guitarchris123, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Narsil

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    While the backlight is one of the more energy-hungry "applications," I dislike having to fiddle with the screen timeout, making it short enough to have a positive impact while still being able to read a full screen of text without touching the screen to bring back the backlight.

    I really like the app Screebl; it's free but you can buy the professional version. The paid version doesn't really do anything more or better but it's so useful I wanted to compensate the author.

    Screebl watches the accelerometer and knows when you have the phone angled in a normal-use reading position, horizontal and vertical, and keeps the backlight on in those positions. You can alter the parameters for those positions. Go outside those parameters or lay the phone flat down and the backlight goes off in 15 seconds.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, I will add that.
     
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    Guitarchris, ok I understand that it's smart to use HTC's history and the tiny 1400 mah battery compared to much better ones in other phones. Maybe I can remain excessively optimistic about the newer generation Snapdragon, and if by some bizarre outcome that's actually right, we'll all have the unexpected fortune of not needing to refer to this thread.

    Where I need some help, a reference, anything, is about the idea that 4g will use more power. Above, Sentrix reports that a 4g user is getting the same life as a DInc. More on this subject as we volley further, I don't want to fire hose about it.

    Sentrix, I think we'd all appreciate if the friend you mention is the forum posting type of person and they'd come here to talk about their pre-release experiences. A lot of us will form opinions about the TB based on your comment. I'm not doubting the credibility of your comment, just looking for first hand information and an opportunity to ask questions.
     
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    Chris, if I could leave you a thanks I would. So thank you!! Great article for us "crossovers"....

    Sentrix, interesting. Can you ask if your friend has done anything special?

    Thanks again...both of you and the others who have commented/added to this thread.
     
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    # -1a: Purchase an extended battery. :-D That will be my first accessory purchase. The 4" screens don't do any good to a standard battery.

    Seriously though, I find that dumping the screen brightness down to 20-30% significantly helps. The other key is using WiFi whenever available. Though I am sure changing a lot of what the OP said certainly helps, there are a lot of features that I don't want to change or turn off.

    Excellent post either way!
     
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    I know the 2nd gen. Snapdragon processor and smaller 45nm die are supposed to help increase battery life. That will theoretically help make up for the smaller stock battery. Also, theoretically the LTE network could cause less power drain than 3G, but Sprint's experiences with WiMax on the EVO, and BMX's comments about significant drain when using LTE on the TB have left me skeptical. Sentrix could end up being right about it lasting all day on LTE, and I truly hope he is. But these tips are only to be taken if necessary, which they might not be for everyone, especially those who are not heavy users.

    Thanks! Those are two of the most important and easiest things you can do to help. And yes, a lot of the features I suggested limiting may be selling points for the phone and preferable to keep using for a lot people.
     
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    At another member's suggestion, I'm hunting down anything from BMX that specifically shows LTE life shorter than life outside an LTE area. I still haven't found anything other than comments that say this in a speculative way. I respect his experience and desire to help people, but I need more than a person saying something before I repeat it.

    Johnboy, are you finding any difference in battery life compared to your posts in your main thread about getting through a day with about 30% left?
     
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    Normal business days, the phone can last anywhere from 6hrs real heavy use to 9hrs with moderate use. It's nearly the same for me with my Droid X and the standard battery (which is why I got the Extended battery for that, so I didn't have to worry about heavy use).

    The two best things you can do to save on your battery is to Dim the screen and use WiFi when available.
     
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    Here's the best tip:

    Buy an extended battery from a third party. Don't buy it from Verizon or HTC and let them know how you feel about constantly underpowering the phone so as to require the purchase of an extended battery or a built in "incentive" not to use the 4G network too much lest you drain the battery...
     
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    Wait, why are we angry about a problem that doesn't have proof it exists yet?
     
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    I like where your head is at, but honestly your 'protests' will go unnoticed. 1) There are a ton of corporate customers (like me) that get things paid through if ordered directly from Verizon. 2) The OEM batteries work with the "onboard" battery meters of the phones. (I have a 3rd party battery for my DX and I never use it because the meter in the status bar never shows the charge level.)

    There are probably more reasons, but those are the two I can think of right off the bat... I would love to go in agreement with you here, but for me it just isn't feasible.

    EDIT: Just as a last statement/jab at the iPhone fanboys that say their phones rock a superior battery, all I have to say is that I would rather have a phone that is free from censorship and overly secure file structure, etc. and have to change or charge the battery once in the middle of my day than have a restricted phone that lasts me 20 hours on a single charge. Great, your battery rocks, but the phone it is powering sucks!
     
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    Now that people have had it for a couple of days, what kind of battery life are you experiencing? I only charged it a little bit after picking it up from 10-10:30 am yesterday, and I charged a little bit more that night in the car while out for St. Patty's Day. It got very low but lasted the night with the short charges, but I never had it charged up to full. I was not terribly impressed though, but I have only implemented a few of the more important techniques so far. Still getting the hang of it, so I will probably have to tweak it for a little while. I also noticed that when I rebooted, it drained a lot of battery life.
     
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