Tips to Help Improve Battery Life on ThunderBolt

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

  1. nateccnn

    nateccnn Member

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    Ok...battery not as bad as I originally thought.

    My first days experience was bad. I had to recharge a couple times. A lot of the syncing and download of previously purchased apps took place on battery...so that explains some of the battery depletion. But after all that syncing was complete I charged it again and ran it down to 20% pretty quickly...like 2.5 hours.

    The second day I unplugged it at 7 am and did no recharges throughout the day. I ran it completely out of power at 9 pm. Not heavy use until about 7 pm. Just normal use throughout the day. Checked emails. A couple 10 to 15 minute phone calls. Light browsing and some settings to enter my WiFi codes when we rebuilt the bad router. 7 to 9pm I was doing all I could to run it down.

    Before the battery died last night I read a post by GuitarChris on how to save your battery and applied some of his suggestions. I won't get into which options I turned off because they are all personal preferences. But I did turn off the ones I felt would not.bnefit.me.

    So at 9 pm last night I plugged it into the charger and let it charge in the off state all night. This.morning I turned it on at 5:30 am. It is now 7:50 am. I have been surfing websites and changing setup all morning...nonstop. in a little more than 2 hours I have 83% of battery left. That is not terrible. I've seen worse with the OG Droid.

    Syncing and.widgets seems to be the big culprit of battery life. Go find GuitarChris' thread and make some personal choices if you're suffering from poor battery life. I am impressed.

    Nate
     
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    I am not happy with the battery drainage myself, however I decided to try JuiceDefender on this phone like I used on my D2 and it does help and the battery life is quite a bit longer now. Just thought I'd throw that out there too.
     
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    Totally agree. Didn't mean to imply I was expecting it to last as long as my previous phone. Just saying that I am not coming from another smartphone, so it is hard to make relative comparisons. I just learned about the task killer issue today, and am exploring that. I saw Advanced Task Killer on a list of '25 Must Have Android Apps' so I followed the herd there. Will probably remove it today

    As far as the '24 hour' comment, it is more of a psychological benchmark. If I forgot to plug it in over night, it'd be nice if it could make it until the next morning when I could realize my folly, and bring the charger to work with me. Also, there is something comforting about knowing you could make an emergency trip somewhere and not have to worry about the charger, and for some reason 24 hours seems comforting. Yes, I realize I can just turn the phone OFF if I need to safe juice. As I said, the 24 hour comment is more psychology than a technical requirement.


    On a related note, any electronics people willing to say whether it is safe to plug ANY charger that has a matching connector into the thunderbolt?

    I have a Samsung charger that has this same type of connection, but am leary. Is it a standard amount of power that comes off the 120v wall outlet from the brick? Thanks.
     
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    The secret to awesome battery life.

    For those not used to Android....the battery life is generally pretty bad. Here are three things that have really helped me in the past:

    1) Get JuiceDefender from the marketplace. It's free, it's small, and it works.

    2) Get a good car charger. If you need a recommendation, Amazon sells a nice Motorola charger for $4.50, shipped.

    Amazon.com: Motorola Vehicle Power Adapter micro-USB Rapid Rate Charger: Cell Phones & Accessories

    3) Be careful what you install. Some programs and many widgets run in the background and constantly pull data, which drains the battery. Reading the app reviews before you download something often helps screen out the worst offenders.

    Hope that helps!

    dancedroid
     
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    Juice Defender worked well for me since I installed it yesterday. However, I'm trying Green Power at your recommendation to see how it seems to compare now. Thanks for mentioning it. Curious though, you think Green Power is as good, better or not quite as good as Battery Fu?
     
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    I also agree 100%. My daily driver Sunfire gets 450+ miles on a tank of 14 gallons of gas. A Ferrari 360 Modena averages 11 MPG and will only get about 200 miles on a tank of gas. Is that surprising? lol.

    I'm using my Droid's charger to charge my HTC Thunderbolt and a small small Motorola charger that I got for my LG Cosmos back in the day (use this to charge overnight next to my bed).

    To my knowledge, the smaller the charger, the longer it takes to charge, but it increases the longevity of your battery significantly because the faster you charge a Li-Ion, the faster it degrades due to heat.
     
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    Agreed, I bought a Motorola charger for my Droid on Amazon (OEM) and I'm using that for my HTC Thunderbolt. Granted, it doesn't charge fast but I have to drive to the High Desert (2 hours one way) once a week. Very useful.

    Not installing junk is one of the greatest ways to save battery. I see people with AIM, Ebuddy, and who knows what running in the background when they're not even using it. And they wonder why they run out of juice in a few hours. lol


    I've never been a big believer in JuiceDefender. I am always on Google Talk and want to know the instant I get an im.
     
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    There is already a thread on improving battery life.
     
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    I guess I'm in the minority, I am really impressed with the battery life. Unplugged this morning and I've been running it for over 3 hours, half the time in a poor 0-2 bar signal area, with light use and it just went down to 90%.
     
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    So what's battery time for average users so far. I know are all excited about new and playing with it so hard to tell the battery life. Any average user can tell me battery life with average user

    Sent from my DROID2 GLOBAL using DroidForums App
     
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    not turning your phone on works well too ;)


    most people buy smartphones so they can do all these things
    if you're not gonna use the features/capabilities
    you might as well just get a flip phone (one of the free ones)
     
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    Screen brightness seems to be the biggest factor. What is yours set at? Mine is 20% and seems more than sufficient.

    Nate
     
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