what the hell is wrong with my battery?

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  1. AHB900

    AHB900 New Member

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    Hey guys, i know there's a few battery threads already, but I kinda wanted one directly aimed at me. Now why is my battery draining so fast? I have my GPS and WIFI off its running off 3g. I have alot of apps, but there seems to be only 2 programs running in the background IM+ and weather bug. Now I pretty much am forced to charge my phone twice a day. I charged it 100% last night and didnt use it much I woke up it was at 60% battery left (according to my battery monitor.) I thought this thing was supose to have amazing battery. From what it seems like the iphones everybody has have much much better battery life including my ipod touch which I use just as much as my droid if not more and i charge once every 3-4 days.

    Let me know guys do i have a defective battery?

    Thanks
     
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    Screen setting? The screen is by far the number one battery eater. Oh and by the way...I had the Iphone 3GS and it was a lot worse then this. Probably the number one complaint from people with that phone. These large vibrant screens just take a lot of power if you don't throttle them back.
     
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    screen setting? How do I change that? and what exactly am i suppose to change?
     
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    Settings then sound and display. Select either auto dim or reduce the screen brightness then also adjust the turn off time. Will be the last two settings. I recommend using the power widget that comes with the phone. You can cycle through screen brightness in 3 stages just be clicking so if you need Max brightness you can click to get it, then when done just click again to go dim. The screen will always use a lot of battery but adjusting these will help. Also, watch out using any cases with magnets. They can trigger car mode and keep you screen on.
     
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    Interesting point, one I didn't consider myself...I had a mag-latch case, and I quit using it...it was semi-stretched out, and there were no cases at the VZW store that day, so I got the hard plastic cover and a screen protector on mine, and in the shirt pocket it goes. Looking for a geeky Pocket Protector-style thing for extra protection. One that it will just slide in while sticking out a little. That reminds me, I gotta replace the tape on the bridge of my glasses...;):D
     
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    I charge twice a day go about 6hours. If your battery dies in 4-5 hours then maybe. A problem
     
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    ..Today is my 1st full day with a Droid I'm gonna leave everything on and see how it goes.

    Ill post back this evening with a status report.
     
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    Folks,

    I have set my display on really dim, and I don't use tons of apps, and I'm slim on the phone usage as well. My battery lasts about a day and half between charges.

    If i let the kids use it to paly games, it goes MUCH faster.

    You may have a defective battery. I'm getting great life out of mine.

    I did the typical NICAD type thing, charged it up to full, let it drain nearly dead, about 3 times and it is getting better. Not sure if this is what should be done with Li-ion battery, but my battery is doing great.

    MP
     
  9. furiousDingo

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    I usually leave for work at around 7:30, that's when my Droid gets off the dock. I don't usually charge it in the morning drive and it lasts me (with a decent amount of texts, gtalk, app install [as of late, I really love this phone], e-mails, Astrid to-do stuff, etc) until I get in my car at night to go home, which is around 5:30 or 6. It really depends on the apps your using. I use Advanced Task-Killer and Locale. Locale's great b/c I set it up so when I'm at work to turn off WiFi and a bunch of other stuff (GPS, since I'm indoors) and I think that helps a lot too. Frankly, I think Locale's the killer app for the Android platform, if you configure it right, but that's a topic for another discussion.
     
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    Hey, what is "Astrid to-do" and I never knew about the "Locale" thing, that is REALLY cool, Er, where is it?

    Thanks,

    MP
     
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    Try trouble shooting...turn off IM+ but leave on weatherbug for a day..if you get improvement great..then turn on IM+ and leave weather off see how that goes....

    One of those is obviously draining your battery. I had my phone on for 13 hours yesterday and with moderate use I was down to 60% at the end of the day on no charge.
     
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    I would have to say IM+ is the thing causing the biggest battery drain. Any IM program that needs to keep constant connection like that will really put a strain on battery. (I notice quite a difference with my battery life on days I have Meebo IM on compared to when I don't.)

    On a side note: I really like Locale, I think that is an awesome application but I know it currently has a few GPS / location bugs that they are trying to work out which makes that part of it unreliable and draining (since it spends a while searching)
     
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