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Old November 24th, 2009, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I hav battery widget, and it seems to do the job. But I def would be interested if someone has one that goes above and beyond.
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I use BatteryLife by Curvefish ... dont know if its any more or less accurate than others, but I like it
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It's not a widget, but "Spare Parts" has been CRUCIAL for me in identifying which apps are eating away at the various components of the phone (CPU, GPS, mobile network, etc.)

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Any of them apps changed the graphical status battery into percentage or something? That's what I'm looking for.
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BatteryLife alows you to have a widget on your home screen with the percentage ... but I am sure most of them do that. Not sure if there are any that change the battery on the top of the screen.
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I use "Battery Status" by Monmonja. It adds an icon in the status bar with with the percentage on it. I'd prefer it to "replace" the default battery icon, so that I don't have two... but its not a big deal. It works really well, and seems very accurate. I tried out 2 or 3, and like this one the best so far.
 
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any updates on this? i used battery widget, but read reports about it draining battery life. mine hasn't been the greatest, so i uninstalled it and went with battery life today to give it a whirl. does anybody else recommend any that doesn't seem to kill the battery? or is the best way to go = no meter?
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I use BatteryLife by Curvefish ... dont know if its any more or less accurate than others, but I like it
I use this one as well and like it. I like how it can be customized to change colors as the battery drains, as well as displaying info like battery temp and mV.
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any updates on this? i used battery widget, but read reports about it draining battery life. mine hasn't been the greatest, so i uninstalled it and went with battery life today to give it a whirl. does anybody else recommend any that doesn't seem to kill the battery? or is the best way to go = no meter?

I've wanted to get an app for my battery, but have the exact same question. Anyone have a definitive answer on this, or an app that will not consume the battery? Maybe one that will only provide the percentage/status when requested, and that does not constantly monitor the battery.
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I've wanted to get an app for my battery, but have the exact same question. Anyone have a definitive answer on this, or an app that will not consume the battery? Maybe one that will only provide the percentage/status when requested, and that does not constantly monitor the battery.
I dont think there will be a definite answer, but BatteryLife by Curvefish doesnt seem to be a battery drain.
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I dont think there will be a definite answer, but BatteryLife by Curvefish doesnt seem to be a battery drain.
I'm trying out Curvefish now. It has nice graphics and customization of the colors. I set it to turn yellow at 30% and red at 15%, like the stock battery. Thanks!
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I use BatteryLife as well, and it is not a battery drainer. I like the customizable colors on the widget.

I tried another one, which put a percentage icon in the notification bar, but I didn't like it. It puts it on the left, where your notifications go, which I don't like. I like being able to quickly look in that corner to see if I have anything new. If it's empty, nothing new. If there is an icon there, I check it. The battery icon being there was just inconvenient to me... Nothing more than personal preference
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I dunno...My battery dropped 10% in an hour since I installed BatteryLife. It might just be my phone, but I think I'll stick with clicking on Spare Parts to check the remaining percentage.
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I dunno...My battery dropped 10% in an hour since I installed BatteryLife. It might just be my phone, but I think I'll stick with clicking on Spare Parts to check the remaining percentage.
I have BatteryLife installed on my phone and turned off all the other stuff and my battery didn't move a percent for like 3-4 hours.
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This was mentioned long ago—I don't know where—but if you dial *#*#4636#*#*, it will pull up a "testing" menu. From there, just select "battery information," and you're good to go.

This is a lot more difficult than having a good battery widget, but my point in posting this is that most of the battery widgets probably use this menu as their reference point, making them all very similar with regards to accuracy
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Since removing BatteryLife, my battery has ony gone down 1% in two hours. So i'm sure the problem is some sort of conflict with one of my other apps. Oh well. I'll try to figure it out another day.
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Are these actually more accurate than the standard battery sensor? I would think a memory usage widget would be more helpful in extending battery life.
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Battery life seemed to be slowing down my phone a bit, I'm thinking it might be refreshing too often. Battery widget works best for me although it is hard to tell if it actually lowers battery life.
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I also have BatteryLife. Works great and doesn't seem to battery drain.
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Tried 3 times. After successfully installing BatteryLife, when trying to open it, I get a box saying cannot launch.
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Tried 3 times. After successfully installing BatteryLife, when trying to open it, I get a box saying cannot launch.
that is because it isn't an application it functions as a widget only. add it to one of your desktops.
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This was mentioned long ago—I don't know where—but if you dial *#*#4636#*#*, it will pull up a "testing" menu. From there, just select "battery information," and you're good to go.

This is a lot more difficult than having a good battery widget, but my point in posting this is that most of the battery widgets probably use this menu as their reference point, making them all very similar with regards to accuracy
It's a heck of a lot easier to open the voice dialer and say 'battery info'.
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I downloaded AnyCut app and just set a shortcut to go to battery information.
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I downloaded AnyCut app and just set a shortcut to go to battery information.
Nice...I just added AnyCut. Thanks!
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that is because it isn't an application it functions as a widget only. add it to one of your desktops.
Thanks. big widget, doesn't fit on my home page.
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It's a heck of a lot easier to open the voice dialer and say 'battery info'.
This isn't working for me. Do you have to say open or dial or find battery info?
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I am using Battery Indicator. Simple, puts the percentage remaining in the notification bar. Seems accurate and doesn't seem to use any additional battery.
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It's a heck of a lot easier to open the voice dialer and say 'battery info'.
Haha—why, yes it is. Thanks!
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I've begun using Spare Parts as the only way to check battery level. All other widgets/apps have been removed. I made some sytem changes and needed to reboot my phone and before turning off my phone, I had a level of 80... after reboot, my battery level went up to 84. Strange.
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HTC battery widget works great and its free from the market !!!
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I use "Battery Status" by Monmonja. It adds an icon in the status bar with with the percentage on it. I'd prefer it to "replace" the default battery icon, so that I don't have two... but its not a big deal. It works really well, and seems very accurate. I tried out 2 or 3, and like this one the best so far.
Thanks for the tip. I like this one a bit better too.
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HTC battery widget works great and its free from the market !!!
I had that for awhile, but I couldn't believe how large the file is just for a widget! It did work well though.
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there was a battery widget that was just words on a bar across the screen...where the hell is that widget...I thought it was batt stat, but I can't find it
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I use battery life, And i love it doesnt seem to drain my battery at all.
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give batteryminder a whirl, has a widget and can be displayed in your notification bar.
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ok. maybe a tad off topic but i dont think so. battery history in spare parts shows a bunch of percentages. wi-fi for one is 100%..i have an engineering degree. but with the 5 things showing under "other usage" and "since unplugged", i have used around 500% of my battery. so i guess my question is, what is it trying to tell me here? also i have 70% battery remaining. huh?
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Peaser im with you....i use Battery Indicator by Darshan Computing and it works great with no major battery drain !!!!
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I just use the switchpro widget. It is a toggle widget similar to the stock widget. It has toggles for wifi, data, bluetooth, airplane mode, etc. But it has a battery indicater that displays percentage. If you press it, it also displays whats using your battery from the settings menu. It has everything I need in one widget.
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i just installed BL and so far is way better than the previous one I had running.
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I like Battery Indicator for the info on the notification bar. Now I don't need a battery widget.

* Oh wait. SysTray Monitor can do that too. The icon isn't as pretty but I get memory info in the notifications too. What is more important to you, battery temperature or memory?
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"Battery Graph" and "Juice Plotter" are 2 great ones. Battery graph is just a simple but effective % over time graph, Juice Plotter is a time graph also, but shows battery temp, display brightness, and radio type on the graph at a given time. It has a great widget too that shows battery time left. Give it a couple days to calibrate though.

Juice plotter seems a little CPU heavy and runs little slow on the "little engine that could" Eris, but the widget is worth it for me.
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I just found Quick Battery. It's slim, but has nice features.
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I've tried plenty of all the above mentioned widgets and I keep coming back to Gauge Battery Widget. Tends to be quite accurate, offers 2-3 sizes (and different shapes too), different color combinations, and is by far the most eye catching (design-wise). You can also change the font size of the percentage number it shows you, which is great for us older Baby Boomers !
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You can also change the font size of the percentage number it shows you, which is great for us older Baby Boomers !
I'm with you there! My phone is rooted and running a 2.2 ROM, and I keep the battery percentage displayed in notifications bar - but that little number gets harder to read each day...
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I just installed Guage Battery Widget, and I must say, I really like it. I completely agree with blackbelt that it is the best looking too, I have it in the 1x1 setting where it looks just like any other icon.
So far, things are working out. They seem accurate as far as I know (compared to the % in the settings of my phone).
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Try Juice Plotter it works really well. After a few days it is pretty dead on.
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battstatt looks cool since it shows the percentage in text. not in number. There is a free version and paid version.
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so far, i've used the gauge batter widget for 5 days now. I really like it. My first impressions still remain and the thing is really accurate. I'm using it as a 1x1 icon (matches size with the stock icons like browser and settings) and it has the option to be transparent in areas where there is no gauge... not sure if it made sense, but it is pretty!)
I don't even bother with the battery meter on top anymore, my straight source is this widget.

I would say that I fully recommend the gauge battery widget. Especially for a free app, it is excellent. And if you want more functions out of it (which you don't really need), you can always purchase it.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #50 (permalink)
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How about the Battery Left Widget ?!

It takes a few days for it to calibrate but it might be giving you much better info than the rest of those widgets. It estimates how much time you have left until the battery is drained as well as percentage.
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