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Old January 27th, 2013, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default About Battery Life ***Please read***

It is no secret the battery life on the Nexus is pretty awful. Even with the extended battery we can only hope to get a good 5 hours or so at a time.

That being said I've got an interesting story to share that happened over the last few days...

My battery life had always been awful, even the extended battery only helped marginally. I am rooted of course with a nice undervolted kernel as well. The other day my USB port started acting temperamental and wouldn't always charge the phone without some fiddling.

The next day it failed altogether. Frustrated, I took the phone apart to assess the damage, and found the port had melted into itself. No biggie easy repair, I'll buy a spare battery and wall charge till the internal flex port replacement arrives ( only $8.95 BTW).

In the meantime I removed the melted port.

Funny thing is, since then my battery life has been great. I think the way it had melted had kept it in a state of always thinking it was plugged in.

So if your nexus battery life has degraded substantially over time do yourself a favor and check the USB port. The USB on these phones are flimsy as it and lots of repair stories exist, but it may just be the reason your phone is losing battery at a horrifying rate.

I know this may be a niche problem, but I hope this helps someone in the long run.

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Old January 29th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Battery life is heavily dependent on usage. So with that said, there haven't been too many time when I've been stuck with less than 12-18hrs on battery.

But I'll also stand by the comment that if your usage patterns are so high as to cause only getting 5hrs out of an extended battery, and even with an undervolt kernal, than there's not too many other phones out there that will do much better.
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I was getting sick of the battery life and then learned I was getting another 4 hours with the lte off. Then I got sick of going through settings to turn it back on when I wanted it so I wrote a lte on off shortcut. Only a buck if youre interested.

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Battery life is heavily dependent on usage. So with that said, there haven't been too many time when I've been stuck with less than 12-18hrs on battery.

But I'll also stand by the comment that if your usage patterns are so high as to cause only getting 5hrs out of an extended battery, and even with an undervolt kernal, than there's not too many other phones out there that will do much better.
^This. I also get 12-18hrs on battery. I don't use the Samsung one, I got an extended one that fits with the stock battery cover. It's a 2200 mAh. Very happy with it.
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Is it possible the external battery charger is doing a better job than the phone? I say this because I've noticed strange battery life depending on how I charge the phone. I use the standard 1A plug most of the time and get a good 12-14 hours of moderate/semi-heavy use out of my Seidio 3800mah. I noticed that if I use my Nexus 7 charger (2.1A) it will charge faster but will discharge at a crazy fast rate. Basically it seems it's showing more charge than there really is.

I noticed a similar thing with my EVO. If I charged the battery in an external charger it seem to be a better charge. Sounds crazy but I can assure you this was the case.
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I got this from Amazon. You won't have NFC with it, but I never need that anyway. The stock back cover works fine with it, and I'd say I get 25% longer with this battery over stock.
Amazon.com: AnkerŪ 2200mAh Li-ion Battery For Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus Samsung I515/SGH-I727(AT&T )/T989(T-mobile)/Telus Samsung Galaxy S2 II X T989D/SPH-L700(Sprint),[ Not Compatible With Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250, Not Compatible With Galaxy S2
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It has more power/voltage on ac rather than the computer
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