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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When I charge my Intercept it will only charge to 97%, Is this standard or should I be concerned?

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Old December 2nd, 2010, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I charge my Intercept it will only charge to 97%, Is this standard or should I be concerned?
A couple things. Where are you seeing this percentage? On mine, I only see a number if the phone is completely turned off while charging.

Assuming you are turned on, does a box ever pop up saying the phone has completed charging and to unplug? It's a blue box with an OK button.

Honestly, that does sound kinda weird.
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I use and love Battery Indicator and it does the same thing. What I think happens is that after it has charged up to 100% it stops charging and uses only AC power and then the battery starts to discharge as it normally would unused.
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There are several ways to calibrate batteries in the android world, I don't know what works best for the intercept. There's the top off method that works for most phones-
  1. Turn the phone on and charge it for 8 hours.
  2. Unplug it and turn it off.
  3. Plug it back in and charge for 1 hour.
  4. Unplug it and turn it on.
  5. Wait 2 minutes and turn it off.
  6. Plug it back in and charge for 1 hour.
Alternate (and easier IMHO)
  1. Turn the phone on and charge it until the LED indicator turns green.
  2. Unplug it and turn it off.
  3. Plug it back in and charge until the LED indicator turns green.
  4. Unplug it and turn it on.
  5. Once powered on completely, turn it off again.
  6. Plug it back in and charge until the LED turns green.
  7. Unplug it, turn it on, and use it normally.
These didn't work well for the Moment (similar hardware as Intercept). What did work was to allow the phone to fully discharge to auto turn off then fully charge before removing from charger. In theory, this "teaches" the battery meter the true parameters of the battery.
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These didn't work well for the Moment (similar hardware as Intercept). What did work was to allow the phone to fully discharge to auto turn off then fully charge before removing from charger. In theory, this "teaches" the battery meter the true parameters of the battery.

Just once though, right? I've heard that fully duscharging cell phone and MP3 player batteries (repeatedly) degrades their ability to reach a full charge ever again.

Also, the Intercept doesn't have an LED, or at least none that any flashlight program I've downloaded could find.
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Just once though, right? I've heard that fully duscharging cell phone and MP3 player batteries (repeatedly) degrades their ability to reach a full charge ever again.

Also, the Intercept doesn't have an LED, or at least none that any flashlight program I've downloaded could find.
Unless you really try, you can't bottom out the battery on an Android phone. The phone will shut itself down before total discharge is achieved.

I don't own an Intercept. Does it use the light around the touch pad to indicate charge status like the Moment?
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Unless you really try, you can't bottom out the battery on an Android phone. The phone will shut itself down before total discharge is achieved.
Oh no, I know. I just wanted to clarify for anyone that might think they were supposed to do those steps on a regular basis. Also, I know there are various theories on extending battery life, I just happen to subscribe to the one where you try to never let your battery get below halfway or one quarter, per the battery indicator (i.e. charge regularly, before it needs it, rather than let it bottom out).


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I don't own an Intercept. Does it use the light around the touch pad to indicate charge status like the Moment?
We don't have a light around the touch pad, just the regular ol' onscreen battery indicator. Only the Home/Back/etc keys, and kb keys, light up.
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Oh no, I know. I just wanted to clarify for anyone that might think they were supposed to do those steps on a regular basis. Also, I know there are various theories on extending battery life, I just happen to subscribe to the one where you try to never let your battery get below halfway or one quarter, per the battery indicator (i.e. charge regularly, before it needs it, rather than let it bottom out).
I may have been unclear. This is basically a one time thing, you would only need to do it again if the phone were re flashed. I did mention this is about calibration, not conditioning (which doesn't work with LiON's). I've done it with my Moment and it made a substantial difference. Apparently when the phone reported that I was down to 5%, I was really around 20%- 25%. Keeping the phone charged to 50% may be fine for someone who doesn't stray far from a charger or is willing to carry multiple batteries. It's highly unrealistic for many. With the Moment, there were days that I burnt completely through 2 batteries. It's been a little better with the Evo, I usually just make it in one and it's only occasional that I'll have to go to a spare.
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These didn't work well for the Moment (similar hardware as Intercept). What did work was to allow the phone to fully discharge to auto turn off then fully charge before removing from charger. In theory, this "teaches" the battery meter the true parameters of the battery.

I'm doing this right now. I talked on it with a chatty friend until it cut off. This distracted me from the pain of knowing I was killing my battery.
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