Battery Life help please


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  1. kollarism

    kollarism Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I switch from my iPhone 4 (30 days) to the Captivate and I LOVE it. I've had the captivate now for 3 days, and am having a blast customizing it. My only gripe is the battery life. Granted I've been playing on it a lot, but i've only been getting 6-10hours of battery out of it.

    Can anyone give me tips on battery monitor (currently using battery minder), some settings to change, and if a Task Manager is actually worth it?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. androiddawg

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    There are dozens of threads addressing this. Read them.
     
  3. sirlanceem

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    from what i have gathered by reading other posts... keep your brightness low... turn your wifi to never sleep if you are in a wi-fi zone... and yes a task manager is you best friend
     
  4. Jreitnauer7

    Jreitnauer7 Well-Known Member

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    Honestly the hest way to handle the battery is to let it drain all the way for 2 - 3 weeks and then charge it. The battery is very good you just need to be patient and havd proper charging techniques.
     
  5. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    Be sure to not use live wallpaper. Huge battery killer right there.
     
  6. kollarism

    kollarism Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Battery life is better today, as I have not been using it ALL day. Why does everyone say that live wallpapers kill battery? My live wallpaper is only using 2% of my battery life.
     
  7. Thassodar

    Thassodar Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea why people say live wallpapers are the devil.

    ANYWAYS, I got this neat widget (I forget the name...) that lets me turn on/off Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Syncing, and Brightness settings at the top of my screen without pulling down the menu from the top. The main thing I noticed, though, is that my GPS was ALWAYS on and I usually had about 20% at the end of the day left over. On the pull down bar you have no option to turn off the GPS... So I turned it off and have been averaging 60% battery at the end of the day; I use the wifi intermittently and turn it off if not in use, I watch videos, I play the mess out of the Media Player, and I'm on Pandora most of the day.

    Long story short: Try finding that widget (if I find it I'll let you know what the hell it's called) and TURN OFF YOUR GPS when you're not using it! Saved me a TON of battery life.

    EDIT: I found it under "Widgets" it's called Power Control? I'm running Launcher Pro so I don't know if I downloaded it or not (curse you AppBrain!).
     
  8. RavenFox

    RavenFox VIP Member VIP Member

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    Bro welcome to the forums and this is what you need.
    http://androidforums.com/samsung-ca...able-disable-3g-your-captivate-one-click.html
     
  9. Muirne

    Muirne Active Member

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    Power Control might be the widget you are talking abou and it comes right with the phone, its pretty nifty.
     
  10. Infinite-t

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    Yea they should sticky this, but in most cases, for the first 3-4 days, burn your batt. to 0. then charge it, do that for 3-4 days in a row or more. Your battery will get better. How much better? I dont know, mine does pretty good now and I use it a lot. I usually get a good 18-20 hour day out of it with moderate use, wifi and bluetooth always on, a few auto update widgets, etc.

    I think the "turn off live wallpaper" thing is kinda silly personally. I dont use them cause I find them distracting, but they would only ever use any battery power when they are being displayed on your home screen. When you have another screen open (a full screen) the wallpaper is not in use. When your screen is off, the wallpaper isnt doing anything (unless I am wrong. But it would seem silly that it would be "running" even when it is not being dispayed).

    So try the battery burn in thing, it will help. Im under the idea that what is the point of having a fancy phone that can do all kinds of cool stuff if you have to turn them off. As long as you dont go crazy with a million widgets always running and updating every 5 minuts, with latitude constantly running updating your location every 2 minuts and the phone set to never sleep, you should be able to get a good solid day of moderate use for this thing. If not, maybe you have a bunk battery, or your idea of moderate is different than the average.
     
  11. el frugalista

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    Try out some of the free power management apps and see which one gives you the best battery life for your usage style. I have exceeded 100 hours of life as I covered in this thread (including the settings I'm using) but that's with relatively light usage and shutting off data & wifi at night.

    Oh, and I use live wallpaper and love how it looks. Live wallpaper never ceases to draw the "oooh, what's that??" comments from iPhone users. I find using live wallpaper has minimal impact on my battery life.
     
  12. richierich

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    yeah power control widget is awesome. I don't use GPS if I don't need to, and turn brightness down if I don't need full brightness (full brightness is so bright)
     
  13. alphadog00

    alphadog00 Well-Known Member

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    Battery life is dependent on 2 main factors:

    1. Location
    2. Useage

    Poor signal strength will kill a battery all by itself. I have had phones die in 8 hours sitting on a desk at work - then last 32 hours at home

    Useage varies - so without you describing what you are doing, there is not much help available. 6-10 hours may be a lot of time, if you spent 4 hours on the phone, and 2 hours shooting video.

    How long were you talking, web surfing, texting, watching movies, using the camera, shooting video, playing games, etc. What 3rd party apps do you have running in the background? How many widgets are syncing data?

    Without giving details, it is really hard to help. iPhone 4 battery life specs are similar to Captivates BTW.
     
  14. Boldt

    Boldt Well-Known Member

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    I just saw the power control thing for the first time - can someone confirm or make sure I have this right

    WiFi - Bluetooth - GPS - ?? - brightness

    No idea what the one after gps is, if that is in fact gps - is it data lol - thanks for any info
     
  15. richierich

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    I think that's application sync or something like that (uses Data, stuff like e-mail, facebook, etc..)
     
  16. kollarism

    kollarism Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I found an app called Quick Settings on the Market for Free. It is better then Power Control, as it gives you a ton of options, and brings you through menus. You can can brightness, ringer types, Turn Off Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 3G, auto syncing data, and a few other things.

    I unplugged my phone last night at 3am and it was 70%. I woke up this morning at 9am and it was at 42%. I guess I will need to keep messing with it until I find out what im doing wrong. I did have WiFi and 3G off, so maybe my widgets were trying to connect all night?
     
  17. JuneNYC

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    1 month since purchase and I swear the battery keeps getting better still.
    If it doesn't improve, just pick up an extra battery... Something iphone can't do.
     
  18. sremick

    sremick Well-Known Member

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    Because a large number of people such as myself have found the battery life to rise dramatically after turning them off.

    I had hit a ceiling of about 6-8 hours max despite doing probably at least 6 full battery drains and recharges. This went on for a few weeks without fluctuation. Replaced wallpaper with a static one, and immediately started seeing 12+ hours. It's actually gotten even better since.

    While I don't question your individual case/experience, my situation is far from unique. From reading these forums, it would appear you'll find a considerably larger number of people who've discovered live wallpapers drain the battery fast, compared to those who say they see little difference.
     

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