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  1. sinfony78

    sinfony78 Member This Topic's Starter

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    New user here. My battery life sucks and I seriously need help. I've had the phone for about 4 days, and I don't think I am doing too much to drain my battery at all. I connect WiFi and 4g only when available.

    After being unplugged for 2 hours, I am down to 85%. I have plugged in through USB and watched about 5 minutes of video, then disconnected. I've noticed that while plugged in USB in charge mode and doing anything on the phone, it charges only when the phone is on standby. It will stay at same percentage if I am doing something as little as navigating around the phone.

    I have 5 hours of life left according to Juice Plotter (free). I have Juice Defender (free) on and it says it has increased my battery life by x1.52. I have 4g off and bluetooth on. I updated my PRL. I toggled on/off Airplane Mode. Quit DRM. I also kill applications that I am no longer using so I never have more than 3 apps running in a short period of time.

    Running Services:

    VpnServiceBinder
    IQ Agent
    AndroidSprintExtension
    SnsServices
    GTalk
    CM_Service
    Android Keyboard
    OPPServerService (looks like it is a Bluetooth service)
    Pandora
    WeatherService
    AVService
    JuiceDefender and JuicePlotter
    UpdateService (for Fann Battery - an app that tracks battery life)

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    In the time it took me to write this post (about 5 minutes), the battery life went from 85% to 82% and I was doing nothing, just navigating around to look at the services. I have the brightness at the lowest level using the Power Control Android Widget.

    Other widgets I am running: Juice Defender, Juice Plotter, Fann Battery, Weather Channel, Program Monitor.

    Went to Battery Use in Settings and it has this:

    Display - 57% (on lowest setting)
    Antivirus Free - 18% (AVG)
    Voice Calls - 17% (about 1 min of talk time since unplugged)
    Cell Standby - 4%
    Android System - 3%
    Bluetooth - 2%

    Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on? I'm reading of people running juice defender and doing the other things I'm doing, having 10 hours of browsing time, bluetooth on, etc. and getting 20+ hours of battery life. Juice plotter just updated and went from 5 hours life to 3 hours.

    Bad battery? This is pretty unbelieveable.
     

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  2. swanysto

    swanysto Well-Known Member

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    Not sure its the problem, but I was not getting very long charges when I tried to charge via computer or car charger. However, when I charge with the wall charger it usually lasts the whole day with about 2.5-3 hours playing around. If I charge on the USB to my computer, I get about 12 hours before my battery is around 25%.
     
  3. Droid_Rage

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    Have you done the Airplane mode trick yet? If not, click Settings -> About Phone -> Battery Use -> "Cell Standby". Look for your "time without signal". If it's a higher percentage, that's probably what's killing your battery the most. Next, turn airplane mode on for 10 seconds or so, then back off. This will reset the "bug" that continually searches for a signal, even if you have it. I've had a time when my phone said I was 95% Time Without Signal, after flipping airplane on and off, it went down to 2%.

    The other thing I did was went to monoprice.com and bought a wall charger/mini usb cable for my office and a car charger for my commute. This way if I'm ever getting low, just plug it in for a bit and let 'er juice up.

    Hope this helps you.
     
  4. Inferno4213

    Inferno4213 Well-Known Member

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    Antivirus Free using 18% of your battery? It seems like that might be it. I don't think any app should be using that much of your battery. I don't think viruses are really an issue on Android phones. I've only heard of one every existing before. You might be better off disabling it. I have Lookout, which has an antivirus part of it, and it never shows up on my battery stats.
     
  5. sinfony78

    sinfony78 Member This Topic's Starter

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    Droid Rage - Yes, I have toggled on and off airplane mode

    Inferno - it took up that much because the phone had not been unplugged from being charged very long at that point. As you can see, my only voice call for the day (1 minute) took up 17% battery life.

    As of this reply (had to recharge through USB) my stats look like this:

    Display 86%
    Cell Standby 5%
    Media Server 3%
    Android System 3%
    Bluetooth 2%
    Phone Idle 2%
     
  6. Inferno4213

    Inferno4213 Well-Known Member

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    Buy two extra batteries and a wall charger off eBay for $10. You'll never have to worry about battery life again. It's so nice being able to be careless about my phone's battery life.
     
  7. futureprospect

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    Quoted to show how unhelpful this post and my post quoting this post is to the OP.
     
  8. BrianFX

    BrianFX Well-Known Member

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    Disable 3G and only turn it on only when you need it. Grab any of these apps to do the job - Quick Settings, dcswitch, or SwitchPro.

    My battery life went thru the roof once I disabled 3G. Get nearly 3 days of light use, 2 days of moderate use, and 1.5 days of heavy use. Overnight I lose 1-2% of battery (whereas before it was something insane like 20%+).

    I have gmail setup to forward to SMS (yournumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com). This way I still retain push email notification without having 3G on.
     
  9. kuja

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    Drives me nuts that ya'll think thats a solution. The purpose of paying so much each month is for the network... not using 3g? and still paying for it ? I had this POS phone for 8 days returned it ... not sure how they expect to survive when they make such a buggy phone...

     
  10. rounsy222

    rounsy222 Well-Known Member

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    To me sounds like the battery needed to be calibrated.
     
  11. Roq

    Roq Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you understand what what a bug is. Of course the battery is going to die faster while it has an active internet connection on. The more features you use, the faster the battery will die on any device. If I buy a gaming laptop and play games on it, the battery will die in thirty minutes or less.

    The only thing I can suggest is gain root access to your phone and install setCPU. When your screen is off have the CPU set to the lowest setting. That helped my EVO get ridiculous battery life, and I am going to do the same to my girlfriends epic4g.
     
  12. pflol

    pflol Well-Known Member

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    exactly what I do with my phone, 2x battery at least.
     

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