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  1. thefley

    thefley Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    When I first got the phone and after a few weeks I could get 2 days then I was able to get 3 days out of my phone before having to charge it. I play a few games, maybe surf the web off and on a few times during the day and some calls and I could still get 3 days out of a charge.

    Then I thought why not and add my pop3 email account to the phone, I had no problems with it checking my GMail accounts all day long. But when I added my other cable provider email acct. the drain was fast, I played with the settings on how long it took to check the email acct. from 2 hours up to once a day. it still pulled a lot of battery and was down to chargeing it once a day.

    a funny thing was when I started using this email program on the phone it and I would run my app killer (every time befor I laid the phone down), the "advanced app killer" the phone would go into a somewhat reboot state. the HTC screen would show up and I would have to wait while the load with circle logo to run for the icons and widgets to show back up. I deleted that email account and everything is back to normal. back up to 3 days out of it again.

    Just thought I would pass this along to those that might still have issues with battery drain.
     

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  2. dmm5157

    dmm5157 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, wish I had an "easy solve" like that. I thought my phone was suffering from the same problem, as I had been using the stock e-mail app rather than Gmail and had horrible battery life. Switched to Gmail only and deleted my e-mail account setup with the other app and things seemed to get a little better.


    Now, I'm staggering through horrible battery life again, after rooting my phone and getting rid of some battery eating apps (Weather, Facebook, etc). I'd hate to have to start from scratch again, but I'm thinkinga bout it, as I keep hearing people talking about multiple days between charges and I've had more than 50% of my battery after a 10-hour work day of maybe 1 hour of the phone on total (browsing web, texting, checking e-mail via Gmail app, etc). I don't use any other apps when at work, and yet my battery continues to drain with everything else off (GPS, BT, WiFi)Starting to wonder if that's just normal, or if I have a bum battery.

    I just looked back to see if maybe I still had an e-mail account on there ... and now the stock program is completely gone (deleted via the rooting process and flashing Fresh 1.1). Guess I can eliminate that one as being the problem.
     
  3. BSki

    BSki Well-Known Member

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    If you are getting terrible battery life running Fresh 1.1, then you are most likely having signal problems and that is draining your battery.

    In the office, I need to charge each night, I don't get good signal here.

    At home I can go all weekend without charging, and similar usage, but I have good constant signal.
     
  4. dmm5157

    dmm5157 Well-Known Member

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    You may be right. At work, I usually have only 2 bars at my desk and if I move around the building, it could be 1 bar and I drop down to 1xRTT rather than EVDO.


    Guess I just need to keep it on the charger when I'm at the office. When I'm at home, my battery USUALLY lasts longer ... but even there it is sometimes shotty.


    I'll keep toying around and see if I can figure out what the heck is going on.


    Spart Parts has not really been helping me because it shows a low time for partial wake stats, and my phone is showing at like 10% awake or less.

    Again, was thinking I had a bum battery, but signal strength seems more likely, as the phone is only ~2 months old.
     
  5. thefley

    thefley Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    make sure you have the "advanced Task Killer" it is the best one I have found. I run that every time I pick up and before I set down the phone. it kills all of the apps. On my Moment tho in does not kill all the apps, and I have read that in the moment threads as well.

    I have read by others that you should switch it from 3g to 2g and that will save your battery as well. I have never done that myself.
     
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    dmm5157 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a follow up to my post from yesterday. I poped my phone on the charger after pretty low use yesterday and was at 60%. Phone recharged to 90% before I had to leave to class. By the time I got there, my phone was down to 86% in 15 minutes. Got there and put the phone in AIRPLANE mode. Phone sat there quietly for the full 75 minute class and didn't drop one percent. Took it off AIRPLANE mode and drove home. When I got there about 10 minute later, the phone was down another 5%. This drove me NUTS!

    Started uninstalling my larger games I downloaded online (not on the Market), TheWeatherChannel app (even though I don't use the widget) and rebooted my phone. Popped it on the charger because we were going to dinner with friends later in the evening. Phone got back up to around 90%. by the time we got to dinner, it was back to 85%. I'd check my phone percentage about every 30 minutes and it kept dropping 2-3% until it hit 78% around 10:00PM. We played two games of Cranium from 10:00PM to 12:30AM and I was using my phone as the stopwatch (1 minute stop watch every turn). The phone dropped only 2% for the entire 2 1/2 hours we played that game and I used the stop watch. No idea what happened between that time, but the battery seemed to be holding stable.

    Today, took it off the charger at 7:30 EST. It is now 9:03 and I've sent a couple e-mails and re-installed TheWeatherChannel app (shortcut only, no widget on my screen). Right now (1 1/2 hours later) I am at 97% charge. I've never made it this far into the day with more than 95% battery. I'm at my office, which I only have decent coverage at, and it's looking promising.

    It's still early, but I'm going to keep an eye on it today to see if it keeps it up.
     
  7. thefley

    thefley Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I try and run my battery down to 10-15% before I put it on the charger. I know they say that you can not kill the life of the batt by charging it with out running it down first.
    Was told the same things about our hand held radios (a police officer) but I have killed many batts by dropping it in the charger just anytime I was by it. so I take no chances with the phone I bought.
     
  8. jonvan

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    I've been plagued with battery problems since I got the phone. I love the Android OS too much so I put up with it. I have a charger at the office, in my car, and at home.

    I charge my phone all night, wake up with 100% and by time I'm to the office I'm down 2-3% from a 15-20 minute drive.

    During the day I primarily use the phone to text, pretty much all day long (helps me get through those long work days of fixing computers lol). I have just a basic setup, gmail account synced with calendar and contacts, facebook app is set to update every 8 hours, weather app set to manual update, twitter is every 8 hours as well.

    I have a few games installed and a few other random apps like shopping manager and key ring. Nothing special.

    If I don't charge my phone while at work, by the end of the day the battery is nearly dead. Just last night my phone died at 7:30pm because I didn't charge it at work and I didn't go directly home. I was browsing the web for 10 minutes maybe and noticed the battery dropped 20% in that amount of time.

    I'm hoping 2.1 will help alleviate some of these issues, but it very well may be related to the hardware itself.
     
  9. flexte

    flexte Well-Known Member

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    this is normal people. my phone is sometimes solid green meaning fully charged and 5 minutes later its down to 95% or less. the phone is not giving a true reading when the phone is taken of the charger. unless its been sitting on the charger all night you are probagbly getting a false reading. another thing to point out is my batter life is about 8hrs Max. if i am hardly using the phone maybe 12hrs. htis is normal for every "smart-phone" i have had. I always push email to my phone as it arrives and that accounts for at least a 2hr battery difference.
     
  10. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Well-Known Member

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    I suggest reading the sticky about task killers. I used one, and my battery drained quite quickly, especially in areas with little to no service (my house). I no longer use task killers, and can easily get 18-20 hours of charge out of my battery when I'm using it quite a bit. If it sits on my night stand like it is right now, and I only get a couple calls/texts/emails, I'm pretty sure I could get well over 30 hours, but I plug it into a charger every night regardless.
     
  11. jonvan

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    And this is why I don't believe it's normal for the phone to die in 8 hours. Sure, I know it does a lot, but when you disable a lot of these features that use so much battery it should improve.
     

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