Honest opinions on your Fascinates Battery Life!

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  1. esn

    esn Well-Known Member

    I can get 8 full hours with heavy use and my battery will be at 15%. By far the best battery stats of any smart phone I have owned.

  2. Jacki1008

    Jacki1008 Well-Known Member

    Around here, I would be considered a very atypical user - light. Probably very light by most people's standards. I don't put my Fascinate through its paces each day. Generally, it is phone calls, texts, checking out the Daily Briefing news stories,and occassional web surfing. Haven't needed GPS and have only needed to turn on the WiFi 3 or 4 times. I have just gotten into the habit of plugging my phone in at night to charge, but this week I forgot. I went two days without charging my phone and at the end of the second day I still had more than 15% battery life! I keep an extra wall charger at my office just in case, but haven't needed it yet. I had a Droid X for about 3 weeks before my Fascinate and I could never have gone a day without charging.
  3. bethmr13

    bethmr13 New Member

    I have had my Fascinate nearly a week now and I have found the battery life disappointing. I have made adjustments and still don't have what I would think is good life. I do not run many widgets, I do have sync on for email, signal strength runs 1-2 bars as signal strength is crap where I work.
  4. SirKronan

    SirKronan Well-Known Member

    Looks like the reports range from crappy to excellent. Most are at least reporting "pretty good" battery life. A few are reporting horrible performance, but I've seen very few. A good number are actually getting pretty solid battery life with theirs, myself included. I really never have to do the mid-afternoon recharge.
  5. fegriffith

    fegriffith Well-Known Member

    I've been feeling better about mine this week. My biggest challenge is that I get a very lousy signal at work which makes gauging my battery a lot more complicated. It used to be with the Storm 2 and light usage, I had to have it on the charger by 1:00 to get through the day. The same thing with the Fascinate. But the last couple of days I've made it ALL DAY with light usage without having to charge. I think the Fascinate is holding a better signal than the Storm did.

    If I can get through a "work day" (i.e. from the time I get up in the a.m. until I get home in the evening which is approximately 10 - 12 hours) without worrying about the battery dying I'm happy. I did notice that when I changed from one of the "picture" built in wallpapers to a dark one, my battery life seemed to significantly increase. I would never have thought a "pretty picture" wallpaper would have that negative in impact but in my case it seems it did. I don't use my phone for talking much at all...I'm mostly multimedia and email use.

    I'm looking forward to gauging it this weekend when I will have good signal throughout the day.
  6. SirKronan

    SirKronan Well-Known Member

    I'm a sucker for live wallpapers. There's one called "PhysX" that is very simple, but cool looking. It's also quite customizable. Set the particles amount to 40 (or less) and the background to black. You get a cool looking live wallpaper with colors that you can customize to match your phone's theme (like my sister has the purple theme set for PhysX and for the Dolphin HD browser so they match nicely) and it really doesn't drain the battery hardly at all. It will still drain it more than just a pure black background or really dark dead wallpaper.
  7. droid928

    droid928 Well-Known Member

    I think the battery life is excellent so far. I bought the phone on wed. at around 4:30 pm with half of the battery left it and I used it extensively until about 12:30-1:00 last night it died. I have it fully charged right now so we'll see how that goes.
  8. saps

    saps Well-Known Member

    However, good it is right out of the box; expect it to get slightly better after 3-5 cycles
  9. DroidChickk

    DroidChickk New Member

    I hope everybody with battery issues reads this-

    When I first got my phone, my battery would last MAYBE 5 hours tops before it was blinking at me to plug it in. (I use it mainly for playing music, texting, and browsing the web, downloading apps, GPS, WIFI etc.) Heavy use, IMO, as the screen was basically on the entire time. I unplugged the phone every morning at 8 30am and by 9am it was already down to 80%. After trying a 5 day shot of battery cycling and installing/uninstalling apps, I was ready to return it. I would rather go back to a blackberry and at least have a phone that I can rely on, than one that lasts not even 5 hours and may be dead in an emergency situation. So I called the *611 line and they suggested mailing me a new battery to try instead. Right away, I noticed a huuge difference. It has been about 4 days since I tried the new battery and I couldn't be happier. I can honestly say I took my phone off the charger this morning at 830am and it still has 20% left..and again, that is constant music play, texting, downloading apps, youtube etc.

    So- long story short, please try a new battery before you return your phone!! =) You might be as pleased as I am.
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  10. II Kings 9:20

    II Kings 9:20 Well-Known Member

    On my D1 2.2 I am doing much better without the ATK. Much better means 12-14 hours with no music, no text, mainly checking email regularly and virtually no web browsing. Can't wait until 10/27 for the SF.
  11. AndroidRookie

    AndroidRookie New Member

    For the screen size / resolution, and processor speed the battery is doing fine. I don't know what people expect when you power use a phone like this, it's gonna drain the battery. Under normal usage with light to moderate surfing / gaming during the day, and normal call usage, it lasts me till the evening when I go to bed and plug it in anyway.

    If your gonna use alot of GPS, and Web surfing then you WILL experience shorter battery life, as with all phones or portable devices.
  12. SirKronan

    SirKronan Well-Known Member

    The ATK always seemed to do more harm than good on all the droid phones I've ever used. No thanks. I've had the best luck with AutoKiller, but you gotta root.
  13. Bearly

    Bearly Well-Known Member

    I can get about 8-10 hours of moderate use (less than 1 hour of calls but a lot of playing with the phone) and medium brightness. Signal strength is good.

    That's much better than with my Incredible, but still not mind blowing. I really wish Samsung could improve it with some OTAs. I'd like to see 16 hours but I might just get a second battery.
  14. ktez

    ktez Well-Known Member

    When I go to battery status, it says the display has used the biggest percentage of my battery. Its usually 80 something. I have the brightness as low as it can go and timeout at 15 sec - any other ways i can reduce this?
  15. saps

    saps Well-Known Member

    Don't be on screen as much. :p
    Seriously though it just depends what you do with the phone. If you screen is often lit and you are running apps or web browsing or whatever you are going to have stats like that. I generally average between 50--70% display use. The one day I didnt was because I made a ton [5+ hours] of phone calls and when Im on the phone the screen is of course blacked out. That day I was like 80% phone calls. But yeah its really quite normal to have display be your main culprit
  16. JasonRK

    JasonRK Well-Known Member

    I think the battery life is great. My D1 would only get 12 hours max, but the Fascinate goes 24 and I'm back to running almost all of the same widgets. Battery life will probably drop on the Fascinate when the GPS fix comes in and I start using location-based services more often.
  17. bigdroid

    bigdroid Well-Known Member

    I think the battery life is excellent. I have had every high end Android phone that Verizon has put out so far. I have to say that the Fascinate has been the best so far!!
  18. Fynx

    Fynx Well-Known Member

    I lift my cable at home from the long weekend yesterday. Typically I am tied to my desk so I charge my phone and listen to pandora all day. Starting at 5am without the cable, I refrained from using pandora, but conducted ~7 5 minute calls, read and responded to 50+ emails, installed 4 apps from appbrain and some moderate web browsing. I finished up the day at 26% battery @ 7pm. I am happy
  19. saps

    saps Well-Known Member

    FWIW, if you guys get an undervolted kernel the battery life gets even better
  20. SirKronan

    SirKronan Well-Known Member

    Ok, man, I might need some of your help doing this ... I want to do it right this time.

    So, first, do I have to do the Odin restore from that 300+ MB Fascinate image?

    Then, I install CWM?? And what do I do if I don't get the update.zip file like what happened with my sister's fascinate? Will the CWM still be installed?

    And then, do I download the new custom kernel and install it? After that, I've gotta reinstall everything, right????
  21. saps

    saps Well-Known Member

    Did you bork it SK? If you did yeah odin et al. If you're not borked at all and you haven't put voodoo on or even if you're running any voodoo v.2 kernel just flash any kernel you want in CWM. Only problem we found was voodoo v.1 to voodoo v.2 when we got impatient with the re-boot and pulled the battery.

    Lemme know where you are at
  22. chasemyaccord

    chasemyaccord Well-Known Member

    My battery life is fine. I started off yesterday morning with a full charge. Sent a few texts, checked a few e-mails, made a couple phone calls, and I still had at least 3/4 of my battery by the end of the day, so I didn't bother charging. Now it's 5:30PM on day 2 (again, checked e-mail a few times, made a couple phone calls, fairly light usage) and I still have about 45% left. This is with the live wallpaper on, facebook widget on, GPS on, bluetooth on (I shut it off for like 30 minutes yesterday), wordfeud on, google talk on.

    I know my usage the past couple days is a lot less than the average user, but I'm still very impressed with the battery life I'm getting. My original plan was to try this phone for six months (give or take) and get an iPhone if it comes out to Verizon, but I have no desire to do that anymore. The only area this phone pales in comparison to the iPhone is the marketplace (especially games), but a small sacrifice to pay.

    There have been times when my battery life seemed subpar, but usually a restart will alleviate that problem (maybe a program running in the background that I can't close with task manager...?)

    Anyway, I give the battery life a 9/10.
  23. SirKronan

    SirKronan Well-Known Member

    Phone is running great right now. It's rooted, and I have launcher pro and autokiller running. I only did the Odin restore on my sister's phone because rooting it bricked it. Haven't installed ROM manager or CWM on my phone at all yet. I'm just wanting to make sure I do things in the right order. Restoring this phone with Odin and then doing all this rooting/modding stuff over again is not a fun project I want to spend another day on like I did with my sister's fascinate ....

    So what's the right process from here? I did NOT do the OTA system update, if that matters.
  24. saps

    saps Well-Known Member

    Lets PM this conversation
  25. irishpride

    irishpride Well-Known Member

    My battery life is OK, somewhere in between the DX and DI. All in all, can't complain.

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