New to Android - poor battery life thoughSupport


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  1. Devo1982

    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi all, I'm new to this forum and also new to Android having got my very first 'smart phone' in the form of an X10 Mini. I've spent hours tonight browsing the internet trying to find ways to improve the battery life but there seems to be so many conflicting views. Some people say to install a task killer and have it killing stuff left, right and centre. Others say to just let Android manage itself and allow it to kill apps whenever necessary.

    I was just wondering whether any other X10 Mini owners had some tips for this device in particular?

    I've read the post 'Poor battery life? Read this' and will give Juice Defender a try. I don't think i'm a heavy user of the phone, but then again I haven't really put it down since I got it. Battery life seems to be lasting around a day with texting, calling and wifi browsing for apps etc. Am I just expecting too much :confused:
     

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    I guess most are expecting too much yes.
    As I wrote, mine last for about 3-4 days now. Talk time is supposed to be around 4 hours IIRC, so for yours to last a day seems normal.
    Watch out for updated Android versions for the phone, which should give better battery life (we might need to wait for 2.2 before that happends?)

    As I'm writing this, the battery is at 76% and the phone tells me it's about 12h and 17min since I took it off the charger last time (I then had 100%).
    At this rate my battery should last for ca 48 hours more (a total of 60 hours on this charge with this type of usage)
     
  3. Devo1982

    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the reply. I'm going to run a series of tests to see just how much juice I can get out of it from now on. I've removed all kinds of task killers for first test to see how Andriod manages it on its own :)
     
  4. knudsen81

    knudsen81 Well-Known Member

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    my battery last about 2 days, and use my phone alot, i don't use task killers, i only have juicedefender installed, it works great.... but the battery needs some days to be full capisitet
     
  5. Devo1982

    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've actually removed Juice Defender as I am happy enough switching stuff off myself.

    Basically, I am running the phone with 3g off, Wifi off, background data off, brightness at lowest level and will see how long it lasts. I'll switch Wifi etc on when I need them to browse the web or market
     
  6. knudsen81

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    thats is a good ide, i allways have all on
     
  7. Devo1982

    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'll post back tomorrow with an update on how the battery is doing :)
     
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    For full use, that seems really good! How low do you let the battery get before charging, and how long did it last when it was new?
     
  9. knudsen81

    knudsen81 Well-Known Member

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    My battery i charge when i have 3-5 % left, the first days i only got 12 - 15 hours
     
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    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Just an update but my mini is at 81% battery and has been unplugged for exactly 11 hrs so far
     
  11. sublow

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    I've had to switch data off on mine as I'm getting close to my monthly limit and I've found a big difference.

    I'm on the look out for an app that lets me schedule data so it's off over night. Anyone know of one?
     
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    juicedefender disable data over night and much more
     
  13. Devo1982

    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Juice Defender should do this for you :)
     
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    Could someone tell me how to set this up as the screen is a bit small for the app and I'm struggling to change the settings.
     
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    i think it's easy to se on the screen, but you need to click on advance (or so)
     
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    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I use the charger from my girlfriends iphone and my battery allways charge full
     
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    Can we change Mini's battery?? I thought the battery is sealed inside and cannot be removed..
     
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    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'll find out tonight - sure it's just a few screws ;)
     
  20. sublow

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    I think the warranty will be void with the new battery ;)

    Mine will charge to 100% off the wall charger but only to 98/99% on USB.

    I've just had another look at Juice Defender and all the setting are greyed out. It's enabled but it just says "Do Nothing" for all the options.

    I can see their should be options below but they are covered by help, Get Ultimate and setup.
     
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    Nice work.

    The Maverick approach, I like it! :cool:
     
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    Devo1982 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Actually, mine does get to 100% but soon goes to 99/98% very shortly after being unplugged. Anyone else noticed this?
     
  23. knudsen81

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    Mine does not drop quick
     
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    To keep the battery in shape while charging it, first it charges to 100% then let it drop to 96% before starting to re-charge to 100%. This cycles until you unplug the charger. So depending on when you plug it out you'll have between 96% and 100%.

    I've found that the 3g/edge data drains battery in very short time.
    So my 3-4 days battery life must be because I disable it all the time (just enables it to recieve mms).
    With data enabled I was down to little over 1 day.

    quiz:
    Some apps have ads in them.
    If I keep the 3g/edge data on, and these apps are not used by me but android has them available in the background - will this eat of my dataplan?
    Or do they only go online when up front and running by me?
     
  25. 0verkilled

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    Thank you Devo.

    I think the battery drains a lot with calls. Mine drops 1% every 2 Minutes, some times more than 1%.

    I was on a road trip recently with Airplane Mode on (no voice calls) and listening to music on hedphones for maybe 8 hours and battery came for 3 days.
     

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