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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Robo1007, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Robo1007

    Robo1007 Member
    Thread Starter

    Apr 26, 2010
    Sales Agent
    Pocatello, Idaho
    Hey everyone I have kind of followed the forum pretty close and have notice people having issues with batteries and the fix for them. My wife and I both have an ally and with light use our batteries are dropping rapidly we have tried the airplane trick and the *#*#4636*#*# and neither seem to work I just put on juicedefender to see if it would help and it has slowed it down but its still dropping rapidly with no use. Does anyone else know of a fix before I have to take both into a verizon store. Any help would be great and please don't respond with get a moto droid or wait until droid x. Thanks again.


  2. edcooper714

    edcooper714 Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2010
    Here's something I've tested each day for 2 weeks:

    Follow in this order:
    1. Set Airplane mode on
    2. Power off for 3 minutes(approx)
    3. Power back on
    4. Set Airplane mode off

    I have found that these steps, after installing Juice Defender (free version from the market) have yielded consistently better battery life.

    Under my normal use ....2 hours of Pandora, 6-10 texts, some browser and a few calls I have usually 25-45% battery life when I get up in the morning after giving it a full charge each morning. It also eliminated the 50% bug whatever that really is.

    Hope this helps.
  3. gndmepyon

    gndmepyon Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    TSA Help Desk Analyst
    The Mod over at LG's forums claimed that "a few" batteries made it out of the factory without being properly seasoned. I taken mine to full charge and then let drain to zero twice now. The second time it took approx 28 hours with moderate use.
  4. heffe2001

    heffe2001 Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2010
    I don't know how these 'conditioning' or 'seasoning' myths keep going. Lithium Ion batteries don't need it. The only kind of 'conditioning' Lithium batteries require is for multi-cell packs to keep the charge per-cell the same. Since our phones are single-cell, you don't even have to worry about that.

    Best thing you can do for phone batteries is not store them fully charged (40-50% charge works well for long-term storage), don't overcharge them (above 4.3v approx.), don't overheat them, and don't discharge them below around 2.5v.

    As for battery life, turn off any services you're not using (bluetooth, wifi, gps/location, etc). Poor signal is also the bane of these phones, it'll run a battery dead in no time.
  5. steveanderson1357


    May 16, 2010
    Thanks for the great post; and how would an average user know when 4.3v or 2.5v occurs? Also, is overcharging prevented by the phone?
  6. saxologist

    saxologist Member

    Sep 25, 2010
    turn of DRM services
  7. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    Oct 19, 2010
    OC, CA
    I noticed on the Ally user reviews on Verizon site that battery is No.1 complain on the Ally. Some are saying it's horrible, terrible, no life in battery all, blah blah...
    It seems that many of them are android smart-phone newbies and too lazy to learn how to manage, optimize apps, settings for good battery life. It's not just for Ally. If your android smart-phone is bleeding on battery juice badly even when sitting idle, then there is definitely something wrong. Most likely it's one of more of the following cases.

    1. There are some apps, widgets doing too frequent wireless data access for auto sync, updates.
    2. You are constantly using it on internet, games, videos.
    3. The signal in your area is poor.
    4. The battery is defective.

    No.1 in above list is the most likely reason for fast battery drain in standby mode. Turning off the background data is the easiest way to prevent it but some folks like me don't like this option. I like to see emails, texts come in real time and notify me rather than having to manually refreshing it. Some phones have setting to adjust sync interval or battery management in the android setting menu, but Ally doesn't have it. You can individually set the sync interval in each app only if it's available. I increased sync interval on facebook to one hour and removed the weather, youtube widgets from the screen. Killing those widgets on screen noticeably reduced battery drain in standby. My Ally is losing about 2~3% per hour when it's sitting idle. At this rate it can run about 40hours if it's left idle. If I root, it can probably last more but it's not too bad. No.2 above meaning constant usage is draining battery life real fast on any smart-phone. If I constantly use Ally on internet, I see it's losing about 8~10% per half hour. At this rate, it can go only about 5~5.5 hours on constant internet use. This may look like very short life, but other android phone are similar to this or a little better.

    Overall Ally is not that bad on battery life if you know how to manage your apps, setting. Try to avoid live updating widgets like news, weather. That's killing battery fast even when it's not in use. Also check for sync frequency in each email, SNS app. And lastly check the battery usage and running services in the setting menu. Kill the unwanted running services there. I had poor battery life for couple days recently and found that weather widget was running in the background hiding from me. Killing it in the running service made battery life back to normal.

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