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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tma, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. tma

    tma Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was checking my battery usage and I see that my cell standby is my highest user of battery life. Is it normal or am I missing a setting somewhere?


  2. mush10

    mush10 Well-Known Member

    I had a fully charged Bionic this morning. I just received my first call today and haven't touched it since the ride because I have been busy at work. The thing was at 5% battery left. For reference, I am currently sucking down 4G.
  3. bad1550

    bad1550 Well-Known Member

    Fully charged this morning with minimal use (checking emails and 10 minutes web browsing)

    Have bluetooth enabled

    Battery down to 60%

    Seems its draining a bit too fast?
  4. thatguy188

    thatguy188 Android Enthusiast

    Very weird ... not sure about the Cell Standby, but again, I've had a 100% charge this morning around 5:30am and have played with the phone since then (browsing, listening to music, downloading and installing apps, using GPS_ and now, 7 hours later I am still @ 30%

    Cell Standby: 25%
    Display: 25%
    Wi-Fi: 23%
    Phone Idle: 6%
    Maps: 4%
    Words Free: 3%
    Android System: 3%
    Voice Calls: 2%
    Jewels: 2%
    Android OS: 2%
    Browser: 2%
  5. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    Keep in mind that it measures in 10% increments just like previous Motorola phones. 90-99% battery will display to you as 90%, 80-89% battery will display to you as 80% etc.. So don't be alarmed when you see it suddenly drop by 10% from doing something minute.

    Cell standby at the top does not necessarily mean it is sucking more juice than it should. It could just as well mean that everything else on the phone sips so little power that cell standby uses a lot by comparison.
  6. thenew3

    thenew3 Android Enthusiast

    Also it may take a few cycles for the battery to report accurately. I wouldn't worry about it too much during the first few days/cycles.

    On mine, I unplugged this morning with 100% charge, haven't used it much, maybe 30 emails pushed out to it and a 5 minute call. it's now showing 70% left after 4 hours standby.

    Much better than the Thunderbolt. That thing would drain through an extended battery doing nothing but sitting at standby in 4 hours.
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  7. New Rising

    New Rising Android Enthusiast

    Mine was fully charged about 7:45am. I've been downloading apps, browsing, texting, and customizing. My battery is already 20%

    cell standby: 38%
    display: 35%
    phone idle: 17%
    android os: 4%
    browser: 4%
  8. dragma

    dragma Well-Known Member

    on a related note. it seems to take forever to charge.
  9. bad1550

    bad1550 Well-Known Member

    I noticed that too - Mine is currently charging here at work at a snails pace
  10. thenew3

    thenew3 Android Enthusiast

    There is a separate thread talking about this. Mine took 7 hours to charge from 40% to 100% yesterday when I got it.
  11. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Android Enthusiast

    I wonder if cell standby will be more efficient with 4G turned off....
  12. Vehtemas

    Vehtemas Android Expert

    Alot of people fixed this issue with a non standard charger.
  13. bad1550

    bad1550 Well-Known Member

    Mine has been charging 3 hrs and only went from 40 to 50% - wtf?

    Im charging on my PC
  14. Groid

    Groid Android Enthusiast

    I have a strong wifi connection at home so I use a market app called 'Data Switch' by TomatoX to turn off my (lousy) data connection. I have poor data reception at home and wifi is plenty fast enough. That has greatly reduced my battery usage. Also, if you are in a poor 4g area, you might want to choose cdma only in the Mobile Networks setting. In good areas set it back to cdma/lte for 4g.
  15. galpdawg

    galpdawg Android Enthusiast

    PC, for some reason always take longer
  16. bad1550

    bad1550 Well-Known Member

    OK - I will charge tonight using power ac adapter
  17. rdalcanto

    rdalcanto Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, not a lot of amps coming through the USB plug of the PC. Use the stock wall charger. The battery is over 1700 mAmps. Charge time will be roughly 1700/x with x being the output of the charger in mAmps.
  18. brkshr

    brkshr Newbie

    USB ports on PC's are rated at 500mA, while the AC charger outputs 750mA
  19. thenew3

    thenew3 Android Enthusiast

    PC USB ports output is 0.5A max, Most AC chargers are 0.75A to 1A.

    The moto charger that came with the bionic is 0.85A
  20. twistedlim

    twistedlim Android Expert

    Cell standby should never be that high unless the phone has been sitting idle for 12 hours. Standby is usually about 5 percent or less on my Charge in 4g.
  21. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Im seeing this as well....One day out and this thing needs an update already! My DROID Charge never drained this fast.
  22. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    I've used the heck out of my phone today and the battery has been great. Downloaded a bunch of apps and surfed too. No complaints here!

    BTW I have three exchange accounts on Push with 1500 contacts, email and five calendars, gmail push, facebook, tango, fring etc.
  23. tma

    tma Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Wow! I got the extended battery and am not getting close to this life out of it. I am gradual dialing back, started with full brightness and animations. I still can't figure out why cell standby is useing so much juice. Is it part of 4g? I have 0% down time. What does cell standby do?
  24. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    I haven't messed with any of that stuff. Try adjusting the battery settings.
  25. Vehtemas

    Vehtemas Android Expert

    Based on my current usage (light since I am at home), I should get nearly 28 hours out of it.

    I always use it harder when I am at work/at the bar.

    Not to mention I also tun off 4G once I am at home since I have wifi here.

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