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Extended battery: on FOURTH day with a single charge and moderate use.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Phases, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Phases

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    Just wanted to take a minute real quick to express how happy I am with my purchase of the Droid X extended battery. I got because I was making it about 80% through my day before having to give it a little juice, unless I used it sparingly.

    Now with this, I make it morning to night easy no matter my use. And, I use my phone heavily.

    I thought though, I wonder how long this would last if I used it only as much as I needed (well, what *I* consider need, heh) and left out all the non-essential stuff.

    I took it off the charger at 5:30am Monday. I'm at 15% now. I will at the very least make it till 5:30pm today, making it 84 hours. I may make it till I crash. (I'm going to it blinks red).

    15%
    Uptime: 143:41
    Since last hooked to charger: 3d 10h 26min (Mon 5:30am - now)
    Battery Mode: Nighttime Saver
    Battery: BH6X from local store.

    I have used my phone for everything I have needed. Every day. Plenty of texting, gTalking, and phone calls. Especially yesterday (found out we're having a boy!). I've read email, both gmail and my work email through the browser. I've checked up on sites (cough here) when I had to, but that was only a couple times. I've used the camera and sent several pictures. Plus other stuff, but this is what I do regularly. Every day.

    I have NOT browsed the web for the sake of browsing, been on youtube, streamed music or spent any time in the market (have updated apps though). No Maps, Nav, etc. I have not.. just hung out on my phone.. like I tend to do.

    I've not killed any tasks or background stuff.

    I've used it as much as I've wanted with what I mentioned above, being careful to quickly turn off the screen as soon and as often as I could, and leaving brightness on low.

    This wasn't a "how long I can go" test, it was a "how long will it last with me just using it for what I need to use it for" test. I would have been happy to make it to the end of Tuesday, and here it is the end of the workday on a Thursday.

    That coupled with the fact that the battery is hardly ANY bigger at all - I'm very happy with the purchase and felt the urge to share.

    Also, I love my X.

    Sorry for the rushed and all over the place post, kinda in a hurry.
    :)

    Edit: After the first reply I checked display time. Display usage is an hour and a half. So, clearly the Phone Idle and Cell Standby dominated that one.

    I wonder how long I could go with straight display time. Sounds like my next test!
     

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  2. aohus

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    Letting people know that ATK's are bad
    what was your total display usage time? imo thats the real test. on stock battery, i could go maybe 4-5 hours of display usage time before i run low on batteries.

    also, does the extended battery give a lot more weight on the phone?
     
  3. Phases

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    Updated OP with that info.
     
  4. tom108

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    i am a big fan of the Extended battery as well.
     
  5. tuftslax

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    Display time test would be great, I made a post about that awhile ago because I felt with my standard battery I could only get ~3 maybe 4 hours of display time. But now I have the extended battery and agree its great
     
  6. Steven58

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    Nice to see you have a DX too! Glad to hear about the battery. I have an extra regular one, but the battery life is so good that I've never needed to use it. Are you going to mod your phone? :D
     
  7. Phases

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    For those who haven't seen the size, as you can see it's not a big deal.

    Still fits into the media dock, as well.

    Side note: Still going, at 5% - going to plug in soon. Finally! :p
     

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  8. chrlswltrs

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    First picture I had seen of the extended battery, thanks for posting that. Now I'm going to have to pick one up, I thought it was bigger than that.
     
  9. Hrethgir

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    I haven't seen a need for one personally. As of this post, I'm at 20h 25m with 2h 39m of display time on. And I'm still showing at 40%. I can easily go well over a day with the stock battery, sometimes closer to 2 days with the way I use it. I could have used an extended battery for my iPhone 3Gs, but there was no extended battery available, and it would have been way harder to install. Loving the way this phone uses battery.
     
  10. chrlswltrs

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    I am about the same as phases, I make it through about 80% of my day, but if I use it sparingly I can make it a couple days. I stream Slacker a lot and do more than an average amount of web surfing on my X. I am usually close to a charger so I didn't care but with so little a difference in size I figured I might as well buy one for my long nights at work after being away from home all day.

    I just ordered mine, looking forward to seeing my results! :cool:
     
  11. The funny thing about the extended battery is that while it is only 20% bigger than the stock battery (and I know you can't cheat physics), it seems to give you a LOT more than a 20% boost in performance.

    When I bought my DX I was utterly disgusted with the stock batteries performance. I don't know if I just got a lemmon or what, but I couldn't make it more than 4 - 5 hours before it was screaming at me to plug it back in. One morning I got up, took it off the charger, played one game of RoboDefense, and when I was done my battery meter read "60%"... WTF????

    So even though I haven't done any technical experiements to prove that the extended battery lasts longer than 20% beyond that of the stocker, by all means my 'seat of the pants' assessment puts it closer to a twice the performance of the stock battery... even though I know that's just not possible. And as for the weight, it really does hardly anything to the look and feel of the phone, but if anything, I think it actually feels better with the extended battery (and door) on the phone.

    Let's put it this way, I have yet to see or hear anyone who's upgraded their battery complain about the extended battery or go back to the stock one (that's not to say it hasn't happened, just that I haven't seen or heard about it if they did).
     
  12. rehpyc

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    Maybe the added rippled on the back will keep the phone from slipping out of your hand :eek:
     
  13. rdillz

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    I love the extended battery. It didn't start out great, but got stronger everyday, and now its a beast! Highly recommend it. Just don't expect immediate results. It took a few days to show me its real value.
     
  14. Riverdome

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    Ummm forget about the battery, congrats on the new baby! Soon enough you won't have time for projects like this. :D
     
  15. goldz28

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    Congrats :thumb:
     
  16. mxsjw

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    60% left
    1d 1h 56m 40s since unplugged
    Display 28% 2h 2m 40s
    Voice Calls 17% 19m 35s
    Phone idle 16% 23h 53m 59s
    Cell Standby 14% 1d 3h 43m 32s
    Android OS 5% 14m 18s
    Android System 5% 13m 34s
    Flikie Wallpapers HD 4% 24m 23s combined
    mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser 3% 10m 10s combined
    LauncherPro 3% 12m 19s combined
    Wi-Fi 2% 2h 59m 32s

    ETA...Extended Battery from Verizon
     
  17. polecats03

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    im buying the extended battery. do i put it in my phone, let it drain all the way down then recharge it and should be good to go?
     
  18. mxsjw

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    That's what I did...twice and now every so often. It doesn't really affect the battery, but it helps calibrate your phones "fuel gauge" and "Battery Left" app if you use it.
     
  19. mikejaret

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    does it fit into the official cradle with the extended battery?
     
  20. Jayme

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    I have the extended battery. I get a little under 18 hours of use. I constantly stream tune in radio, I watch videos and browse a little. I'm happy with the extended battery. It does a good job for my use.

    :)
     
  21. dscottjr81

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    Is it recommended to charge it fully before use or does it not matter? Thanks
     
  22. jbhumph

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    I've heard so many great things about the extended battery that I'm dying to get one! They're out of stock yet again on VZW.com and I can't find anything locally....darn!! :(
     
  23. colchiro

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    I like how everyone says "kudos" to you and the rest of us that get 3+ days with light use get mocked about "nice paperweight" or something similar.

    My Android OS and Android System are double yours (the rest is similar) and I think they're why I can't get a 4th day out of my extended battery.
     
  24. Grandmadroid

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    Curious, Steven....when and why did you switch from the Incredible to the X?
     
  25. willyjay

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    Saw this in another site and thought you guys could help with the question...

    My question is the use of the back cover. There's a speical cover that came with it and I noticed something that is bugging me.

    The STD cover states, "Only use Motorola BH5X battery with this cover".

    The extended cover states, "Only use Motorola BH6X battery with this cover".

    When looking at the back of the X and at the cover, i noticed a little pressure point (switch) that is being pressed with the BH5X cover and not the BH6X cover. Located upper left under the battery cover.


    The cover on the BH5X has a little scratch where it engages with the pressure point. Any ideas what it is?


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