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General Help! Battery dying just hours after charging all night

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jenavsu2, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. jenavsu2

    jenavsu2 New Member
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    Hi everyone! I need some help. I have an HTC Droid Eris which I LOVE, but yesterday and today my battery has been getting very low/dying just hours after charging it all through the night, which I do every night. I have not downloaded any new apps, and have hardly any apps that would take up battery life honestly. Any ideas on what to do? Or is it just time to go into Verizon and see what they say? Any advice greatly appreciated!

    Jen
     

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  2. willdogs

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    check your running services and kill whatever has been chewing on your battery for the longest.

    same thing happened to me and I noticed that one service was active for about 20 hours straight.

    Menu>settings>applications>Services
     
  3. mdeblaz

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    First, I would try rebooting the phone... it should kill any running services your not aware of, plus it'll give you a new start up. If the battery drain still persists, you might have a bad battery.

    Something I learned a while ago with regards to charging batteries is that if you over charge it, the life of the battery dies with it. In the long run this affects the batteries ability to hold a charge. For example, charging every night is probably not needed.

    Have you ever had a laptop that you use while plugged in, and after a few months/years of that kind of use, you need to always have it plugged in?

    So I now only charge things when the battery is in the red, and unplug it when it's completely charged. If I need to charge over night, I'll just turn the phone off and charge it the next day.

    After changing to this habit, I haven't had an issue with bad batteries since.
     
  4. TTupa

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    Part of this information is not true. For instance, over-charging is not an issue for Li-ion batteries because they stop charging when full and only trickle charge to stay at or near 100% from there.

    How to prolong lithium-based batteries
    Simple Guidelines

    Avoid frequent full discharges because this puts additional strain on the battery. Several partial discharges with frequent recharges are better for lithium-ion than one deep one. Recharging a partially charged lithium-ion does not cause harm because there is no memory. (In this respect, lithium-ion differs from nickel-based batteries.) Short battery life in a laptop is mainly cause by heat rather than charge / discharge patterns.

    Batteries with fuel gauge (laptops) should be calibrated by applying a deliberate full discharge once every 30 charges. Running the pack down in the equipment does this. If ignored, the fuel gauge will become increasingly less accurate and in some cases cut off the device prematurely.

    Keep the lithium-ion battery cool. Avoid a hot car. For prolonged storage, keep the battery at a 40% charge level.

    Consider removing the battery from a laptop when running on fixed power. (Some laptop manufacturers are concerned about dust and moisture accumulating inside the battery casing.)

    Avoid purchasing spare lithium-ion batteries for later use. Observe manufacturing dates. Do not buy old stock, even if sold at clearance prices.

    If you have a spare lithium-ion battery, use one to the fullest and keep the other cool by placing it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze the battery. For best results, store the battery at 40% state-of-charge.
     
  5. mdeblaz

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    good info... I'll take this into account...
    I was just speaking from my own experience... and it's been working.
     
  6. jenavsu2

    jenavsu2 New Member
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    The sync icon has been on the screen for a while now I just realized... could that be the problem? And how do I take care of that? Thanks!
     
  7. willdogs

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    Start Simple.

    Step #1 When it comes to troubleshooting. Reboot your phone. If you dont know how to do that, then just open the back of the casing and pull out the battery and then put it back in after about 10 Seconds.

    See if the sync icon goes away. Sync operations will KILL you battery for sure. You need to stop that. Sync should only run for less than a minute or so. Tops.
     
  8. v941726

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    you cant overcharge a li-ion battery..your thinking of ni-cad days. laptop batteries last shorter cuz of the heat of a laptop. not overcharging

    just read post #4. i concur
     
  9. TTupa

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    You could check Menu > Settings > Accounts and Sync to find out how often Google/Facebook/Weather are synching. I have mine set to not sync contacts, Facebook synchs every 8 hours, and weather only once a day (I use another weather widget.) I manually sync contacts when necessary, but I don't need it doing it when I'm not changing any of them that often.

    Also, which specific applications are you running (non-stock?) Do you have widgets that update with new info? Check their sync intervals. I have Engadget that synchs fairly often, and it must be adjusted within the app.
     
  10. xx_bishop_xx

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    Do you have any battery widgets running? From my experience, those can be pretty rough on the life of a charge.
     
  11. rxfilr

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