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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rnj79, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I cannot for the life of me figure out what drains my battery so fast. I have had the phone for a week and it will not last all day on one charge. It takes hours for it to charge fully. My iPhone will charge in an hour. I keep WiFi off when not in use, GPS is off, I don't need it. I have Fancy Widget set to manual refresh and auto refresh is off. I do get notifications that the weather cannot collect info, but if I have it set to manually refresh, why does it need to collect data?

    What can be done, this is worse than the iPhone? My phone is rooted but I do not have any roms installed.

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  2. el frugalista

    el frugalista Newbie

    Have you tried installing Ultimate Juice? This greatly extends the battery life and can be fine-tuned as you see fit. I last charged my phone Friday morning and it's now Sunday, I've used it several times to make calls (about an hour total) and have Google Sync running.

    Well worth the $3 or so it costs. I know I've recommended it in this forum a couple of times. For me, Ultimate Juice just works!
  3. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have not tried but will. Thank you!
  4. Ph8

    Ph8 Member

    Taking a look at the other battery threads have you gone though the "conditioning" steps that others have? Draining your battery until it shuts down, then charging it to full (do this a few times). There have been a few reports of poor battery life until this happens.

    Also, you can always see where most of your battery usage is going in the settings menu as well. Takea look there and post what is using most of your battery. In some cases if your are in apoor signal area Cell Standby will KILL your phone since it is always serching for a signal.
  5. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    My phone will be dead every morning when I get up. Then it takes for ever to charge. Signal strength seems to be fine, always has between 4-5 bars. AT&T has the best signal coverage in my area. Its friends & family with different carrier service that have signal issues when they visit us.

    Battery stats are as follows...

    Display= 77%
    Cell Standby= 6%
    Browser= 4%
    Android System= 4%
    Sense Analog Small clock= 3%
    Phone Idle= 2%
    Market= 2%
    Open home= 2%
    Fancy Widget= 2%

    So it looks like the display is my big consumer but I have it set to lock at 30 seconds and the brightness it set at 25%. I am not using a live wallpaper.
  6. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    It's broken. Exchange it. This is a serious answer.
  7. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    That would suck!! Does that mean I would have to virginize it too?
  8. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Also my battery date is July 9th, 2010. Is this a first shipment phone? I read through the post on another thread. The guy went through 4 Captivates before he finally got a good one.
  9. MassacrMan

    MassacrMan Android Enthusiast

    I'd say if after a week your phone battery is still having a low life, return it for another one and condition it by running the battery to the point that it turns off and then recharge it to full. Doing this a few times I've heard greatly increases your battery life.
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  10. blackhemi

    blackhemi Well-Known Member

    my battery date says 7/4/2010 and my phone was built on 07/10/2010. Super sucky battery life for me. battery usage for me is

    display: 67%
    cell standby 11%
    voice calls 11%
    phone idle 4%
    android system 3%

    Why does my display kill it so bad. its about the same if i have it on auto brightness or low
  11. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I wouldn't wait a week. Exchange it now. Use it until it gets down to 30-35% and then charge it to full and see what happens.

    (My last one I got on Saturday, I used it to 30% then charged it to full, I have about 35 hours use on it now and it's only down to 50%. (I haven't even had a chance to condition it yet because it hasn't run down yet.)

    And I have purposely kept the same usage pattern I was doing with my old one. And the new one, I haven't even gone to the insane power tweaking measures yet! Plus on the new one I streamed about 30 minutes of iheartradio which I never did on the old one. Now you tell me, is it the phone or me that was to blame for the bad battery life? I can verify to you, it was the phone.
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  12. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I can't believe the problems you had.

    I charged mine to full after it had gone dead over night yesterday, it takes 4-5 hours... I didn't use it a whole lot. I was using my desktop to read this forum most of the day. When I went to bed last night, the battery was at 67% and I did not plug it in. I got up this morning to check it... DEAD! So now I have to wait another 5 hours for it to charge again.

    I am tempted to take it back and get a totally different phone but don't really know at this point.
  13. Ph8

    Ph8 Member

    Youll often see a "few" bad apples (no pun intended) when new devices come out. This is normal and it happens to almost every single product. Its one of the prices you have to pay for being an "early adopter". As you can see there are many people on this forum how either have gone thorugh the conditiong or returned thier phone and eventually the battery issue was resolved. Personally on ATT the only other viable option at this point is the IP4, which to me after playing with it in the store is not that special (this coming from soneone who has a 3G). Of course with the recent Jailbreak of the IP4 and the soon to be unlock of it, I am sure we will see a few "defectors".
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  14. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I see what you're saying. I too came from an iPhone 3G. I still use the 3G as an itouch, gotta keep playing Words With Friends!! I got the Captivate because I was ready for something different and people are always saying how great the Android OS is. We can only have AT&T where I am and the Cappy appears to be the top android phone AT&T has as of now.

    I have had no problems with the Captivate other than the battery. Its definitely a different system. Its hard getting used to it after being with Apple for so long but I'm trying.

    I may try a phone reset and see if it helps with the battery. It has been charging for about 2 hours and when I checked last, it looked almost done. It seems like it didn't take as long this time, IDK. This is the 5th full charge (dead to 100%) the battery has had so maybe I'm on the downside now.
  15. Anino116

    Anino116 Lurker

    I've had my Captivate for two weeks now and the battery still drains fast with little/moderate use. Should I exchange mine before the 30 day return runs out?
  16. MassacrMan

    MassacrMan Android Enthusiast

    Might as well to see if it fixed the battery issue, I do believe if you tell them you're returning it because of GPS issues they will not charge you the 35$ restocking fee.
  17. tdwilli1

    tdwilli1 Lurker

    I just returned mine after about 1.5 weeks. Had the battery issue, GPS issue, can't sync playists, phone lock w/bluetooth and bad call quality.

    I tried all the battery troubleshooting methods and turned everything off and with any widget running even Samsungs Daily one the battery would start draining fast. When I returned it I mainly told them it was due to the battery and they waived my restock fee.

    I don't think you should have to jump through all these hoops jut to use it as it was designed.

    Back to a 3G/3GS and battery is so much better even with it Jailbroken.
  18. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    Just exchange it man
  19. rnj79

    rnj79 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I think mine is fixed!! It was at 81% last night when we went to bed. I got up this morning and checked it... 76%!!!! I was very happy needless to say.
  20. Ok my phone has been unplugged for an hour and its at 88% :( wtf
  21. MassacrMan

    MassacrMan Android Enthusiast

    Been doing a lot on the phone? Or is that just idling?
  22. minimal use!
  23. Update: After a full charge(100%), I've used the phone as usual, 2 voice calls(approx. 25 min). little texting, a few visits to the app store, messing around with widgets. After 5 hours, I'm down to 48% !!! WTF. I think its time to exchange this cappy.

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The Samsung Captivate release date was July 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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