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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by djkeller3, May 28, 2010.

  1. djkeller3

    djkeller3 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I did a search on this, but can't come up with a good answer. I'm running BB1.1 at 1.2Ghz. Yes, my Droid gets hot, but it also got hot before I rooted. I work out of the office all day and rely on my Droid to stream Rhapsody, Air1 and DroidLive as well as some long phone calls. The heat generated has never caused a *problem*, but I sure don't want to create one either.

    So, I'm wondering, how hot is too hot; and, what is the best way to keep an eye on it?

    Thanks all.

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  2. OMJ

    OMJ Bazinga

    In short I dont. I trust the profiles I have set in setcpu to do their job and clock down when things get too hot. Im pretty sure the droids processor is rated at 90c and I know that the battery is rated at 60c. My profile is set to drop the speed if I hit 45c which I rarely if ever do.

    From what I have read if you actually do get the droid too hot it will just reboot anyway so I dont think there is a whole lot of cause for concern unless you are regularly over 50c
  3. Theshape

    Theshape Well-Known Member

    TempMonitor its in the market
  4. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    SetCPU also has an option to monitor and display CPU temp and does a reliable job. I have had my Droid run hot for long periods of time (especially while using the NAV functions while driving). I have never had a problem.
  5. djkeller3

    djkeller3 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks guys! I'll download and install the setcpu app today.
  6. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    When you install the setcpu widget you will be presented with an option screen. The first option is "Use CPU Temperature."
  7. I use the Temp Monitor program in the market as well. I also have the setcpu widget set up too.

    The great thing about setcpu that was mentioned is that you can set profiles so if it gets to hot it will "throttle" the speed down.

    I'm not sure though how well setcpu works with BB though.
  8. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    I've used setcpu with BB and no problems (I think Pete addressed the previous issues in the last couple of releases).
  9. Soultics

    Soultics Well-Known Member

    Remember with 1.1 he does the overclocking for you, so I'm not sure how SetCPU will continue to work with BB. (I'm sure it plays fine now, but in the future when less and less people use it)
  10. inssane

    inssane Android Expert

    I have temp monitor refresh in my top bar every one minute.
    In the car the other day it got to 154F!!! So I took it off and put it near the A/C to cool off. Once I start to get to 135F I watch out.
    I like to know and it's a good way to figure out which apps may heat up a ton and so forth when troubleshooting.
  11. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    I've seen my temps go above 60C. That's while I'm driving with Nav and Pandora on, while the phone is right under the sun.

    No problems though :D

    As for SetCPU & Temp Monitor, those are two apps I use religiously. They're really great.
  12. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    When driving I always remove the battery cover which helps keep the temperature within a tolerable range (not that I am afraid my Droid will spontaneously combust). I do the same for those long Homerun Battle sessions.
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  13. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    Great suggestion! I'll be doing this for my 5 hour trip down to Lexington today.
  14. shrink57

    shrink57 Android Expert

    In my car I have a soft Styrofoam holder that sits in my cup holder that allows my phone to remain upright. With the battery cover off the phone remains ventilated.
  15. Rodeojones

    Rodeojones Android Enthusiast

    SetCPU and TempMonitor are essential for all rooted users. And like Fab I've had temps get to or slightly above 60C but only while using Pandora AND Nav while driving. If I know I'll be doing something that makes the phone prone to high temps I'll often scale down my profiles (another great thing about SetCPU). I drove 5 hours to Bemidji, MN last weekend while running Pandora and Nav, so I scaled down to 500Mhz (closest to the 550Mhz we had while stock). My temp never got above 58C. I'll have to try removing the battery cover in the future!
  16. altimax98

    altimax98 Android Enthusiast

    I almost always hit 50c surfing the web and whatnot... But ive also had Plenty of reboots in the middle of a temp spike, so atleast i know my failsafe is working :p
  17. EAK128

    EAK128 Well-Known Member

    Same here, while driving and having Pandora and Navigation running, sometimes even youtube, on a sunny day, Temp gets to the 60s. I turn the A/C on in the car and direct one of the vents towards the phone, which helps. Gonna try the cover pull also. I have noticed that when it's running that hot the charger can't keep up with the battery drain.
  18. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    Yeah...this happened during my trip today. My 'Battery Life' widget usually says my battery condition is 'good' but while I was driving today, it was 'overheated', and it cut off the charge. I realized this when I looked at my battery meter and it was at 60% :mad:

    Anyways, I just took it off my car dock and somewhere shaded, and that fixed it all up.

    On a side note, my amplifier also overheated during my trip. I was very frustrated.
  19. UBRocked

    UBRocked VZW Nexus Please!!!

    In the words of Montell Jordan...This is how we do it ;)

    Modified Universal Car Mount from Office Max...fitted with magnet and that plastic ring is a spacer so the phone sits flush.

    Sits nicely in front of a cold air supply with the vent clips...no overheating here! :eek:

    Looks cool too right? :p

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