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Sudden battery thirst

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by StevenSeed, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. StevenSeed

    StevenSeed Well-Known Member
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    I know there are plenty of battery threads, but I couldn't see one for a sudden loss of battery life.

    Before today, my battery was only getting to 50% by the end of the day which is acceptable to me.

    Today (and today only), I'm only at 6pm and already well into the orange danger area.

    The only thing I've done different is last night I installed a game called "boomshine", which I've now deleted.

    Has this happened to anyone else? A sudden loss of battery life overnight?
     

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  2. geemacd

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    Downloaded a car finder app to try for the misses and it killed my battery even though it was task killed all day
     
  3. StevenSeed

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    Did it keep doing it even after uninstall?
     
  4. cocobananas

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    This has kinda happened to me since I installed the recent system update. I'm lucky to be at 50% by about 6pm, and even after a full charge, I'm only getting to 92% full. According to the battery usage, the main culprit is "android system"... :thinking:

    I haven't really done anything different, and was actually quite happy with my battery life up until recently... :(
     
  5. StevenSeed

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    I haven't even installed any updates, just this game. Which I deleted.
     
  6. geemacd

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    Better when I deleted it, but same with time since last update, battery at 50% by 6pm with hardly any usage
     
  7. sandozer

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    Same here, battery is appallingly poor. Recent update from T-mobile has definitely been a bad move for me. Today had minimal use of the phone and got a charge now warning, What is going on HTC?
     
  8. Bully74uk

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    Try a battery pull.

    I had an issue where the battery use menu was saying that the camera was using 48% of my battery even though I have only ever taken 4 pictures with the camera since I got the phone last Friday.

    After a battery pull this usage disappeared and Ive seen an immediate improvement in battery performance.

    Worth a try.
     
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  9. cocobananas

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    Just did a battery pull, will observe tomorrow and see if it helps...
     
  10. snowmobile

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    It happened to me yesterday. My battery completely drained from 75% to dead within about 3 hours overnight (while I wasn't even using the phone). I believe the culprit was Orux maps which I had recently installed.
     
  11. sandozer

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    Bully you have something here, pulled battery early this morning and can see a real difference in capacity some 14 hours later, great tip, wonder what is going on inside the phone...:thinking:
     
  12. Bully74uk

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    Im glad it worked for you too.

    Im too new to this phone and to Android to know the ins and outs but I do have a theory.

    A lot of the poor battery reports are during the first few days of use with the new phone with many people saying it improves with time.

    During the first few days most people inc myself are frantically trying out different apps, playing with settings etc.

    Is it possible that the operating system gets a bit corrupted or confused during all this activity and this causes excessive use of the battery ?

    Most of us will do a battery pull at some point during the first days/weeks of having the phone and maybe its what the phone needs to get things back in order.

    On my previous phone, a Blackberry Curve, nearly all apps required and prompted a reset (equivalent to a battery pull) after installation. Im sure this was to ensure that the app was installed correctly.

    The android apps don't prompt for this, and for most I doubt its a problem but maybe on occasions its needed just to clean things up.

    Like I said, my battery usage was showing 48% for camera use when I'd hardly touched the camera. I had installed a camera app and taken a picture with it to try it out.

    Im thinking that maybe the installation didn't go quite right and the OS thought the camera was still in use. A battery pull got rid of the 48% camera use and since then the battery has been much better.

    That said, im sure that the battery itself does improve after a few good charges but in my case I think it was another issue.
     
  13. StevenSeed

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    Please forgive my ignorance - what's a battery pull? Is that a removal of the battery whilst the phone is still switched on?
     
  14. StevenSeed

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    I've just thought of something else I've done - I changed the network setting on the *#*#4636#*#* menu from WSDMA preferred to GSM Auto (PRL). Not sure if that'll make a difference but I've changed it back, and I'll monitor it overnight and let you know in the morning.
     
  15. StevenSeed

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    Well, the good news is the issue is now fixed.

    The bad news is I'm not 100% sure how I fixed it, although I know it's one of two things.

    As explained in the previous post, I did change the network settings back to as they were originally, but in an uncharacteristic bout of impatience, I also did what I am assuming is a battery pull (taking the battery out whilst the phone is still on).

    The juiceplotter graph has gone from a jaggedy steep gradient to a nice, smooth, shallow gradient, which is what it was before (sadly, I don't have root access to my phone so uploading a picture is impossible). However, not sure whether it was the battery pull or the revertation of the network settings that fixed it.

    Either way, I have sent an MMS of myself, to myself, to celebrate! :cool:
     
  16. holyblood

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    i'm sorry..not familiar with term, but how do you do the batt. pull?
     
  17. BlackenedUK

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    Holyblood, a battery pull is just where you pull the battery out of the phone while it is still turned on.
     
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  18. damuffinman

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    Sounds like no-sleep bug to me...
     
  19. holyblood

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    i got it..thanks!:)
     
  20. StevenSeed

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    What is this? And how can I diagnose it? (Or how could I have, for future reference?)
     
  21. StevenSeed

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    I may have been a bit premature guys - seeing that ugly jagged line on the juiceplotter again that is going south a lot quicker than it should be.... :-(
     
  22. StevenSeed

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    This is quite embarassing.

    I think i know what it was.

    Whenever I get someone replying to a forum post like this, it sends me an email notification. For the last two nights in a row I've been "foruming" pretty much non-stop (not just on here, but on other forums too), and the notifications being sent to my gmail on my phone I think is causing this sudden battery thirst.

    What a moron I can be sometimes! :(
     
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