Okay, so I've been lurking on the forums for quite some time and thought that I'd ask for some insight on what's going on with my Hero. I know that battery life on smart phones isn't great to begin with, and just something that I've had to accept with this phone, but I think having 3 hours of usage (3-5 voice calls that lasted less than a total of 10 min, 4 or 5 texts, playing WordFeud with a couple friends, one voice search) is absurd. Before I hear the typical suggestions, yes auto update is off, so are facebook notifications, wordfeud notifications, screen is at 50% brightness, there are two widgets running, one is power management (the irony) and the other is overclock widget (set to 480 screen on, 2XX screen off. Yes, I'm rooted and running Fresh 2.4 with the overclock kernel. Is there any self test I can do to tell if my battery is failing? Could it be the overclock widget, or kernel? I honestly only flashed the kernel so I could turn down the cpu to save battery life, not really interested in overclocking the phone. Had the battery checked at a sprint repair store and of course they said there was nothing wrong, but I think it's the culprit. The phone charges slowly, wouldn't charge last night, and would die as soon as I unplugged it from the charger, phone gets really hot on occasion when I'm using it while charging and have gotten the flashing orange and green LED's. I'd just like some insight before I buy a new battery since I'm not looking to spend anymore money on this phone before my upgrade. There seem to be some people here that have "awesome" battery life by tweaking this or that. I've yet to see any improvements at all. Seems silly to have to sparingly use the device that has so many features and is meant to be mobile. I work in the field so I can't be tethered to a charger all day, I'm not asking for much, just to have the phone be able to power on between the hours of 8am to 6pm, without having to worry if checking my email, or answering a text will kill the phone. Anyway, thanks in advance for any help. Sorry to sound like I'm whining, but I've had this phone since Feb and while I'm satisfied with everything else, this battery issue is killing me.