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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by side0ut, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. side0ut

    side0ut Member
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    Hi all,

    I tried searching but did not find anything to answer this question. I recently rooted my wife's hero so she could use wireless tether. Everything works great except that the phone discharges at an alarming rate. While plugged into the wall, it discharges faster than it can charge. Is this normal? I tried different cables/chargers but nothing seems to charge or keep the charge while wireless tether is on and being used. My evo easily handles the wireless tether and even charges up the phone while doing it. If this is normal for the Hero then I will not worry anymore about it. Will just tell her to use the wireless tether in 1-2 hours times to avoid draining her phone all the way.



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  2. JB in AZ

    JB in AZ Android Expert

    Two suggestions:
    1. Look to see what else is running on her Hero while she is tethering. Be sure to end any other app by using the back arrow to the Home screen.

    2. Be sure to turn off the display, as is isn't needed while tetering, and uses alot of battery power.
  3. side0ut

    side0ut Member
    Thread Starter

    I have checked both things and did not have anything running in the background. I always turn off the screen when not in use. So I am guessing that this is not normal and that everyone else is able to charge their phone while using wireless tether without having any discharge. Is this correct?
  4. JB in AZ

    JB in AZ Android Expert

    Personally, I haven't noticed the battery charge being an issue while wireless tethering, as long as I have it plugged into the laptop (for charging only). But I haven't tethered for hours at a time...

    Perhaps others can chime in with their experiences? :)
  5. MahaloCat

    MahaloCat Android Expert

    Mine is workingg great as we speak -
    Company came in to do a presentation and forgot their aiorcard..
    I saved the day!
  6. side0ut

    side0ut Member
    Thread Starter

    I swapped batteries with my wife (I have the evo) and it seemed to make a difference. Will continue to monitor over the weekend to make sure. My wife is bad about not power cycling the battery. She just plugs it in when she get home even if she has 70 percent battery life. I usually let mine get to under 20 percent before recharging.
  7. MahaloCat

    MahaloCat Android Expert

    Hmmm I have had mine over a year and keep it plugged in most of the time -
    rarely gets below 70 - GREAT battery life too....
  8. jdbell2004

    jdbell2004 Member

    I noticed the same thing. I the phone is charging, however not fast enough to compensate for the power draw of running the wifi (connection between phone and computer) and the 3g data (connection between phone an the internet). Several times it has drained my phone to the point it would not turn back on unless I allowed it to charge for a few minutes. Just make sure your battery has a decent charge to begin with and leave it plugged in. That should slow the drain.
  9. side0ut

    side0ut Member
    Thread Starter

    I think I might have found the culprit.. For some reason, the never sleep when plugged in was checked. I thought it was weird that her screen would be on sometimes (dimmed) even though I always turn off the screen when not using it. It now will charge faster than discharging. Seems to work great now. :D
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  10. JB in AZ

    JB in AZ Android Expert

    Great! Glad to hear you fond something. This will likely help others as well. Thanks for posting it. :)

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The HTC Hero release date was July 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7200A processor, and 1350mAh battery.

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