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New DROID user battery life

Discussion in 'Android Questions' started by Smarty2600, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Smarty2600

    Smarty2600 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    I came from a dumb phone and have some ios devices but I just bought a DROID X2 and so far I love the phone but the battery sucks. Why when I went on a plane(phone powered off) did I turn it on and find the battery down low to 5%. And the phone was charged fully the night before. Also when I had it about 70% full and went to bed, I woke up to a dead battery. Is that how android is? Or is there something going on in the background that occurs even when the phone is off? Did I get a bad battery? Thanks for any help, I don't want to go to Apple for my phone but the battery really goes down when I don't use it which makes no sense to me. Sorry for rambling.

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  2. n99hockey

    Moderator

    Feb 7, 2007
    111
    Battery life in Android has some work to do. Its not great, and with the huge ass screen you have its going to be rough. My advise is to plug it in at night, its not a flip phone you can let sit for days on end, it needs juice!
    :)
     
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  4. Smarty2600

    Smarty2600 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    Well I did plug it last night then took it took it to the airport and 3 hours later even though it was off the battery was almost dead. Is that normal? What can I do to save battery life?

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  5. n99hockey

    Moderator

    Feb 7, 2007
    111
    No I can't say that is normal, when off it shouldn't discharge that much.
     
  6. cchannelz06

    cchannelz06 New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
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    Spend the extra money and get an extended battery and yes battery life on the DroidX/X2 definitely needs some improvement.

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  7. cchannelz06

    cchannelz06 New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    0
    You may also want try leaving GPS turned off unless your using a program that needs it. Also try using a different web browser from the market. I'm not real sure but I think the stock browser runs in the background unless you forceclose it. Again not sure if this will help you out any but those two things and an extended battery allows me to use my phone all day and still have about 40 percent battery left before getting home from work.

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  8. Smarty2600

    Smarty2600 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    0
    Well thanks for the tips everyone. I'll hopefully report back with good news.

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  9. iP5

    iP5
    Bronze

    Oct 23, 2010
    15
    Unfortunately the DX2 is still pending root and an unlocked bootloader. This its where I'd send people that are looking to squeeze as much as they can from their phone.

    Eg. my phone's battery performance is around 11% at heavy use and 2.5% idle with sync and widgets running.

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  10. cchannelz06

    cchannelz06 New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
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    So CM7 wont work on the DX2?

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  11. iP5

    iP5
    Bronze

    Oct 23, 2010
    15
    OMG, I just put in this kernel this morning. It idles at less than 1%/hour. I'm 5.5 hrs off charger and at 96% charge. The other wicked about this kernel, quadrant 4400+ at max cpu and 3050 at 122/1228 and a custom governor. Needless to say it's silky smooth.

    The DX2 sticky on XDA was posted on June 4 and there's 10 topics, so it's early yet and zero custom ROMs.

    As for the OP, apps that will at least expose you to the strengths of Android.

    swype, adw launcher, launcher pro, dolphin hd browser & it's plugins, swiftkey, go sms, jorte, pure grid calendar widget.

    A couple techniques to battery conservation. To begin with, discover your baseline performance by avoiding widgets and live wallpapers on your desktop for 24-48 hrs. One exception, a power widget bar that lets you quickly manage your radios. You want to be able to quickly toggle; wifi, 2G/3G, data, gps, bluetooth and airplane mode. Running every radio on your phone is a quick way to drain your battery.

    I like the widget in CM7. You can choose things like, flip to 2G when on wifi, automatically. I also run the following widgets; facebook, twitter, news and the calendar mentioned above.

    Also, for now reduce your notifications. Every notifier you have is consuming battery with a background process.

    You can see your current background processes at SETTINGS | APPLICATIONS | RUNNING SERVICES.

    Lastly do not, do not use a task manager. Android 2.2+ has a built-in TM and running two or more has them conflict with each other such that your battery drains like a water fall.

    So who are you on eiC? I'm iP5 on eiC.

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  12. My-Q

    My-Q New Member

    Jan 23, 2007
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    I can let my X2 go for 2 days without a charge, IF I am around the house. When I am out and about however, I have put put it on the charger nightly. As previously noted, put it on the charger nightly. If you use anything like desktop weather or live wallpaper, you will definitely want to charge it each night.
     
  13. Smarty2600

    Smarty2600 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    0
    Thanks for the tips when I get a credit card hooked up to my google account I plan on checking out android specific things. And I get currently have quick access widgets to all the radios. I turned off gps and wifi since I'm on vacation there is only 3g. And when I was home I'm pretty sure it automatically turned off 3g because it wasn't on the status bar like it is now. But I'm happy to report that my.battery drastically improved and lasted tell whole day idling for the most part. Oh and I'm smarty2600 too on everything I cafe.

    Also I have desktop weather running and an engadet widget but no live wallpaper. And the yahoo mail client app running in the background but I plan to delete it since it is constantly checking for mail.

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  14. iP5

    iP5
    Bronze

    Oct 23, 2010
    15
    Haven't been using it much, 40mins browsing/email, otherwise I let data sync run on 2G, plus a new battery light kernel.

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  15. cchannelz06

    cchannelz06 New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    0
    On your email accounts you can set how often it checks for emails. On my buisness account I have it checking every hour. All my other accounts check every 4 hours. Only one you can't change is the gmail account because I think its a push type notification. This should help a little with the battery.

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  16. iP5

    iP5
    Bronze

    Oct 23, 2010
    15
    Seems like root and ROMs are almost there for the D2X.

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  17. iP5

    iP5
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    Oct 23, 2010
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  18. Smarty2600

    Smarty2600 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    0
    Hmm it says i'm up to date but still running 2.2.2.

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  19. iP5

    iP5
    Bronze

    Oct 23, 2010
    15
    Check again or contact the carrier?

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