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Topic # 151187 16-Aug-2014 21:51
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Hi guys.   I recently got my previous S3 replaced, due to an insurance claim with another S3, and performance wise it's an excellent phone.
Or was, until a few days ago. But one thing that's really pissed me off here, is these past few days I've relied on my phone more than ever, as my computer's been out of action, and even since I've repaired the computer, I still use my phone pretty heavily, and despite this, suddenly my battery only lasts maybe 5 hours, and I have 3 spare batteries, all die within a similar timeframe, and the worst thing is, once the phone works it's way down to 0%, and I have to put it on charge, I still can't use the phone, it still switches off DESPITE BEING CONNECTED TO THE WALL, AND CHARGING, till it has a decent amount of juice in the battery, and I'm just so annoyed. It's not the certain handset itself, as my old one did exactly the same, I've just had enough, and Samsung should be held accountable.   I'm just waiting till my installments are finished, and I won't hesitate to get the S4, in fact Samsung should give me a discounted upgrade, because of the issue in their handset, and I'm pretty sure I"m not the only one effected. Different roms do nothing, the issue permits with all roms.   Can someone please help. Thanks

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  Reply # 1109708 16-Aug-2014 21:59
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I got an S3 when it first came out, upgraded to S5 this year, gave S3 to Mum. Still going strong.  Battery lasts a couple of days for her as wifi/bluetooth/3G/gps etc is off most of the time. Stock Vodafone firmware.

Girlfriend has had her S3 since they came out. Still has it. Uses Bluetooth (for fitbit), wifi on all day, 3G data etc. Battery easily lasts out the day. Stock 2Degrees firmware.


I'm no expert but I would suggest you are by far the minority. Also, why would you go to S4?! They aren't much cheaper than a S5.

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  Reply # 1109710 16-Aug-2014 22:03
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Sounds like a PEBKAC error. Google will give you a solution.  Google "PEBKAC my phone doesn't work when the battery is flat". Solution will likely be: charge your battery.




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  Reply # 1109715 16-Aug-2014 22:48
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Sounds like you have a real problem there mate. You have expectations of tech that don't exist. You can do two things 1, stop using your phone so much and don't expect the world. 2, go outside because five hours from any smartphone is decent!!!

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  Reply # 1109724 16-Aug-2014 23:06
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Its a problem with all smartphones that when you max the CPU out the weak as USB charging cant power the phone and charge as well.

But a few things can make it worse...

Are you using a decent USB cable to the phone? Decent charger (not an iphone compatible one)

Install Gsam battery monitor and see what current it is charging at. If its 450mA then check the cable and charger.




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  Reply # 1109733 16-Aug-2014 23:49
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My S3 starts nagging for a recharge at 15%, if you have spare batteries why run down to 0?



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  Reply # 1109736 17-Aug-2014 00:10
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I've gone through the settings, and I've found the cause of the battery drain, and although I'm happy I found that out, it still doesn't explain that when the phone dies, because of lack of charge, once connected the phone continues switching off. Other Android phones, including apple Iphones don't do that.

That's my issue.

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  Reply # 1109739 17-Aug-2014 00:26
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PaulZA: Okay guys enough with the sarcasm.   I've gone through the settings, and I've found the cause of the battery drain, and although I'm happy I found that out, it still doesn't explain that when the phone dies, because of lack of charge, once connected the phone continues switching off. Other Android phones, including apple Iphones don't do that.

That's my issue.


Because the phone is using more power than your charger can provide due to either the USB cable you're using or the charger being under 1.2a.

Happens with my Oneplus One, and has also happened with all my other phones.




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  Reply # 1109763 17-Aug-2014 03:58
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Sometimes I wish Geekzone users were a bit more helpful and a bit less snarky...

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  Reply # 1109777 17-Aug-2014 08:26
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GeoffisPure: Sometimes I wish Geekzone users were a bit more helpful and a bit less snarky...


I think that some times its due to the way that OP's come accross as though its everyone else s fault but their own or its the devices fault when it clearly isn't.

You need to remember that that people generally start a thread before doing any basic searching so that tends to annoy some as well, not saying this is the case here but you don't need to read too many to see examples.




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  Reply # 1109778 17-Aug-2014 08:36
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GeoffisPure: Sometimes I wish Geekzone users were a bit more helpful and a bit less snarky...


Plus Saturday night, some of the posters may have had a few drinks...




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  Reply # 1109781 17-Aug-2014 08:41
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GeoffisPure: Sometimes I wish Geekzone users were a bit more helpful and a bit less snarky...


I removed a couple of posts that were off topic.

On the other hand the OP has found the root cause of the battery going down quickly but did not actually tell us what was it - it could be the phone is not at fault at all.

As above if you have a phone that is constantly being used, low quality cable, not using the original charger (in case the one you are using is underpowered) and many other factors can affect charge time.

It would be good for the OP to post what was the problem.






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  Reply # 1109810 17-Aug-2014 10:04
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Why not get an external battery charger to charge the spare batteries? Then you've always got fully charged spares and only ever need to plug the phone in while you're sleeping.






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  Reply # 1109818 17-Aug-2014 10:27
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Try putting cyanogenmod on it my S3 (2degrees one) is on 4.4.4 and see if that helps.
http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/I9300_Info

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  Reply # 1110521 18-Aug-2014 14:32
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PaulZA: I've gone through the settings, and I've found the cause of the battery drain, and although I'm happy I found that out, it still doesn't explain that when the phone dies, because of lack of charge, once connected the phone continues switching off. Other Android phones, including apple Iphones don't do that.

That's my issue.

Want to share what it was? I've also got an S3 - might be helpful...

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