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Topic # 90284 19-Sep-2011 07:57
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But not in the good way.

Last Friday,  16th - 09, I brought the Motorola Flipout from Telecom in Botany town centre. The lady said to let it fully charge before I use it, and I did so.  Around about 11pm I started playing with the phone, ie. getting apps etc and customising it. Then the battery died as I expected. So I put it on charge and went to bed.

Woke up the next day and went to work around 9am and sent a few texts with Google Voice over 3G, played a couple of songs, called animal control once, all of those tasks lasted no longer than 5 mins each. I had a task killer too so I ended them all when I was done. Then around... 12pm  the phone went to 5% warning so I shut it off incase I needed to make an emergency call or something.

And since then the battery life isnt lasting long at all. Charged it last night at about.... 6pm, its at 5% when i wake up this morning. Its on charge now and ill take the charger to school with me. I've turned brightness all the way down, wifi, gps, bluetooth are all off, mobile data is disabled by deletion of APN's and I have set it to use GSM only (Telecom XT phone brought for use on Vodafone, quite an awkward experience instore too) So I'll try not to text at all today and see if the standby time around 15.7 days like the Telecom site says this phone can do.

And advice on what to do to increase its life because there's no point having this phone if I can't use mobile internet and text etc...

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  Reply # 522839 19-Sep-2011 08:09
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The advice given to me by the local Orb shop is with any new battery to charge overnight each night for the week and then as required... with my IDEOS I have to charge every night anyway.

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  Reply # 522840 19-Sep-2011 08:11
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Sounds like you have done everything, i have an X5 and the battery usage is some what the same, Nice phone pity the battery was not bigger.

Try thumbing through Google for BatteryLife etc and you should find a few helpful links, i ended up doing the same thing to extend my battery life.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 522841 19-Sep-2011 08:11
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keewee01: The advice given to me by the local Orb shop is with any new battery to charge overnight each night for the week and then as required... with my IDEOS I have to charge every night anyway.


Ok I'll give that a try. I would have thought by now with all this new technology they would have developed a battery that doesnt need this initialisation stuff. Arrgghh

Thanks for  your tip
 




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  Reply # 522843 19-Sep-2011 08:12
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phantomdb: Sounds like you have done everything, i have an X5 and the battery usage is some what the same, Nice phone pity the battery was not bigger.

Try thumbing through Google for BatteryLife etc and you should find a few helpful links, i ended up doing the same thing to extend my battery life.


Yeh I did go through some help sites, most of them said to do what I've already done though.

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  Reply # 522847 19-Sep-2011 08:18
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tardtasticx:
keewee01: The advice given to me by the local Orb shop is with any new battery to charge overnight each night for the week and then as required... with my IDEOS I have to charge every night anyway.


Ok I'll give that a try. I would have thought by now with all this new technology they would have developed a battery that doesnt need this initialisation stuff. Arrgghh

Thanks for  your tip
 


Despite that, it does sound like you've got an issue with the phone/battery...



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  Reply # 522849 19-Sep-2011 08:19
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Do you think its the actual battery? I could contact Telecom tonight and see what they say in regards to this. Maybe call Motorola because I think they'd probably be more interested in helping. haha.




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  Reply # 522857 19-Sep-2011 08:33
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Unless you've got a dud battery your experience isn't really that much out of line with the experience many Android users experience. My LG Optimus Black can't survive a full day's use (ie until 5pm) unless I charge it. On Saturday I had it at around 75% charge at 4pm when I went out and the phone was flat by 2am with only very minimal usage.

There aren't many phones these days that don't require a nightly charge, the old days of 3-4 days battery life doesn't exist any longer.




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  Reply # 522858 19-Sep-2011 08:36
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The Flipout does have very poor battery life. You would only ever get a days usage out of it I'm afraid, and by a day I mean 12hrs of average usage.

Tip if you haven't done already would be to set MotoBlur to sync over wifi only if you use 3G Data, MotoBlur tends to chew thru battery, as well as the widgets.

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  Reply # 522861 19-Sep-2011 08:40
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So how many hours use are you getting on a charge?
Is it android 2.2 or above? If so, ditch the task killer. But unless you have installed a major battery hog, check in: Settings-About Phone-Battery Use, it sounds like it is just stuffed and needs to be returned. 

You could try to delete the battery stats file then run it flat and then charge it fully, but you need Root which voids your warranty. You could also try run it flat until it turns off and fully charging it as well which does a similar thing to the battery stats trick, but without root.

Sounds like a return to me though. 




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  Reply # 522867 19-Sep-2011 09:06
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Sounds to me like it's not fit for purpose if the battery doesn't even last a day, so i'd say it's reasonable to return it under the consumer guarantees act.




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  Reply # 522877 19-Sep-2011 09:20
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It takes 3-4 charges/discharges to get your full battery life also...

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  Reply # 522904 19-Sep-2011 10:17
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On my tablet I use a program called Auto Airplane, it puts the phone into airplane mode when the screen goes off. That's probably not really ideal for a phone, if you want to receive incoming calls, but perhaps there's something similar that will turn off Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS when the screen is off, that might save some battery.




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  Reply # 522909 19-Sep-2011 10:29
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1. task killer -> it is a NO-NO

2. when i first have my sgs2, first few days it lasted less than 12 hours. now, it can last more than 24 hours with regular use and GPS always turn on. i always charge my battery every night even if it is quarter/half full

3. check if there is any app that regularly sync to the net - check your motoblur setting

4. you can try JuiceDefender





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  Reply # 522914 19-Sep-2011 10:34
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Motoblur is the biggest waste of time, battery in terms of software. Those Android devices are just becoming more and more inflated with bloatware, like PCs are...





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