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Battery Life Very poor..
HeavyD
Member

Is 3.5 hours the best I'm going to get from my Thunderbolt?? Bought it for my wife and I just had to trade with her and I gave my Incredible to because it got so bad for her. I've had it for a little more than a week and it doesn't keep a charge past 10:00 am without any apps running. Took it to the Version store and they said there was nothing wrong. The phone is always dead when I need it the most. It was rebooting itself until I downloaded the latest update. What's the next step??

 

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
AZSALUKI
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

it depends on how you use it.....but 3 hours is pretty absurd. make them give you a new battery to try. hopefully it's just a bad battery. look through this forum and you'll find plenty of threads on the issue. androids have poor battery life in general....but the tbolt is no worse than most of the others. i actually get slightly better life out of my tbolt than i got out of my incredible. i get about 3 hours of real use with 10-15 of idle/standby time....so if i take it off the charger when i leave the house, it will go all day (unless for some reason i am using it for more than 2.5-3 hours during the day). sounds like a bad bettery. also, try turning off the 4g radio (use an app from the market called "LTE OnOff"). i get about half of the battery life when i leave 4g/LTE on.

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
Karuk
Member

http://androidforums.com/htc-thunderbolt/332448-power-issues-pvmtpservicestart.html

 

This thread is a good place to start. Blockbuster app seems to be causing a lot of issues

 

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
ChristinaB_VZW
Verizon Employee

Thank you to the community for your comments. You are able to use Android's built-in battery usage screen to see what is using your battery the most. Please go to Settings –> About Phone –> Battery use . You may notice that reducing the backlight may save you on battery life. Below I have provided an illustration. 

 

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Additionally, If you’ve got loads of widgets that are pulling data from the web, that means they are likely pulling down data in the background all the time. Please remove any widgets you are not using. Please note that they will still be included in your applications, they will, however, no longer be listed on the home screen. 

 

I hope this information is helpful. Have a great day!

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
bearone21
Leader
"without apps running", you may have more running that you're aware of.
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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
Anarki127
Member

Condition the Battery:

 

Step 1: Keep the phone on and charge it to 100% and the LED light should turn Green (if you must download batterylife from curvefish @ the market)

 

Step 2: Keep the phone plugged in and turn off the device. You should see that the LED is back to Orange. Once it is charged fully you will see that the LED will go green once again.

 

Step 3: Keep the phone plugged in and turn it on. The LED will be orange again and battery should show you around 96 to 97%.

 

Finally just let it charge to 100% and you should be good.

 

I use to only get about 4-5 hours of battery life even with a full charge. Once i conditioned my battery I have been getting somewhere close to 36 to 40 hours of battery life.. sounds absurd but its true and make sure not to leave your brightness settings on auto!

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
budone
Sr. Leader
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How often are you syncing for news, weather, email???

 

from the main screen choose, MENU>SETTINGS>ABOUT PHONE>BATTERY

 

Choose the option to see what is using your battery

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TBhouston
Sr. Member
Hopefully some of the suggestions work out for you. I love my thunderbolt
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pjl4117
Member

I turned off background data and even turned off the auto-sync within the system settings. Left it on 4G, at one of the lowest possible brightness settings and battery life depleted by 25% within a half hour. So 25+% gone for every half hour leaves me at three hours at the MOST. This is with very light usage. A little Facebook browsing within the app, and a little browsing through the stock Android browser. The battery continued to deplete just as fast without browsing at all in standby mode. Switching it to 3G seemed to have no effect whatsoever. This phone is the worst at battery life I have ever experienced as far as being connected to Verizon's network. However, Wi-Fi seems to get me through a full 6 or 7 hours with light to moderate use. So I use Wi-Fi at home, and switch to 4G when not home. You bet your tail I do have a car charger, and I travel to work with my wall charger. Something is telling me that there's an issue with 4G/3G coverage OR the 4G equipment inside the phone.

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Re: Battery Life Very poor..
pjl4117
Member

budone wrote:

How often are you syncing for news, weather, email???

 

from the main screen choose, MENU>SETTINGS>ABOUT PHONE>BATTERY

 

Choose the option to see what is using your battery


It will tell you that the display is using the most power 99% of the time when in fact this isn't the case. Unless the phone has a manufacturing defect which causes the LCD screen to continually draw power, something's wrong with the power usage stats. At least on my phone, that is...

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