View Full Version : Is this a hardware problem?

03-27-2009, 05:12 PM
Bought a used 8700c on ebay and like it a lot - except the battery life, or lack of it seems ridiculous.

As supplied it would only hold a charge for 7 or 8 hours, and would even lose two bars from the battery indicator when switched off overnight! So I ordered a new RIM original battery from crackberry.com. Now it lasts maybe 10 hours of hardly any use - checking email once an hour or so, a couple of 1 or 2 minute calls, and a couple of text messages.

I've gone through the settings: backlighting is at 70% and goes off after 30 seconds; bluetooth is disabled; there's no WiFi on this model. Am I missing something, or could there be a hardware fault that drains the battery? I don't have a RIM original charger, only a no-name travel charger from somewhere like Radio Shack, but after about three hours the BB indicates it is fully charged so surely that can't be the problem? I've also checked the battery contacts and there are no signs of corrosion or damage.

Would really appreciate advice as I like this 8700 a lot (it's the only BB keypad my thumbs seem to be able to deal with) and would like to keep it, but gotta get more than 10 hours out of a full, brand new battery.

03-27-2009, 06:00 PM
Email is polled/checked every 15 minutes or less by RIM. Not much you can do about that, and it isn't a big battery drain either.

Perhaps you have an app or two running in the back ground.

Have you done a battery pull lately? With the device on, pull the battery and leave it out for about 30 seconds or so, put it back in and let the BB reboot. Might help. Won't hurt.

03-28-2009, 10:33 PM
Is the battery OEM? Maybe it's too old?
BlackBerry C-S2 1000mAh Standard Battery - ShopCrackBerry (http://shop.crackberry.com/blackberry-c-s2-1000mah-standard-battery/8A37A661.htm)

03-29-2009, 03:42 PM
Thank you for your replies, guys.

Dubdub, I've done the battery pull a couple of times to no avail, and I haven't loaded any apps beyond what comes with the OS.

David9962000, the battery I bought is the exact one in the link you supplied.

However I have had a reply from the seller who is sending a new charger, believing that might be the problem, and if that doesn't help is willing to take the BB back for refund or replacement. So there should be a happy ending eventually. I really like this 8700 if I didn't have to charge twice a day after very little use.

If the charger switch works, I'll let you know.

Thanks again