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Old 04-24-2008, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I searched, but was surprised to not find an answer to this.

How much does it affect battery life to leave the bluetooth turned on all the time vs. turning it on and off when you're using it? Has anybody kept track of it both ways for any amount of time? I've started my own experiment but am wondering if anybody else has already done one.
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Old 04-25-2008, 12:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I leave mine on all the time, but I also charge my 8130 every night. At the end of the day, I notice my battery charge is at 85%.

Consequently, it seems to me that if you're faithful about charging your BB frequently, BT battery usage won't be a problem. I suppose I could switch BT off at the end of my working day and see if it makes a difference...perhaps I'll do that this weekend and see what happens.

There's an article about BB power conservation here...Five Tips: Get More Battery Life from Your RIM BlackBerry - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership

it suggests switching BT off but says nothing on exactly how much power you save with any particular strategy...
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In my experience, came out from different Bluetooth capable devices : enabling Bluetooth reduces battery life by 50-75%, even without using the headset.
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In my experience, came out from different Bluetooth capable devices : enabling Bluetooth reduces battery life by 50-75%, even without using the headset.
Totally agree with this. It sucks the life out of the battery in a hurry. I would use a wired head set in an instant if i could find one that sounded clear. I keep my phone on the charger for most of the day so it does not get drained but I would say that IF I did all of my phone time with the bluetooth head set on I would be down to zero in 8 hours on a busy day.
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Totally agree with this. It sucks the life out of the battery in a hurry. I would use a wired head set in an instant if i could find one that sounded clear. I keep my phone on the charger for most of the day so it does not get drained but I would say that IF I did all of my phone time with the bluetooth head set on I would be down to zero in 8 hours on a busy day.
My 8100 came with a wired headset...crystal clear so far.
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My 8100 came with a wired headset...crystal clear so far.
Yes I got one too but the people on the other end have complained that I sound muffled or it echos. For personal use it is fine but for work everyone has complained. I like it because its stereo so everyone sounds great to me!
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