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Old 03-31-2009, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any tips on maximizing battery life? It best to let it drain completely before recharging?
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You shouldn't have to drain the battery completely before recharging it. I keep mine capped off on a charger whenever it's not in use.

Make sure that you close any thrid party apps when you are done with them.
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Things I used to extend my battery life.

Use the Auto On/Off
Adjust Backlight Brightness
Adjust Backlight Timeout
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You shouldn't have to drain the battery completely before recharging it. I keep mine capped off on a charger whenever it's not in use.

Make sure that you close any thrid party apps when you are done with them.
I charged my Bold overnight (OS .247)

Turned it on around 6am. At 445pm I had 35% left. By 515pm I was down to 30%. I did a reboot.
After reboot I was back up to 40%. Throughout the day I took 2 calls,
Recvd a bunch of emails and txt, opened Mobipocket reader, surfed a bit, did Viigo
all of which I'd say is normal usage. I got the phone right around when .247 came out so my time with the original AT&T OS was about
2 hours tops. In viewing other comments for .247 the trend is that its a very good build. Is it possible that I need to reinstall it?
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I set my backlight timeout to 10 seconds and brightness to 60 and that seem to help a lot
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The thing that has made the biggest difference in my battery life has been closing down apps when I'm not using them. Like most people, I had the bad habit of just hitting the red "END" button when I wanted to get out of an app. The problem with that is that it doesn't actually shut the program down, but leaves it running in the background.

To see what programs you have running in the background, hold down the ALT key and, at the same time, press the key with the curved arrow that is beside the red END key. While still holding down the ALT key, you can scroll through your running programs. You will always have Web, mail, phone, and home icons to indicate that those programs are running (you can't shut those down). However, if you keep scrolling and notice that other programs are running, you can shut those down and get a HUGE improvement on your battery life.

I had Viigo installed briefly but found that it not only drained my battery, but also resulted in lots of dropped calls. I really liked it and may try to re-install it today.
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If you are in a 3G fringe area, that will definitely decrease the battery as the device tends to move in and out of 3G as it searches for a good (3G) signal. Also, as said above, apps running in the background is also an issue.
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thanks! i do monitor my open apps and close them. one app that i notice never closes is mobipocket reader. i realized that i had a beta version so i uninstalled and reinstalled a different version. still stays open but i had less battery drain yesterday. however the problem still exists because again i noticed that with a reboot my battery power increased. over the wknd i guess i'll have to consider downgrading to .237 to see if that makes a difference.
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