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Old 02-18-2009, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I did some searches and haven't seen anyone claiming they've had less battery life when upgrading to os version .99 so not sure what the problem might be.

I upgraded from .75 where I would get 48hr+ easily with my usage. (100-200sms/day, around 50email/day, minor browsing, minor talking, AIM running the whole time) With .99 I am getting only a day before I need to recharge. I checked to make sure all my settings were the same. VZNav and such still all uninstalled, I am staying around 30-34 mb free app memory, no extra applications running in the background. (Even have had AIM off)

Not sure what the problem could be, so...any advice would be helpful.
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Strata,

One thing I have experience with is cellular phone / radio batteries. I have several pieces of equipment that use rechargeable batteries. Primarily cellular phones and handheld work radios. I will tell you this from my years of experience.

Use your Storm and place it on the charger every night before you go to bed. There are different schools of thought on charging batteries and I have heard them all. The memory argument was sound with the older technology batteries but I find it is no longer relevant with the newer batteries.

I use my Storm extensively throughout the day and its on the charger EVERY night. I have yet to have the battery go low or die on me. I have done this running .65, .75., .99 and now .103. Still running strong on the same battery and no change in performance.

When a cellular phone battery begins showing me signs of holding less of a charge, I hit eBay and pick up a new one for rather cheap.

Using this practice has given me 12-18 months of rock solid performance out of cellular phone batteries. That period increases incrementally as the technology gets better.

Also - unless its an emergency, NEVER use a car charger or quick charger on your Storm. It is my experience that these chargers kill a cellular phone battery. If you are using your Storm to such an extent that its draining during the day, purchase an extra battery charger and an extra battery. But still, that would be some hellatious usage running multiple battery hog applications.

Just my 2 cents on this matter.
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I understand that I can charge it every night, and I do not use any quick charge or car chargers. I do not think my battery could be going out already as I have had the phone for maybe 1 month so far. I was just wondering why I could be getting less battery life after upgrading to .99 os. Nothing else has changed.
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Strata,

Ill be honest. In addition to the shabby first couple of OS versions, I think each batch of Storms also have unique issues of their own. My co-worker's Storm does things mine never did. I also see certain post's on here with Storm issues that occur in various phones and not others.

My suggestion is to whine to Verizon and try to get a warranty exchange. Make sure you note that you want a battery exchange as well because my same battery stayed with me through my exchange.

If that doesn't solve your problem, which it should, Storm batteries run about $7-$12 on eBay.
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It's hit or miss, I had 2 storms; one was sold and had poor battery life with it, the one I kept the battery life was as it originally had been. Not quite sure why that is or how it is different across devices but it apparently is.
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When I had my bb on .90, I had HORRIBLE issues with battery life. I then upgraded to .99, then .103, and same thing... I went to VZN and they gave me a new battery to try out, and that seemed to fix the issue. I think it had something to do with the desktop charger, bc it did the same thing after I used it again. Third battery, not using the desktop stand, and no issues.
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