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Old 03-30-2011, 04:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've actually been doing this for several years. I did it with my old BB Curve for years and now, I just got what I need to do it with my new Torch.

I hope this is a good idea and there are no negative side-effects. And the cost for being able to do it is less than 50 bucks. All you have to buy is one spare battery, (in my case, I found an OEM BB Torch battery online for 34 bucks), and then, a "remote battery charger adapter".

I keep that "adapter" at my bedside but it is easily portable and plugs right into the same charger USB cable as does the Torch. It's a little box-like adapter that is hardly bigger than the battery itself and thin enough to hide in a shirt-pocket

When my battery is nearly depleted, I just "pop it out" and "pop in" the fresh one. BB reboots in a minute or two with battery at 100%.

I stick the depleted battery in the remote battery charger and forget about it for several days or as long as my battery lasts.

I am hoping that this operation also has the positive side-effect of providing what I am guessing is a good idea to cold-reboot the BB every-so-often. and I never have to deal with any "down-time" while I'm waiting for the battery to charge.

When I travel, I just take the remote charger with the fresh battery in it, with me as it can plug into any car charger or 110-volt charger that I also carry with me. That way, I am never without a fully charged battery.

It seems like for an initial investment of less than 50 bucks, this is a great way to never have to deal with the, "dang, I have to charge my battery" issue.
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BB reboots in a minute or two with battery at 100%.
I don't think I've ever actually timed it, but mine seems to take more than a couple of minutes. Maybe it just seems like 5 when you're waiting.

Good idea though. We've put several of these battery chargers around the office at work, so anyone caught with a low battery can just swap batteries.

Pity they change the battery type so often, though.

Other solutions I haven't tried are high capacity batteries (makes the phone thicker), and external battery packs. I'm interested to hear what others think of those.
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I don't think I've ever actually timed it, but mine seems to take more than a couple of minutes. Maybe it just seems like 5 when you're waiting.
OS6 reboots considerably faster than the OS5 you are running on your Bold 9000.
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I am curious if it's a good idea to "shut the phone off" prior to changing the battery or whether it makes any difference? I haven't been shutting it off and so far, it doesn't seem to mind.
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I am curious if it's a good idea to "shut the phone off" prior to changing the battery or whether it makes any difference? I haven't been shutting it off and so far, it doesn't seem to mind.
I have 80 users here who pull the battery regularly on their Bolds, and who did this on their 8800s and their 7250s before that. Never heard of it damaging anything.
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I am curious if it's a good idea to "shut the phone off" prior to changing the battery or whether it makes any difference? I haven't been shutting it off and so far, it doesn't seem to mind.
I think that pulling the battery with the phone still on is a good idea as this will 'reboot' the Torch, like rebooting your computer.
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I am curious if it's a good idea to "shut the phone off" prior to changing the battery or whether it makes any difference? I haven't been shutting it off and so far, it doesn't seem to mind.
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Pulling the battery while the device is on has always been the recommendation, even from RIM.
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