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Old 07-27-2005, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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it drains it big time...i estimate my battery life halves when i have BBLight enabled (to turn the light on and leave it on when removing from the holdster and on activity)

anyone else experience this? i guess that's just the trade off then right?
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nope dont have that problem
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Old 07-27-2005, 05:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what!?!?! impossible...i have a 7280 btw...
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No way, no such animal running on any of my 3 bb's. My son has his set just like you and he's on it from sun up to sundown and he hasn't gone down past two bars. I don't think its the BBLight. I think there is something else going there. How old is your battery? Even rechargeable batteries die after a while. Is there something running in the background?
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Maybe a silly question, but are you keeping the light on all the time? I use BBlight to keep it on when I'm doing something, but turn the light off when not in use. If you are actually keeping the light on all the time of course it will drain your battery.
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it is BBlight for sure b/c after i disabled it, the battery life returned to the normal 4-5 days...

I assume that the light goes out when i put it back in the holdster...when i was experiencing the power drain the BB was mostly in the holster
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The light does go out when you put the BB in the holster. But if you have it in the holster most of the time, as I do, then you shouldn't have such a big drain. I have mine set to turn on on user activity. I take out of the holster, answer my call, email or whatever and put it back in the holster. I've gone down to one bar, but thats using my BB all day without charging again.
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let me try it again...something must have gone wrong...

maybe the light stayed on the whole time it was in the holster last time...
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Try this, re-install BBLight and redo all the setting you like, then tonight, turn the BB off, completely, not standby, and let the battery get a good charge without being drained at the same time, then see what happens tomorrow.
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I have mine set to
Activate on startup
poll interval 1000
on user activity
on remove holster
on external power

I also have several programs that utilize the light like notifire and i very rarely go past two bars on my battery i use the direct connect all day maybe 50 emails a day rambler running in back ground BB messenger going off everytime I turn around and I never loose full power.
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What type of holster are you talking about, the clip that comes with it or some sort of aftermarket one. If the holster does not have the magnet then it really is the culprit since the light will definitely stay on all the time then. I bought an aftermarket one with no magnet and had to cut through the edge stitching slide a magnet, glue it in place between the two leather pieces(this way it wont scratch the BB) and that did the trick, see I also had it so it stayed on all the time and it never went out when i put it in the holster either, now it does and battery problem is solved. On top of that I have found out that while at the computer I keep it connected via the USB and the battery is kept charged all the time, and finally by keeping it connected it disables the redirector so it is not sending to the BB while I can read it at the machine.
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i'm using the standard holster with magnet...

thanks Dawg...i'll change my settings to match yours
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you idiot. of course it uses more battery power. I forces the light to stay on all the time.
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No sense in that comment RIM be civil
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you idiot. of course it uses more battery power. I forces the light to stay on all the time.
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you idiot.
LOL!
I like that style...........

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of course it uses more battery power. I forces the light to stay on all the time.
you idiot, did you read the whole post?
That is only ONE configuration option.
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newb here I have a brand new BB to and am having battery life issues as well, today it lasted a whole 13 hours with about 5 minutes of talk and 10 emails. So my questions would be how to you tell if programs are running in the background and also does keeping it in the holster make a huge difference? also it is a 7250
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newb here I have a brand new BB to and am having battery life issues as well, today it lasted a whole 13 hours with about 5 minutes of talk and 10 emails. So my questions would be how to you tell if programs are running in the background and also does keeping it in the holster make a huge difference? also it is a 7250
see the little metal part near the bottom at the back of the holster?
Thats a magnet, it triggers a switch to turn the screen off, which helps the Blackberry conserve power.
you can test it by using the back part (where you see the metal disk shape) and rest it against the space bar, you wil notice the screen go blank.
Pretty neat heh?
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lol I know that, I was just wondering if it was that much of a power drain, I mean 13 hours is pretty sad
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how is your coverage if its searching for coverage it will drain the battery real quick
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newb here I have a brand new BB to and am having battery life issues as well, today it lasted a whole 13 hours with about 5 minutes of talk and 10 emails. So my questions would be how to you tell if programs are running in the background and also does keeping it in the holster make a huge difference? also it is a 7250
To tell what programs are running, press the Alt (half moon) and escape (side button below trackwheel) and you will get a display of all programs currently running.
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