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Old 07-16-2008, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the average battery life people are getting with this bb? I don't make very many calls, but i'm texting back and forth pretty frequently. I'll charge it in the morning to 100%, and pull it off the charger by about 7:30AM, and by 2:00 It's already at 80%, Is this pretty normal? It's a new phone, and i haven't let it run down to zero yet, which i suppose could be the problem, but i'm not sure... any ideas?
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Some things I have found to check....

If you are not using Bluetooth, make sure it's turned off.
Keep it in the RIM provided sleeve as it puts it into standby mode.
If you are in a very poor signal area for an extended length of time, turn off the phone as it will continue to attemp to find signal thus using more battery.

Also, there is no need to cycle (completely discharge) your BB as it does not use NiCad batteries which have a memory. It uses and LiIon battery. RIM does recommend letting the phone run down a good bit once in a while to simply recorrect the battery meter.

I easily get about 4 days before I recharge and the phone is usually still about halfway on the meter. I don't make a lot of calls, but I do text often so that should give you a place to judge from.
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Those are great tips, but CDMA (Verizon, Sprint, etc) devices historically get much less battery life than GSM (ATT, T-Mobile, etc) devices.

The tips above will help, though, along with making sure you are not leaving 3rd party applications running in the background (make sure you press Menu then Exit/Close when you're done using them).
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80% by 2 PM sounds about right. It also depends on the signal strength. I was staying in a hotel where it was constantly straining for the signal and the battery would drop quickly there.
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