1. AC Question's Avatar
    Hi there, I have an HTC One Mini on Verizon that I've been using for over a year and a half now with very few problems. However, over the last several months I've been having an increasingly severe problem with its battery. It's *not* just that the battery is draining quickly from app use or searching for a signal or anything -- the battery indicator on the phone will claim to be between 80-95% power, where I would expect to be given the level of use, but then it suddenly shuts itself off. Sometimes it does this so quickly it doesn't even manage to flash the 0% battery warning at me. Plugging it into the charger at this time usually displays between 0-10% battery.

    This was a pretty minor problem at first; it would shut itself off at ~40%, then a few weeks later it would start doing so at 60%, etc. It's currently at the point where it will usually shut itself off after having the screen on for five minutes while the battery is discharging.

    I have an external battery pack that I've been using to keep the phone alive, and it uses "smart charging" where it will automatically stop charging a device when it detects that the battery is full. When this happens, the battery pack flashes and the phone screen comes on. I have seen the battery flash out of the corner of my eye, then immediately checked the phone and see that it claims to be at 25% battery after literally seconds of discharging. Restarting the battery pack at this time immediately changes it to 99%.

    I don't have tasker or any other battery life apps installed on the phone, and I'm running KitKat. The builtin diagnostics on the phone claim that the battery is working perfectly, but I am just about at my wit's end. I live in a small town with a hella sketchy Verizon store, so I'm not certain that they could help, and I haven't been able to find any other threads where people have had this problem.

    04-25-2016 01:26 AM
  2. belodion's Avatar
    Have you considered a new battery? It could be that, in spite of the built-in health diagnosis.
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    04-25-2016 04:06 AM
  3. shrkttck's Avatar
    I have considered it, but the problem is that the battery isn't meant to be user-accessible. It requires melting the glue in the case and then disassembling like half the phone, and I'm just not comfortable doing that!
    04-25-2016 01:35 PM
  4. belodion's Avatar
    Welcome as a new member.

    Yes, I see your point. I'm no expert on batteries, but I believe that sudden apparent or real battery discharges or power-downs can indicate a dendritic short in the battery, or some other problem. However, I'll pass this on to others in the hope that they will be able to suggest another fix.

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    srkmagnus likes this.
    04-25-2016 01:47 PM
  5. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I'm inclined to agree that the battery has gone bad. Are there any local repair shops that can do this?
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    04-25-2016 01:50 PM
  6. srkmagnus's Avatar
    I didn't see that you tried a factory reset. If you haven't give that try and see if that works. It does sound like a battery issue. In the case that it isn't, the reset will clear out the software bug if it's not hardware related.
    belodion and Golfdriver97 like this.
    04-25-2016 01:51 PM
  7. shrkttck's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I'm not ready to do a factory reset just yet, but hopefully it will clear up the problem.
    04-26-2016 08:25 PM
  8. Mike blakesseven's Avatar
    Had this issue battery replacement bud even though battery apps will say healthy mine did same thing random shut downs plug back in after 80% just straight to zero % battery since I had my battery changed getting near 2 days med use.
    03-15-2017 11:19 AM

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