1. mpgo4th's Avatar
    Picked up my turbo last night and used it without charging. I downloaded lots of apps and set the phone up without plugging it in. I plugged it up to the factory charger at 5%. This morning I took it off at 100% and have checked email, played on Facebook and shopped online for about an hour. I'm already down to 87%. Does this battery get better with time?

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    12-27-2014 11:59 AM
  2. davidnc's Avatar
    Picked up my turbo last night and used it without charging. I downloaded lots of apps and set the phone up without plugging it in. I plugged it up to the factory charger at 5%. This morning I took it off at 100% and have checked email, played on Facebook and shopped online for about an hour. I'm already down to 87%. Does this battery get better with time?

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    Yes the battery does get better with time,
    I generally use my new phone for about a week(breakin).If you do get concerned with battery life though it helps to post battery usage screen shots,to show the graphs as to the phone details : phone being awake,screen usage,etc.
    12-27-2014 12:43 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    Picked up my turbo last night and used it without charging.
    First mistake.

    I plugged it up to the factory charger at 5%.
    Second mistake.

    This morning I took it off at 100% and have checked email, played on Facebook and shopped online for about an hour. I'm already down to 87%. Does this battery get better with time?
    No, but the phone stops its initial settling after a few days. It has to sinc everything on the phone while you're doing your stuff, so that takes a lot of battery. Typically the first percent should take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour (IOW, you'll be down to 99% before the first hour off the charger is up).

    Motorola has all this online. The "charge it before first use" part. (This is true with any rechargeable battery in any device - when you get it, or when you get a new battery, always charge it before using it. I won't even let them set a phone up for me with the battery I'm taking home. I cvan set it up myself after the battery is charged or, if they have to set it up in the store, either use another battery or take the battery out and set it up running on the charger. It's one of the reasons my 10 year old spare phone is still using the original batteries [I always carry a spare, and won't buy a phone I can't swap batteries in when I'm out in the street.])

    Now let's see if we can correct the damage your mistakes caused.

    Run the phone until it tells to charge it. Turn it off and let it fully charge. Use it until it tells you to charge it again. (It doesn't have to stay on. You can turn it on and off as you like, but don't charge it again until it tells you to.) Do 3 full cycles like that fully charge, use until it tells you to recharge.

    After the 3rd charge, try to never let it get below 40% charge. The longest life (and with a non-removable battery that's especially important) will be if the battery always gets charged around the 50% point. If you keep draining it down to 5%, you'll need a new battery by summer. I haven't seen any prices for that battery yet, but I'm guessing it will be around the $50 range, and another $50 to open the phone and replace the dead battery - if it's a local repair shop and they want to start getting your business. That's every 6 months, if you keep draining the last bit of power out of the battery. For a battery that should last at least a few years if it's properly taken care of.

    If you need the battery to keep working longer than it takes to get down to 40%, you bought the wrong phone (one you can't swap a spare battery into), but the battery doesn't care that you need 95% of the power between charges, you'll still kill it fast.

    While we're on the subject of batteries and Droid Turbos, it uses Qi wireless charging, so you can use any Qi charging pad - it doesn't have to be one especially made for the Turbo. If it has a red color scheme and Verizon's or Motorola's name on it, you're probably going to pay a lot more - but it's the same thing inside. $20 for a charging pad is top dollar today. (The $13 Lugu Lake [I've been using one for months] is just as good, and the $7 GMYLE, although it's smaller, so it'll take a bit of practice learning just where to sit the phone, will probably work just as well.) No reason to pay $45 for a charging pad, unless you like a vertical easel and pad in one, and you can make one out of a little $5 plastic nick-knack stand (or $1 worth of plexiglass) and a cheap charger. Or two - one for portrait, one for landscape. Just cut a hole in the plastic (so the face of the charger is flush with the front of the stand when it's in place), glue on 3 little "ears" to slide the charger into, and for $8 you have a $45 charging stand.
    davidnc likes this.
    12-27-2014 01:06 PM
  4. mpgo4th's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. For what it's worth I needed the phone and charging wasn't an option. If in 6 months as you say, my battery is killed, VZW or Moto will be putting one in under warranty. I'm sure phones have been sold off the shelf with low or dead batteries that have to be charged. My original question has been answered already. Thank you.
    juststart likes this.
    12-27-2014 08:49 PM
  5. Sean Cogan's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. For what it's worth I needed the phone and charging wasn't an option. If in 6 months as you say, my battery is killed, VZW or Moto will be putting one in under warranty. I'm sure phones have been sold off the shelf with low or dead batteries that have to be charged. My original question has been answered already. Thank you.
    You have absolutely no reason for concern. You did not do any harm to your battery.
    12-28-2014 10:01 AM
  6. ahein88's Avatar
    Some of these posts are hilarious. Motorola has great customer service and will swap out your phone if the battery is acting like[language] after 6 months. I would run my Droid DNA until the battery died every day. Nothing ever happened to it. You are fine. The battery is meant to be used.

    To answer the original question, yes it will break in. I have had my phone for 5 days and each day the battery life is getting better.
    12-28-2014 10:50 AM
  7. mpgo4th's Avatar
    Thanks guys. I was hoping it will settle in. The battery life new isn't bad at all. It just acts funny. Like off the charger it will drop 10-15% in about an hour and then slow down. It goes down to 50-60% pretty fast but till lasts a long time. I'm on 63% now with 16 hours since last charge. I'm used to charging my iPhone 5 2-3 times a day.

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    12-28-2014 05:16 PM
  8. Touparish's Avatar
    I deal with these kind of batteries often... quadcopters, cell fones, etc.

    Standard procedure recommended by various manufacturers, and unlike what others have said here.

    1. Drain the battery to not less than 2%
    2. Charge battery to 75%
    3. Drain battery to 25%
    4. Charge to 100%
    5. For first 20+ cycles, do not allow less than 50%
    6. After 20 cycles, avoid less than 30% and always charge to 100%

    Note... who cares? These fone batteries will last around 1.5 to 2 years and only cost around $10 these days.
    10-24-2016 11:56 PM

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