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  1. mcp6530's Avatar
    "battery monitor free" doesn't work for me - only getting increments of 10% - maybe it's cuz i'm using launcherpro, not sure....any other suggestions?
    08-24-2011 04:39 PM
  2. gmonkey88's Avatar
    I'm confused. I hear nothing but good things here about the battery life with the Photon. However, I've had mine for a little over a week. I only check gmail, play words with friends, text, make phone calls and check facebook. I charge my phone over night, unplug it at 6:30am, its dead by 2pm. My screen brightness is down to about 25%-30%, screen time out is 30 seconds. I changed battery mode to Maximum Battery saver. As I type this, its 12:19 in the afternoon my time, im at 15% battery life. I had the droid x before this and my battery could last all day with brightness at 50, more frequent facebook checks and 30min - 1hr of gaming a day. Any ideas?
    08-26-2011 12:21 PM
  3. gmonkey88's Avatar
    I'm confused. I hear nothing but good things here about the battery life with the Photon. However, I've had mine for a little over a week. I only check gmail, play words with friends, text, make phone calls and check facebook. I charge my phone over night, unplug it at 6:30am, its dead by 2pm. My screen brightness is down to about 25%-30%, screen time out is 30 seconds. I changed battery mode to Maximum Battery saver. As I type this, its 12:19 in the afternoon my time, im at 15% battery life. I had the droid x before this and my battery could last all day with brightness at 50, more frequent facebook checks and 30min - 1hr of gaming a day. Any ideas?
    Now that I look at everyone's screen shot, my phone signal at work is terrible. 1 maybe 2 bars, sometimes nothing. Could this impact my battery life?
    08-26-2011 12:24 PM
  4. MacBook's Avatar
    I'm confused. I hear nothing but good things here about the battery life with the Photon. However, I've had mine for a little over a week. I only check gmail, play words with friends, text, make phone calls and check facebook. I charge my phone over night, unplug it at 6:30am, its dead by 2pm. My screen brightness is down to about 25%-30%, screen time out is 30 seconds. I changed battery mode to Maximum Battery saver. As I type this, its 12:19 in the afternoon my time, im at 15% battery life. I had the droid x before this and my battery could last all day with brightness at 50, more frequent facebook checks and 30min - 1hr of gaming a day. Any ideas?
    WOW! You def have a bad battery or something Because mine comes off the charger at 7 am and I wont have to charge it till about 11 pm or so and thats with moderate/heavy use.. try getting a new battery from sprint.
    08-26-2011 12:27 PM
  5. MacBook's Avatar
    Now that I look at everyone's screen shot, my phone signal at work is terrible. 1 maybe 2 bars, sometimes nothing. Could this impact my battery life?
    Absolutely... The phone will waste plenty of juice searching for signal.
    08-26-2011 12:29 PM
  6. dullgeek's Avatar
    My experience, so far, is that I get about 10% drain per hour. A lot of it seems related to poor signal strength. When I look at engadget's battery pics, they have a lot more green on the "phone signal" section than I do. Mine is mostly yellow. Also, my "screen on" section is a lot more blue than engadget's. Both of those contribute a ton towards the difference.

    That said, I used my sprint FrankenPre2 in the same locations (getting the same signal strength) and I used it about the same amount daily. 10% drain per hour on a 1650 mah battery (on the Photon) is a *LOT* worse than 5% drain per hour on an 1150 mah battery (on the Pre). I don't think all of the difference can be attributed to the signal and screen usage. But (of course) I'm just guessing.
    08-26-2011 12:57 PM
  7. bullitt5094's Avatar
    Don't know what I'm doing right, but no battery problems here. I've had mine about a week (and love it BTW). After a couple of full charge cycles I'm only having to charge mine every-other day with power left! I don't watch movies on it but I make a decent number of phone calls a day and a good bit of email/texting. Currently I'm getting about the same battery life as my now retired Blackberry Tour. The phone is bone stock and on default settings at this point.
    08-29-2011 01:59 PM
  8. tsrich's Avatar
    Absolutely... The phone will waste plenty of juice searching for signal.
    I've definitely noticed this. Normally I'm here in Raleigh where I get good signal, and I've gotten great battery life. If I'm not using the phone much, I'll still have 70 percent at the end of the work day.

    I spent several days visiting relatives in north Atlanta, which has crappy Sprint coverage. The phone was losing > 10 percent every hour just sitting on the counter. If I used it any, it would burn through the battery in 6 or 7 hours.

    Fringe coverage just kills Android phones on Sprint's network.
    08-29-2011 05:17 PM
  9. Puzzlegal's Avatar
    "battery monitor free" doesn't work for me - only getting increments of 10% - maybe it's cuz i'm using launcherpro, not sure....any other suggestions?
    Battery circle, by Adrien Ulrich, will give you a more precise reading.
    08-29-2011 10:54 PM
  10. chasen's Avatar
    hi guys, first post, but it seems to be good one.

    after THREE hours of use, it's DEAD.
    now this is in roaming. Just using the phone as a clock, no surfing web or anything.

    that's crazy!
    my nexus s 4g lasted me at least six hours in roam...
    09-02-2011 09:30 PM
  11. ScandaLeX's Avatar
    When I 1St got the Photon I felt my battery life was incredible. But now, I can almost count the time it takes to godead- and this is with minimal use. I find myself constantly making sure it's on the charger when not in use.
    09-06-2011 11:58 PM
  12. ToddK's Avatar
    When the phone was new - and totally stock - I was getting 18 - 24 hours between charges. This was with 5 email accounts syncing and all radios blazing... (GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi on and Performance Mode on.)

    After going app crazy (and I do mean app crazy: over 100! these things are like candy to me ;-) ), the phone would be dead in 4-6 hours unless I shut everything down (GPS. Bluetooth, WiFi, Off, and full battery saver on.)

    Long story short, after a factory reset, and slowly adding just the apps I really need/want , (about 50 now), I'm getting a solid 12-14 hours with all radios on and performance mode on, and moderate use i.e. 10-15 short phone calls, 20-30 texts, checking Facebook, Twitter etc. Coming from a Pre that had to be dropped on a touchstone every 6 to 8 hours, I'm pretty happy.

    The moral of this story... some apps will kill the battery even when not running, hard to figure out which ones, though.
    09-08-2011 12:05 PM
  13. no1tech's Avatar
    my battery seems to be a little loose on my Photon4G (i can hear it if i shake my phone) ....is this normal?
    09-10-2011 09:26 PM
  14. MacBook's Avatar
    my battery seems to be a little loose on my Photon4G (i can hear it if i shake my phone) ....is this normal?
    Thats not your battery its the camera mechanism... shake your phone while your camera is activated and I bet you won't hear it anymore.

    here is a link to the thread regarding that.

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/spr...ra-rattle.html
    09-10-2011 09:28 PM
  15. bullitt5094's Avatar
    I've had mine three weeks now. Went house hunting in another city this week. Everyday we were using it as a wireless hub for 6-8 hours a day with LOTS of map/data transmissions. It never required charging all day even with that use plus phone calls, email, GPS etc. Heavy usage while looking for the right place to live. Would charge it each night with that usage but on normal days at home/work it will last two days without a charge. I don't know why mine seems to last longer than others. It's not been rooted or modified (yet). I was using the paid hub service from Sprint during the search. I LOVE this phone. It just works. I have zero complaints and I'm normally one that can find something wrong with an ice cube.
    09-10-2011 10:25 PM
  16. Photon4glover's Avatar
    I managed 13 with a lot of use while using juice defender

    Sent from my MB855 using Tapatalk
    09-13-2011 07:49 PM
  17. popologuy's Avatar
    My first few days were abysmal for battery life. But it seems that after charging/discharging several times, I have broken in the battery and routinely get 12 hours with 4g turned on all the time. I was really disliking this phone, but now it's meeting my needs!
    09-13-2011 10:25 PM
  18. heymista's Avatar
    I've only had it 4 days, and it was hard to judge battery life the first couple of days because I was setting it up and downloading apps. I was playing with it all day so it only lasted around 7 hours. The past two days have been more normal usage, and I can estimate the battery will last between 12-16 hours with moderate to heavy usage. I use the internet quite a bit so I am obviously very pleased. I had an Epic prior to this and there are several noticeable areas of battery improvement. Since web pages and emails load so much faster, I end up using much less battery while being able to load more pages. There is also less bleeding with zero usage. so far so good

    Forgot to mention that it takes half the time to charge as my Epic did. It will fully charge in 2 hours.
    09-15-2011 05:13 PM
  19. jhasty's Avatar
    I presume the battery statistics behave like those of my EVO 4G. It takes several days for the statistics to calibrate. Also, it is recommended to let the battery go down as far as possible in the first couple of days to help with the calibration.

    I received the latest update early this morning. Within 1 hour after taking it off of the charger, I was down to 50%. It's on the charger now and then I am going to leave it off charge the rest of the day and see how the battery stats look.
    10-03-2011 12:56 PM
  20. ToddK's Avatar
    My battery life has recently plummeted again - no new apps - just dead in 8-10 hours... was getting a solid 14-18 prior. I've tried all common solutions including resets and battery pulls and deleting many apps - I'm resorting to killing all radios and turing off backround data - and now I might as well be baby-sitting an infant will all this "care and feeding" (and with all the radios and data off I might as well have a old school dumb phone.)

    Factory resets seem to be the only answer - but losing all texts and call logs every time, as well as having to "re-build" my email accounts and prefrences, and redownload apps is too time consuming and annoying to consider.

    The android operating system is proving to be powerful and full featured, but too "clunky" and fragile - as this "ghost in the machine" battery life issue, shows.

    I think it's time to take a close look at the new iPhone 5 today.
    10-04-2011 04:45 AM
  21. bonanzabucks's Avatar
    My battery life has recently plummeted again - no new apps - just dead in 8-10 hours... was getting a solid 14-18 prior. I've tried all common solutions including resets and battery pulls and deleting many apps - I'm resorting to killing all radios and turing off backround data - and now I might as well be baby-sitting an infant will all this "care and feeding" (and with all the radios and data off I might as well have a old school dumb phone.)

    Factory resets seem to be the only answer - but losing all texts and call logs every time, as well as having to "re-build" my email accounts and prefrences, and redownload apps is too time consuming and annoying to consider.

    The android operating system is proving to be powerful and full featured, but too "clunky" and fragile - as this "ghost in the machine" battery life issue, shows.

    I think it's time to take a close look at the new iPhone 5 today.
    I notice my battery life has taken a hit too. I could go a solid two days with moderate usage and now it seems to last about 11 hours with the same usage. Could be reception, which has gotten a lot worse the last week. Haven't really downloaded that many new apps either.
    10-04-2011 06:06 PM
  22. bmoody33's Avatar
    I bought some after market 1950mAh (same physical size as stock) batteries for my Photon off of ebay that so far I'm very happy with. Here are the details:

    There were 3 batteries and a charger that also has a USB port.
    The batteries are each 1950mAh and 3.7VDC
    The original battery that came with my droid is 1650mAh and 3.8VDC
    The batteries are the same exact size as the original but a just a very slighly snugger fit so it took a bit more pressure to get one of the batteries inserted all the way and the stock case back fits the same as with the stock battery!
    The listing was : "3x 1950mAh BF6X Battery+Charger For MOTOROLA PHOTON 4G"
    The seller was: "hk_plaza"
    The cost was $12.95 USD including shipping. (Not sure how they can sell for so low? but nice for me! and I thought worth the try even to have 3 spare batteries and a charger!)

    TEST RESULTS:
    I turned on the following on the phone as I wanted it to drain as fast as possible for the test:
    ON=4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wireless, iheart radio (tuned to a station) volume 0%, screen brighness=100% with autobrightness=OFF, screen time out sleep=NEVER.

    1650mAh Stock battery from drained 100% to 10% = 3 hours & 33 minutes or (213 minutes)
    1950mAh ebay battery from drained 100% to 10% = 4 hours & 25 minutes. or (265 minutes)

    This is a gain of 52 minutes at the above settings.

    For $12.95 I'm a very happy camper so far! I'll keep testing over the next month or so and post updates to this post to see how the battery life holds up with daily use since I've only used them for about 1 week now.
    10-05-2011 05:49 AM
  23. hokuSai101's Avatar
    I find consistently valuable information here in these forums. Thanks a bunch you guys (and gals). These battery threads are so apropo.
    10-11-2011 04:27 PM
  24. Moegitto's Avatar
    I tried using the search tool and I didn't find what I'm about to say in this thread, so here goes. I just got my Photon yesterday (I know, newbie). It is my first Motorola experience since the razor, and also it was my other Motorola choice of phone at the time (I was with Virgin Mobile, so I was contemplating the triumph, Glad I chose otherwise). After getting home, I used my phone from around 5:30 to 11:30, texting, web-browsing, WiFi, syncing spotify, and using widgets. My battery dropped only 20%. But one thing I noticed is that if my phone went to sleep too long, it would auto disconnect from the WiFi AND 3G. It happened 3 times, messing up my sync so after the third dream, I went into setting to see if there was a data disconnect settings. After tinkering around a little, I found the Battery and Data Manager setting (above HDMI, below Display). Now I found my so called answer to my so called problem. In this setting it literally allows you to change how your phone acts, mines was set to "Nighttime saver" mode. Theres 3 settings, "Maximum battery saver-severely restricts auto updates", "Nighttime saver-Norm throughout the day, battery saving at night", and "Performance mode-allows all data and syncing without any restrictions". This phone has a power manager like our PC has power settings. There's also a Data saver option, it changes how all the main programs that use data act, so you can save even more power. This phone just keeps getting better and better. By the way, before I found out about this, my phone lasted all night off charger and lost 0%.
    10-14-2011 07:31 AM
  25. VDub2174's Avatar
    I tried using the search tool and I didn't find what I'm about to say in this thread, so here goes. I just got my Photon yesterday (I know, newbie). It is my first Motorola experience since the razor, and also it was my other Motorola choice of phone at the time (I was with Virgin Mobile, so I was contemplating the triumph, Glad I chose otherwise). After getting home, I used my phone from around 5:30 to 11:30, texting, web-browsing, WiFi, syncing spotify, and using widgets. My battery dropped only 20%. But one thing I noticed is that if my phone went to sleep too long, it would auto disconnect from the WiFi AND 3G. It happened 3 times, messing up my sync so after the third dream, I went into setting to see if there was a data disconnect settings. After tinkering around a little, I found the Battery and Data Manager setting (above HDMI, below Display). Now I found my so called answer to my so called problem. In this setting it literally allows you to change how your phone acts, mines was set to "Nighttime saver" mode. Theres 3 settings, "Maximum battery saver-severely restricts auto updates", "Nighttime saver-Norm throughout the day, battery saving at night", and "Performance mode-allows all data and syncing without any restrictions". This phone has a power manager like our PC has power settings. There's also a Data saver option, it changes how all the main programs that use data act, so you can save even more power. This phone just keeps getting better and better. By the way, before I found out about this, my phone lasted all night off charger and lost 0%.
    Yup, a good amount of us experienced that when we got our MoPhos. Some knew to check the battery settings to correct it and some (including me) didn't understand why it was happening until someone posted about it. I have mine set to "normal" so data remains the same throughout the day and I haven't had any battery drain issues at all.

    Just this past weekend I went on a 4.5 hour roadtrip and used my MoPho as my MP3 player the whole time. In that time, I still had an impressive amount of battery life left and didn't have to charge it until the next afternoon.
    10-17-2011 11:21 AM
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