Droid X and Battery Charging

shamskona
Member

 Hi,

 

Do I need to fully drain the battery before charging?   I did this last night as it was my 1st day with the phone but the battery is almost depleted and wondering if I needed to wait until fully drained or not. 

 

Love the phone but the battery charge is not even 24 hours old yet and almost gone with minimal usage as I was working all day and couldnt play with it :smileyhappy:

 

Please advise.....

 

Thanks!

Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

DeKree
Member

im no expert bout the droid , but I do happen to know quite a bit about **bleep** batteries.  without a huge do and dont list and why. heres a quick version.

 

new battery should have 1-2 complete cycles on them(full charge/drain) its not really necissary but this will allow you to know how long your cycle will be

 

**bleep** batterys like all rechargables have a "recharge life" to them...meaning they can only be drained and recharged a certain number of times before they wear out. HOWEVER...  to completely drain them is considered a "full" cycle in terms of how many times(or cycles) a battery lives. so,  its ALWAYS best to charge your phone asap as this will prolong battery life.  in a better sense, if you charge the battery when its half dead then you would in sense have twice the life as to let it drain completely and charge it then. or charge it when its 1/4 drained then 4 times compared to a full drain...etc etc    make sense? (not sure about my math here)

 

now as for the droid x here...hmm well seems like this baby just eats juice BIGTIME!   theres lots of stuff on battery life in the droid forums...  like here http://community.vzw.com/t5/Apps/How-to-Increase-Battery-Life/td-p/193233  

 

 

good luck

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

crb79
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Well you can set your battery profile to "battery saver mode" this should help a little. 

 

As for completely draining your battery... I wouldn't really recommend this, some ppl say it could give your device a better idea of the power range on the battery, but this isn't entirely true.  Your device should be able to accurately tell the battery charge level based on voltage ranges, as the voltage dips, the battery meter drops.

 

I've been using smartphones for several years now, and I find it's best to charge the battery in regular intervals.  Just to give you an idea here's my usual routine:  Charge battery over night, take it off the charger and get ready for work.  On the drive to work I plug it into my car charger.  This way I ensure as much lasting power as I can get.  As I use the phone throughout the day I will place it back onto a charger once it nears 50-60%.  After work back on the car charger.  Get home and don't plug it back in until bed time. rinse, repeat. (not literally rinse)  

 

I guess I said all that to say this:  Batteries tend to fail when they've been over-charged or voltage allowed to drop to low.  With these new devices every single one of them has an auto-shutoff for your charger.  It cannot continue to charge the battery once the device reads the battery as fully charged.  But with that same concept, it will not allow a battery to be charged once it reads the battery below a specified voltage, this is where most batteries run into problems.  They've been allowed to die and must be inspected and reconditioned by someone knowledgeable on Lion battery repair.   

 

Summary:  Letting battery drain down to nothing = BAD!   Charging often = GOOD! 

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

TheGreatOne
Sr. Member

 


shamskona wrote:

 Hi,

 

Do I need to fully drain the battery before charging?   I did this last night as it was my 1st day with the phone but the battery is almost depleted and wondering if I needed to wait until fully drained or not. 

 

Love the phone but the battery charge is not even 24 hours old yet and almost gone with minimal usage as I was working all day and couldnt play with it :smileyhappy:

 

Please advise.....

 

Thanks!


When I got my cell phones in the past I used them before charging them up. I didn't let the battery die completely. Once I was done playing around with the device I then charged it up.  I haven't had any problems with battery life. I know some Verizon reps recommend charging it before you use it.

 

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

My_Droid
Member

As an owner of the WONDERFUL Droid X for a whole 2, going on 3, days now, I have discovered that part of the battery drain for me is because of "multitasking".  Since I switched from an iPhone, I forget you can REALLY multitask on the Droid X and I tend to have too many processes running at once.  I wish I could determine which of them are really necessary so I could kill the rest but I am too new to this to make that determination.

 

I have turned off most notifications and have applied other battery saving measaures.  I am sure there are more that I can do but even having played with it almost continously for 2 days, I have soooo much to learn about this phone!

 

I am thinking of ordering an extra battery to carry with me (I use my phone to go online, text and email a lot during the day) and/or one of those emergency battery chargers (they cost between $25 and $75).  I already have a car charger but that doesn't help me at work.

 

I am anxious to play some more tonight after work and tomorrow after church!  What a marvelous device the Droid X is!!!

 

Louise in Houston

 

PS:smileyvery-happy:on't EVER use the rooster tone for your alarm clock......eeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

Chris1987
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I picked up my Droid X on launch day. I brought it home, charged it up, turned it on, and then 4 hours later it died with only 2 text messages!. I have tried everything, I removed the motoblur widgets, battery saver mode, turned off sync, all of that. I recharged it overnight with the same result the next day, I have conditioned the battery 3 times now with no improvement. I finally went back to the store and they swapped out the battery, same issue. GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, all of that is turned off with email only coming in every 4 hours. Also, when the battery is dead, not 5 minutes after putting it on the charger, it says it is fully charged. The store offered to replace the phone, when they get more in, but of course they don't know when that will be.

 

I've tried a factory restore on it, as I said, removed the Moto Blur widgets from my screen, removed my Facebook account, turned off sync, gps, bluetooth, and wifi, my signal is -80dbm. Any suggestions on a fix? Or should just swap it out when they get more in stock?

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

crb79
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Chris1987 wrote:

I picked up my Droid X on launch day. I brought it home, charged it up, turned it on, and then 4 hours later it died with only 2 text messages!. I have tried everything, I removed the motoblur widgets, battery saver mode, turned off sync, all of that. I recharged it overnight with the same result the next day, I have conditioned the battery 3 times now with no improvement. I finally went back to the store and they swapped out the battery, same issue. GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, all of that is turned off with email only coming in every 4 hours. Also, when the battery is dead, not 5 minutes after putting it on the charger, it says it is fully charged. The store offered to replace the phone, when they get more in, but of course they don't know when that will be.

 

I've tried a factory restore on it, as I said, removed the Moto Blur widgets from my screen, removed my Facebook account, turned off sync, gps, bluetooth, and wifi, my signal is -80dbm. Any suggestions on a fix? Or should just swap it out when they get more in stock?


 

Sounds like you do have a bad device.  A simple trick you can try is plugging in the phone, then go back and forth between pulling the battery while it's plugged in and unplugging and replugging power cord.  Try to do all this while it's powered off.  And wait to see the charging or fully charged icon between each step.

 

Also, try downloading one of the free Battery apps off of marketplace and posting what your battery voltage shows.

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

Chris1987
Member

Thank you for your reply. I've actually tried that and it doesn't change the percentage that it shows for the the charge level (well unplugging and plugging back in, but i'll give your tip a shot). I agree that it is probably defective. It was on 90% for about an hour then out of no where dropped to about 40%. I'm just hoping the store can replace it sooner rather than later, having to be connected to the charger so often isn't much fun.

 

 

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

Chris1987
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Voltage is 3870 mv according to Battery Monitor

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Re: Droid X and Battery Charging

crb79
Sr. Member

 


Chris1987 wrote:

Voltage is 3870 mv according to Battery Monitor


Well, if the 3870 mv is showing 100% your phone is definitely not charging it to capacity.  Just to give you an idea mine shows 4196mv is 90%.

 

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