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Guru I
Posts: 16,194
Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
My Carrier: VerizonWireless

Re: Running my battery down?

I beleive you have a bad battery, But this is well worth reading.

 

 

Read the below article. It is written by Mark Rejhon.

 

Max The Battery Life Of Your New BlackBerry

 

  • Modern BlackBerrys come with Lithium-Ion batteries, or "Li-Ion' for short.
  • Some older models used Nickel Metal Hydride batteries, or "NiMH" for short.

Li-Ion battery are best kept topped up regularly. A battery that has been left flat for a long time will benefit from being fully-charged and then fully discharged a couple of times, but there is no advantage to doing this to batteries in regular use.


If you are a new BlackBerry owner, or an old owner experiencing low battery issues, read through these tips:

  1. You DO NOT need to break in the Li-Ion BlackBerry battery. On BB Models 71xx, 81xx, 83xx, 88xx you will be using a Lithium-Ion battery. These do not require "conditioning" as you might have experienced with other cell phones and batteries.
    Note: Don't get in the habit of fully discharging the battery every time -- to prevent wearing it out -- lithium batteries can be damaged with excessive deep discharges like a car battery can be.... When breaking in the battery, make sure you keep it plugged in long after the battery says it is fully charged (i.e. overnight), you really want to trickle-charge your BlackBerry to top-off your battery.
  2. Lithium batteries LOVE to be topped-off. In regular use, plug it in whenever you have the opportunity. This will also help keep the battery life maxed out for those days you really need long battery life.
  3. If you are constantly starved for battery power, avoid continuously realtime software such as BBToday software; it uses a lot of battery power.
  4. Is your BB constantly searching for a signal, such as in an office building or other low-signal area? Searching for a signal will drain a battery quite quickly. If you must conserve the battery, turn the wireless or radio off.
  5. What is running in the background of your BB? There are commonly 4-5 applications that will ALWAYS be running (Messages, Phone, BBMessenger, Homescreen, and the Browser; there are others such as BeamBerry and MyAlarm which will also run). Make certain that the browser is NOT on an active webpage (say with animated radar or another live webpage such as a news website constantly updating to the current news, but rather only to the bookmarks page). Close any other applications that do not need to be running (like the camera or a game).
    • Press Alt + Escape (the key to the right of the trackball on trackball models) to bring up the Application Switcher. Scroll through that list to see what is running in the background.
  6. Keep your Bluetooth turned off when not in use.
  7. If you use JiveTalk, Verichat or other instant messaging software, leave it running in the background or quit it when not in use. Also, stay logged off the networks you do not use much.
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    • In JiveTalk > Preferences, there is a setting "Battery Save Mode When Idle". Make certain that is checked.
    • Keep Verichat running in the background when it is not in use. This puts the software in a low-power state by reducing the frequency of contact-list refreshes (signoffs/signons/away mode/etc) Using fewer instant messaging networks also saves battery power. For example, if mainly use MSN and AIM, log off the ICQ and Yahoo networks.
  8. When using your BlackBerry, make sure you keep the backlight turned low or off whenever possible (rather than bright mode). A backlight setting of 60%-80% is wise.
  9. Many BlackBerrys have an extended battery available, such as at www.seidioonline.com. There may be an extended battery product for your specific BlackBerry product.
  10. There's the novelty factor of using a BlackBerry for the first time; we tend to play with them much more heavily at first. So your usage may normallize after you get used to it. You might expect the first two to three days for the battery to discharge quicker.
  11. If you haven't bought a BlackBerry yet, you should be aware that the GSM/GPRS BlackBerries have the longest battery life. Battery life is longer on GPRS BlackBerries than the CDMA and iDEN BlackBerries.
  12. Phone calls made on your BlackBerry is the biggest consumer of battery life. If you make lots of phone calls for hours, then your battery life can be extremely short. Making phone calls in areas of weak reception will also use up more battery power.
  13. Consider a car power kit, or an office charger/cable. That way, you have more opportunities to top-off your BlackBerry battery.
    As noted earlier, it's always a good idea to top-off the battery in a BlackBerry anyway, even if it's not almost dead. It is not necessary to follow the age-old advice of using up the battery before charging, and can wear out modern lithium-ion batteries if done on a constant basis.
  14. Your battery may be defective or worn out. Compare your battery life to other people using the same model of BlackBerry.
    If you have been using your BlackBerry for a long time, it may be time to replace your battery. If you purchased your BlackBerry as used, you may want to replace the battery with a new one. For best battery life, it is generally best to use genuine brand-name batteries rather than inexpensive aftermarket batteries.
  15. Occasionally, it may be a BlackBerryOS issue if you are having unusually short battery life all the time. Early versions of BlackBerryOS on the 7100 tended to use a lot more battery life than newer versions of BlackBerryOS. Upgrade to a newer version of BlackBerryOS.
Source: blackberryfaq
 

 

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Guru I
Posts: 19,017
Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Passport, Playbook, 9320BES
My Carrier: Bouygues _ SFR

Re: Running my battery down?


Been wrote:
Two things can be the cause; first, did you properly educate the battery properly in the beginning, that is first fully charge, then run till its flat and recharge so the cells get lively?



that is urban legend. There is no need to educate a battery if it is Li-Ion.
Education is required for Ni-MH or Ni-Cd batteries, but that was last century.



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Guru I
Posts: 16,194
Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
My Carrier: VerizonWireless

Re: Running my battery down?

He's right....I was there last century...most ALL of it Smiley Happy

 

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Posts: 396
Registered: ‎08-03-2008
My Device: Blackberry 9530

Re: Running my battery down?

I believe the main problem here is not the battery.  The original complaint was the hourglass constantly spinning.  Something on the software is causing this.  If the device is less then 30 old, bring it back to your wireless carrier.  If not I would recommend re-installing the software on the device. That hourglass icon should not be popping up every 10 secsSmiley Wink
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Posts: 13
Registered: ‎10-19-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Running my battery down?

Just notice that it is doing it a lot more then every 10 seconds now. Only difference is that it is plugged into the charger. Would not think that would effect it but who knows. I will try re-installing and see what I can come up with. If I can't get any where then I guess I will take it back to verizon tomorrow and see what they can do. Thanks for all the help everyone.
Guru I
Posts: 16,194
Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
My Carrier: VerizonWireless

Re: Running my battery down?

Have Verizon give you a new batt. and then Buy one. IF it doesn't change on either, return the one you bought.

Typically they will give you a used battery.

Let us know!

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Posts: 13
Registered: ‎10-19-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Running my battery down?

I will be running by there tomorrow after work and see what they have to say about it. I will post if they figure out what the deal is. Thanks again.
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My Device: Passport • Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Running my battery down?

Here is another (more concise and up-to-date) battery tips link (which I collected from various and sources and personal experience).

http://www.blackberrynews.com/2008/05/20/battery-use-tips-for-your-maximum-battery-life/

 

And, it is fact, "conditioning" these Li-Ion batteries (the old three-cycle charge/discharge) is actually more damaging to the battery.

 

These batteries like being topped off, i.e. ten minutes of charging here and there are good for the battery.

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Posts: 13
Registered: ‎10-19-2008
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Re: Running my battery down?

Well now I had an error message pop up. I believe it is related to the problem I have been having. The error message was 523. I am going to go through the process detail here and see what happens. Hopefully this will fix the problem. If not then I will be taking it by Verizon tomorrow and let them deal with it.
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Posts: 4
Registered: ‎10-20-2008
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Re: Running my battery down?

I have a urve from verizon and have had this problem 3 times in the last week.  I have wiped the phone twice, on the third time I took it back in and they came to the conclusion it has something to do with facebook.  Once he turned facebook off the problem went away.  He said he has seen it a few times but did not know of any fix.  I have gone 3 days now without the hourglass being stuck on.  If it makes it past tomorrow it will be the longest the phone has worked without the hourglass problem.  He told me to check back with them at the end of the week and see if they had heard anything back about what to do.