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sk1939
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[Hardware] Extraordinarily Short Battery Life

So I bought a used Galaxy Nexus last year, and the battery was fine for quite a while. However, within the past month I barely get a day out of the battery, with the phone sitting idle doing nothing! I pulled it off the charger at 10:50 this morning, 83% by 1:00, and it's dead by 9PM tonight. I haven't made a phone call, sent a text, or even turned the screen on more than once today (just to check the time). None of the setting have changed from what they were earlier this year (although I did move from 4.2.1 to 4.2.2).


Juggernaut
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Any new apps, or updated apps?


sk1939
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All of them are updated whenever updates come up, but nothing new. I have a tendency to close running apps, so the "recent apps" pane is empty.


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I always re-check permissions when updates come out. A lot of them seem to ask more and more. They may be 'phoning home' more often. You may also want to check to see if any of them have re-enabled themselves in 'All'.

I generally don't update unless there has been a problem with the app.
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sk1939
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Well, the battery has charged 1% a minute, if you believe that. The top three users are phone idle (9hr, 43min, 47s), screen (17min), and cell standby (10h, 0m, 49s) at 29%, 27%, and 13%.


beck
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Batteries sometimes get old and won't hold a charge well. It might need to be replaced.


sk1939
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said by beck:

Batteries sometimes get old and won't hold a charge well. It might need to be replaced.

Quite possible...can I still order them from Samsung?


skj
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1 recommendation

Amazon is a great place to get them.


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said by skj:

Amazon is a great place to get them.

Absolutely! My wife and I have GS IIs, and found OEM Samsung batteries at a much better price.
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tcope
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Could be several things... running an app that calls up data a lot, excessive syncing times, battery not calibrated correctly, battery not charging correctly.

Try this... take the battery down to single digit charge. Pull it for a few minutes and put it back in. Charge for several hours with the phone off. See of that helps. You can also install and run an app called Battery Monitor to get a much better idea on the charge going to the battery.

OZO
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You may want to install Battery Monitor Widget. It will show you battery status (voltage, current, percentage, etc).
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Sandman
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I get all of my phone accessories from »www.wirelessground.com/, should you decide to buy a new battery.

It looks like this is the OEM battery »www.wirelessground.com/samsung-e···ery.html and I usually just Google for a coupon code. It looks like the code "freeship" should get you free shipping.

Note: No, I'm not affiliated with the site, I just happen to think they have great prices. I will never again pay AT&T $30 for a car charger.
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sk1939
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The widget tells me my battery goes down around 8.5% an hour. Is this typical for standby usage?

OZO
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Watch for stats for a day or too. If it's always 8.5% an hour, it's not good. It means it'll be out of juice in 10-11 hours...
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sk1939
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said by OZO:

Watch for stats for a day or too. If it's always 8.5% an hour, it's not good. It means it'll be out of juice in 10-11 hours...

Its up to 10% an hour now.


Hall
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Your battery is effectively "dead". It sounds like you charge it overnight (6+ hours). That's probably the culprit.... The link SandMan gave has an OEM battery for $20. I'm skeptical about non-OEM batteries, especially the sub-$10 ones off of eBay (I've gotten what I'm convinced were 'used') but couldn't prove it. Put it this way: They lasted less time than the dying battery I bought it to replace !


skj
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You can get it for less through Amazon:

»www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_···+battery
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sk1939
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said by Hall:

Your battery is effectively "dead". It sounds like you charge it overnight (6+ hours). That's probably the culprit.... The link SandMan gave has an OEM battery for $20. I'm skeptical about non-OEM batteries, especially the sub-$10 ones off of eBay (I've gotten what I'm convinced were 'used') but couldn't prove it. Put it this way: They lasted less time than the dying battery I bought it to replace !

Your not supposed to charge it overnight? I can't use a non-OEM battery in this phone anyways, because the NFC function resides in the battery.


skj
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You can charge it overnight, but as Hall See Profile noted, your battery is probably dead. You need to look into getting another one. If you were interested in a non-OEM battery, there are some that also have the NFC function. The non-OEM batteries do, however, vary in quality.
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Hall
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Unless you have a smart charger, I wouldn't charge it any longer than necessary. Personally, I think it's by design that they stopped providing smart chargers.


skj
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I have been leaving mine in to charge all night and have not had any issues with the battery because of it.
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OZO
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That's because charging stops when battery is full. Then, even phone is still connected to charger, the battery is slowly discharging until it reaches about 85-90%. Then it starts charging again...

It's easy to see, if you look at logs, collected by "Battery Monitor Widget", mentioned in my earlier post.
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sk1939
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18% an hour now with 14% left on the battery. New battery on order.


Juggernaut
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I hope you 'train' this one. I'll bet it lasts longer.

I tend not to recharge my devices until they hit 3-4%. It helps a lot for battery life.
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Mister_E

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reply to sk1939
See the discussion here.

Worth checking to see if you might have an app that's causing any excessive drain.


sk1939
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I don't know how old the battery is. It's the battery that came with the phone and supposedly has "little use", still.


sk1939
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reply to Juggernaut
said by Juggernaut:

I hope you 'train' this one. I'll bet it lasts longer.

I tend not to recharge my devices until they hit 3-4%. It helps a lot for battery life.

I wait till I get the "low battery" alert at 14%, not super early I would claim.


Juggernaut
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Go under 10% if you can.


Hall
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said by OZO:

That's because charging stops when battery is full. Then, even phone is still connected to charger, the battery is slowly discharging until it reaches about 85-90%. Then it starts charging again...

And that's what I've been told is bad for batteries. In the end, if you ask ten different people about how to charge a phone's battery, you'll get ten different answers.

OZO
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That's why we need to use tools. To see the real picture
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