A couple of things to try to improve your Droid Incredible's battery life

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A couple of things to try to improve your Droid Incredible's battery life
If the HTC Droid Incredible has a flaw, it is the handset's battery life. A Droid Incredible owner recently recharged his handset all night, and within a few minutes after taking the phone off of the charger, the battery life dropped down to 93%. Two hours later, the meter was at 70% and by 4pm, the power cell was deceased. Is it possible that the battery is not getting fully recharged? On the forums, other Droid Incredible owners passed along suggestions on how to improve the power cell's longevity. It was pointed out that using an external wall charger prevented the battery from quickly losing a few percentage points of power immediately after unplugging it. Another suggestion was to keep the phone plugged in even when the green light tells you that the battery is charged. Instead, turn off the phone and wait for the light on top to turn from orange to green again. Once the light hits green again, you should plug out the phone and plug it back in. This is one way to make sure that the cell gets fully charged.

Another way to make sure that your Droid Incredible is overflowing with electric juice is to open the Desktop Clock app before charging the phone. Hit the back button to get to the more detailed part of the application and then plug in the phone. At the bottom right will be a reading that shows you the percentage of the battery that has been charged, but more importantly, doing this allows the device's battery to get fully charged.

If you have been having issues with the battery on your Droid Incredible, try these suggestions and let us know if you get any improvement. Droid Incredible owners have been raving about the phone with the exception of the battery and we would expect a firmware update to address this issue eventually. In the meantime, there are homemade fixes like those above that might help you squeeze some more life into your phone.

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22 Comments

1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Or manufacturers could improve batter technology. Its good that they try to make better and more powerful devices, devices that will do pretty much everything. Untill they try to improve on batter life or come out with somthing better than Lithium-Ion, phones will continue to become more powerful and batteries will be pushed harder and harder to their limits.

5. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

well look at the pad, it last 10 hours with video playing, my macbook goes from 8 when I get to school until around 4 to 5 ish. Its the basic, school work and internet use but thats good. The technology is available but the cost isn't there. Those types of batteries cost a lot of money. PLus a battery that is 1800mhz is pretty big. i know what you mean though, people are using phones for gps, web use, mp3 player.. a lot of stuff

12. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

They could also release the extended battery at launch... or by default.

19. farmuser unregistered

This phone sucks battery life is so terrible...!!! You would think they would have found this problem before putting it on the market.....but I think there just making it so you have to spend another 80 bucks for a bigger better battery and they make more money.....rich companies getting richer.....its sad....very sad.......maybe someday people will be people...and not be all about the money.....nerds can't even make a good phone hahahahahaha lame a$$es!!!

2. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Buy an extra battery. The phone has a huge screen and a 1ghz cpu... everyone needs to get over the fact that it's not going to last all day if you use it a lot. I have the Motorola Droid and I go through two complete charges every day... well worth the $40 for a spare battery.

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I just don't get this phone.

4. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I agree. I work for Verizon and I don't understand why anyone would want the Incredible over the Droid when you lose the physical keyboard and the Droid can be overclocked to the same speed as the Incredible... If the Incredible was a lot smaller than the Droid it would be worth talking about but seeing as how it's the same size as the Droid I just don't understand.....

9. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

I hope you are kidding. If not, no wonder we are not hitting our quarterly goals as a company. You do understand the potential problems and ramifications of overclocking a phone, right? I would never tell a customer to buy the MOTO Droid and overclock it, thus voiding the warranty.

11. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Because not everyone wants the same phone. Yes you are correct about overclocking the Droid to 1GHZ however the phone becomes unstable and drains battery life just as fast. Why do you think they nerfed the processor in the beginning??? I have both the Droid by Motorola and the HTC Droid Incredible. Each phone has its ups and downs. I for one am sticking to the Incredible since it is lighter and smaller. (Easier to carry in a pocket at work)

15. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I have actually noticed better battery life since overclocking my Droid, mainly because I am able to tell the phone to run anywhere from 125mhz to 1ghz depending on what i'm using it for, so when it's in my pocket or just playing music the cpu is actually running slower than a stock Droid therefore using less energy.

16. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I'm also curious as to how my comment reflects in any way on our "quarterly goals"... If the Incredible had been available all this time and I wasn't selling then MAYBE you would be able to make that comment, but given the current availability the fact that I am selling Motorola Droids instead of Incredibles are probably helping our "quarterly goals" quite a bit. And no, I don't tell customers to overclock their Droids they can figure that out on their own.

18. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

As a Verizon customer, I have to disagree with your assertion that an overclocked Droid is the same as the HTC Incredible. First, overclocking may improve speed performance at first, but it will ultimately lead to system issues since the other components of the phone were not designed for higher processor speeds. As with a desktop computer, the phone's life will be decreased significantly as the wear on the device grows from overclocking. All processors can do what your overclocked Droid can do, which is called throttling. If you don't know, throttling is when a CPU processor only uses the speed necessary to perform the basic function it was asked to do. Throttling has been a part of CPU's since the Pentium III processor, so a CPU using anywhere between 10 MHz to 1 GHz, depending on what you're using it for is nothing new for either an overclocked, underclocked, or unchanged CPU. Also, they've had 1 Gig processors for years that would work in mobile phones, but they were never installed in the phones because of the battery issue. the Snapdragon is revolutionary because testing and real world performance on the Snapdragon processor has shown that it has the lowest voltage of any other processor in any wireless phone- even processors with half the speed. Basically, the issue with the battery is with Sense UI. HTC's proprietary user interface overlay requires a lot of MHz from the CPU which in turn uses battery power. You can test this yourself by disabling the Sense UI on your HTC Incredible and I guarantee battery performance increases by 25% to 40%. If you want to keep Sense UI enabled, then get a HTC Touch Pro 2 battery. I am using the old battery from my TP 2 phone and it easily adds 2 to 4 hours of battery life to the Incredible.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1799; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

A huge thing for me on my moto droid is other programs. Before installing a program check how long it takes before than after to lose a charge. Some apps are not efficient. But than again i have noticed that both htc droid phones for verizon have less than average to poor battery life. My moto droid used to last well over a day and up to two to three with half lite use and now it only last one at best with very light use and it has alot to do with the widgets live wallpaper and other aapps running all the time.

7. VZWJJ

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 27, 2009

2 words, extended battery...problem solved. Don't want a bigger phone no prob, androidcentral.com offers a 30% larger capacity without making it larger. Def worth it must have!

13. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I read many bad reviews about buying the 1750mAh eris battery for the droid. HTC needs to release the extended battery.

8. cmdrummond

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I downloaded two apps from the market 1) automatic task killer and 2) power manager...both have DRASTICALLY increased my battery life. I can go about a day to a day and a half without having to charge it with semi-heavy usage (phone calls, text messages, facebook, twitter, etc.). Hope this helps!

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Thank you.

17. jay209

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

Both the task killer and power manager definitely help. U also need to watch ur brightness settings, WiFi, and frequency of email. Anything that constantly updates could hurt too. I use mine a lot and get a full day easy. Awesome phone.

10. mangmang

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Hi, I have been using the charge until green light comes on, then i disconnect the device and turn it off and charge until the light turns green and I dont get the sudden drop to 93% and I am getting more battery life. I hope they fix this issue with the next firmware update. I also have to agree with some comments above that the battery life can be better but this is not a flip phone and it is a powerful device so i dont mind charging it every night and I am very happy with it :)

20. farmuser unregistered

If I bought a cool new car....I'd be pissed if the battery died every week or day....or I had to buy a new one every month.....

21. Senior Pancho unregistered

It isn't the battery technology that is different, it is the battery size itself and refined power management software. All current high end electronic devices use Lithium Polymer batteries that are basically the exact same thing chemically. When it comes down to is more efficient hardware and more efficient power management software. Things like the 17 inch macbook pro have great battery life because they were able to pack the thing FULL of batteries. There isn't any advanced technology there, just a hell of a lot of battery.

22. Jandatec unregistered

I have been reading all these emails about speed and CPU clocking and battery life and I have to tell you that I don't have any more battery problems since I did the flowing (THIS BLOG IS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TO GIVE ADVICE AND HELP OTHER) 1. Upgrade to Froyo if you already haven't (laugh all you want, some people may not have) 2. Root the phone with Unrevoked3 (NO CRAZY KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED) 3. Add SetCPU to you phone and set it up to use the lowest possible setting when not in use or when screen is off 4. Turn off Automatic Background Sync and tweak each app you want to sync as you need it too. 5. Add Power Manager for Android and Y5 or JuiceDefender or some other app that specifically throttles data usage when screen is off 5. Purchase the Innocell 1750mAh Slim Extended Life Battery(SAME SIZE AS ORIGINAL BATTERY WITH 25% MORE LIFE) With all the things I have done, I only have to charge my phone once every 24 hours and I rarely run out of juice unless I am using the GPS constantly or doing a lot of video conferencing in which case I have the extra battery or I just keep it plugged in while I using those two power intensive apps. Good luck and do what works for you but you have to experiment because everyone is different. J

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