Bump charge your HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Incredible 2 to capture that last 5% of battery life

Bump charge your HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Incredible 2 to capture that last 5% of battery life
Have you ever recharged your HTC ThunderBolt or DROID Incredible 2 for hours and noticed that once you unplugged the charger, the battery life was down to 90% immediately? There is a reason for that. While either phone does fully recharge, it does not maintain a full charge; instead it keeps the battery at 90-95% full. In order to capture that lost 5-10% of cell power, you can "bump charge" your phone.

To "bump charge" your device, follow these simple rules. First, plug in your phone to recharge the battery. The led light will show a solid orange. Wait until the phone is charged as indicated by the solid green led light. Once that happens, unplug the phone and hold down the power button and select "power off". Once the phone turns off, plug the power cord into the outlet again, causing the led light to be a solid orange which shows that the phone is charging. Once the light is green, unplug the phone and use the power button to turn it back on. Once HTC Sense has loaded, plug the phone in to the outlet once again. The light will be orange. Keep repeating the cycle until the light starts out green as soon as you plug it in. That will indicate that you have 100% battery life.

If you try this, let us know if you are able to "bump charge" your ThunderBolt or DROID Incredible 2. If you are, drop us a comment in the box below if you notice any difference in battery life.

source: AndroidCentralForums

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30 Comments

1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

WTF really?

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha ya thats nice.. htc is so smart they only let u use 90% of your battery...

25. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

your a dumbass. It takes 1 hour and a half to get to 95 percent. But the last 5 percent your phone needs to be off for like an hour and charging

30. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh isnt that convenient...

31. spectorar unregistered

It's not convenient, it's an artifact of lithium ion batteries. They charge the first 90% quickly but the last 10% takes about as long as the first 90%. It's not HTCs fault it's just how the technology works.

2. matt unregistered

can't you just charge it with the power off and get the same result?

5. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

Probably not because that would make too much sense

3. edbdroid unregistered

I think you left out the step about doing jumping jacks naked in a bathtub full of Pistachio-flavored Jello Pudding.

4. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

while singing the national anthem backwards

6. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

but only Pistachio flavor had a really bad experience once with vanilla. Don't want to go into details.

17. Exile SS

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Don't forget to wear sun god robes and wield the staff of the serpent's head.

7. Tillo

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

such a lame topic...such a lame explanation...how many cents do u writers get per line?

8. J unregistered

While standing on your head. And square dancing. Wait, you mean that's ALL I have to do?! ... That's obsurd. And yes, I had it for a month, and hated every single second of it. Now, me and my white iPhone are doing quite well!

9. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

this sounds really bad for the battery.

10. NoDoubtRocks unregistered

seriously? who has time to do that crap?

11. mcg unregistered

Keep repeating the cycle? WTF, that is like shampoo, rinse and repeat. I just want to make a call on my phone!!!

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. thats uhh... stupid really. how about we just plug it in and it gets to 100% all by its wittle self.. lol. and people wonder why i reccommend samsung over HTC.. lol

13. SomeGuy unregistered

HTC: Simply Brilliant

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1747; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

wow i wanted say somthing sarcastic and damn it everybody said what i was going to say

15. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Ummm .... can I just buy a second charger? Or maybe just steal remixfa's Samsung???

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I had that in mind

19. 310golden

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 09, 2011

I have found that charging it with the USB cord through your computer or laptop with the phone powered off for approx. 2 1/2 hours gives the T-Bolt a longer battery life.

22. Diana unregistered

That is pretty much due to the low ma around 500 that a laptop or computer provide then the 1A that a wall charger provide. So you can look at it at as a trickle/slow charge from a laptop..etc... compared to a fast charge from a wall charger.

23. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Bump charging is bad on the battery. Reduces battery capacity. There's a reason why manufacturers do this. Apple doesn't do this because they want the batteries to go bad and for people to replace their phones every year and with the batteries not being replaceable, it's been working.

24. wonderingaround unregistered

1 question: How the hell am I suppose to use the phone while I'm playing peek-a-boo for hours??

26. JOHN unregistered

REALLY? WHY KILL UR BATTERY... THIS WAS TO PREVENT THE BATTERY FOR OVERCHARGING.. BEFORE SOMEONE GETS ALL HARD ON THE KEYBOARD AND STATES LITHIUM BATTERIES DONT OVERCHARGE... THEY DONT BECAUSE OF THE SAME REASON.. YOUR PHONE IS PROGRAMMED TO STOP CHARGING THE BATT.. SO DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEEPS.. UR ALL GROW UP... GO AHEAD AND LOOK LIKE A MORON DOING WHAT THIS ARTICLE STATES... SWELL UR BATTERY UP.. JUST DONT GO TO UR WIRELESS PROVIDER AND B**CH AT THEM FOR U BEING A MORON AND OVERCHARVING THE BATTERY..

29. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

Calm down Buck-o

27. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

maybe its better to donate your phone to "Will it blend?"

28. wonderingaround unregistered

All this because htc has crappy batteries in their phones. I'm using my 3rd thunderbolts. First battery lasted 3-4 hours without any apps running, on 3g only! Second and this 3rd is better but it's still far from good. Also it's important that you train your battery and know how to charge it - true to all Li batteries. Many complaints come from bad charging habbits.

32. wait what unregistered

i trained my battery to fetch me a beer and drive me home from the bar when im drunk. what did you train your battery to do?

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