How to improve the battery life on your Motorola DROID Turbo

The other day, we told you about some owners of the Motorola DROID Turbo who were apparently struggling with poor battery life considering the huge 3900mAh juicer that sits inside the phone. There are a number of things that can impact the battery life on the handset, including the quality of the network signal that the device is receiving.

But after reaching out to Motorola, one DROID Turbo owner has seen a dramatic improvement in battery life from a drain of over 10% per hour to a tad over 5%. And a factory data reset was not required. First, all Verizon bloatware was disabled. Then, the Cache Partition was wiped. This is a simple procedure and the directions can be found on the sourcelink.

Lastly, the battery was calibrated. To do this, run the cell down to 0%. Then, charge it back to 100% while keeping the handset turned off.  Unplug the handset and turn it back on, and you should see an improvement in the battery life of the phone. Another DROID Turbo owner claimed to get over 30 hours by draining the battery, charging to 100%, clearing the Cache partition and then unhooking it from the AC cord.

We expect the phone to be updated to Android 5.1 in the middle of next month, and the update might resolve some of the other issues that DROID Turbo owners have had with Wi-Fi and the battery.

source: Verizon

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DROID Turbo
  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3900 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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99 Comments

55. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I'd just like to say that I have stopped using phone areana mainly because of the cummunity. Every article has people arguing over PHONES. As a guy that sells phones for a living I'd like to inform you that 98% of the phones on the market are great and they all accomplish the same thing. If you're on articles arguing with other people you look absolutely asinine and completely retarded. They are just cell phones people get a life

56. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

And just to upset everyone * posted from my m9 ;)

60. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

sweet, does the thing actually overheat or are those reports exaggerated?

82. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

no it doesn't get very hot at all, amazing phone. battery life could be a little better but its because ive gotten use to the nice stamina i get with the turbo

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, draining down to 0% battery isn't good for Li-Ion batteries. Second, clearing the cache works on any Android device, it clears out data stored on things like battery stats and such. As far as battery life, I usually get around 30 hours off a charge after having it for almost 8 months now, and get around 4-5 hours of screen on time. And I do that by trying to not let the battery get down below 30% before charging, and doing a cache partition wipe every 2 weeks to a month.

28. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I get more than that on my S5. With a battery that is almost a third smaller

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The S5 has a full HD display (1080x1920), where the Turbo has a Quad HD screen (2560 x 1440). That's 432ppi on the S5 vs 565ppi on the Turbo. There's also the matter of the CPU/GPU difference, with the S5 having a SD801 with an Adreno 330 and clocked at 2500MHz vs the Turbo's SD805 with an Adreno 420 and clocked at 2700MHz. The S5 has a 2800mAh battery and the Turbo has 3900mAh unit. But the main difference you're going to see in battery is due to the QHD screen. That's quite a few pixels to push, and it shows in Samsung's current offerings. They went to QHD screen with the S6/S6 Edge, and their battery life suffered compared to the S5. If these OEMS had stayed with a FHD screen, the battery life on their phones wouldn't have taken such a hit. My Droid Maxx, with a 3500mAh battery, 720p HD display, and modified S4 CPU used to get me into the 40 hour range with the same screen on time. Switching from HD to QHD and only increasing the battery size by 400mAh there was going to be a decline in battery life. The Maxx was more efficient, but the Turbo has higher end specs, and when you make that change, battery life is going to suffer.

10. waddup121 unregistered

How can this device fail with battery life...eeks!

6. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

This phone has big battery issues, every review mentioned it last year, shocking for such a big battery...

8. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Most reviews placed it at the top in battery life tests, by a good margin.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Damage control.

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That was the same test they do on every phone that comes through here. If we can't trust that then every phone's results are throw away. But leave it to you to question hard data when bias is just as factual to you.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Bias. That's funny coming from you. Continue the damage control.

53. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So then, actual tests aren't relevant, but your "experience" with them is? And since you used a couple Motorola devices, then you know how they all perform. Yup, definitely more relevant than actual data.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Manipulating my words again. Lol I was right.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So what damage control am I supposedly doing? I've actually owned this particular device since launch, have you? Having used a different Motorola phone doesn't have any bearing on this device. It has completely different hardware and somewhat different hardware than non carrier Motorola phones, namely Verizon's VoLTE update. The first time I started hearing about any battery issues with this device was after the VoLTE aka Advance Calling update Verizon pushed out. Any battery issues would be caused by Verizon, not the Motorola or the phone itself. And since the majority on the forums don't have the issue, it's not an inherent problem, but something caused by a combination of the update and the user's setup or apps.

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because when he referred to reviews you went on the defensive and started talking about the battery tests done here which if I'm not mistaken aren't done as well as other sites. But of course according to you it's a Verizon thing. Wouldn't be the first time a Moto device has had battery problems. I suppose the ones on the X are caused by Verizon software as well.

70. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No, I pointed out that on this very site, it showed otherwise. Do I need to cite other examples? JP until recently, there was never anything about poor battery life when referring to the Turbo. And bow do you know that other sites battery tests are any more credible? Hey, you like to cite your personal experience, so I'll do it to. I haven't had any battery issues on my Turbo, but some members in the forums I frequent do, and Tue problems started after the VoLTE update, which is Verizon's deal. Not a difficult mine to follow for most people. It gets most people through the day, as most any phone will. It's battery life isn't spectacular, but it's pretty much in the range of what most phones are getting.

74. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's that site that did the breakdown of the SD 810 chip. I forget the name. Good for you. You haven't had any problems. I am so happy. Doesn't mean others haven't had the problems. I say that because again Motorola has a track record of poor battery life. e.g. Moto X, Moto 360. So the battery pretty much sucks? Ok good to know.

76. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You're probably referring to Anandtech. They haven't done a review on the Turbo, so well have to use a site that has. My point was the majority of owners aren't having the issues. And the Maxx series of devices (Droid RAZR Maxx, RAZR Maxx HD, Maxx, and Turbo) are known for their stellar battery life. But a bad app or a bug in an update can kill any phone no matter how great it is. For being on this site as much as you are I thought you'd know that. OK so every phone that's out there that doesn't get 2 days of battery life also sucks then, I mean if a device can't make it a full 24 hours, it must suck right?

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think it really matters. You're going to just dance around it as usual. Btw that is the site. You're on here as much as I am. The phones you listed supposedly have excellent battery life with the exception of the turbo obviously. So why does the X's battery suck? I am not saying that. You're grasping at straws.

80. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Then why bring it up if it doesn't matter? That site didn't do a review of the Turbo, so there's no information to gain from there. But as long as they test their phones the same way, PA's test will at least give you something to compare. I never said I wasn't. And as I said, the Turbo had excellent battery life for everyone until the last update came out, and then only some were affected. The Moto X has a smaller battery than any of the Maxx series phones does, so obviously it will have shorter battery life. You couldn't figure that out on your own? No, your saying it has poor battery life when most of it's competitors aren't that much better.

85. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It takes more than that to test a phones battery. I just happened to remember the site because they thoroughly review their phones. You aren't getting the point. The Moto X should at least have a battery similar to the maxx. You couldn't figure that out on your own? Actually some of them are.

87. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Alright, we get it, you love the Droid Maxx, Stop raining on other people's parade because they feel differently about you. It really makes you look like a tool when you try to damn hard to troll.

93. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Did you even read my comment before responding?

88. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd venture PA knows more about it then you do. Why not let them handle that. And as I've said MULTIPLE times, then there isn't any need for the Maxx or Turbo. The X had around a 3200mAh battery, the Maxx had a 3500mAh and the Turbo had a 3900mAh battery. Any increase in the size of the X's battery puts it squarely in range of the other two. And if I'm going to choose between Tue two and battery isn't as much of a factor, I'm gonna pick the X, and that's the sentiment on Tue forums as well. If the X and any of the Maxx series had similar batteries, it goes hands down to the X. And some of them aren't.

92. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What makes you say that? Is it because I don't have my own tech blog or is it your ignorance talking out of your rear again? So you're saying the X should have an inferior battery? May I remind you that the Maxx and Turbo are Verizon phones. Everyone isn't on Verizon. Older flagship phones you may be right.

96. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't know, maybe because this is their job. If their methods are so crappy, why do you come here for news? No, everyone isn't on Verizon, but as I've said many times, having 2 devices that similar will cause one to be a throwaway. And if you recall, their Maxx series has only been available on Verizon, so more than likely they have a lock on having a larger battery. It's not that Motorola couldn't put a larger battery in the X, but that they're prevented from it by an exclusivity deal with Verizon. What? Who was talking about older flagships? In many cases the difference in battery life between the X and others isn't that much of a difference, and I'm talking about it's competition at the time, not a year or two prior.

102. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When did I say their methods were crappy? Just because it's their job to review phones, your point? How is having a decent battery life going to make them similar? I'm not asking Motorola to make a carbon clone. I'm asking that they fix to awful battery. You're the only one talking about making a copy. I was in reference to you saying the batteries of flagship phones right now aren't That much better.

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