| | 10-21-2011, 12:37 PM Thread Author #1
Battery Drain & Spinning Clock Issue - Possible Solutions
Note that I posted a response similar to this one in another thread, but I thought creating a new thread (since it contains possible solutions instead just complaints) might be appropriate and more visible to people who are trying to solve the problem. If this post is not appropriate, let me know and I'll delete it.
I don't think the battery drain problem is a problem with the battery itself. I had the exact same battery drain issue and symptoms that everyone else has reported (my Blackberry Bold 9700 going from a charge lasting many days down to one lasting 8 hours, and that darn spinning clock). I spent many weeks scouring Internet forums and trying every suggestion I found. I had my IT Dept order a new battery but the drain problem seemingly got worse.
So I was convinced it was not the battery. The IT guys then upgraded the OS from 5.0 to 6.0 No improvement. Then I deleted most of my apps (Facebook, Google Maps, Gmail, the pre-installed ones. etc). I disabled GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc. I set the screen brightness to 50% (which is surprisingly still very readable). I put the phone in standby mode when not using it. I set it to auto-off between 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. But always the same result - battery depleted in 8-10 hours.
So I gave up and put up with it for a couple of months. Then one day I decided to do another quick search in case someone had found a solution in the interim. I came across a post that suggested the Blackberry OS might having trouble accessing the MicroSD card and then drains the battery as it keeps trying. The post suggested two possible solutions:
1: Remove and reinsert the microSD card. Select "Options -> Device -> Storage ->" then press the menu key and choose "Safely Remove Media Card". Then remove the SD card, then reinsert it.
I tried this and my battery life went back to 3 days. But after a week of so, the battery issue came back. Instead of trying this again, I decided to try the next solution below.
2: Turn the BB Compression Setting off. Select "Options -> Device -> Storage", and remove the checkmark from the "Enable Compression" setting.
I tried suggestion #2 and it seems to be a permanent fix. For the last 2 months my BB has stayed charged for up to 4 days instead of a measly 8 hours. And no more spinning clocks! You should note that RIM says you should leave compression on, but whatever the adverse effects are for turning it off, they can't be worse than a phone that needs to spend most of the day plugged in, can they? If turning compression off doesn't solve your issue, turn it back on. Me, I'm going to keep the setting off for the time being.
I'd like to know if this addresses the issue for other folks. Would also like to know of any negative implication arising from turning compression off. I haven't noticed any yet but am looking for any feedback.
<< UPDATE - Jan 5, 2012 >> Just wanted to post an update on my BB's battery life: each charge still lasts 3 to 4 days (due to compression being turned off).