Battery Life Tips & Tricks
Battery charge is the lifeblood of your Pearl Flip. I've scoured this and other forums, and consolidated all the tips I could find into this Tips & Tricks thread. Many thanks to the CrackBerry addicts who originally posted each tip.
Battery Care & Feeding
- A new battery should be charged fully, then depleted to red-line. Repeat for 2-3 cycles to condition the battery.
- Charge the phone nightly. Frequent top-offs are better for a LiIon battery than deep discharges. Consider a charging pod.
- Set the clock option for When Charging: Enter Bedside Mode. This dims the outer screen and turns off LED notifications.
- Once in a great while, red-line the battery. This recalibrates the battery meter.
- The Options screen has a more accurate reading than the battery meter. Settings->Options->Status.
- Turn off the Wi-Fi (8220) and/or Bluetooth radios when you aren't using them. Go to Manage Connections.
[Edit 2011.04.20: Use SmartWiFi to automatically turn Wi-Fi on/off based on cell tower.]
- Turn off the GPS (8230) radio when you aren't using it. Settings->Options->Advanced Options->GPS->GPS Services: Location OFF.
- Use a BlackBerry-branded Flip holster, which has a magnet to trip the in-holster sensor and put the phone in standby mode.
- Use a USB cable for modem tethering instead of a Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth tethering uses a lot of power.
- Use UMA (8220) in weak signal areas if possible. Maintaining cell service in a dead zone obviously draws a lot of power.
- Turn off network coverage indicator (green LED). Settings->Options->Screen/Keyboard->LED Coverage Indicator.
- Turn off Bluetooth connection indicator (blue LED). Settings->Options->Bluetooth, click Menu key, choose Options->LED Connection Indicator.
- Set screen brightness as low as tolerable. Settings->Options->Screen/Keyboard->Backlight Brightness.
- Set backlight timeout as low as tolerable. Settings->Options->Screen/Keyboard->Backlight Timeout.
- Set backlight auto-dim to On. Settings->Options->Screen/Keyboard->Automatically Dim Backlight.
- Set profiles to use Tone instead of Vibrate or Vibrate+Tone.
- Update your BlackBerry to the latest firmware. Newer firmware often incorporates battery-saving tweaks.
- Always exit applications using Menu->Exit or Menu->Close. Forgotten applications running in the background will leech your battery. While holding down the Alt key, press Escape then scroll left/right to see the running applications.
- BerryWeather: set updates as infrequent as tolerable. Menu->Settings, "Auto Update" and "Advisory Auto Update".
- E*Trade Mobile Pro: disable streaming quotes
- Slacker: cache stations on your microSD card instead of streaming them OTA.
- WeatherBug: set updates as infrequent as tolerable. Settings->Options->WeatherBug Settings, Menu->Advanced Settings.
I'll track this thread and update the list accordingly.
Last edited by hubermania; 04-20-2011 at 12:08 PM. Reason: added SmartWiFi mention
- CrackBerry User
04-19-2009, 10:15 PM #3
- 58 Posts
awesome post. i'm from chicago too lol.
i have a couple of questions though.
gps radio - what exactly is this used for? is it the thing that turns on when BBmaps or googlemaps is triangulating your location? does it have anything to do with radio at all?
slacker - are you able*** to get slacker working over an EDGE connection? i can get it to work over wifi but never EDGE. it just keeps saying "buffering"
thanks again for the great post. it should be stickied.
Last edited by bozeefus; 04-20-2009 at 12:40 AM. Reason: typo
- CrackBerry User
05-27-2009, 12:05 PM #6
- 27 Posts
Thanks for the great tips.
Question - when I do Alt Escape (the button under end call/power) I see the running applications. Even when I go to the application, menu, close it still appears in the list when I alt-escape again. This is especially the case with Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Browser and Mail. Any ideas?
Thanks in advancePeleSheli
Blackberry Curve 8520
(Former Bbrry Flip 8220, Treo 755p and Axim x5 user.)
- CrackBerry Abuser
07-01-2009, 04:27 PM #12
- 164 Posts
Does anyone know if using slacker automatically caches the station to your SD card or is there a setting somewhere for that? I looked but couldn't find anything in the menu settings.
- 07-04-2009, 07:42 AM #14
No, Slacker does not do it automatically for you. You highlight the station then select it to cache the station. Once you connect your Flip to your computer via USB, a pop up will come up telling you to sync your Slacker Stations. It will take a time depending on the number of new stations to cache and to refresh the old ones.~I am still at a lost who I really am but by going deep into the jungles I can unlock my secret past.
- CrackBerry User
08-31-2009, 10:54 PM #16
- 51 Posts
[QUOTE=hubermania;2326805]Battery charge is the lifeblood of your Pearl Flip. I've scoured this and other forums, and consolidated all the tips I could find into this Tips & Tricks thread. Many thanks to the CrackBerry addicts who originally posted each tip.
Battery Care & Feeding
[LIST][*]A new battery should be charged fully, then depleted to red-line. Repeat for 2-3 cycles to condition the battery.[*]Charge the phone nightly. Frequent top-offs are better for a LiIon battery than deep discharges. Consider a charging pod.
I thought that lithium batteries could not be "conditioned", that is, they are not like the old ni-cad batteries and there is no "learning" that takes place-so you gain nothing by fully discharging and charging.....
AFAIK there is a break-in period for any rechargeable battery. Lithium batteries develop a longer running time after the first few charge cycles, particularly if they are charged fully before the first use.
- 09-28-2009, 03:31 PM #21
this forum was really helpful expecially since i've be getting the pearl flip for the first time later on today! i'm so excited i can't wait to start playing around with it!!!Tweet me =]: http://twitter.com/uniquemamii88
I love to chat and have a good time like all the rest,
but remember keep it on the FRIEND level i'm happilly MARRIED!!
Currently loving my PEARL 8100