1. Streak's Avatar
    I'm trying to figure out why my battery wont hold a charge. I have a new battery (new phone for that matter). All applications are shut off, etc., still cant keep a full charge.

    When I checked the Status of my phone just now, it said the signal was: -101 dBm, it would change from -91, -98, etc.

    I'm clueless as to what this means. Can someone explain?

    Thanks
    01-13-09 12:56 PM
  2. jeffh's Avatar
    That's your wireless signal strength in dBm. It's a log scale, and less negative is better. -80dBm typically corresponds to 5 bars. -100dBm is 1-2 bars. With that low a signal, your phone will have to increase its output power, which explains your reduced battery life. There's nothing you can do about it, other than change locations.

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    01-13-09 01:22 PM
  3. Streak's Avatar
    That's your wireless signal strength in dBm. It's a log scale, and less negative is better. -80dBm typically corresponds to 5 bars. -100dBm is 1-2 bars. With that low a signal, your phone will have to increase its output power, which explains your reduced battery life. There's nothing you can do about it, other than change locations.

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    Ok that makes sense. I went outside (I'm at work) and it went down to -80 and stayed there. When I came back in, it gradually went back up to -101.

    I' hope it's just draining super fast here at work because of the low signal. Im going crazy trying to figure out if I have a lemon as for a phone. LOL

    Thanks for you feedback.
    01-13-09 01:31 PM
  4. dumb4ever's Avatar
    do you have IM running in the background ? Yahoo, Gtalk ? or maybe other programs that req data ?

    and define your "Draining super fast", some people are anal about this stuff while it's actually normal.
    01-13-09 01:36 PM
  5. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    Fluorescent lighting, electric motors & electronics can wreak havoc on a radio signal.

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    01-13-09 01:36 PM
  6. Streak's Avatar
    do you have IM running in the background ? Yahoo, Gtalk ? or maybe other programs that req data ?

    and define your "Draining super fast", some people are anal about this stuff while it's actually normal.
    Nothing is running in the back ground. I lose 10% of my battery every hour. So, my battery is dead in 10 hours and that's without ANY usage.
    01-13-09 01:42 PM
  7. Streak's Avatar
    Fluorescent lighting, electric motors & electronics can wreak havoc on a radio signal.

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    Funny you say that. It's worse (-101) when it's right in front of me on my desk (next to the computer), but on the other side of my cubical, on the cabinet, it drops down a bit (-96).
    01-13-09 01:43 PM
  8. foubre73's Avatar
    Wow! P/U a lot in this thread.

    Thanks, guys.
    01-13-09 02:03 PM
  9. nursgirl's Avatar
    thanks! I had the same question... amazing what a quick search will do
    01-13-09 02:16 PM
  10. Mehuso's Avatar
    thanks! I had the same question... amazing what a quick search will do
    Thanks a lot. Helped me
    09-10-16 04:02 PM
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