1. BlackBerryBiker's Avatar
    Hopefully my stupidity can help someone else, I was experiencing what I thought was a large battery drain, I read the forums and had halfway convinced myself it was .607. That is until I started checking my apps for background refreshes and updates, it turns out I had Twitter set (checkbox) to refresh in the background, and the refresh rate set to every 10 minutes. That means 144 times a day, every day, Twitter was refreshing itself. Couple that with BerryWeather set to update every hour and Viigo pulling down blog posts every couple of hours and you have a battery life nightmare (at least for me). I changed all of these setting and haven't had an issue all weekend.
    My new settings are;
    Twitter = Unchecked background updates, will update maunally when I open it.
    Berryweather = Every 6 hours
    Viigo = Ditched the full Viigo and got the Viigo News (Project tango) and set the Move to Background on close to No, I will manually update.

    Hopefully this will help other Storm2 users who may be struggling with their battery life.
    Last edited by BlackBerryBiker; 06-07-10 at 06:34 AM.
    06-07-10 05:38 AM
  2. ohio_golfer's Avatar
    Hopefully my stupidity can help someone else, I was experiencing what I thought was a large battery drain, I read the forums and had halfway convinced myself it was .607. That is until I started checking my apps for background refreshes and updates, it turns out I had Twitter set (checkbox) to refresh in the background, and the refresh rate set to every 10 minutes. That means 144 times a day, every day, Twitter was refreshing itself. Couple that with BerryWeather set to update every hour and Viigo pulling down blog posts every couple of hours and you have a battery life nightmare (at least for me). I changed all of these setting and haven't had an issue all weekend.
    My new settings are;
    Twitter = Unchecked background updates, will update maunally when I open it.
    Berryweather = Every 6 hours
    Viigo = Ditched the full Viigo and got the Viigo News (Project tango) and set the Move to Background on close to No, I will manually update.

    Hopefully this will help other Storm2 users who may be struggling with their battery life.
    If you're only going to refresh BerryWeather every 6 hours, you might as well delete it and read it in tomorrow's paper.
    06-07-10 05:49 AM
  3. rafiks's Avatar
    Hopefully my stupidity can help someone else, I was experiencing what I thought was a large battery drain, I read the forums and had halfway convinced myself it was .607. That is until I started checking my apps for background refreshes and updates, it turns out I had Twitter set (checkbox) to refresh in the background, and the refresh rate set to every 10 minutes. That means 144 times a day, every day, Twitter was refreshing itself. Couple that with BerryWeather set to update every hour and Viigo pulling down blog posts every couple of hours and you have a battery life nightmare (at least for me). I changed all of these setting and haven't had an issue all weekend.
    My new settings are;
    Twitter = Unchecked background updates, will update maunally when I open it.
    Berryweather = Every 6 hours
    Viigo = Ditched the full Viigo and got the Viigo News (Project tango) and set the Move to Background on close to No, I will manually update.

    Hopefully this will help other Storm2 users who may be struggling with their battery life.
    DO you get good 3G signal in Kansas?
    06-07-10 05:50 AM
  4. Bob61's Avatar
    Berryweather = Every 6 hours
    Seems overly conservative. FYI - I have BerryWeather set to refresh every 15 minutes. I get a full day out of my battery, 1.5-2% drain, 3% with some heavy usage. I'd say you can set it to 30 minutes easily.
    06-07-10 06:09 AM
  5. BlackBerryBiker's Avatar
    Rafiks, Yes very good signal.
    Golfer, BB button, update all, anytime I want.

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    06-07-10 06:15 AM
  6. BlackBerryBiker's Avatar
    Bob, yeah it could be a little conservative, but I can always bump it up if I need to, like during spring storms.

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    06-07-10 06:18 AM
  7. itsdollar's Avatar
    Twitter is more of a culprit than BerryWeather for me. I have Twitter refreshing every hour and BerryWeather every hour and the battery drain is minimal.
    06-07-10 07:44 AM
  8. NVMY03ION's Avatar
    Twitter is more of a culprit than BerryWeather for me. I have Twitter refreshing every hour and BerryWeather every hour and the battery drain is minimal.

    x2 .. I have Twitter refreshing like every 10 mins, and BerryWeather as well.

    My Battery will last me the entire day. But I also turn my Wifi and Bluetooth off as well, these are HUGE battery draws.
    06-07-10 08:00 AM
  9. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    Berryweather = Every 6 hours
    That kind of defeats the purpose.
    06-07-10 08:09 AM
  10. John Yester's Avatar
    That kind of defeats the purpose.
    Not really. Maybe depending on the area you live in. But 4-6 hours should be just fine for a daily or half day forecast. Maybe a more shorter time frame if your area is prone to bad weather that changes very quick.. But a good "What is the weather going to be like today" is what the OP has setup

    I have mine set to every hour but that's just me....
    06-07-10 08:14 AM
  11. dkingsf's Avatar
    Not really. Maybe depending on the area you live in. But 4-6 hours should be just fine for a daily or half day forecast. Maybe a more shorter time frame if your area is prone to bad weather that changes very quick.. But a good "What is the weather going to be like today" is what the OP has setup

    I have mine set to every hour but that's just me....
    I agree I really just use daily/weekly so I don't even have Berryweather (why pay?) I use one of the free GPS enable weather apps that gets your location and will give you today/tomorrow/extended weekly etc. forcasts. I should know enough from that to know how to make possible plans for the day.

    umbrella/raincoat, windbreaker, parka, short sleeves/long sleeves etc. etc. etc. If I know there's a chance of rain today, I'm prepared. I don't need my phone to notify me it started raining 2 mins ago. I'll see it when I look out the window.
    06-07-10 08:35 AM
  12. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    Not really. Maybe depending on the area you live in. But 4-6 hours should be just fine for a daily or half day forecast. Maybe a more shorter time frame if your area is prone to bad weather that changes very quick.. But a good "What is the weather going to be like today" is what the OP has setup

    I have mine set to every hour but that's just me....
    What about the storm/severe weather alerts? In any event, I have never found BW to be a drag on the battery. 607 itself on the other hand......
    06-07-10 08:47 AM
  13. John Yester's Avatar
    Alerts can be setup in advisories. Which is a different time setup. Either forecast or even as short as every 5 min....

    So example I can have my forecast setup to download every 4-5 hours but my advisory is set to every 5 min. If a storm comes thru it will grab the warning and notify me. But yet my forecast will be the same until I force update it or..... the set timer reaches it's update time.


    Another example - This past weekend we had a 30- 40 % chance of storms in my area. With my forecast updating every hour...

    With in the mid afternoon the forecast didn't change much still 30-40 % chance.... But I kept getting alerts for tornado watches and flood watches. Then wham! Tornado warning, severe thunderstorm warnings, etc....


    BW only runs when it has to... It sits idle the whole time...... Until it's used...
    06-07-10 09:04 AM
  14. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    I hadn't explored advisory options, so I wasn't aware those updated seperately.
    06-07-10 09:24 AM
  15. bad_boy321's Avatar
    I'd like to know what you guys are doing different. I've had nothing but battery issues and I have (2)....count them.....(2) brand new batteries. I let my BB sit on my desk most of the time and still am about dead by 4 p.m. A few sms and an occasional foursquare update/checkin. Nothing else running in the background. The best drain rate I can achieve at this point is 4.5-6% / hour. thats on a good day.
    Last edited by bad_boy321; 06-07-10 at 11:57 AM.
    06-07-10 11:47 AM
  16. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I'd like to know what you guys are doing different. I've had nothing but battery issues and I have (2)....count them.....(2) brand new batteries. I let my BB sit on my desk most of the time and still am about dead by 4 p.m. A few sms and an occasional foursquare update/checkin. Nothing else running in the background. The best drain rate I can achieve at this point is 4.5-6% / hour. thats on a good day.
    What type of signal do you get on average? In one of the office buildings I have to work in occasionally, I get very poor reception, and as a result my battery has usually had it by end of the day, most other days however I have no problems at all.

    Other thing I would check for would be apps that have high polling frequencies and set them back a bit (i.e. Twitter, weather apps, etc), and to make sure resource hogs (i.e. streaming media apps, Slacker, Pandora, etc) are shut down when not in use.
    06-07-10 12:13 PM
  17. anon(1787847)'s Avatar
    If you're only going to refresh BerryWeather every 6 hours, you might as well delete it and read it in tomorrow's paper.
    Or simply look outside!
    06-07-10 12:18 PM
  18. Blacklac's Avatar
    I'd like to know what you guys are doing different. I've had nothing but battery issues and I have (2)....count them.....(2) brand new batteries. I let my BB sit on my desk most of the time and still am about dead by 4 p.m. A few sms and an occasional foursquare update/checkin. Nothing else running in the background. The best drain rate I can achieve at this point is 4.5-6% / hour. thats on a good day.
    I had the same, until I got my Seidio 1700maH battery. I had read a thread where people were saying they were a scam and supposedly on another forum this dood (yes, dood. "The Island" reference) independently tested a bunch of OEM and aftermarket battery and the Seidio's were all less than OEM, except the big old 2600 and 3500maH ones, but i didn't care about those. I use a 1650maH on my Bold 9000 and now a 1700maH on my Storm 2. They both improved battery life for me. Not huge, but noticeable. Also, after about a week on having my new battery, I finally made the first jump to a .607 hybrid after ONLY using .517 hybrids. I'd say, if anything, this .607 hybrid is slightly better with battery.

    I also went from 4-6% with minimal usage to 2-3% with minimal usage. I don't know, maybe I just had 2 bad OEM batteries. I should say, heavy usage isn't such a dramatic change, it is only slightly better, but it is still better. Maybe one day when this battery settles in I will do my own test of playing a movie on repeat until the batteries drain and see how they compare. I saw a vid on youtube of a guy that did that, either a S1 or S2. He only got like an extra 20-30 min with the Seidio 1650. I don't know why Seidio initially releases like a 1650 or 1600 and then months later release the same model as another 50maH or so higher.
    06-07-10 12:30 PM
  19. pcgizmo#IM's Avatar
    Or simply look outside!
    That was the point I was making. Why buy a $10 app when you could browse to m.weather.com and get the same thing for free? To each their own, I guess.
    06-07-10 12:48 PM
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