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Am I the only one who keep killing my cell phone batteries?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

I keep my cell phone in my ski jacket inside pocket when I go skiing. While it gets cold, it doesn't get below freezing.

 

Literally every winter I can see the battery life dropping, and in the spring it craps out and I have to buy new one.

 

So am I the only one, or do you have any tricks on keep it alive?

 

 

post #2 of 19

That doesn't happen to me, but then I don't have a fancy phone, just an LG v5500 or something.  I bought it for the battery life and its ability to connect with iffy conditions.  Which is required, because when I'm skiing I'm in and out of service all day and "searching" really wears down your battery. 

post #3 of 19
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 Mine's not fancy, just an old motorola krzr, and I always get OEM batteries off ebay.


Same thing was happening with the razr I had before this one.

post #4 of 19

I have the same issues. I have a nice GPS app that can track runs, speed gradient etc but i can only use it for 1-2 runs max before the battery dies. On my bike i can ride and record all day without the battery dying. I've found the warmer the pocket the longer the life, but like someone mentioned due to searching function the battery life will be drained quickly.

 

I'm open to advice.

post #5 of 19

Might be time for a newer phone.  Power management is greatly improved on the newer phones.  You don't have to buy a new Droid or iPhone, just a phone from the last few generations.

 

That being said, I have an iPhone 4 and have no battery issues while skiing.  I can run Phresheez all day to track my runs, speed, vertical, etc. and still have battery life left at the end of the day.

 

I also agree, warmer is better.  Keep it in an inside pocket of your coat.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post


 Mine's not fancy, just an old motorola krzr, and I always get OEM batteries off ebay.


Same thing was happening with the razr I had before this one.



 

post #6 of 19

couple of things at play here.  your cell phone might be roaming or trying to find a signal causing your phone to drain.  nothing can be done about that as it;s provider specific and the only thing that will help are more cell towers

 

buy an extended battery-most stock batteries are pretty small.  i have a 3500 mah battery for my Droid Incredible.  the stock battery is 1300 mah.  so i get maybe 2-3 times the capacity.  my stock battery can get barely 4-6 hours of heavy usage using Phresheez w/ GPS and data.  extended battery gets me through the day with some power to spare.

 

post #7 of 19

Yeah, I need a new battery (or maybe a whole new phone) after this season.

 

Pulling power from a chemical battery while it's cold drains it faster than the same power draw when it's warm, and may also shorten its life.  (Don't ask; it's complicated.)  Keeping your phone in an inside pocket should help with that.

 

As noted, spotty/weak/no service areas also drain the battery faster, as the phone has to crank its radio power all the way up to stay connected or search for a signal.  Some phones are affected more by this than others.  A smartphone trying to 'ping' something on its data connection all the time (like to check your email) may also drain the battery much faster in a situation like this.  If you're skiing somewhere with bad service, turning the phone off (or putting it in airplane mode) and then just turning it on to check messages, etc. will help.

post #8 of 19

I remember my very first cell phone, a Sony Ericsson, sucked the life out of batteries, every time it couldn't find a signal, which was almost always.  It would switch from Digital to Analog and and I could sit there and watch the battery deplete.  It also got really hot when this happened.

 

Also...cold and Liquid Crystal Displays don't mix.  As you can imagine, the closer they get to freezing, the more juice the battery has to pump out to keep it working.

 

My iPhone won't last all day if I try to use cool apps like GPS Ski Run tracking and stuff...which renders the app useless because I can't actually track my runs all day without the phone dying first.

post #9 of 19

i hear the new iPhone 4 has significantly better battery life than the iPhone/3GS.  might be a worthy upgrade.  also, there are all sorts of plug in chargers available now to give you extra juice on the run.

post #10 of 19

Battery charge last so long if you turn the f-----n thing off when you ski!

 

Jeesh!  I hate it when people stop skiing to talk on the phone in a loud conversation with themselves on a silent hill side of snow....get a life !

 

I don't really hate anything,  it's just an expression, and counter point to the "problem".

 

Cheers

post #11 of 19

yeah but some are not using the phone specifically to talk.  some are using the gps function to track their skiing using an app like Phresheez.

 

also, seems like cellphones are supplanting 2 way radios as the preferred way of contacting others on the slopes nowadays now that coverage is generally better thank it was a few years ago.

 

agree to disagree but not everyone wants to carry multiple devices on the slope and your typical smartphone is used as a camera, video recording device, music player, ect.....

 

post #12 of 19

Well, I want my phone to work as a phone.  For it to do that, the batteries must last.  Even though I don't have coverage over the whole mountain, it's still part of the "emergency response" equipment in addition to a whistle, etc.  Now, I'm certainly packing other stuff like an altimeter and camera, I admit it.  But, they are using their OWN batteries, not my phone's batteries.  In fact, for the camera, I'm packing two spares.  I've never needed to do this for the phone, even though it's on all the time, and even when the battery is showing only two bars out of four sometimes when I leave in the AM.  I'll tell ya, if my phone was draining batteries fast, I'd be packing spares for it.  (I admit with all that gear, I look pretty bulky when I ski.)  As for the phone that the OP is using, it appears it should be lasting longer, but...coming back to the "out of service" issue and battery drainage...where are you skiing and how is the coverage?  Looks like you are in Montreal and I'd think the coverage should be good there, but I am not familiar with Canadian carriers.  Is your phone always in a service area or could this be your problem?  Since you're keeping it in an "inside pocket", I'm hoping you're talking not the inside pocket of a SHELL, but inside your insulated layer?

post #13 of 19

I found that my droid had issues and neither the keypad or the touch screen would work when I stopped for lunch.  I started putting it in a snack size zip lock bag and now it always works including the touch screen through the bag.  I don't know if it's my sweat or the the cold but it's both damp and cold when I stick it in my pocket without the baggy. May or may not help your drain issue but spotty coverage definitely reduces battery life. 

 

post #14 of 19

solar panels in your ski jacket-it;s coming one day!  and technology to have better solar panels in your backpack does exist but battery tech has lagged a bit.  could be a life saver if you are in the back country.

 

for most of my electronics, I use AA rechargeables specifically to have spares handy.  hate the proprietary nature of electronics and cellphones while they have gotten better(new phones now can be charged via micro usb so no more cable hunting), are still the worst.  imagine all the obsilete batteries and chargers that are in our landfills now due to the throw away tech we've all accumulated.

post #15 of 19

I have exactly the same phone.  The battery gets drained from "searching for signal"  I keep mine turned off until I need it, and it does fine.

post #16 of 19

for you droid/droid2/droid x owners, try this.

 

http://gorillagadgets.com/droid-2-extended-life-battery-3500mah.html

 

coworker bought won and his usage went from 6 hours to 3 days.

 

may not help with the roaming issue draining the battery and your mileage may vary but can;t hurt.


 

 

 

post #17 of 19

As has been mentioned above, roaming can greatly affect the battery life of cell phones.  I also believe that the newer phones manage the background apps much better than the older phones to preserve battery life.

 

So far this season I have no issues with my iPhone-4 battery lasting a full day of skiing.  I don't have roaming issues where I ski, but I do run SkiTracks all day which uses the gps function.  I usually start out at about 90% battery life, and by the end of the day it is still above 50% remaining.  And that includes several 9AM - 4PM / 30K+ vert days.

 

 

post #18 of 19

 

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yeah but some are not using the phone specifically to talk.  some are using the gps function to track their skiing using an app like Phresheez.

This should work in airplane mode, which should significantly help with the battery life.  Just take it out of airplane mode if you want to check messages or place a call.

 

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also, seems like cellphones are supplanting 2 way radios as the preferred way of contacting others on the slopes nowadays now that coverage is generally better thank it was a few years ago.

If you want the phone on all the time to receive calls, and the battery's draining too fast for your liking, you can carry a spare battery (or try an aftermarket higher-capacity battery, as mentioned above.)  Unless you have an iPhone, and then you need one of those portable chargers because the folks at Apple decided you shouldn't be allowed to swap your battery out...

post #19 of 19

I may be the only one who uses a cell phone just for phone calls! (no cam, no gps, no aps, black display) and oops for a timeclock too.

 

I hate to list a site but  http://www.cellphoneshop.net/ has cell phone batteries for about $11, car & line chargers for about $5 and all manner of case

parts & accessories..  All you need to do is enter your phone make & model number.

 

I've used them for years (no connection here) & they ship fast but from Hong Kong!

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