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LG VX4400B -- Terrible battery life?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Adam, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. Adam

    Adam Guest

    I am having severe problems with the battery life on my new LG VX4400B.
    A typical day for me is to use my phone for MAYBE 20-30 minutes, and with
    this usage the battery dies (phone turns off) after about 12-14 hours.

    I went over to a Radio Shack and the fellow there swapped the battery for
    me (even though I didn't buy it at Radio Shack), but I'm having the exact
    same problems with the new battery.

    Now I've read reviews of this phone and pretty much every seems to love
    them. Surely this battery performance isn't normal. I had an old Samsung
    PCS phone years ago that lasted almost a week with considerably more
    talking.

    I'm in an all-digital area (closest analog area is many hours away), so
    that's not the problem. All the display options are at default settings,
    and the phone is closed all the time (so it's not wasting battery on
    lighting up the color screen).

    Does anyone have any ideas? If it's just a problem with this model, maybe
    I'll just have to suck it up and buy a 1400mAh battery ($59.99 at Radio
    Shack; can it be found cheaper elsewhere?). Or perhaps this phone is
    somehow defective and is using much more battery than it should? I really
    have no good answers here.

    Thanks.
    Adam
    Boston, MA
     



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  2. Don R

    Don R Guest

    That is very abnormal for this phone. If it has done it with more than 1
    battery, the phone has a problem.

    "Adam" <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote in message
    news:pan.2004.03.26.03.06.13.502742@phreaker.net...
    > I am having severe problems with the battery life on my new LG VX4400B.
    > A typical day for me is to use my phone for MAYBE 20-30 minutes, and with
    > this usage the battery dies (phone turns off) after about 12-14 hours.
    >
    > I went over to a Radio Shack and the fellow there swapped the battery for
    > me (even though I didn't buy it at Radio Shack), but I'm having the exact
    > same problems with the new battery.
    >
    > Now I've read reviews of this phone and pretty much every seems to love
    > them. Surely this battery performance isn't normal. I had an old Samsung
    > PCS phone years ago that lasted almost a week with considerably more
    > talking.
    >
    > I'm in an all-digital area (closest analog area is many hours away), so
    > that's not the problem. All the display options are at default settings,
    > and the phone is closed all the time (so it's not wasting battery on
    > lighting up the color screen).
    >
    > Does anyone have any ideas? If it's just a problem with this model, maybe
    > I'll just have to suck it up and buy a 1400mAh battery ($59.99 at Radio
    > Shack; can it be found cheaper elsewhere?). Or perhaps this phone is
    > somehow defective and is using much more battery than it should? I really
    > have no good answers here.
    >
    > Thanks.
    > Adam
    > Boston, MA
     
  3. Adam

    Adam Guest

    On Thu, 25 Mar 2004 21:37:36 -0700, Clark W. Griswold, Jr. wrote:

    > Adam <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote:
    >
    >>I'm in an all-digital area (closest analog area is many hours away), so
    >>that's not the problem.

    >
    > Are you sure? I've been in many buildings where digital degrades to
    > analog. Try forcing your phone to CDMA only and see what the results
    > are. My 4400 (not B) is good for 2 days in high bar digital service, 6
    > hours in low bar digital or analog.


    Well my building is certainly low signal (1-2 bars normally). Could this
    be the cause? I didn't realize less bars translated into more battery
    consumption, especially this significant.

    Thanks.
    Adam
     
  4. Don R

    Don R Guest

    2 bars will not make a significant difference, or does not on mine. My
    office is 1 - 2 bars, and my battery life if nearly 3 days with about 60
    minutes talk per day.

    "Adam" <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote in message
    news:pan.2004.03.26.05.03.20.838804@phreaker.net...
    > On Thu, 25 Mar 2004 21:37:36 -0700, Clark W. Griswold, Jr. wrote:
    >
    > > Adam <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote:
    > >
    > >>I'm in an all-digital area (closest analog area is many hours away), so
    > >>that's not the problem.

    > >
    > > Are you sure? I've been in many buildings where digital degrades to
    > > analog. Try forcing your phone to CDMA only and see what the results
    > > are. My 4400 (not B) is good for 2 days in high bar digital service, 6
    > > hours in low bar digital or analog.

    >
    > Well my building is certainly low signal (1-2 bars normally). Could this
    > be the cause? I didn't realize less bars translated into more battery
    > consumption, especially this significant.
    >
    > Thanks.
    > Adam
     
  5. Adam <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote:

    >Well my building is certainly low signal (1-2 bars normally). Could this
    >be the cause? I didn't realize less bars translated into more battery
    >consumption, especially this significant.


    Yep. CDMA systems automatically adjusts phone power transmit to compensate for
    less signal. The lower the signal, the lower the battery life.
     
  6. George

    George Guest

    "Adam" <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> wrote in message
    news:pan.2004.03.26.03.06.13.502742@phreaker.net...
    > I am having severe problems with the battery life on my new LG VX4400B.
    > A typical day for me is to use my phone for MAYBE 20-30 minutes, and with
    > this usage the battery dies (phone turns off) after about 12-14 hours.
    >

    How new is your phone? I have found that every lithium ion battery I have
    used needs at least 3 charging cycles before you get maximum capacity.
     
  7. Adam

    Adam Guest

    On Fri, 26 Mar 2004 15:52:35 -0500, George wrote:

    > How new is your phone? I have found that every lithium ion battery I have
    > used needs at least 3 charging cycles before you get maximum capacity.


    It's about 2 weeks old or so, and it's been charged about 7-8 times now
    for sure.

    Adam
     
  8. Adam

    Adam Guest

    On Fri, 26 Mar 2004 14:21:03 +0000, Don R wrote:

    > 2 bars will not make a significant difference, or does not on mine. My
    > office is 1 - 2 bars, and my battery life if nearly 3 days with about 60
    > minutes talk per day.


    Well it seems our phones operate in pretty similar settings (even easier
    in my case), but you're getting 6x more battery than me. Perhaps the phone
    itself really does have a problem.

    Thanks.
    Adam
     
  9. KP

    KP Guest

    The phone doesnt usually cause battery problems -
    you can permanently damage a battery by using it first when its brand
    new. They must be charged completely before any use, or u can ruin
    them. Then I would recommend discharging it completely - until it
    dies, before charging it a second time, to condition it. And another
    old-fashioned tip that probably isnt necessary with the new lions is
    to cycle it fully once in a while - let it die before charging it, but
    you seem to be doing that if yours dies so soon. but your battery life
    is definately abnormal. A low signal, especially one that switches in
    and out of analog - hogs battery life. Also, cold weather.
     
  10. David S

    David S Guest

    On Thu, 25 Mar 2004 22:06:13 -0500, Adam <blueeskimo@phreaker.net> chose to
    add this to the great equation of life, the universe, and everything:

    >Does anyone have any ideas? If it's just a problem with this model, maybe
    >I'll just have to suck it up and buy a 1400mAh battery ($59.99 at Radio
    >Shack; can it be found cheaper elsewhere?). Or perhaps this phone is
    >somehow defective and is using much more battery than it should? I really
    >have no good answers here.


    If you decide that your phone is not defective or that you're going to live
    with it, the extended battery (OEM, in the VZW package) is about half that
    price at malcomwireless.com

    --
    David Streeter, "an internet god" -- Dave Barry
    http://home.att.net/~dwstreeter
    Remove the naughty bit from my address to reply
    Expect a train on ANY track at ANY time.
    "When I sold 100,000 records, I got chicks that were maybe 130, 140 pounds.
    Now that we've sold 10 million records, they're supermodels, Playmates."
    - Kid Rock
     
  11. Double U

    Double U Guest

    Some time around Mon, 29 Mar 2004 16:07:20 GMT (give or take a month), someone who says they are
    named David S <dwstreeter@spamisnaughty.att.net> fired up the tubes on the teletype and rambled on
    about:

    >If you decide that your phone is not defective or that you're going to live
    >with it, the extended battery (OEM, in the VZW package) is about half that
    >price at malcomwireless.com


    This place also sells an " Internal Antenna Booster" for $6.99, should I trust at all? I think
    not. If a company is willing to sell useless crap then they shouldn't get any business at all.

    -W
     
  12. Brevdude

    Brevdude Guest

    I purchased a battery from a Verizon agent for $24.99
     
  13. David S

    David S Guest

    On 30 Mar 2004 22:06:29 GMT, brevdude@aol.com (Brevdude) chose to add this
    to the great equation of life, the universe, and everything:

    >I purchased a battery from a Verizon agent for $24.99


    Extended?

    --
    David Streeter, "an internet god" -- Dave Barry
    http://home.att.net/~dwstreeter
    Remove the naughty bit from my address to reply
    Expect a train on ANY track at ANY time.
    "If you let males plan weddings you are going to wind up with Skee Ball at
    the reception." - Dave Barry
     
  14. Brevdude

    Brevdude Guest

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