1. boomhower1820's Avatar
    I unplugged at 0430 this morning. Im at 13% left. Probably a good five hours of sucking down pandora and pumping it back out through Bluetooth plus location services, and push notifications. So I'd call it very heavy use. Not great but I can live it.


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    10-16-2011 02:01 PM
  2. DrewBear's Avatar
    I unplugged at 0430 this morning. Im at 13% left. Probably a good five hours of sucking down pandora and pumping it back out through Bluetooth plus location services, and push notifications. So I'd call it very heavy use. Not great but I can live it.
    Sounds right if you're on 3G; not quite normal if you were on WiFi. Did you have the screen on during those 5 hrs.? Was Pandora playing in the background while you were doing other things on the phone?
    "Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi"
    10-16-2011 02:30 PM
  3. Jacoblee27's Avatar
    Neither sounds normal. Call Apple and start a service/complaint file.

    From the overall 'net chatter, it sounds like iOS 5 may have something to do with sub-optimal battery life. I just don't know why there is such a huge variance in experiences.

    I've had my 4S on for 4 hrs. (turned on timer when I unplugged) this morning. I've used it quite a bit in that time, including listening to ~1 hr. of music & podcasts. Battery level is at 89%. I ended a 16 hr. day yesterday with over 30%. I've tweaked the settings minimally.

    I called Verizon and they think the reason, that I am getting such poor battery life, is because I am in extended coverage a lot of the time, on US Cellular towers, because it's a bad Verizon coverage area where I live... Hmm.. It seems as if though a lot of other people, are having the same issues as me though. I don't think there are this many defective phones, I am thinking ios5 issue as well...
    10-16-2011 03:16 PM
  4. Kylazin's Avatar
    Yeah, it may be because I'm on extended coverage as well. I thought Wifi would help with this issue, but I suppose its still searching for signal. My real concern now though is why the phone charges to 100% and then begins to decline while it remains plugged in.
    10-16-2011 03:38 PM
  5. leharris22's Avatar
    Is there a way you can turn of GPS, wifi and bluetooth? Those might be diminishing battery life.
    10-16-2011 03:43 PM
  6. davidra's Avatar
    First iPhone: multiple battery questions. I am on Sprint and spend every weekend in a Verizon roaming area. My previous phone had a patch that allowed me to set the phone to "roam only" which effectively doubled my battery life. Additionally, I am out on the water a lot with weak roaming signals (and no Sprint signal at all). I have no doubt this contributed to my fairly heavy battery loss this weekend. I did all the battery tips (screen brightness down, turned off two email accounts, stopped location services) today and if anything it seemed a bit worse. I suspect that most people's battery problems will improve after a few cycles, but I know I will continue to have this problem on weekends....thus the following questions:
    1. Does anyone make a high quality plug-in battery extender? Just by chance, if someone has one, I'm curious as to whether or not it would fit a Lifeproof case, which I will have to get because of being on the water.
    2. Good charging cables....are there particular non-OEM brands that are recommended by folks?
    3. I have a large number of plug-ins for USB cords. All so far seem to work fine charging through an OEM cable, both car and wall, but are there any concerns? I assume we're looking for 5 volts out. I have an Igo wall charger with a tip made for an iPod (old) and when I plug it in I get a "not made for this accessory" message. Do old chargers not work? I'm talking about the tips with the little locks on them; I have two and neither seem to work with this phone.

    Appreciate any suggestions....
    10-16-2011 03:51 PM
  7. Jacoblee27's Avatar
    Yeah, it may be because I'm on extended coverage as well. I thought Wifi would help with this issue, but I suppose its still searching for signal. My real concern now though is why the phone charges to 100% and then begins to decline while it remains plugged in.
    Why would wifi help? I've heard this before, but never understood why.
    10-16-2011 04:04 PM
  8. Premium1's Avatar
    Why would wifi help? I've heard this before, but never understood why.
    Because on wifi the phone wouldn't be searching for a signal so that wouldn't drain battery as fast.
    10-16-2011 04:09 PM
  9. Jacoblee27's Avatar
    Because on wifi the phone wouldn't be searching for a signal so that wouldn't drain battery as fast.
    But wifi will not allow you to text or make phone calls though right, so how would this help?
    10-16-2011 04:19 PM
  10. DrewBear's Avatar
    ...I am out on the water a lot with weak roaming signals (and no Sprint signal at all). I have no doubt this contributed to my fairly heavy battery loss this weekend.
    Unless you are anticipating a phone call, I would activate Airplane Mode and turn it off when you think you will be able to make a call.
    While airplane mode is on, appears in the status bar at the top of the screen. No phone, radio, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth signals are emitted from iPhone and Global Positioning System (GPS) reception is turned off, disabling many of iPhones features.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1355
    10-16-2011 04:28 PM
  11. ObiGeorge's Avatar
    Mine seemed worse, till i did the old drain it to 0% trick. Now all good.
    10-16-2011 04:33 PM
  12. Premium1's Avatar
    But wifi will not allow you to text or make phone calls though right, so how would this help?
    Well he was just asking how to get better battery life. I mean obviously you wouldnt do it if you wanted to make calls right then or get messages. Then again I think imessage would work over wifi so if the person you were messaging had that then you would be fine.
    10-16-2011 04:42 PM
  13. chrisvee's Avatar
    Eh, seems a bit early to gauge battery life. I'll be monitoring it during the week.
    10-16-2011 04:44 PM
  14. Jacoblee27's Avatar
    Well he was just asking how to get better battery life. I mean obviously you wouldnt do it if you wanted to make calls right then or get messages. Then again I think imessage would work over wifi so if the person you were messaging had that then you would be fine.
    I always thought having wifi on made it worse. So my phone won't search for a signal as often of I have wifi on?
    10-16-2011 04:51 PM
  15. Premium1's Avatar
    I always thought having wifi on made it worse. So my phone won't search for a signal as often of I have wifi on?
    if you turn 3g off and put wifi on it wont search for signal at all until you turn 3g back on. If you leave 3g on then it is still going to be searching for a signal.
    10-16-2011 04:57 PM
  16. Jacoblee27's Avatar
    if you turn 3g off and put wifi on it wont search for signal at all until you turn 3g back on. If you leave 3g on then it is still going to be searching for a signal.
    I most of the time only get "Extended network coverage" through US Cellular. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to turn 3G off, through the 4S. Does anyone know if this is true?
    10-16-2011 05:02 PM
  17. diggity's Avatar
    I most of the time only get "Extended network coverage" through US Cellular. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to turn 3G off, through the 4S. Does anyone know if this is true?
    Check in settings/general/network.
    10-16-2011 05:07 PM
  18. davidra's Avatar
    Unless you are anticipating a phone call, I would activate Airplane Mode and turn it off when you think you will be able to make a call.
    That I knew...but I do want to be able to get phone calls (and the occasional text). Not interested in email, and I gather this phone does not allow you to be that selective. If I turn off all email accounts, one would think that would be same as turning off push. If I turn off push, I assume I won't be able to get any text messages.
    10-16-2011 05:20 PM
  19. DrewBear's Avatar
    That I knew...but I do want to be able to get phone calls (and the occasional text). Not interested in email, and I gather this phone does not allow you to be that selective. If I turn off all email accounts, one would think that would be same as turning off push. If I turn off push, I assume I won't be able to get any text messages.
    I'm not entirely sure, but I suspect it's the phone signal searching/roaming (or whatever you call it) that really eats up the battery. I remember that was an issue with the old feature phones whenever I was in spotty cell coverage areas. The data portion is probably a secondary drain.

    Have you considered installing one of those cell amplifiers in your boat? I use one in my RV and it makes a huge difference when traveling in remote areas. The amp does the heavy lifting and the phone simply has to connect (wirelessly) to the amp.
    10-16-2011 05:37 PM
  20. Premium1's Avatar
    That I knew...but I do want to be able to get phone calls (and the occasional text). Not interested in email, and I gather this phone does not allow you to be that selective. If I turn off all email accounts, one would think that would be same as turning off push. If I turn off push, I assume I won't be able to get any text messages.
    Push has nothing to do with you receiving text messages.
    10-16-2011 05:59 PM
  21. Kylazin's Avatar
    I'm starting to wonder if the block charger that I got with my iPhone was no good. I charged my phone via usb on my macbook, and the so far the charge is holding much better, and the phone didn't start discharging at 100%. When I plug it into the wall and it hits 100, it starts losing its charge while plugged in. Maybe the wall charger isn't charging my phone properly.
    10-16-2011 06:04 PM
  22. Premium1's Avatar
    I'm starting to wonder if the block charger that I got with my iPhone was no good. I charged my phone via usb on my macbook, and the so far the charge is holding much better, and the phone didn't start discharging at 100%. When I plug it into the wall and it hits 100, it starts losing its charge while plugged in. Maybe the wall charger isn't charging my phone properly.
    That is weird because mine when I charge it with the wall charger it does not discharge once it reaches 100%.
    10-16-2011 06:16 PM
  23. Kylazin's Avatar
    I know, thats why I'm thinking the charger that they gave me might not be any good.
    10-16-2011 06:26 PM
  24. count123's Avatar
    Ok. This thread is making me slightly uncomfortable. Battery life was supposed to be the one thing I wouldn't have to worry about coming to the iPhone. Now it seems that I will be dealing with the same issues I dealt with on android. Except with android all I had to do is buy an extended battery and problem solved. Wondering if there are extended batteries for the iPhone. Because isn't the battery built into the phone where it cannot be replaced with a bigger one? Does that mean the extended battery is something that hangs off of the phone? I haven't received my phone yet but when I do I would like to know what my options are. Any info is appreciated.

    Count
    10-16-2011 06:32 PM
  25. LyndaP's Avatar
    I thought my battery was draining faster than my iPhone 4, and it was. I went into settings and turned off a whole lot of location services that I knew I didn't need, and changed notifications to only those few things I really wanted to be notified about - and today it's perfectly fine and using battery at the rate my iPhone 4 did. I really like this phone!
    10-16-2011 06:34 PM
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