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  • 1-2 days with heavy phone usage & bluetooth

    44 21.67%
  • 1-2 days with heavy phone usage

    23 11.33%
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    40 19.70%
  • 2-3 days with heavy phone usage & bluetooth

    10 4.93%
  • 2-3 days with heavy phone usage

    23 11.33%
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The keyboard backlight seems to be a fixed thing, but it's a very tiny LED, ... Blackberry 8800 & 8820 forum

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

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    The keyboard backlight seems to be a fixed thing, but it's a very tiny LED, so I don't know how much power one could save by not using it.

    I've found that the best way to conserve battery life is to keep in in the holster when I'm not using it. That'll make sure the screen stays off.

    Also, I have my device auto shut off at night, since if I'm asleep there's no point in it being on since it's not going to wake me up anyway. It's set to power on at 8am which lets it get any new messages that happened to come in overnight before I actually look at it.


    Things I don't do, but would probably help:
    Reduce the screen brightness to as low as you're comfortable looking at.
    Set the screen timeout as low as you can tolerate without getting annoyed.
    Turn off the LED indicators
    Turn off the Automatic backlight
    Disable the audible trackball noise.

    All those can be found under Screen/Keyboard.

    Disable Bluetooth if you're not using it for a headset or the GPS - it's something of a power hog.
    One other thing if you know you'll be in an area with no coverage, just turn off the wireless.

    In testing a suspected defective device, I fully charged it, turned off the radio and BT, and let it sit. Two weeks later and it's only down to about 1/4 charge. Same device with the radio on lasted a just few days with no messages incoming (wasn't associated with an account).
    It doesn't record video. Get over it.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    My battery life is usually 5 to 6 days with heavy email and moderate calls during the day.
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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    I can last about 2-3 days useing heave e-mail and phone usage. Sometimes I use the GPS but the batt power stays the same. Most of the time the phone is on standby.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by BBWrangler
    The keyboard backlight seems to be a fixed thing, but it's a very tiny LED, so I don't know how much power one could save by not using it.

    I've found that the best way to conserve battery life is to keep in in the holster when I'm not using it. That'll make sure the screen stays off.

    Also, I have my device auto shut off at night, since if I'm asleep there's no point in it being on since it's not going to wake me up anyway. It's set to power on at 8am which lets it get any new messages that happened to come in overnight before I actually look at it.


    Things I don't do, but would probably help:
    Reduce the screen brightness to as low as you're comfortable looking at.
    Set the screen timeout as low as you can tolerate without getting annoyed.
    Turn off the LED indicators
    Turn off the Automatic backlight
    Disable the audible trackball noise.

    All those can be found under Screen/Keyboard.

    Disable Bluetooth if you're not using it for a headset or the GPS - it's something of a power hog.
    One other thing if you know you'll be in an area with no coverage, just turn off the wireless.

    In testing a suspected defective device, I fully charged it, turned off the radio and BT, and let it sit. Two weeks later and it's only down to about 1/4 charge. Same device with the radio on lasted a just few days with no messages incoming (wasn't associated with an account).
    Thank you for the tips, I was looking for a way to conserve some power.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    Let's not forget that signal strength plays a big part in battery life.

    With about 75% battery life, I watched a full length movie(ripped dvd) & listened to mp3's for 8 hours total at work yesterday & listen to mp3's again today for 8 hours at work & came home to 10% left. I'd say it did pretty good.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    I picked up an 8830 about a week ago & get maybe 1.5 days... Find GPS really eats up joules & now tend to jack into the cig lighter for its use (helps a lot).

    I probably am on the phone for 90-120 mins/day & do ~ 250-350 e-mails in/out...

    About 30% less battery life than the old 7250 CDMA, but lots mor function & much cleaner screen (& much brighter when U need it).

    I'm pleased!

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    I have gotten 3 days with emails and the wayfinder on at times. Just changed back from a curve to a 8800 much better hope the new 8820 has good batt life.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    my new 8800 lasts about 40% more then my pearl did. I get about 50% by the end of the day, where as the pearl was at 20% This is with gps running for an hour at a time twice a day, phone usage, jivetalk and web stuff and about 100 emails a day.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    I'm only getting about 16 hours on my 8830, even with little phone use. What the heck am I doing wrong? I used to get about 4 days out of my blueberry.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    have you turned the brightness settings down? and if you have vibrate on it takes a lot battery as well

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    Quote Originally Posted by uwlaw
    I'm only getting about 16 hours on my 8830, even with little phone use. What the heck am I doing wrong? I used to get about 4 days out of my blueberry.
    i read somewhere at a rim seminar that the 8830 only has 3 hours and 45 min talk time and the battery is substancial killed with the cdma network. Don't shoot me for it. CDMA uses alot of battery... as they say ... "its the network" Same phone get 5 hours talk time on gsm

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    charged my battery last sunday night till monday morning.

    -2-5 calls a day.
    -sms, mostly email sends and attachments.
    -pinstacking, googling.
    -pressing the convenience key for time check.

    its saturday 6:38pm now. 6 days.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    My battery life was great for the first couple of weeks but all of sudden it seems to drain quickly.. I use my phone about the same everyday.

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    Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~im on cdma and the my battery in my 8830 is by far the best in any blackberry I have had 7100i 7130e but the one thing that dissapointed me was when none of my other blackberry batteries worked in the new phone

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    Thumbs up Re: Ok, it's been over a week. How's your 8800 Battery life?

    All has to do with expectations. After 10 months of Blackjack & 8525 battery life of about 12-18 hours, going two days while running WiFi on a 8820 seems un-real. I'm use to recharging every night. I could get use to this. lol

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