is my 3g battery bad???? HELP!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by 857motoX, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. 857motoX macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    Alright. I have been a iPhone owner since day one and recently purchased a 3g. I know the battery in the 3g doesn't last as long as the 1st gens did but I think mine is getting worse. Since the last full charge (on charger all night) my phone has been on standby for 4 hours WITH 3g, LOCATION SERVICES, PUSH, AND WIFI OFF. I surfed the Internet via edge while listening to music for about 3 hours. I have not made/recieved any calls today. Only about 15 SMS messages were sent/recieved and my battery died halfway through the day.

    Is this something that I should talk to a genius about or is this normal for the phone??????
  2. peterwdale macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I have had location services off, 3G on, Exchange and MobileMe push on, and with moderate phone and email use can't get through a full day without running out of juice. I am very disappointed, my EDGE iPhone was way better than this (although I only used it with Exchange push for a day before upgrading, don't know how much that affects things...).

    I am going to try to turn on 3G and see how much of a difference that makes...
  3. emr25 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    At first glance, my response was that yes, you did have a bad battery. However, surfing the internet on EDGE for 3 hours (if you were indeed surfing for that long, I mean consistently surfing) is a huge drain on the battery. There have been a few tests done that show using 3G for surfing is actually better for the battery because it loads the page faster. Therefore, your overall surfing time may be less, but you will get to more pages in the time you have, so theoretically you could do more surfing.

    Here is my opinion of the battery after 3 days of use:

    -3G, on for an hour or two a day, only when I have service and am surfing the internet
    -Location Services Off, I don't see the reason for it to be on when I'm not using it
    -WiFi, Off during the day, On when I'm home at night (don't have WiFi at work)
    -Push, On, all day, every day, I use MobileMe and after playing with it for a few hours got everything to work :)
    -Apps (mostly games), play Sudoku for maybe an hour a day, a few other games here and there, nothing too extensive


    -Yesterday, I took it off the charger at 6:45 AM, after a full nights charge (drained it the night before to perform the "calibration" of the battery meter, does look like it is more accurate so far)
    -Showed 5 hours, 0 minutes Usage and 16 hours, 55 minutes Standby at 11:30 PM last night
    -Still had approximately 7-8% when I put it back on the charger last night

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