My 3gs is down to 95% with 9 minutes of usage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mmoran27, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. mmoran27 macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    Is this normal?

    I have everything turned on and 40% screen brightness.

    Only usage was emails.
  2. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    You should turn off the battery percentage. For your own sake.
  3. desistyle macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    my guess is that the percentage meter is way off sometimes. I'm thinking about turning mine off too...
  4. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I agree! :D

    Here is what Apple says to expect. Test at your leisure!

    Talk time:
    Up to 12 hours on 2G
    Up to 5 hours on 3G

    * Standby time: Up to 300 hours

    Internet use:
    Up to 5 hours on 3G
    Up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi

    * Video playback: Up to 10 hours
    * Audio playback: Up to 30 hours
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
  6. hsk macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I have found mine will drop a % or 2 pretty quickly within the first 15 to 30 minutes, then it goes quite well. ~80% in about 3 hours, but now 9 hours after removed from the charger, I am at 60%.
  7. mmoran27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    There is no way this phone can use wifi for 9 hours.

    I am on wifi here at work.

    I am down 5% for about 10 minutes of email only (Push).

    If I started using safari there is no way this thing will even get more than 3 hours on wifi.
  8. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Technically, its kind of normal, it just seems bad. 5% in 9 minutes means you get 180 minutes or 3 hours. And thats if you did that for 3 hours straight. I dont agree with it, but I think its because % dwindling before your eyes makes it seem worse than it really is.
  9. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Do you forget that being on standby is also using battery?
    9 minutes of usage and an hour plus on standby is going to knock you down 5%.

    Geeze, at that rate you'd only get 3 and a half hours of usage and 20 hours of standby...
  10. Switz213 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
  11. mmoran27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    That is what I am getting

    I get about 3-4 hours of use max with about 20 on standby.

    When using safari, I can see the % drop every few minutes.

    Is this battery a dud?
  12. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Nope, that's pretty standard.
  13. Edge171 macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2008
    so today i checked the app store for updates, sent a few good morning texts...checked the meter and it was down to 95%...hopefully the next update fixes this...its def becoming a common theme....
  14. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    You got push on? can kill your battery very quickly
  15. mmoran27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    How can that be standard?

    Apple says 5 hours 3g 9 hours wifi.

    I get about 3.5 hours on 3g.

    There is no way to get 9 hours on wifi - what are they smoking?
  16. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    You've figured that out in the last 13 minutes? :rolleyes:
  17. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    That's 5 hours straight. Not 5 hours with 20 hours of standby.
    And it's with email set to manual, and screen at half brightness.
  18. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
  19. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
  20. ODog4523 macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2009
    I became obsessed with watching the %-meter, so it just had to go. I worry enough already about if the phone will last if I'm out and about all I'm a desert island and have to ration out my e-mail and web use.
  21. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS (White, 32GB): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    Yup. Personally, I hate it. I find myself watching it all the time, caring far more about battery life/consumption than is necessary.
  22. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    Check my earlier posts from battery life. I was able to get 6.5 hours doing heavy 3G surfing, but turned wifi, Bluetooth and push off. Used it pretty much non-stop, downloaded 4 songs, played a game and listened to iPod while skipping through multiple tracks. So, unless you're sitting at your desk, constantly on your iPhone, you should get a normal days usage from your iPhone, granted that you have a good battery.

    Just make sure to charge for at least one, if not two hours past the battery showing full because the battery and percentage meters aren't always on point. A number of us are taking the phone off of the charger before it's really fully charged. I know that's not a perfect scenario but maybe it'll help a few people on here see the true potential of their iPhone batteries.
  23. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    There are issues with the battery.... I made a thread with pics but the thread police aka Que decided it wasn't worthy.... to many about the battery I guess. My phone was getting hot when charging and very poor life. This is push off, 50% auto brite, location off, bt off, 3g and wifi on,

    I did a fresh firmware install and set up as a new iPhone and it has improved but Im still not 100% satisified.... Ill have to wait and see how "good" it gets.
  24. sparkomatic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I turned my battery percentage off too. Thought it was really cool at first but found myself 'freaking' out over it more than I should be.

    Now it's off and all is better.
  25. aristotle macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    You people are OCD. Turn off your battery percentage and enjoy your phone.

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