New to Verizon...iPhone Battery DRAIN!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ApleSmaple1981, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. ApleSmaple1981 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011

    I've done some searching in the forum, but have not had the luck I need.

    My battery drained to almost 0 in the span of 3 hours today at work. I wasn't texting or using it at all.

    It felt REALLY HOT in my pocket.

    I do use a Contour case on it, but I doubt that has an effect.

    I checked the background, and had no apps running.

    Is it possibly that the cause is either:

    1. A bad phone/battery
    2. Bad connection in the area, which causes the phone to constantly search for service, thus running hot


    I have a few days before the 14 day exchange limit is up.

  2. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    If I hear you correctly, it is a brand new phone. This is normal for the first few battery cycles. Give it a couple days and it should be up too full strength. After a week if it still isn't working well then I'd try to take it to Apple.
  3. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    No, that is NOT normal. Personally, I'd take it back.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    A stuck system process running at 100% could cause it to run hot and for the battery to drain quickly.

    I'd try restarting the phone and seeing if it continues to act that way. If so, I'd go back to where I bought it to exchange for a different one.
  5. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    I had a similar issue on my Android where I got a "new" no name battery and my phone started running really hot and would die in 5 hours. Got a legit new battery and it was fixed. Why don't you bring it to the Genius Bar? Apple customer care is way better than Verizon will be.
  6. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    Take it back or something. I just got a Verizon iPhone last week and with light use I can almost get 3 days out of it. Even on my heaviest use days I don't think it's gone below 50% yet.
  7. Zalatorisaurus macrumors member


    Jun 26, 2011
    Dang. Maybe I will skip out on waiting for the 5 and just get a 4. Haha
  8. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010

    This is likely the reason. Just restart the phone. If it happens again, then worry.

    I've had this happen a few times over the 2 years I've owned the 3GS.
  9. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I don't think your light and my light are the same!

    Mine isn't as bad as the OPS, but it isn't great. I will say, it IS getting better - or I'm just using it less to make it last longer!
  10. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Everyones actual usage and what that entails varies. My most recent "usage feat" is in the attachment below. Certainly not a record but impressive as I was doing ALLOT of browsing with it. I'd say 6 hours of that was wifi internet and about 1 and half were 3G not to mention I was using iMovie for a bit, listening to music, etc. If your phone is on maximum brightness with 1 or 2 bars, no wifi, and pandora then don't be surprised to see your battery go in any amount of time no matter how rediculous. Its disgusting how much a bad signal with lots of data use will do to your battery...

    Attached Files:

  11. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj

    VERY true.
  12. erayser macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2011
    San Diego
    I agree also. I get only 1 to no bars with Verizon's phone signal in my neighborhood, and our Verizon phones wouldn't last 3 hours. BTW, Verizon's customer service was awesome and let us try several phones, but it didn't help. We had to go with a carrier that gave us better phone coverage in our location. I'm not a Verizon hater... and still a VZW customer for data, but we still want to use our smartphones as a phone.
  13. ApleSmaple1981 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    Thanks guys...I'll take it to could be that I'll have to turn data off when I am at work..what a bummer!:mad:
  14. Ksizzle9 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2011
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    Yeah I will usually have more than 4 hours of use on my 5 month old iPhone before my phone drops below 50%. Right now I have 3hrs usage and 16 hours of standby, and that's a bad day for me. Likely caused by the beta tho.

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