Return iphone due to extremely poor battery?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by bluelondon, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. bluelondon macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    i know there is already a thread about the 3g iphone's poor battery performance, but here i'd like to know if other 3g iphone owners would actually consider exchanging their iphones due to such bad battery performance?

    i mean this morning my iphone was fully charged. it's now 11:30am, i'll i've done is play around 10 minutes of dizzy bee game and maybe listen to 10 minutes of cold play on the speaker and the battery indicator is already down to half and i haven't even made or received any calls!

    i have 3g and location services off.

    surely this can't be right, i haven't even got through half the day yet. could some batteries perform worse than others?
  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    that sounds terrible
    yesterday, i listened to music for 3 hours, used wifi for an hour and 3g for 1 1/2 hours, played some games (such as crash bandicoot - demading) and still had 1/4 battery left (i would like more, but its fine)
    i would go to an apple store
  3. bluelondon thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    lucky man :(

    i'll pay apple a visit later today. although i'm abroad in the UK so i don't know how much the apple guys here can do for me, as i purchased my phone in the states.
  4. Mr X macrumors member

    Mr X

    Jan 19, 2008
    London, UK
    Are you sure it's not anything to do with MobileMe (if you have it?)

    My 1st Gen phone did exactly as you describe this morning and it was to do with MobileMe on continual search for new email. The server for email is down for some customers and it just drained away! I've switched it off on the iPhone and all back to normal.
  5. bluelondon thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    no i don't use mobile me (isn't it a paid service anyway?). and i am currently outside of the US on business so i'm not sure what it could be that's draining the battery so fast. but even at home in the states my battery dies way too fast to be normal.
  6. nimda0 macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2008
    Return it. Mine works great.

    I used mine for about 9 hours so far straight and it's still only slightly below 1/2 battery meter.

    From 10:30pm to 11:00pm - on the phone
    From 11:00pm to 3:00am - listening to music, downloading apps, playing with apps
    From 3am to 4am - watching a movie on the iphone :)
    From 4am to now (8:24am) - playing with apps, listening to music, and another 20 minutes of being on the phone

    All of this was done with 3g enabled and connected (i never turn it off), and i even used the gps once.
  7. bluelondon thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks, that's all I needed to know. Unfortunatley I'm abroad right now in the UK and won't be back in the states for another 2-3 weeks meaning I won't be able to take my iPhone back to apple more than a month after I bought it, will apple still change my iPhone?
  8. dh1048 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    Try this first

    Some of the problems might not be with the actual battery, but instead with the software. I was having similar problems before I upgraded to the newest firmware. You should try that before you return it.
  9. larrymarshall2 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2008
    When did you buy it?

    The reason I ask when did you buy it is because if you bought within the last 3-4 days, the battery isn't able to fully charge.

    I know some people have said that these batteries don't need to "charge" up but I was in nearly the same boat as you...listen to music, surf net for a total of 2hours (3g on) and it was 20% life. Now that it's been 1 week and 2 days, I'm able to do the same stuff for 5-6 hours before 10% comes up.

    Just a thought. I was going to return mine until I started lasting throughout the whole day without the charger. I'm pretty happy now.
  10. bluelondon thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    i'll give it a try, where can i upgrade to the latest firmware?

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