>>> WTH OMG <<<: My i4 battery suddenly became retarded

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SmackP, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. SmackP macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    I've had my iPhone since release date and it's been 'OK' with the battery power.

    But today something incredibly strange happened.

    USAGE TIME: 34 mins
    STANDBY TIME: 13 Hours
    BATTERY LEVEL: 3%!!!!!! (from a full in the wall 100% charge)

    Only 1 app was open the ENITRE time that was the phone (for 1 2 min call that I made).

    No other apps were open at the time.

    I'm at a loss at what might has caused the battery to go down so significantly.

    Oh and WIFI OFF, 3G off, Data on fetching around 3 email accounts on EDGE. Auto-turn off set to default 1min.

    What you do think? has my diamond suddenly turned into a lemon?:eek:

    P.S. I've also taken a pic of usage stats if there is a demand for it.
  2. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
  3. jplusc macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    I would just try re-starting the phone and see if it happens again. I had a fluke like that on my 3GS a couple of times before, not on my IP4 yet though.
  4. SmackP thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Thanks for the advice!

    How would a restore fix the problem?

    Also, shall I go to itunes - hit 'restore' and then restore from backup?

  5. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    With the info you've given it sounds like a software glitch and/reporting error. A full restore might straighten this out. If you tried to return your phone to Apple they would have you do a restore as well. Give it a shot.

    I'll bet you a nickel it solves your problem.

    EDIT: Yeah, you could restore from iTunes backup.
  6. SmackP thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    OK buddy, I turned the phone off and plugged it in the wall charge.

    I'll try and see if the restart works tomorrow, if not, i'll restore.

    Either way i'll keep this thread updated...
  7. boy-better-know macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2010
    battery on my iphone 4 has been great from launch until 3 days ago, im doing a full charge every night now. i normally get 1 and a half days. althoough i put it down to extra use.
    theres so many things it could be so a re set could work, i might do one tomoro to be honest.
  8. SmackP thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Thanks for that!

    I was wondering though, if it's a software glitch should I even do a backup before a restore? the backup might end-up containing the glitch that caused it in the first place.

    I am a little uncertain about exactly what is backed up and what is made fresh with a full restore.
  9. SmackP thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    I know what you mean but 34mins!

    It definitely did not get a workout today and it performed terribly.

    When I heavy use it is usually 40% by end of the day (5-6 hours Usage time).

    ANyway, I'm doing a reboot, see if that works, if not, a restore, if not, a replacement (if I can get a new one in the UK) or a refund (and Ill come back later).

    It's a bit strange because when i got my 3GS everything just worked and I mean everything.

    Oh well... it might give me an excuse to deal with the yellow tinted warmer coloured display.
  10. insidmal macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2010
    the battery level indicator is actually built into the battery, it could just be reporting incorrectly, run it dead, keep turning it on till it dies until it won't turn on anymore, then charge it to full and it will reset the indicator

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