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Why do phones nowadays have such a short battery life?

by Sajdood / October 28, 2014 11:51 AM PDT

I remember my old Nokia 3510i in 2004 would last for days on end. Now my current android phone will run out of charge half way through the day!

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Mine gets a few days
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 28, 2014 12:29 PM PDT

If it's just sitting there. There are add on battery packs but your 3510i is more on par with a flip phone. If battery time is key, ignore the smart phones.
Bob

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Don't use internet on your Smartphone
by webcomincorp / November 3, 2014 7:36 PM PST
In reply to: Mine gets a few days

Short battery life provided by internet. if you use internet on your phone then your battery life will be short. you can try it. Just don't use internet on your smartphone. you will get your answer.

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Don't forget....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / October 29, 2014 1:43 AM PDT

......that most modern phones have much more powerful hardware that uses more battery power and that newer applications download far more data than in 2004. Sadly, battery technology hasn't quite kept up with the hardware requirements in the same sense while keeping costs to a minimum.

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Possible recommendation
by Sajdood / November 6, 2014 2:43 AM PST

In regards to the internet, I use a lot of apps! It seems weird though it feels like I cant live without the internet/apps even though a few years ago we were doing just that!

It does bug me a bit if only companies would invest in batteries as well! I think battery life would be a key selling point in mobile phones as well and would persuade me to buy one phone over another if all other things kept constant

Today, a friend was charging his phone with a 'portable charger' that he bought off ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/External-Portable-2600mAh-Power-Bank-USB-Battery-Charger-iPhone-4-5-6-Samsung-UK-/271543415197

^Apparently the store no longer exists there but I see a few there as well which look similar to what i saw today. However, never used ebay but he said they also sell it on their website www.kingoftech.co.uk

Doing a quick google search you can find a wide range of them. The one at the site i was recommended sell the weakest one (2600mah) but it charges up to 50% and i see that there are chargers with 20000mah+ which I presume allows you to charge your phone multiple times before having to charge the portable charger!

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the site
by Sajdood / November 6, 2014 2:50 AM PST
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Just FYI.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2014 2:54 AM PST
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Some promos give those away. I guess it will do in a pinch where there is nothing else?

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Interesting
by Sajdood / November 6, 2014 3:16 AM PST
In reply to: Just FYI.

I wasnt aware of this, are these one off chargers? As the one I mentioned seems to be rechargeable.

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I've seen them with
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2014 3:33 AM PST
In reply to: Interesting

AA, AAA batteries and rechargeable. The ones with common AAA batteries are often promo items. Not worth much but a great idea to nab some air time far from the last charge station while hiking.
Bob

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Requires more power
by CellClinicVancouver / November 16, 2014 10:10 AM PST

This is because phones are getting smaller, and the power required to run them is getting larger.

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