07-23-2013 05:58 PM
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  1. jabz9's Avatar
    The Battery on My (T-mobile) HTC 8x.....how would one say??.... Terrible. When its fully charged it says i have over day of time remaining till it will die 6-9 hrs later, i get the blinking red light and it will be on 10%..

    so do any of you guys have any tips for me?

    Please and thank you
    03-09-2013 02:44 PM
  2. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    How many discharge cycles have you under gone?

    Delete whatsapp, kik or wechat.

    The time remaining depends upon how you had used your phone that far. If you keep using your phone excessively that time remaining changes accordingly. It is a forecast. Forecasts change. It isn't a battery meter reader. Only thing you can trust is battery percentage remaining, not time.
    03-09-2013 03:04 PM
  3. jabz9's Avatar
    what do mean by discharged cycles?
    03-09-2013 03:26 PM
  4. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    I hear you. Battery on my 8X (European T-Mobile) has been abysmal so far. I've had my phone for three days now and have charged it three times already after no heavy usage.
    First day I was shocked to see how my battery would drop like more than 10% in an hour in a standby mode!! I knew that couldn't be normal so I researched that issue on this forum and realised that those tips in that topic about battery tricks (collected by some cool guy) are helpful - especially the unsyncing the xbox games app. But then I realized that it is not normal to have a brand new phone and force yourself to micromanage every second when you're using it. I was thinking about returning it straight away til today I read somewhere that some users reported that the HTC app (the one with the ridiculously large time tile on the home screen) has been the cause of problems. So I deleted it. And I can say that the battery life has improved SIGNIFICANTLY since I did that.

    But it is really ridiculous and kinda embarassing for HTC if their own app is screwing their flagship windows phone. Anyways, I just fully charged it with htc app gone and will see how it performs in the next 24 hours. If the drain still proves to be perisistent as before, I'm returning my 8x first thing monday morning.

    And btw., regarding Beats Audio, I'm not sure how to put it, but I have a feeling that my phone does this thing where when it's a HQ song/video the sound is really MUCH better. But if it's a low quality recording, imo, it just makes it worse because you can notice all the imperfections much better than before. Is that normal? Oh, and in like youtube videos, like tutorials and reviews, where you have people talking, the quality is not that perfect since I can hear some sort of humming??

    All that aside, I'm really satisfied with the phone's screen, camera and its overall performance. Though I can't say I'm liking windows phone 8 as I thought I would, at least not for now. I can't believe they're actually competing with apple with their closed system, I would've gone the android route if I were in their place.

    I can't believe that there's like no video player apps or stuff like that so I can play my mp4 favorite tv shows with subs on, or how they don't allow third party browser and it seems they never will. Very bizzare.

    Enough with my rambling. My real question is, and the one I'm going to judge my phone's battery life on,: HOW MUCH OF BATTERY DO YOU LOSE IN AN HOUR (approx) IN A STANDBY MODE? IS IT MORE THAN 1%? of course, feel free to post any other battery ratio (like an hour with wifi surfing took away xy% of my battery) so it can help other people like me to see if my phone is normal.
    03-09-2013 03:45 PM
  5. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Discharge cycle ie full charge,full discharge. You can say anything about your battery, till its been done so for about 10-12 cycles. Let your battery settle.
    03-09-2013 03:54 PM
  6. Microsoftjunkie's Avatar
    I don't believe you need to do anything but know what your phone is syncing, how often and the number of apps that ate syncing.

    I have three email account, /outlook/purdue/google all syncing every 2hrs. I also have Linkedin, Facebook, and twitter connected also. With a plethora of apps, like Chronos calendar, battery sense, alpha jax and about four others that I get notifications and live tiles. All of that and I get about 10-12hrs of moderate and heavy use.
    03-09-2013 04:10 PM
  7. Ray Adams's Avatar
    Don't listen to people saying HTC hub is a problem. There is no problem at all. If you heavily use phone, it could die in hours. Moderate use, one and a half of day. Sometimes it last for two days and even has about 25% after that. And sometimes you just need to restart phne to return about 20% back. There is a bug in HTC battery drivers, at least I hope it is.
    03-09-2013 04:47 PM
  8. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    Lost 4% already in standby mode only. No wifi,no 3g data, no syncing, brightness low...will leave it on standby till the morning (its 00:37 here) and will see whats the status then.
    03-09-2013 05:38 PM
  9. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    Percentage dropped another 2% during my sleep time (roughly 7 hours) which is fine I guess. When I woke up I turned on the wifi and surfed my favorite webpages for 5-7 minutes and it dropped another 2% after that.

    Then I turned the wifi off, turned on the 3g data and left it like that on standby (I'm not sure if the 3g is still on when the screen is locked?) and three hours later it dropped 10-11%, which I suppose is okay even though there's no syncing or anything else turned on.
    03-10-2013 07:53 AM
  10. gapost's Avatar
    A lot of things affect battery life, including 3g signal strength, background tasks, email accounts, etc. In general, Wi-Fi will use less battery than 3g because your phone actively sends even small data pieces when it's on. 10% in three hours with 3g is a fair amount and it makes me wonder if your signal is weak. My phone has been off charge six hours, with everything on (Wi-Fi, bt, nfc, email sync, lte) and I have used it a bit for checking emails, going to the app store, reading some news, and I am currently at 84%.
    03-10-2013 08:22 AM
  11. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    I can only dream about that kind of battery life, maybe I just got a defected battery?

    My 3g signal is 4 bars out of 5 (most of the time, sometimes even 5 out of 5) and I repeat within those 3 hours I haven't got anything on - no syncing emails, nothing...the screen was locked. Also, I noticed that if I take like approx 20 photos with flash on, I lose like 3% of my battery just because of that. Now, it seems to me that if I micromanage my batter use and remember to turn off wifi/3g whenever I don't need it, I might get through the day (barely)...but what's the point of a new phone if I have to do all those things??

    Anyway...I'm still looking for some reliable way to test my battery. Anyone got an idea/willing to help me out?

    btw. it was at 97% percent 5 hrs ago... 3hours of 3g connection in a standby mode, some wifi surfing (10 mins at most), listening to music via music app (25 mins approx) and 20 photos later...i'm at 72% currently...really doubt that's normal :/

    oh and i can't post here via IE on my 8x, when i tap to start typing the keyboard just goes away...very frustrating
    03-10-2013 08:52 AM
  12. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    For posting on here with your phone try "WPCentral" in the Windows Phone Store. There's an app developed by JayTBennett that's designed for this very site. Has a trial mode too. Well worth it. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=...b-78e7d1fa76f8
    03-10-2013 09:00 AM
  13. gapost's Avatar
    btw. it was at 97% percent 5 hrs ago... 3hours of 3g connection in a standby mode, some wifi surfing (10 mins at most), listening to music via music app (25 mins approx) and 20 photos later...i'm at 72% currently...really doubt that's normal :/
    That really doesn't sound that bad. If it was streaming music, that uses some and 20 photos (if they were flash) would use some. Also, a new phone battery takes a week or two to get conditioned to full capacity. Some people say to run it down all the way when you first get it, then charge it up fully. Don't know if that will really help or not. But what you don't want to do is keep running your battery down when you can keep it charged up. Li-ion batteries have a limited cycle and that will shorten the life of the battery.
    03-10-2013 09:37 AM
  14. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    No, it wasn't streaming music, it was played locally through the built-in app. I've just downloaded battery stats app and will see what it tells me about my hourly battery consumption. Currently 3g (5bars) is on with battery app and whatsapp in the background and music playing through the beforementioned app.
    03-10-2013 10:34 AM
  15. gapost's Avatar
    Whatsapp! People have said it is a battery hog.
    03-10-2013 10:36 AM
  16. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    I doubt it, for me personally the biggest battery hog was that damn HTC hub app or whatever it's called, whatsapp doesn't seem to be draining the battery (that much, at least). The first two days I didn't even have whatsapp installed and I was losing battery like crazy (sth like 30% in 2 hrs with 3g on from time to time).
    I really wish I went for the new Xperia Z (it would have cost me like 60-70 bucks more but I feel that I would be a lot more happy with it)
    03-10-2013 10:55 AM
  17. DavidinCT's Avatar
    HTC hub and disable NFC (Tap+send)...it kills battery big time (enable when you need it, don't leave it on all the time)....I get 3 days with moderate use....
    03-10-2013 09:52 PM
  18. lhqx108x's Avatar
    Skype as a live tile will kill your battery
    03-10-2013 11:55 PM
  19. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    A lot of things affect battery life, including 3g signal strength, background tasks, email accounts, etc. In general, Wi-Fi will use less battery than 3g because your phone actively sends even small data pieces when it's on. 10% in three hours with 3g is a fair amount and it makes me wonder if your signal is weak. My phone has been off charge six hours, with everything on (Wi-Fi, bt, nfc, email sync, lte) and I have used it a bit for checking emails, going to the app store, reading some news, and I am currently at 84%.
    Background tasks hardly contribute to battery loss, contrary to popular belief. Each syncs once every half hour, so it's not continuous and therefore doesn't affect battery life much. Even a large amount of them will barely affect it because of this.
    03-11-2013 06:00 AM
  20. Coolknight1968's Avatar
    Follow my 8X battery tips & tricks list. You see it in my signature on a PC.
    Dadstar0410 and GearDoGi like this.
    03-11-2013 06:25 AM
  21. gapost's Avatar
    HTC hub and disable NFC (Tap+send)...it kills battery big time (enable when you need it, don't leave it on all the time)....I get 3 days with moderate use....
    I have heard mixed thought about the HTC hub, and most of them are opinions. Personally, I deleted it because I didn't really want it. However, I have been keeping everything on on my phone, including background tasks, wifi, Bluetooth, and nfc. Yes, you would think that those would take up extra battery, but I really see negligible battery drain from them. Although I didn't use my phone that much yesterday, with everything on, I was at about 60% battery when I went to bed, about 14 hours after I took it off charge. I am really impressed with the 8x and it is better than the 822. But, I don't use Whatsapp and Skype, which many people complain about them draining the battery.
    03-11-2013 07:41 AM
  22. welchpm's Avatar
    Mine improved noticeably after I intentionally drained the battery completely. It also improves over time, although for me it took 5 or 6 weeks before I really noticed a difference. I did the intentional drain after having the phone maybe 2 months. And when I did it, I REALLY did it - drain it to the point that the phone turns itself off, then leave it off for 10 minutes or so, and turn it back on and let it power itself off again. I did that 5 or 6 times to make sure it was really dead.
    03-11-2013 08:30 AM
  23. battery8xsucks's Avatar
    So...anyone else having battery troubles like this? I mean...I just hate it when I fully charge it right before going to sleep. And then in the morning it's already at approx 88%...by the time I sync my email over wifi and check out a few webpages and then get out of the house, it'll be below 80% already. I know that's not normal...I really don't want to hear "give your battery time to calibrate" cause this is my 7th day with this phone and I think it was 9th charge last night and battery life never seems to improve.

    I really hate it when I see my friends with Iphone4 losing less battery with 3g and apps like whatsapp turned on, than I do with my phone with extremely light use and micromanaging every single setting that might save me some battery. I'm really sick of this.
    03-13-2013 05:16 AM
  24. gapost's Avatar
    Why would you charge your phone, then unplug it at night and let it get down to 88%? Why not plug it in overnight, then you start the day at close to 100%. And my wife had an IPhone 4s and her 8X is lasting at least as long (probably longer), with everything on. I still say that WhatsApp is going to drain it more, mainly because the iphone app has probably been optimized and is not as efficient on WP. Also, do you have the Portico update? You could also do a hard reset and see if that improves things. Also, unconnected wifi will use more battery than connected wifi because it keeps searching for a connection.
    03-13-2013 09:28 AM
  25. metrodigital's Avatar
    I had a Galaxy Note 2. Which is loaded with the largest battery in a mobile device to date. I would fully charge, then leave unplugged overnight and wake up I would have anywhere from 88% to 90% battery life left. This is on complete standby with maybe 3 apps that dont require syncing. I was very disappointed to say the least. I sent it back for the HTC 8X WF, and am not impressed with battery life but am satisfied. I get average of 24 - 32 hrs of battery life with mild to moderate usage and as long as I can use it all day (whens theres light) and not have to plug it in during the day (which I dont but did with the note 2) Im happy. Don't think that the HTC is the only phone that dont have good battery life, if you want a phone with great battery life consider going back to a basic flip phone.
    05-06-2013 10:44 AM
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