When the Droid diode flashes: inconveniently discharged

When the Droid diode flashes: inconveniently discharged

So I get home for lunch and I notice my brand-new Motorola Droid is flashing a little red diode at me.

It says my battery has only 5 percent charge remaining.

But... but... but... I say to the phone, I haven't been making you do anything. No surfing, no checking email, a bit of texting but that's all. I've used it more heavily with no consequence, so why all of a sudden is it almost totally drained?

Since I'm at home, I put it on the charger and, in the time it takes me to make and eat lunch (which is to say, about 15 minutes), the battery is fully charged.

Weird.

Might just be a glitch. I've had this happen with phones before, one time and then never again.

But I did start reading here and here.

These are fairly standard tips, and I was doing most of them anyway. Bluetooth and wifi are turned off, my phone display goes off after two minutes. I don't use it for music or movies.

The one thing I have not turned off is the locator services used by mapping, both wireless and GPS. That will be the next thing I try.

But does anyone have any more ideas, or similar experiences with the Droid? Or enough time to know this is just a glitch?

Thanks in advance.

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fortnern wrote on June 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

This happens every once in a while - the phone (not sure if it's software or hardware) gets confused about the state of the battery, and says it only has 5% remaining when it really has much more. If you want it to show how much battery it actually has you can reboot the phone (turn it off then back on).

You should not need to turn off location services, but make sure nothing is constantly running in the background that uses the GPS - if there is, there will be a satellite icon in the notification bar. You can monitor battery use in settings->about phone->battery use.

Mike Howie wrote on June 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm
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Thanks for the comment and the advice. A similar thing happened to me with a BlackBerry Storm and what you suggest here worked perfectly that time. I'll have to give it a try if the same thing happens again.