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By now many of you have your shiny new HTC Thunderbolt in your clutches, and are tired from staying up all night playing with it.  Here's a question for you all -- how's your battery life turning out?  We all know that Android phones, HTC Android phones in particular, don't have a very good reputation when it comes to battery life.  Android is a very internet-centric operating system, and with all that data streaming in and out, you're going to use more battery power.  Combine that with the extra radio that an LTE or WiMax device uses, and things aren't going to get better.  To top it all off, there isn't an easy to use toggle to shut down the 4G radio when not in use on the Thunderbolt like there is on some other 4G Android phones.  We're not second guessing Verizon or HTC on that one, but it certainly seems like an odd omission.

So we figure the best way to gauge battery life is to ask.  Let us know in the poll, and hit the Thunderbolt forums for some tips to get the most out of your battery.

 

 

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How is the battery life on your HTC Thunderbolt?

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17 votes total so far & ZERO of them chose "It's fine, I'm having no problems so far" as of my posting. WOW!

Why does this issue plague HTC phones most of all?

They tend to use tiny batteries for the intended application. They seem to usually use 1250MAh (not sure what the TB is), where as other manufacturers use 1500+MAh. That is the difference between 10 and 12 hours if everything was the same. Sense also seems to be a battery drain.

Most HTC Batteries are 1500Mah like the EVO and that goes all the way back to the WinMO TouchPro2s... I hope they know the Next EVO needs a battery thats a WHOLE LOT BEEFIER

Battery life is going to vary. Not everyone uses their phones the same. If the TB battery is anything like my EVO, light users shouldn't have a problem. Heavy users aren't going to make it through the day anyway.

This is my 3rd HTC Android Phone. One thing you want to do is charge the phone at night. In the morning, unplug it and play around with it a little. Plug it back in and it will charge for another 20-30 minutes. Then you should have the full charge. Also, condition your battery. I conditioned mine last night and it is at 80% with light to moderate usage and been unplugged for 4.5 hours.

The poor battery life is something I can deal with for such an amazing device. Although I unplugged at 5:30am EST and it's now 1pm and I'm at 50% with moderate use, so it's really not HORRIBLE. However I've got it plugged in as I'm going to have a late night lol

Why does HTC get so much praise for their phones if every one of them is reported to have bad battery life? To me, battery life is one of the most important factors on a phone.

They really need to publish use/time stats for smartphones, since users will vary a LOT. One user who is in a marginal signal area and loves drinking 3g/4g data is going to destroy their battery with 4 to 6 hours of sustained activity, whereas a casual user in a good coverage area will probably get 18 to 24 hours out of the exact same phone. It's not fair to say that too many people complain about battery life and therefore they are ignoring the problem, every phone has people complaining about one thing or another.

I'm what you would probably consider a light user. I check email through the day, make a few calls, and do some limited gaming.

I unplugged around 7:15 this morning. It's now 12:10 and I'm at 80%. Point being, it's all about your expectations and usage. You're not going to be able to leave the screen on for 4 hours a day and be left with any charge at 5pm.

I was a former Blackberry user, so I was very nervous about battery life on the Thunderbolt. So far, my fears have been tamed.

24 hours in and the battery life discussions mirror just about every other android device. Those who have used android devices on one side, who had an idea of what to expect. On the other side are the iphone/blackberry/dumbphone users who are in sticker shock over how much less thier battery's are lasting.

Im telling you, check every launch day battery thread. With that said, anyone who was expecting great battery life out of this thing was kidding themselves.

I was going to get a thunderbolt yesterday, but decided to get a $99 Droid X instead. Battery life was the main reason. After having the Hero, Evo, and Incredible, I can't deal with the horrible battery life anymore. Hello Moto! I'll enjoy my X, then may pick up the Bionic off contact later. Love ya HTC, but need better battery life. Android system usage on my X is barely anything. On HTC phones, it stays at
the top of the list. I'm betting sense has something to do with that. Launcher Pro takes care of the blur blues. Blur is not heavy on the resources.

I unplugged at 830 went to work just got done with my lunch while I was on lunch play all 20 songs on rockband mobile and moderate use 65% battery left at 1230...... Did anyone else buy the full version of rockband mobile and if so do you know if you have to pay each month or just this once and if there will be more songs added

I am not in a 4g area and my battery life has been way better than it was on my Incredible. It was said long ago by testers that 4g absolutely killed the battery, so the fact that there is no 4g toggle to turn it off when you don't need it is odd. It may be close to a year before I see 4g in my area so its not a concern right now for me.

Unplugged at 7AM this morning, moderate usage and I'm at 65% now. At home today, on WiFi 99% of the time. No complaints :)

Unplugged at 7:30AM and at 2p I am at 68%. Yesterday electricity was dripping through my fingers as i tried everything on the device. I ended up the day with optimized settings, and today is a more normal pattern. Email, SMS a bit of poking around, and a few phone calls.

I would give it a week or two before even testing this... I personally think batteries do not reach their full potential after the first or second charge. I think after they are a week or two old they will be lasting longer than their first charge. Also, your habits are going to change by a lot once the device isn't brand new. What is considered moderate to heavy use to me on an older phone is probably different than what heavy or moderate use to me would be on a phone I bought yesterday.

I wouldnt be surprised if the battery life wasnt better than on the Evo, because the Evo has a 1500mAh and the Tbolt has 1400mAh. Why in the hell would they put a smaller battery in this phone is confusing to me.

Hmmm. Interesting thread. I just got my TB today. I am on wi-fi at home, and I intend to never be without a car charger when out and about. So far I really love this device!!

The processor on this device is a huge leap in design, is way more efficient than the evo. So far, the battery is lasting more than my Droid X. It has the initial drop like the Incredible, but it settles and lasts a lot more. We can shut off the radio like the evo using the Mobile widget. So far, I am pretty happy. The phone does fell like it would fall off you hard way easier. The incredible and the X had distinctive design that allowed for a firm grip.

I started with an incredible and upgraded to an x. I then upgraded the x's stock battery to the oem extended battery. i unplug at 7:30 and at 4:30 i have 70% - 80%with light to moderate usage. Then from 4:30 -11:30 i drain it to 10% - 20% with heavy use including wifi hotspot being on for 60% of that. Needless to say, battery life is important to me and untill HTC gets better battery life, i will avoid them.

I'm holding off until the rest of the family upgrades, and would have waited to see what the battery situation would be for a little while anyway, being the first LTE device on the VZ network. I had been looking at the extended battery, but damn, it's fugly with that bulging battery cover, and looks like it would be uncomfortable to hold at that point. I think I'll end up getting it with just the standard battery and seeing about aftermarket batteries that may be a bit higher capacity while still fitting in the standard battery cover, which I had been looking at when I thought about getting the DInc.

Any True 4g device made by HTC has a 4g TOGGLE that can be turned OFF and ON at anytime by the user. As a HTC EVO 4G owner I control when I want to use my 4g service as well as my internet service which is considered 3g I can turn that OFF and ON anytime. I dont blame HTC in this situation because they made a device with the specifications that were given to them from verizon...The device was made according to how verizon wanted it seems to me they don't really know what they are doing or understand the concept of 4g technology. Sprint is the pioneer of this 4g industry and they understand exactly how this techonogly needs to be controlled and they give there customers that right to decide what they need and when they need it. Sprint/Htc have the perfect business relationship and that is exactly why for many years to come ALL THE BEST HTC DEVICES WILL RESIDE ON SPRINT.

I unplugged TB 7AM it was at 100%. It is now at 96%. Im useing it at Moderate rate, A few phone calls,texts and on facebook, & more.Im not using the stock Battery. I got a Extended Battery and it is great. IM not sure about the stock battery i think some thing was wrong with it. It would go from 100% to 30% in less then 30min,And i had to change it at 15%. It would do this over and over again The power saver comes on at 15% This never happend before.So is it the Battery????

WAY TO INCREASE THE BATTERY LIFE FOR YOUR THUNDERBOLT WITHOUT VOIDING WARRANTY OR HAVING TO TURN OFF THE 4G

I have had issues with the battery life for the thunderbolt only lasting a few hours in a day and have had to charge this phone more than twice in one day. I called verizon customer service and have got the im sorry about that speech. I then called HTC and spoke with their reps about this issue and was told the following:

1. If using an application killer or battery saver app delete.
2. Turn off gps when not needing to use apps requiring gps use.
3. Go to settings, then to wireless & networks
4. Turn off the mobile network setting and only turn it on when you need to use the internet or application requiring internet connection.

If you follow these steps you should see a 90% increase in your battery life.

Hope this helps!

WAY TO INCREASE THE BATTERY LIFE FOR YOUR THUNDERBOLT WITHOUT VOIDING WARRANTY OR HAVING TO TURN OFF THE 4G

I have had issues with the battery life for the thunderbolt only lasting a few hours in a day and have had to charge this phone more than twice in one day. I called verizon customer service and have got the im sorry about that speech. I then called HTC and spoke with their reps about this issue and was told the following:

1. If using an application killer or battery saver app delete.
2. Turn off gps when not needing to use apps requiring gps use.
3. Go to settings, then to wireless & networks
4. Turn off the mobile network setting and only turn it on when you need to use the internet or application requiring internet connection.

If you follow these steps you should see a 90% increase in your battery life.

Hope this helps!

So far my battery has been great . My phone has been unplugged for 7 hours and has been awake for an hour and a half with a 30 min phone call and I currently have 55% battery life left . I have 4g on and I also use an app for brightness that when I click it it pops up a bar for me to adjust the brightness manually . Indoors I keep it at 16% and change it onthe fly if the situation arises. I also watched a couple YouTube videos today over 4g. The battery seems good enough considering it is running 4g . Also to clarify I am using the stock battery . The only time I experienced a VERY short battery life of around 4 hours was when I was in a low coverage 4g area and my phone kept trying to connect to it and losing the connection and reconnecting. There must be a slight problem with the phone being able to determine to just switch to 3g when the 4g signal is not strong enough . Now I use an app called 4g off or LTE off (something like that ) and I just turn the 4g off manually in those cases . I also have background data on and have everything sync only once per day besides weather which I have sync every hour. Well hope his helps

I also do not use an app killer . They are really unnecessary and never seemed to help improve my battery life or speed of my last phone. These Android phones can manage themselves. If it needed an app killer it would come installed from HTC ....maybe not haha but still oh don't need it .