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    1st bar of battery >50% battery life?

    Hey.. was just wondering if anyone else has the same issue where the 1st bar on the battery indicator represents well over half the battery? Once the 1st bar has gone, I know I need to find a charger fast!

    I'm not sure if it's down to the battery or the phone. I do remember that the very first charging got interrupted about 30mins in (due to a repair guy switching off supply to house for 15mins.)

    Would a new battery correct the issue? Running v12.0.13.

    Cheers.

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    You might want to give it a couple weeks time to "condition" the battery. As noted by several forum members here, this has show to provide great improvements to the battery capacity.

    A full battery status meter going down one bar should not mean you need to scramble to get power into the thing. It could be the need for conditioning, or it could be a faully battery. Give it a bit and see if it improves.
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    Should have mentioned, I've had the phone for nearly a month now. I always charge every day and the life is what i've been lead to expect from the N95: 1 or 2 days.

    So should I be doing a full discharge to correct/condition the battery?
    Reference to Charging lithium-ion batteries says that I should in order to "reset the digital circuit of a 'smart' battery [and] improve the state-of-charge estimation." Elsewhere I've read that running down the battery shortens its life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmillhouse View Post
    Should have mentioned, I've had the phone for nearly a month now. I always charge every day and the life is what i've been lead to expect from the N95: 1 or 2 days.

    So should I be doing a full discharge to correct/condition the battery?
    Reference to Charging lithium-ion batteries says that I should in order to "reset the digital circuit of a 'smart' battery [and] improve the state-of-charge estimation." Elsewhere I've read that running down the battery shortens its life?
    Do not do a full discharge!
    The reset is for complex battery/fuel gauge circuits and the Nokia battery bar stack is somewhat crude to say the least!
    Just charge the battery at every opportunity. This will give max capacity for the age and condition.
    Li batteries will try and give max current right to the point that they give up. As the battery status readout is not able to accurately monitor the voltage and current, going flat is not 'seen' until the time that it occurs. All other readouts are of no real worth except as a 'guide'.
    Have a look at the battery test that I conducted. It's on my blog-
    BlogN95

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    nice info, pa49!

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    I am buying another charger for work

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa49 View Post
    Have a look at the battery test that I conducted. It's on my blog-
    BlogN95
    Thanks for the battery tests, I note you've been suckered by Steve Gibson (grc.com) though. Don't believe the hype, there are plenty of sites which reveal how little the guy knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer View Post
    Thanks for the battery tests, I note you've been suckered by Steve Gibson (grc.com) though. Don't believe the hype, there are plenty of sites which reveal how little the guy knows.
    Thanks homer! I had a lot of feed back on that one!

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    This is helpful But why the *&%^ did Nokia bring out a nice phone like the N95 and give it a battery with the life of a 1990 brick? Mine only lasts a day with normal use which doesn't even include much talk time! I listen to music for about 1 hour, I send & receive a few txt, that's about it!

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