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What's the average time that you need to replace a cell phone battery? I've done some googling and I got an estimate to about once a year.
We tell our customers that after 1 year expect the battery not to last very long and look into buying a new one.

btw, RAZR batteries are known to be bad. We must have swapped out 30-50 in the past couple weeks.
    
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Yeah, those lithium ion cells don't really go any longer than about 1-1.5 years. The heat from charging and discharging is what gradually kills them, especially since cell phone chargers are usually designed to charge quickly, which equals more heat. The other thing is that the battery materials themselves just deteriorate and break down after awhile, whether they are used or not. A good thing to do is to try not to let the phone go totally dead, so the battery doesn't get cooked for an hour while the charger brings it all the way back from the dead as quickly as they tend to do. Besides, charging a partially charged battery will not draw as much current as charging a dead battery, which will mean even less heat buildup per minute of charging.
    
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We tell our customers that after 1 year expect the battery not to last very long and look into buying a new one.

btw, RAZR batteries are known to be bad. We must have swapped out 30-50 in the past couple weeks.
Yeah. I've heard they got called back or something like that a while back ago.

I should look into a new phone.

Thanks Transonic.

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Yeah, those lithium ion cells don't really go any longer than about 1-1.5 years. The heat from charging and discharging is what gradually kills them, especially since cell phone chargers are usually designed to charge quickly, which equals more heat. The other thing is that the battery materials themselves just deteriorate and break down after awhile, whether they are used or not. A good thing to do is to not let the phone go totally dead, so the battery doesn't get cooked for an hour while the charger brings it all the way back from the dead as quickly as they tend to do. Besides, charging a partially charged battery will not draw as much current as charging a dead battery, which will mean even less heat buildup per minute of charging.
I'll keep that in mind.
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Wait a minute... I've had my current phone for 2 and a half years... and haven't changed the battery. I still have 80 hours idle 24/7 before it goes cold.
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Wait a minute... I've had my current phone for 2 and a half years... and haven't changed the battery. I still have 80 hours idle 24/7 before it goes cold.
tell me your secret then, mine never last that long
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tell me your secret then, mine never last that long
I always drain it completely. I recently stepped down to my old cell phones charger (bundled with a T68i)... at 0.4v higher lol

Some of you might be "ZOMG DON'T IT'LL BURN UP", but I haven't experienced any issues for over a year now, lmao.
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i read once that manufactures make batteries not last very long so they make more profit....

razr v3 phone sucks anyways, am about to get my 3rd replacement in 7 months on monday and this one i got now wont even turn on and i just got it a week ago...worthless tmobile razr v3!
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i hear you, i just got the new razr maxx ve and its horrible. the phone has so many problems, i exchanged 4 times in the 30 day exchange period verizon offers and i'm still not happy with the one i got.
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post #19 of 23
I don't talk on the phone a lot, but My new Motorola SLVR lasts about 3 days on a charge.

But I set it down in a cupholder full of water this morning... so we'll see how that goes
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There is a thing called 'battery memory' that can really F up your batteries if you do not know about it.

I have always been told when you get a new battery to drain it completely at least two times right away - no charging when it's half full. Then Drain it completely at least once every two weeks or so. My batteries life has been increased ever since I started doing that.

info:
http://www.zbattery.com/memoryeffect.html
http://www.dansdata.com/gz011.htm
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