We thought we’d share this email from a customer who found a solution to massive battery drain on the iPhone:
I rang the other day and spoke to you in regards the poor performance, or so i thought of my Energizer AP1201.
I investigated online the issue of the battery in the 4s and ended up ringing Applecare and discussing it with them. I was quickly put onto a senior technical adviser. Following Ed’s advice I backed up the phone via iTunes and then fully restored the phone. His advice was not too load any apps, songs etc onto it for a while and see how the battery goes.
I did this, and have progressively added all my apps and tunes back on.
I have turned off all the location services to all but 2 apps, and only use iCloud to sync my calendar, relying on iTunes over WiFi to sync/backup the rest when I get home. Siri on as well.
Since the restore it is still running on the initial 100% charge, 48hrs later with 30% charge left. Usage (awake time) of over 6 hrs. According to the System Activity App it has 8hrs left too empty. A lot more respectable than the <12hrs I was initially getting.
I think one of the main culprits in my case was the Diagnostics and Usage Data that was being sent to Apple every 30 secs, which is now set to Don’t Send. Since the restore it has only generated 7 low memory / crash reports, nothing like the 100’s it spat out in the first week.
So it appears mine’s all fixed. With the Energizer skin I will have up near 5 days power if needed.
Hope you find some of this info useful.
Are you one of the lucky ones to have got your hands on the new iPhone 4S. Or are you secretly pleased that you didn’t take the leap as stories of terrible battery life flood the internet?
There is nothing more annoying than losing battery fast and it seems that the iPhone 4S is guilty. It isn’t just the chosen few who own an iPhone 4S that are plagued with trouble. Those of us who have upgraded to iOS 5 are finding that battery life on the iPhone and iPad is seriously affected. And it’s slow!
We’ve done the research and collated the best tips from the best sources, to help your battery life last longer. We’d love to hear your tips too!
One site has suggested killing off Siri. She’s the best thing about the iPhone 4S – so try these other tips first and let us know if Siri makes it out alive!
Back to Basics
There are things that always drain battery life regardless of the operating system or the device. These include data services, screen brightness and mail.
– Screen brightness – turn this down for longer battery life
– Keep these off unless you actually use them: bluetooth, WiFi, 3G (for data)
– Turn the push functionality off on your email. Or have it push less often. Go to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendar – Fetch New Data
You now have the option of backing up to iCloud rather than through iTunes on your computer. This will be a great relief for many – but is causing headaches for some.
Turning off non essential features in iCloud will definitely save your battery life. Go to Settings – iCloud – Storage & Backup. After turning off the backup – it more than doubled my battery life!
There seem to be some bugs in iOS 5 which are affecting battery life. Particularly with the Calendar Alerts.
Turn off notifications in the settings for your calendar. Go to Settings – Notifications – Calendar and switch it off. It appears that the notifications feature is constantly sorting your appointments and this is sucking huge amounts of battery life.
It’s All about Location
Geo location apps need to know your current location in order to work. The new iPhone 4S has a major push on these apps and the new iOS 5 pings more regularly to find your current location. This is going to suck your battery dry faster than a starving vampire!
Go to Settings – Location Services and select the ones that you wish to be kept regularly updated. Some are a no brainer like Maps, but all those games and other apps that really don’t need to know where you are……Turn them off!
Sneaky System Services
There is a new feature in the iOS 5 update called System Services. This has features such as sending your data to Apple for their stats and information for location based ads and other services. These settings are hiding under Settings – Location Services – System Services (right down the bottom!)
Turn these ones off:
– Diagnostics and Usage (sends stats to Apple)
– Location Base iAds (on free apps that have advertising – this makes sure it is local advertising – do you ever read it anyway?
– Setting Time Zone (leave this on if you travel regularly – otherwise remember to adjust your time zone if you travel into a new one)
– Traffic (I use the traffic apps so I like the programs that use this to see where there is congestion – however turning this off will help your battery life!)
There are other things you can do and our bestadvice: Never get caught without a battery backup. We have a full range of iPhone battery skins that double your battery life as well as portable battery packs for your iPad and Smart phones.
Check out our range today and it will be in the post tomorrow!
Fingers too fat for the iPhone keypad? Sick of smudges on your iPad screen? Or sick of products that only work for Apple devices?
I was recently given one of these nifty little gadgets: a mini stylus pen for the iPhone or iPad. I was so impressed with its functionality, its store-ability and its cuteness that I just have to tell you about them. Having a stylus reminds me of the days when I had a Palm device. I don’t want to go back there….they were fiddly and I always used to lose them. So I was dubious when I was given this funny looking toy.
Little did I know that it would become a feature hanging off my iPad and that I’d need to get one for my iPhone too! Everywhere I go people ask me where I got it. I’ve even had someone in a restaurant ask when they saw me typing away.
The mini stylus pen comes in 5 classy colours (blue, red, white, black and silver) and boasts the following features:
– Compact, short design (4cm long) – with good width to hold even between the clumsiest of fingers
– Soft rubber angled tip provides enough contact with screen to allow proper electrocurrent flow to replicate the use of your finger on the touchscreen (so precision typing and other actions are easy).
– Clever clip that pops into a 3.5mm headphone jack making it easy to carry around and never get lost!
– Prevents smudging, scratching and damage to the screen
Gotta have one? They make a clever gift for the person who has everything…..or loves the latest gadgets!
They’re not called PowerSkins for nothing!
Imagine being stuck on the train and your battery runs out – no music, no phone, no email. Or you’re about to snap a quick photo of your kids on holiday and the phone goes dead. Or you leave your charger at home and your battery is low at the office. We have the solution! Slip on a PowerSkin and recharge your phone in a matter of minutes. You’ll never be left short on power for your phone again!
PowerSkin®, maker of shock-absorbing, battery-boosting smartphone cases, has announced the availability of skins for the HTC Inspire 4G and HTC Desire HD, boasting 1500 mAh of power. Mr Mobile is hot on the trail and has stock arriving in a few weeks for the BlackBerry, HTC and Samsung…..and of course the iPhone 4.
“Until now, Android users have been faced with very limited choices to extend battery life on these energy-guzzling phones,” said David Becker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PowerSkin® / XPAL Power. “PowerSkins® fill that gap, providing a convenient, compact source of power, ideal for use on-the-go.”
PowerSkins® are made of flexible, silicone rubber that protects against those inevitable drops, and they feature technology that extends battery life up to 8 hours.
Don’t be caught short again. At just $89.95 these will go fast – so make sure you pre-order today!
Live from Computex in Taipei Mr Mobile looks at the full range of XPAL Powerskins for the HTC Desire, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Sensation, Samsung and iPhone 4. With LED status light and on off switch, you’ll never be caught out again!– Outfitted with impact-resistant silicone rubber
– One piece tough case featuring a non-slip grip for ultimate protection
– Patented XPAL Powered™ battery technology that provides twice the power, extending phone life 4.5 to 8 hours
– 100% recycled case (except for the battery and internal components)
– Micro USB recharge port
– LED battery status lights that indicate exactly how much power remains
– On/off button (Most Models)
We’ll have these in stock soon. So check out our website for details.