UPDATE, September 12, 2012 - Check out the products on the left. The
Kensington Pocket BatteryUPDATE, March 5, 2012 - You may want
to check out my
article about calibrating your battery for extended battery
life. - G.T.
UPDATE: December 19, 2011 - Make sure
you check out the JuiceDefender review. So far, I'm really
impressed with the added battery life.- G.T.
The first thing you'll notice when you
first get the HTC Thunderbolt 4G Smartphone from Verizon: your
battery life sucks. It's blazing fast, can download apps in a
blink of an eye (as long as you're a rather slow blinker), it
connect your laptop (through PDAnet) at lightning fast
speeds (probably why they called it the Thunderbolt) and
watching videos doesn't require waiting for the buffering.
That's the good news.
The bad news: if you tried doing the things I just mentioned
just to check them out, you're battery is probably down to 50%
(okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but not much).
Some things you can do to to help improve your battery life:
1) Keep WiFi off. Turn it on when you need it.
2) Go into Accounts & Sync and turn off "Facebook for HTC
sense". The phone comes pre-loaded with FriendStream,
continually updates your social networking accounts (Facebook,
Twitter) and sucks non-stop battery juice. I prefer to have the
regular Facebook app and open it when I want to check it.
3) Turn off animations. Go to Settings, Display and select "No
window animations are shown." You won't notice the difference.
Unless you just have to have an animated effect when you go from
one screen to another.
4) And MOST IMPORTANTLY: Turn off 4G.
What??? I just got a 4G phone and I have to turn it off? Yup.
Unless you are always near a charger this is a must. Your phone
will be in a constant state of searching for a 4G network which
will drain your battery as much as when it finds one and uses
HTC neglected to make a simple toggle so that the user can
easily switch from 4G to 3G, so here's the simplest way to do
• Open your Phone screen and key in *#*#4636#*#*. You will
immediately be taken to a hidden menu called: Testing. Click on
the first link called "Phone information," scroll down to the
drop down menu which displays: "CDMA + LTE/EvDo auto" and switch
that to "CDMA auto (PRL)." And that's it. You are now back to
3G. When you need to switch back to 4G, simply repeat the
process and select the 4G option.
I heard that HTC is going to add a toggle in the first update,
and there may be some third-party apps out there, but this
method is quick and pretty simple.
After shutting off 4G, my battery life improved to the point
that I was accustomed to with my 3G Droid.
Here's a brief video showing you how simple it is: