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Not necessarily so. On Thursday's trip to St John's and back, my LGK30 Android dropped to a mere 20% in eight hours after being fully charged overnight.
And being on extreme battery-saver.

I had hardly used the thing all day, a quick glance at the time as we approached St John's, then a quick phone call to my appointment and a later quick phone call to my lift home.
Most days I'll be listening to podcasts for two hours or more; but on Thursday, nothing.
I charged it when I got home, and Friday, and Saturday, the beast died fastr'n'wink.

A sure sign that the battery is not holding its charge, I thought.

Then (the good news) I noticed this morning that I had set the display timeout to be "never", whereas it is usually set at "one minute"

I now suppose that whereas in the past the one-minute timeout saved power, now when I put the phone on a table or in my bag, it was NOT turning off.
I was effectively actively draining the battery as fast as possible.

I mention this in case, like me, you panic when a big event is coming up and it takes two weeks to ship a new phone out here.
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Thanks for the heads-up
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HansV wrote:
31 Mar 2024, 17:38
Thanks for the heads-up
I think we can tag this with "Human Error" rather than "hardware failure". :blush: :laugh:
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Also you use a lot of battery if you travel somewhere with poor, or no, cell tower coverage. The phone switches the transmitter to maximum power trying to connect to a tower.
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StuartR wrote:
31 Mar 2024, 21:09
Also you use a lot of battery if you travel somewhere with poor, or no, cell tower coverage. The phone switches the transmitter to maximum power trying to connect to a tower.
Ah-HAH!
Thanks, Stuart!
Between Bonavista and Clarenville (90 minutes travel), even, possibly along the Trans-Canada Highway to St John's (another 120 minutes) there are blank spots.
Next time I will turn the darn thing OFF until we get to St John's.
But then, if this was happening to me, wouldn't it happen to most all other cell-phone users who drive the highway on a regular basis?

I now have two reasons why the battery might have flattened.

Tomorrow I shall re-institute my regular use, and keep a close eye on the battery.

Last August I drove to Clarenville (1h25m) and then on to Bunyan's Cove (a further 33 minutes). There was no signal between Port Blandord and Bunyan's Cover - about 15 minutes of driving.

Thanks again, Chris (and, I suspect, BobH)
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Why is there a random island east of Clarenville? Does it change shape?
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Nah! Couldna been me. :halo:

I haven't been outta Texas, never mind Cananada! :grin:
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HansV wrote:
31 Mar 2024, 21:36
Why is there a random island east of Clarenville? Does it change shape?
(attached) My initial reaction was Ivanhoe idea, then I thought that a Google search might turn up something.
A quick glance at the map shows that the only settlements are coastal, a characteristic feature on islands surrounding Newfoundland, and Newfoundland itself in the early days. Here "Fish" means "Cod"; everything else is "bait"
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So, there are also: Random Heights, Random Sound (beep) and Random Bar...
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Sad that there is no Deep Bark[Barque]...
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HansV wrote:
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So, there are also: Random Heights, Random Sound (beep) and Random Bar...
Certainly! :evilgrin:
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John Gray wrote:
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Sad that there is no Deep Bark[Barque]...
If there IS a random Bark, then there could be a Random Bight!
Yours etc. :pup:
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Eight full days have passed with me using the phone as I normally do: charging it up first thing in the morning, listening to podcasts during the day, a game of chess at night, and the charge is at 100% with no sign of collapsing.

The collapse a week ago was so dramatic (fast and down to 5% or so), that while I accept Stuart's idea of pinging draining power from the battery, i think it much more likely that my setting the screen timeout to be infinite was a much more likely cause of the flat battery

The next time that i set timeout to be infinite (during a file-transfer session via WiFi) I should set the alarm for one or two hours ahead, reminding me to reset the timeout to one minute.
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ChrisGreaves wrote:
06 Apr 2024, 09:56
...while I accept Stuart's idea of pinging draining power from the battery, i think it much more likely that my setting the screen timeout to be infinite, that was a much more likely cause of the flat battery...
I agree
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ChrisGreaves wrote:
06 Apr 2024, 09:56
The next time that i set timeout to be infinite (during a file-transfer session via WiFi) ...
Chris, could you elaborate on why you set your screen timeout to never while doing a file transfer.
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PaulB wrote:
06 Apr 2024, 16:03
Chris, could you elaborate on why you set your screen timeout to never while doing a file transfer.
Yes! :evilgrin:

I was doing something that took longer than a minutes.
I think it was a file transfer using "File Manager +" on my Android LGK30 smart phone.
It might have been a download using TubeMate on my Android LGK30 smart phone.

Whatever large file it was (or large collection of files), the transfer/download had failed partway through, and I thought that perhaps the 1-minute or 5-minutes screen timeout was affecting the operation.

So I set the screen timeout to be infinite ("never") and re-ran the operation, which completed successfully.
Of course, being satisfied I forgot about the screen-saver, and a day or two later set off on the pilgrimage to St John's.
I phoned the dentist when i was just 15 minutes away, and then had no use for my phone - after all I am in the dentist; then wandered around the mall until lunchtime, ate lunch and waited for my lift home at 1530.

It was around that time that my lift phoned me, and as I took the call I noticed that the battery icon looked depleted. Since my lift had phoned me to say that they were waiting outside, I just filed away that the battery was flat, "on a day when my phone use was well below normal", which left me with a feeling of unease, that my smartphone battery was practically dead. And the eclipse less than ten days away, and Dear God, what was I going to do ...

On top of that my gum/jaw was bleeding and I was in mild pain, all rolled up in a ball of doubt and a strong desire to be back home again.

In short, it was a period of high stress for someone who hates leaving his house-lot, let alone being 3.5 hours drive away!
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