While testing the Storm2 battery didn’t go as well as testing the Bold 9700 battery, it was way better than the Internet haters would have you believe. The Storm2’s battery lasted 14 hours under some pretty grueling conditions. I was using voice, WiFi, streaming music, loading maps, running 3G and using the camera, all in that 14 hour period.
So I have to say, for all those complaining the Storm2 battery is awful, I personally did not have that experience. If I had taken even a few simple steps to prolonging the battery life, I probably could have doubled its life.
On that note, here are some tips for making sure your Storm2, and any BlackBerry battery, lasts longer:
Manage your connections. Turn 3G off when you’re not actively using data. You can do this in your Manage Connections section. Also make sure to manage WiFi appropriately.
Put it to sleep before bed. You can save a ton of battery life by putting your device to sleep while you sleep. Set it to turn on before you wake up and you’re good to go.
Use a holster and adjust your settings. In the latest official Storm2 OS (22.214.171.1240), as well as OS 126.96.36.1990 for the Bold 9700, the holster settings look much different. For sounds and vibration, you’re given the option of “In Holster”, “Out Holster” and “Always”. Remember that vibrate uses more battery than sound, so try and keep to a sound based profile.
Use apps that save on battery life like WiFi Hero. This app will manage your WiFi hotspots and turn on and off WiFi only when you need it.
Screen brightness can also affect battery life. Turn the screen brightness down when possible.
Close applications that you aren’t using. Apps running in the background can seriously drain your battery depending on what they do. For example, users have reported Nimbuzz significantly drains battery life.
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