Conclusions testing the BlackBerry Storm2 battery life

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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 (5.0.0.320), as well as OS 5.0.0.330 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.

Any more tips? Comment them!

  • Julio

    @Kyle

    Hey are u planning to do a test for the Tour as well?

  • Julio

    @Kyle

    Hey are u planning to do a test for the Tour as well?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Kyle

    @Julio – Sure! Let me know if the testing conditions could be improved.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Kyle

    @Julio – Sure! Let me know if the testing conditions could be improved.

  • Julio

    @kyle- Sure maybe the use of some games. Haven’t seen that be apart of the test. Also, the lack of light in some areas makes the Auto Backlight Brightness work hard. (When would u do the Tour test. Thatd be awesome, especially if its ran on the leaked 5.0.0.230.)

  • Julio

    @kyle- Sure maybe the use of some games. Haven’t seen that be apart of the test. Also, the lack of light in some areas makes the Auto Backlight Brightness work hard. (When would u do the Tour test. Thatd be awesome, especially if its ran on the leaked 5.0.0.230.)

  • DavidB

    How do you “Turn 3G off” on a CDMA BlackBerry???

  • DavidB

    How do you “Turn 3G off” on a CDMA BlackBerry???

  • DavidB

    How do you “Turn 3G off” on a CDMA BlackBerry???

  • DavidB

    How do you “Turn 3G off” on a CDMA BlackBerry???

  • Julio

    You go into “Manage Connections” and u put it on an option other than 3G.

  • Julio

    You go into “Manage Connections” and u put it on an option other than 3G.

  • murphythadog

    What about the same test you did with the 9700 with just media running.

  • murphythadog

    What about the same test you did with the 9700 with just media running.

  • Snipe M7

    Honestly, I have a Storm 2 and you clearly failed to test one feature using your device. I dare you to turn on your GPS and use the VZ navigator. Leave it on battery power for about 3-4 hrs while running your other tests and then tell me if there is any power left. Your Storm2 will go black T -4 hrs.

  • Snipe M7

    Honestly, I have a Storm 2 and you clearly failed to test one feature using your device. I dare you to turn on your GPS and use the VZ navigator. Leave it on battery power for about 3-4 hrs while running your other tests and then tell me if there is any power left. Your Storm2 will go black T -4 hrs.

  • PacketRat

    14 hours? I get like 7 or 8 if I’m lucky on my Storm 2.. I think its all based on what software you have loaded on your device.

  • PacketRat

    14 hours? I get like 7 or 8 if I’m lucky on my Storm 2.. I think its all based on what software you have loaded on your device.

  • PacketRat

    14 hours? I get like 7 or 8 if I’m lucky on my Storm 2.. I think its all based on what software you have loaded on your device.

  • PacketRat

    14 hours? I get like 7 or 8 if I’m lucky on my Storm 2.. I think its all based on what software you have loaded on your device.

  • PacketRat

    14 hours? I get like 7 or 8 if I’m lucky on my Storm 2.. I think its all based on what software you have loaded on your device.

  • gorgalis

    @Snipe M7

    That is true with any device… even brand name GPS’s. Your screen is constantly on and it is keeping a satellite fix.

    What you said is not a negative about the storm2… if anything I think its pretty good that it lasts 3-4 hours for navigation while it is still functioning as a phone.

  • gorgalis

    @Snipe M7

    That is true with any device… even brand name GPS’s. Your screen is constantly on and it is keeping a satellite fix.

    What you said is not a negative about the storm2… if anything I think its pretty good that it lasts 3-4 hours for navigation while it is still functioning as a phone.

  • ThruxtonChick

    I am not a hater … I LOVE MY STORM 2 … but I can't get more than 3-4 hours out of the battery. I receive about 5 emails (I don't even open them, just receive them), I get and send 2 texts, I check the time about 5 times and it goes completely dead within no more than 4 hours. I have turned off the WiFi, have no apps running in the background, no streaming music … NOTHING! If I leave it plugged in, it's a great little phone and I love all of it's features. I have replaced the battery and now have to carry two extra batteries, a computer charger, wall charger and car charger to make it through a 9 hour day. Verizon is no help – they says it's a smartphone and will eat batteries faster than a regular phone. After being patted on the head and told to go play like a good little girl, I feel like ramming this phone up their butt and telling them I had a Palm Pilot before they were popular – I know what a smartphone can and cannot do. I should be able to make it through a day without dripping IV energy to a phone. Suggestions?

  • ThruxtonChick

    I am not a hater … I LOVE MY STORM 2 … but I can't get more than 3-4 hours out of the battery. I receive about 5 emails (I don't even open them, just receive them), I get and send 2 texts, I check the time about 5 times and it goes completely dead within no more than 4 hours. I have turned off the WiFi, have no apps running in the background, no streaming music … NOTHING! If I leave it plugged in, it's a great little phone and I love all of it's features. I have replaced the battery and now have to carry two extra batteries, a computer charger, wall charger and car charger to make it through a 9 hour day. Verizon is no help – they says it's a smartphone and will eat batteries faster than a regular phone. After being patted on the head and told to go play like a good little girl, I feel like ramming this phone up their butt and telling them I had a Palm Pilot before they were popular – I know what a smartphone can and cannot do. I should be able to make it through a day without dripping IV energy to a phone. Suggestions?

  • Mattharris4

    I haven’t used a Storm (too cheap and I like my 8703e and its trackwheel) but a quick search comes up with extended battery and door kits from $25 to $65. The 2600mAh battery promises 110% more juice for the phone, if that is true the extra capacity should get you through two work days easily. I don’t know why more HR departments don’t just buy the extended battery kit when they buy a phone. Otherwise that dropped call could cost you a big contract — which is worth far more than $65! Since many people buy Bluetooth headsets that cost that much, why not the extended battery kit as well?