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2012-01-29 01:14 PM
Xperia Active is unfortunately not good phone for travellers or hikers because of weak battery.
Is there any other more powerful battery on market, that fits for Xperia Active?
Standard battery is 1200 mAh, but for 3-4 day hiking trips in low signal areas and for nonstop use of GPS I need much better battery than standard one.
Are there some solutions? Even if I turn off all unnecessary applications, battery still works only for 1,5 days. 2-3 same type backup batteries are not a solution.
2012-01-29 01:16 PM
if your phone remains charged for about 12 hours w/ a single charge, that's normal on smartphones.
you can go to settings -> about phone -> battery use, and you can see that the Screen drains the battery, that's normal.
2012-01-29 01:18 PM
lower the brightness
also turn off your 3G/data plan, that will give a few extra hours
this is a great app to do all that
or just on the homescreen -> press MENU -> add -> widget -> data traffic, on/off wifi, on/off bluetooth, etc
2012-01-29 01:19 PM
Yes, I know that, but my question is - are there any other batteries (from other Sony Ericsson phones), that are more powerful (for example 1800 mAh or more etc) and fit also for Xperia Active phone?
2012-01-29 10:41 PM
I am suprised you can get 1.5 days contunuase GPS use. 3-4 days none stop is unrealistic. Most good gps reciver chips are somthing like 30ma at 3V minimum so if that was the only thing using power your looking at 40 hours tops. If you want 3-4 days none stop gps you will need some an external power source, I am sure somthing with the apropriate usb socket is avalible but it will be heavy and you will loose the waterproofness when you have it pluged in.
In areas with patchy signal it makes a big difference if you put the phone in airplane mode so it will stop trying to find a signal all the time. If you still want to be contactable you will have to switch it on intermitently the check. There may well be an app to automate this sort of stuff e.g. Just come one 5 minutes in the hour.
2012-02-24 04:36 AM
Yap, indeed, for back packers like me as well, the battery will not last long (1.5 days is lucky enough). The only solution I think I can share is to buy an external battery backup (e.g. powerbank, powerport, etc. [any usb capable chargers for iphone, ipods will also work]) so we can charge our phones anytime of the day when the battery is low.
2012-02-24 05:13 AM
I agree that your best bet here would be to by an extra battery, if there is no way of charging it. I am pretty sure that there is not a more powerful official battery. An external power source would do the job, but I doubt you'd want to carry the extra weight.
Ifor above mentioned using the phone is airplane mode when you can. This makes a huge difference if you're able to do that.