Question about T-Mobile Sidekick® 3 Cellular Phone
My sidekick seems to have a problem that I can't figure out. I charge it in the night and wiggle the cord until it can stay. It cuts off from time to time but when its time for me to use it it shows 4 bars on the battery for the whole day. But when its about to die it goes down to 3 bars and takes 10 minutes after to die, and if I let it die it restarts itself over and over until it's completely dead. But I don't know what's the problem, can somebody help me?
It's the battery going bad. The issue you are seeing is caused by the battery meter not being calibrated.
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Use the tips below from http://www.repairmysidekick.org/Improve-Sidekick-Battery-Life to train the new battery
This trick really only works within the first week of use. If you've used the device for 2 months already, this won't help as much (but it'll still help). Keep in mind, when I say "train the battery," I mean RECALIBRATING THE BATTERY METER:
A) I cannot stress enough that the initial charge out the box is crucial. Instructions state you should charge the device 6-8 hours upon initial start up. Most people are so geeked by getting the device that they yank it off the charger 3-4 hours later so they can go out and floss their sidekick. HUGE mistake. Despite evey urge to do so, let it charge at least 6 hours out the box.
B) Now, for the next couple of days try and let your device totally drain out it's battery before you charge it again. I've had a couple nights where I come back from work with the device already dead (Sucks for my commute, but well worth it in the long run). When you finally do plug it in, make sure it charges 4-5 hours minimum before you remove it. I usually leave them plugged in overnight...
C) You'll begin to notice an improvement in your battery life. Your device now has new "baselines" for when it's full and when it's not. Keep it up for another day or so (but don't waste an entire week doing it) and then you're set. Sometimes I would bypass the old automatic cutoff for charging by charging it while off just to make sure I "topped it off" (NOT reccomended for consistent charging, tho').
So that's what I did, and have done for every SK device since the CSK. My replacement now lasts me 18+ hours with heavy browsing, IMing, texting, and 1.5 hours of MP3 usage(commute). By the time I walk in my door, I usually have 1 bar left or the battery warning (which now lasts me about 30 minutes)...
Many have said I'm lying, and that it's impossible to "train" a lithium ion battery, but if you are consistant out the box, you can definitely recalibrate the battery meter to peak accuracy... Heck, my old SK2 used to last me 2 days solid (at least) between charges.
Other tips for conserving battery life:
1) Turn your brightness down as low as you can tolerate.
2) Try and avoid being on all 3 IM clients at the same time for any extended period.
3) If you use SMS-driven services like Upoc & Twitter, know when to ".off"
4) Music Player is 2nd only to phone calls in terms of being the biggest battery drainer. If you use the Music Player for 2+ hrs, you might want to consider and Ipod and an SKID.
5) Make sure that you clear out of the photo app completely, especially if you just took a picture. If you just "Jump" out, the device still keeps the camera rolling, adding more battery drain. Make sure you "Done" out of the camera app to be safe...
6) Make sure you try and keep the battery as cool as possible. The hotter the battery is over time, the less use you will be able to get out of it. Try to charge the device on something that displaces heat (like a table or desk) rather than something that'll absorb it (like a pillow/bed) for maximum efficiency... (Thanks, scenekick!)
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
Maybe it's battery. Try to use another maybe helps.
If not it's problem with software in it, what is connected with power point-battery and its showing low battery and switching off.
Second what you can do is to clean connection inside maybe it's stuck something and not giving the power in.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
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