Jump to content

Improving battery life/ coverage


thatrandomguy

Recommended Posts

I was wondering if anyone could help in any way to improve my battery life. If this helps I have a jailbroken 5S

 

My school is mostly made up of older history buildings which means for Sprint I get almost no coverage due to the nearest tower being a couple blocks away and is blocked by other tall historic buildings.

 

A side note which is totally unfair for Sprint: I believe T-Mobile/AT&T have a tower on campus and Verizon's has nothing blocking the view of the school.

 

Anyway I know Sprint has 800 SMR deployed but for whatever reason Sprint iPhones prefer to hold onto a super weak 3G signal than switch to SMR which would mean much better battery life and better coverage.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was wondering if anyone could help in any way to improve my battery life. 

 

My school is mostly 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Turning off your phone while at school will improve battery life. 

  • Like 6
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes it would but I made this post also because I'm going to be spending a lot of time after school working on our musical and the coverage in there is atrocious. It's a really beautiful building just bad for Sprint coverage

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nothing you can really do besides turn off the radio to save battery.

 

 What I will do in bad coverage spots is turn on Airplane mode and then turn wi-fi back on and periodically toggle airplane mode back off and on so I can see if I missed any calls or texts.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On the topic of batteries. Does anyone know if my iPad charger for my iPad 4th gen is going to damage my 5s battery? I notice it charges significantly faster and I wouldn't want it to do something like a quick charge, or wear out the battery faster than usual.

 

Only reason I ask is that they've cut off my internet today (comcast blood suckers) because brighthouse is installing in out neighborhood so I am left without wifi, or airave=phone does fast.

 

Thank you

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes it would but I made this post also because I'm going to be spending a lot of time after school working on our musical and the coverage in there is atrocious. It's a really beautiful building just bad for Sprint coverage

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Connect to wifi whenever you can, throw it in airplane mode. Hopefully most of your friends and family have iPhones? So iMessage will work. If you need messaging, I would recommend turning of data if there is no wifi and just use normal texting. When data is inhibited that bad, it shows in your battery life when you try and use iMessage.

 

Other than that, turn off background notifications and push notifications etc. nothing really else you an do until 800 pops up.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On the topic of batteries. Does anyone know if my iPad charger for my iPad 4th gen is going to damage my 5s battery? I notice it charges significantly faster and I wouldn't want it to do something like a quick charge, or wear out the battery faster than usual.

 

Only reason I ask is that they've cut off my internet today (comcast blood suckers) because brighthouse is installing in out neighborhood so I am left without wifi, or airave=phone does fast.

 

Thank you

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

It charges it faster because iPad chargers push more volts/amps(necessary to charge the higher capacity battery in iPads). I'm pretty sure constant use of it would deteriorate your battery(due to your iPhones battery receiving higher voltage/amps than its rated for. Otherwise why wouldn't all iphone charges charge at that voltage? It's quite a bit faster lol.

 

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It charges it faster because iPad chargers push more volts/amps(necessary to charge the higher capacity battery in iPads). I'm pretty sure constant use of it would deteriorate your battery(due to your iPhones battery receiving higher voltage/amps than its rated for. Otherwise why wouldn't all iphone charges charge at that voltage? It's quite a bit faster lol.

 

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

ive wondered this for a while. I even asked an apple support specialist last night and they said it's okay. It confuses me on how it's okay when it clearly charges my phone faster which means it's at a higher voltage.

 

Thank you for your response.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

ive wondered this for a while. I even asked an apple support specialist last night and they said it's okay. It confuses me on how it's okay when it clearly charges my phone faster which means it's at a higher voltage.

 

Thank you for your response.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Honestly the applecare people arent that bright... Common sense dictates its not healthy for it, why else are there warning labels that state maximum safe voltages? Actually I think it says on the box or in the little paperwork packet they give you to only use chargers specific to your device...

 

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

 

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

You could think of it as putting premium gas in a car, for say a tank or two, that you've been putting regular gas in since you've owned it. Things aren't going to go well for you or you engine. :P

 

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

 

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I will refrain from using the iPad charger. I need this phone to last another year or longer, even tho I have AppleCare.... I don't want to pay out of pocket because my battery is dying.

 

Thanks again!

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Connect to wifi whenever you can, throw it in airplane mode. Hopefully most of your friends and family have iPhones? So iMessage will work. If you need messaging, I would recommend turning of data if there is no wifi and just use normal texting. When data is inhibited that bad, it shows in your battery life when you try and use iMessage.

 

Other than that, turn off background notifications and push notifications etc. nothing really else you an do until 800 pops up.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Well there's wifi at school but it varies from being worse than Sprint to under burdened LTE. Most of my friends do have iPhones but my parents have S3's so I usually just turn data off (unless it's lunch then I mostly get LTE ????) and leave cellular on. Thanks it sucks that there no way (so far) to change band priority or even force roam for better coverage.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The iPhone will receive a 5 volt current whether it is plugged into a computer, iPhone cube, or an iPad brick. That is because 5 volts is how powerful USB plugs are. The difference between the three styles of charging is the AMPERAGE at which the device is charged. A computer USB port charges the device at .5 amps, the iPhone cube charges the device at 1.0 amps, and the iPad brick charges the device at 2.4 amps. There is nothing wrong with having that slightly higher amount of amperage charging the device, it just charges it faster. Plain and simple. Doing this kind of charging has minimal to no impact on the battery. Voltage is known as "electrical pressure" which determines how, lets say, "powerful" the electricity that is entering the battery is. Amperage, on the other hand, is the rate at which electricity is allowed to enter into the battery.

 

Here's another example of this:

My family has a 2013 Chevrolet Volt, and when you plug it in to a normal home outlet, you can charge it at either 8 amps or 12 amps. Charging the car fully at 8 amps takes ~16 hours, and charging the car fully at 12 amps takes ~12 hours. Charging at either rate has no effect what-so-ever on the Lithium-Ion battery other than it taking longer to charge at the lower amperage. This DOES NOT damage the battery, because it receives a constant amount of voltage. The only thing that is different is the electricity is being put into the battery quicker at the higher amperage. There are higher tier chargers for the car (Level 2 and Level 3) that simply increase the amperage at which the car charges.

 

Moral of the story: Using the iPad charger to charge your iPhone has no adverse effects on the battery. This is coming from a person who has used an iPad charger since they had an iPhone 4S (I used to use the iPad 2 charger but then bought an iPad 4 charger when I got my iPhone 5 last year) and has yet to have any battery problems, and I also have extensively studied the phenomena known as "electricity". The iPad battery works the exact same way that your iPhone battery does... It's just bigger. ;)

 

-Anthony

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Anthony thanks so much. I've been looking all over the internet for a definitive answer even though I am not saying anyone on here was wrong.

 

Glad to hear that it won't effect the battery. Now that I think of it, almost every time I went to a friends house i used their iPad charger to charge my 4s. It did charge faster but I didn't notice my battery life decreasing after using it. And I was over there a lot.

 

Glad you cleared that up. I was about to contact apple and request the verification that says I can use the iPad charger for my iphone, even though it says online on the apple store that it is in fact, compatible with the 5 and 5s. Wow that's a lot of commas. Sorry for bad grammar.

On mobile.

 

 

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The iPhone will receive a 5 volt current whether it is plugged into a computer, iPhone cube, or an iPad brick. That is because 5 volts is how powerful USB plugs are. The difference between the three styles of charging is the AMPERAGE at which the device is charged. A computer USB port charges the device at .5 amps, the iPhone cube charges the device at 1.0 amps, and the iPad brick charges the device at 2.4 amps. There is nothing wrong with having that slightly higher amount of amperage charging the device, it just charges it faster. Plain and simple. Doing this kind of charging has minimal to no impact on the battery. Voltage is known as "electrical pressure" which determines how, lets say, "powerful" the electricity that is entering the battery is. Amperage, on the other hand, is the rate at which electricity is allowed to enter into the battery.

 

Here's another example of this:

My family has a 2013 Chevrolet Volt, and when you plug it in to a normal home outlet, you can charge it at either 8 amps or 12 amps. Charging the car fully at 8 amps takes ~16 hours, and charging the car fully at 12 amps takes ~12 hours. Charging at either rate has no effect what-so-ever on the Lithium-Ion battery other than it taking longer to charge at the lower amperage. This DOES NOT damage the battery, because it receives a constant amount of voltage. The only thing that is different is the electricity is being put into the battery quicker at the higher amperage. There are higher tier chargers for the car (Level 2 and Level 3) that simply increase the amperage at which the car charges.

 

Moral of the story: Using the iPad charger to charge your iPhone has no adverse effects on the battery. This is coming from a person who has used an iPad charger since they had an iPhone 4S (I used to use the iPad 2 charger but then bought an iPad 4 charger when I got my iPhone 5 last year) and has yet to have any battery problems, and I also have extensively studied the phenomena known as "electricity". The iPad battery works the exact same way that your iPhone battery does... It's just bigger. ;)

 

-Anthony

One thing you might be surprised about. The iPhone 5 and 5S charge at 1.0amp on MacBook Pro's with USB 3.0, so in theory it should work on any USB 3.0 equipped PC.

 

 

Sent from Josh's iPhone 5S using Tapatalk 2

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

One thing you might be surprised about. The iPhone 5 and 5S charge at 1.0amp on MacBook Pro's with USB 3.0, so in theory it should work on any USB 3.0 equipped PC.

 

 

Sent from Josh's iPhone 5S using Tapatalk 2

That might be because Apple actually makes good, high quality products ;)

 

-Anthony

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I guess the only reason they don't provide the bigger block charger is because that would go against apples packaging design. They would have to completely re design their box to put in that big bulky "iPad charger." While on the subject of good high quality topics....

 

In the 3 years I have had my mbp only now is my charger cable starting to fault and I believe that is because it got sucked into the vacuums. With proper handling of their charger cables, they last quite a while. I always think its funny when people complain their charger for whatever device does not work properly anymore because apple's chargers suck. (in fact its all over their website I believe). The white part on the charger cable is made for grabbing. Pulling on the cord to remove it is the incorrect way, and is what causes all of those faulty charger cables with the crinkled up end or exposed wiring. Psh.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • large.unreadcontent.png.6ef00db54e758d06

  • gallery_1_23_9202.png

  • Posts

    • Looks like there's a slightly taller building going up next door to where the decommissioned site used to be. Taking a look at StreetView, T-Mobile likely decommissioned the site because the east facing sector would blocked by the new building. If I had to guess, T-Mobile has already agreed to move to the roof of the new building and is just waiting for it to be completed to install the site there. What they should've done is just rearrange the sectors in the meantime but it seems like T-Mobile just bit the bullet and decommed the tower in the short term. — — — — — A permit was issued for a Sprint conversion at 150 Prospect Park West, finally filling in what is T-Mobile's largest coverage gap in Park Slope. Verizon is collocated on that building and AT&T has placed small cells along Prospect Park West to fill in coverage there while T-Mobile struggled using two sites, one at Grand Army Plaza at the far north and another at Bartel Pritchard Square to the far south.  
    • Yep, you can see the site was taken down between Aug 2022 and Apr 2023.
    • Verizon site at Woodbury Commons finally got C-band. I'm seeing upwards of 600Mbps there, a massive improvement over the <1Mbps I used to see. LTE is now at 10-20Mbps which is significantly better than before where speed tests would often fail. My only complaint is that C-band is super inconsistent. Not sure if it's a software issue but sometimes I'm connected to it and get the 600Mbps speeds previously mentioned and other times I connect and only see 15Mbps. Seems like whatever load balancing the network is trying to do is still shoving a ton of people to LTE, even in conditions where I have a strong C-band signal.  — — — — — You're absolutely right. The site on top of Bais Sarah Hall at 6101 16th Ave got decommissioned. Sad that they haven't installed a new site to fill in that coverage gap.  — — — — — In other news a carrier reached out to the board of my grandmother's building in Brooklyn about installing antennas on top of it so she called me today because she knows I map cell towers and she said a lot of people in her building, especially the folks on the upper floors, are worried about the health effects lol. I asked her if she knew what carrier it would be but she said she doesn't know. A quick glance at Cellmapper tells me it's either Dish or AT&T since Verizon and T-Mobile both have sites within a two block radius of her building but AT&T barely builds new sites so I'm leaning Dish. They're asking for a 25-year lease with an option to renegotiate the lease after 10-years. The board of her co-op said that if they do it, maintenance fees will go down since they'll be offset by the rent that the carrier would be paying them. She said she already voted in favor of it but she thinks that a lot of the older people in her building are against it.
    • Galaxy S7 FE most certainly doesn't have the same level of NR CA (if at all), it also looks like it doesn't have SA NR, so it's is inherently going to be much slower since most of the spectrum is now focused on NR rather than LTE. It's likely the same generation radio as the S21 (or maybe S20). Having trouble finding which it would be.
    • T-Mobile seems to be paying close attention to how much of B2 they refarm for NR, as on this trip down to South Padre Island I saw both 20x20 n25 and 20x20 B2 (but not both simultaneously) at various points on the trip. At South Padre itself, seems like someone else has 2.5 GHz licensed so the n41 setup here is 20+80 MHz. Speeds are still decent, but VZW has 100+60 MHz n77 live (and AT&T has some 80+40).
  • Recently Browsing

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...