How to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z30 battery

Z30 battery
By James Richardson on 10 Oct 2013 07:29 am EDT

Battery life is a bone of contention with any modern day smartphone. As screen displays have got bigger and more power hungry, gone are the days of a phone battery lasting more than a couple of days - even with light usage. The good news for new owners of the BlackBerry Z30 is that is is packing a whopping 2880 mAp battery - the biggest in any BlackBerry to date. Since I've been using the Z30, battery life has been fantastic but there are always tips and tricks to help you get some extra juice out of it. 

Here's just a few suggestions to make your Z30 battery last longer (if you need to). 

Screen Brightness. 

Although some applications on the Z30 use the dark theme you'll notice a big difference in battery consumption depending on your screen brightness level. Jump into settings and then display to access the brightness bar. The dimmer the screen - the less battery will be used. 

Unused Connections

With any smartphone, if you leave things such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC running while not in use its going to impact on your battery. As an example - if Wi-Fi is on it will constantly be searching for new available networks to connect to. So turn these things off when not in use. Go to settings and then network connections to toggle on and off. 

Screen Timeout

It's common sense that the longer your Z30 screen is on - the more power it will be using. You can adjust the timeout quite simply by jumping into settings and selecting display. Here you will find options to have the screen automatically turn off at times ranging from 10 seconds to 5 minutes. 

Application Refreshing

Many applications have the ability to auto-refresh as a designated time. If you are not using an app very often why do you need it to refresh every 5 minutes? So, increase the refresh time or set it to manual which means the app will only refresh when it is opened. 

Close Active Frames

Not all, but some apps will refresh themselves while in the Active Frame state. Closing down the Active Frame completely will resolve this issue. Just give a long press on the small x at the base of the Active Frame to shut the application. 

Chances are that if you are currently rocking the BlackBerry Z30 you will be over the moon with its battery life. The above tips may be obvious to many folk, but to new users they may well be the difference between a happy customer and a frustrated one. 

Reader comments

How to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z30 battery


Battery last at least 15 hours with heavy usage on 4G connection, on Wifi I'm sure it will last even longer.

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How to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z30 battery? Easy, don't use BBM

Oh and tip #2 is to use the awesome app monitoring app in settings on 10.2.1. You'll clearly see what is draining your battery, what is using all your data plan, etc.

Really BBM is that bad hey? I don't have a bb10 yet and BBM wasn't so bad on the old os. Has it gotten worse?

If you're active in a few groups, your Z10 battery will last 4-6h, the Q10's 12h and the Z30's 15h. That's half of what you usually get.

Just to clarify...

the battery is drained when there is a lot of activity in a group you are in (even if you are not active) or when you are active in one or several BBM 1 on 1 chats .
What I mean by "a lot" is several hundred messages a day.

Otherwise BBM will not drain your battery.

1 group x 10 participants x 10 messages each (morning, I agree, Fairfax is lying, BB's marketing sucks, I like the specs of the Galaxy Note 3 better and 5 more) = 100 messages. Easily reached in any active group.

Anybody joining an active group will notice the huge difference it makes and it's either you buy a couple of spare batteries or your become an iPhonian of 2010, running around like a headless chicken looking for a plug.

This is good for any battery on any phone, except for the active frames, which basically means close running apps.

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Pic was taken in a dark place or a place with less brightness, silver is shown as black. It's actually silver.

I noticed the Max Battery Booster app works well in the Z10. Obviously the app will be carried over to a Z30 on the 15th so it will be interesting to how much extra boost that will give.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z10

What exactly does a "battery booster" application do? It sounds like those "press here to increase your cellular signal" scam apps.

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SMSbynow,SMSbynow ,MY COMMENT ISN'T RELATED TO THE TOPIC , BUT PLEASE KEVIN WE NEED A SPOTLIGHT ON "SMSbynow", it has to be one of the top 2 best apps to have the blackberry 10 platform
********** 10 stars
SMSbyNow allows fast and efficient text notification to groups of your friends, family, teammates and customers on BlackBerry® 10!
You can also schedule sending of text and email messages to any time in the future. SMSbyNow is in its 15th release and comes with lot of features to make users most productive in their messaging tasks.

Sorry James will you be willing to remove the back cover (9 screws) and seeing if the battery is soldered on or can it be removed?

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There's a video on YouTube that answers your question. Search for z30 back cover opening + battery.

Only a fool thinks they know me.

Leave it on the table, go outside and do something.

Sent From My BlackBerry Z10 Powered By An Unlicensed Nuclear Accelerator

I'm fairly certain that NFC is battery neutral when left on and the device is not in use. At least it's marketed that way and your device screen has to be illuminated to tap an NFC tag (this is supposedly a security driven feature) so it probably isn't even enabled when the screen is turned off. Therefore, I think that turning it off may be ineffective at significantly reducing battery drain.

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So conclusion is only one: switch off all features we put in this phone, or swich off the phone to save battery!
How stupid it is???

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I think the idea is the same as "turn off the lights when you leave home".
Many people don't use BlueTooth or Wi-Fi or NFC. They can benefit from those advices.

Regarding the Wi-Fi for instance, I only want to connect to my home HotSpot so it makes sense to turn the feature off when I'm outside.
Otherwise it is a full waste of energy and bad for ecology.

SO many people leave their display at full brightness and wonder why their battery drains so fast. They never even considered turning the brightness down and just use it as it came out of the box. You would be surprised at the difference in battery life when you knock the brightness level down a bit.

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My Z30 battery life is pretty bad, just got it 2 days back, overnight the battery drain from 80% to 10% in the morning,

I have reset the settings now that to check emails every 4 hrs,

At home connected to wifi, hope the battery perform better in the next coming days,

I'm new to bb10 what else should I be doing

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Depending what apps u have updating or refreshing check all apps u have dowloaded & having 2 max 3 apps running ie:bbm & battery monitor etc

U shud be able to sync ur emails ASAP not every 4hrs & screen 30% min & u shud be good

Why make general tips sounds exclusive?
Make A post contain tips for BB10 as general, at least breaking it down to OS version, instead of making each for every device launched, and point them to that post.

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Sorry to say,
I bough the Z30, purely for teh CLAIMED battery life. . . . . . . .
But my new Z30 runs out of Juice just as fast as the Z10 does,
i have very little usage time , on voice as well as on data
but the battery is 75 % gone by end of day.
what if i had to use it extensively of one day, i am sure it would go dead.
i have tried all the power management tips, still no difference,
please tell me what am i doing wrong !!! or what can i do different