This is my first smartphone and I’m still getting used to how much charging it requires.
I’ve got into the habit of checking the battery level before going to bed and charging it overnight if it is predicted to run out before I want to wake up (as I use the Fairphone as an alarm clock). However I’m a bit puzzled at the predicted time for the battery, to put it mildly. The other day (when I’d had the FP2 plugged into my laptop pretty much all day), it reported a battery level of 85% but said it had less than a minute left. I assumed that was a bug in the display, so apart from switching off the Wi-Fi I let it be overnight. The following day I had it connected to my laptop (apart from going out for half an hour) but it ran out of power by early afternoon. I then had the opportunity to connect it to a charging hub on a bus: this had no effect on the outward journey but somehow it did manage to charge up to 50% on the return journey.
Then at bedtime the battery display said “33% - approx. 4 hours left”, so I attached the FP2 to a charger at the wall socket. I’ve had this particular charger for a few months, after the previous socket charger I’d used with my Nokia phone (apparently) stopped working. I admit I bought this newer charger from the mobile-phone equivalent of a convenience store, but it seemed to work OK apart from being a bit sporadic on trains. However on one earlier occasion it failed to charge overnight, despite the red light on the plug being on. I have taken extra care to ensure that the USB pin is plugged in, including keeping the FP2 as close to the socket as possible to avoid undue tension on the cable. But last night the problem surfaced again - it didn’t charge, it went completely flat and I overslept.
I’ve switched on my laptop and connected the FP2. No joy - it switched on briefly, complained that the battery was low and went flat. Since then I’ve taken the battery out and in, I’ve tried the wall charger again, I’ve removed the back cover, I’ve tried to reboot but there’s no response from the button at all.
I’ve got a meeting later today for which I’ve been instructed to have a fully-charged mobile. Tomorrow I’m going on holiday, so there’s no time to order anything online, whether from Amazon or somewhere more ethical (why on earth doesn’t sell FP sell its own tried-and-tested chargers??). I guess my only option is to visit a high-street chain like the Carphone Warehouse, not that I expect their staff to have any familiarity with FPs.
I’m not aware of any FP community nearer than London (I’m in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire). In fact I don’t know of anyone else IRL who has a FP, so don’t bother suggesting I play around with a friend’s battery.