How to Tell When the BlackBerry Phone Battery Doesn't Work

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How to Tell When the BlackBerry Phone Battery Doesn't Work
Don't throw your Blackberry away; it may just be the battery. (Frustrated Punk Businessman on his Cell Phone image by Scott Griessel from

Your BlackBerry is probably one of the most indispensable tools you have. It is not only your phone but your means to listen to music, answer e-mail, text, and keep up with work documents and your calendar. When your BlackBerry begins to power off after a short period of time, or the battery seems to not hold a charge, you need to troubleshoot the problem. With a few simple tips, it's easy to tell whether the issue is a bad charger or whether your BlackBerry's phone battery does not work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry charger

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  1. 1

    Plug your charger into your BlackBerry and then into a power source (wall socket or car-charging socket, depending on your type of charger). If the screen does not immediately default to the full display clock or if the battery icon at the top left of your screen does not show the charging emblem, then the problem is with your charger. The connectors at the ends of the chargers will become loose after a period of use, and you may have to replace them. If your BlackBerry is charging just fine, proceed with the next step.

  2. 2

    Unplug the charger from your phone.

  3. 3

    Look at the battery icon at the upper left corner of your screen. If you see a red line across the icon, then the BlackBerry has detected that there is something wrong with the battery and you need to replace it. If there is no red line across the icon, proceed to the next step.

  4. 4

    Time the charge. With the battery icon showing that you have a full charge, keep track of the time your battery lasts. If you are getting less then three hours of talk time, your battery is not working properly. If you are getting less than six hours of standby, again, your battery is not working. If you unplug the phone from the charger and it immediately turns off, your battery is completely dead and needs to be replaced.

Tips and warnings

  • The BlackBerry uses a lithium-ion battery. While it can be charged almost constantly (unlike lithium batteries, which should be charged only every other day), the battery can be easily drained if you use the backlight or programs on your BlackBerry that run in the background. Follow the tips in the Resources section to help maximise your cell phone battery life.
  • Make sure you use a battery that is specifically designed for the BlackBerry or you run the risk of damaging the internal electronics of the device.

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