When I first got my HP Slate 7, the battery was partially charged and it was ready to set up. I turned it on and almost immediately plugged it in (after figuring out how to fit the two plastic pieces of the adaptor together), because prior experience with smartphone setup suggested this might take a while, and I’d want to play with my new gadget longer than the partial charge would last.
Mine is (Almost) Always ON
I tend to let my gadgets sleep, or go into idle mode, but rarely discharge the battery completely and often leave them on the charger overnight. This is because I have the patience of a gnat – and want the device at the ready when I want to use it. It’s probably not the greatest way to treat a battery, but there you have it. Rarely, this proves impossible due to a power outage – hurricane season, in Houston, can be rough – or during a long flight. For long car trips, I’ve found that my T-Mobile Universal USB Charger works just great for charging the Slate 7. So does the Motorola charger.
…Until It’s Really OFF
I had one brief, panicky moment, though, the first time I completely discharged the battery. The Slate 7 would not come on. There’s no light to indicate whether this is a dead or dying battery, or simply a dead tablet. And then I remembered having this problem, years ago, on my first Android smartphone. And on an older HP Mini, for that matter. I plugged it in with the power adapter, made sure it was connected to an outlet that had juice, and waited. Prayed a little. Read a book. Took a nap. I don’t know how long I managed to restrain myself from touching the thing (because from prior experience with the Garminfone and the Mini, I knew that it’d take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour, and there’s just no point in panicking or mourning a dead device until you’ve tried everything).
Short Press, Long Press, Mississippi Press
I pressed the power button. Nothing. I considered voodoo. Thought better of it. “Think happy thoughts,” I told myself. The Slate 7 was fully off, not just sleeping. I pressed the power button and held it in. Probably held my breath, too. “One Mississippi…two Mississippi…three Mississippi…” and somewhere between three and fifteen Mississippi, the HP logo came on and the start-up sequence began. This is normal.
I’ve seen a couple of mentions of this, so I thought I’d share my experience here: If the Slate 7 does not turn on when you press the power button, make sure it’s charged up – and if the battery is drained completely, charge it from 15 to 60 minutes. Don’t give up too soon and decide it’s dead or even that it needs a new battery. Then, any time the unit is fully off (not just “sleeping” in idle), you’ll need to press and hold the power button for anywhere from about 8 to 15 seconds (largely depending on just how fast you say “Mississippi”). This is not unique to the Slate 7, and could save you some time and frustration.
More Ways to Maximize Battery Life on Slate 7
The very first thing you should do is to check for updates from HP to your Android image. How? You may notice that updates have been pushed to your device, and you may be asked to restart your Slate 7. Be sure to do that at your first opportunity. You can also proactively check for updates:
- Touch the Settings icon from the notification bar, or go to the Settings app.
- Scroll to the bottom, and tap About. At the bottom of this screen, you will see the Build number. (As of July 30, 2013, this should say HP_Slate7, v1.05.8_user)
- Tap System updates. You will see the last-checked date. Tap Check now.
Verify that your system is up-to-date. (The current image, as of July 30, 2013, is 1.05.8. You can download v1.05.8_user here, put it on a supported microSD card, and use that to reimage your Slate 7 – however, this should not be necessary unless, for some reason, you are not automatically receiving updates, or something went wrong during the automatic update.)
Next, read Changing Power Settings and Modes on Your HP Tablet (Android 4.1/Jelly Bean) for more information about how to discover what’s running that may be draining your battery and how to stop it (or at least improve the performance).
Closing any open applications – especially games and other apps that may prevent the Slate 7 from going into sleep or idle mode – is also a good way to make your battery last longer between charges.
For questions about your HP Slate 7, be sure to visit the HP Forum for Android Tablets (e.g. HP Slate 7). If someone there helps you out, be sure to click Kudos or mark their answer as a Solution, if it solves your problem. Remember, the folks answering questions there are customers and employee volunteers – most of them do not work in customer support, and they may or may not know all the answers, but they are trying to help.
Yes, I work for HP. But I am also a customer, and this is my personal opinion and experience – which was not reviewed, edited, or endorsed by my employer. It doesn’t reflect anyone’s opinions but my own – and if you know me at all, you know I’m very opinionated. 😉 I’m not in marketing, engineering, or customer support – although I do volunteer time to help fellow customers out in the HP Forums and get to call myself an Expert.