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  1. TimmyB's Avatar
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    I've seen a few posts that say bluetooth causes quite a bit of battery drain. I don't use a headset but I do use it through my TomTom GPS as a hands-free unit in the car. I know that Power Hero will turn on bluetooth as needed for a headset; however, my TomTom must connect when it starts up, which is when I start the car. It would be a pain to have to turn bluetooth on every time I enter the car and off when I leave. Any suggestions, or am I worried too much about how much power it takes?
    tim
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    Tim,

    I use BlueFang on my 680. It can be configured to turn BT on when you launch an app and turn it off again when you exit it.

    I have mine set up to turn on when I launch TomTom and then turn off again when I exit.

    Give it a go - It's freeware.

    http://www.geocities.com/SiliconVall...ng/ReadMe.html

    K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colonel k View Post
    Tim,

    I use BlueFang on my 680. It can be configured to turn BT on when you launch an app and turn it off again when you exit it.

    I have mine set up to turn on when I launch TomTom and then turn off again when I exit.

    Give it a go - It's freeware.

    http://www.geocities.com/SiliconVall...ng/ReadMe.html

    K.
    Thanks, colonel! I'll give it a try.

    Why does this version of bluetooth take so much battery power? My old phone (motorola v557) had it on full time and I needed to charge maybe every 3-5 days.
    tim
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    I 2nd Blue Fang and there is also Power Hero to look at. The link is http://www.hobbyistsoftware.com/power-hero-more.php

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    OK, I tried Blue Fang, but I don't think it is going to do what I need. Maybe I didn't explain my first post clearly enough.

    I am not using TomTom on my Centro. I have a TomTom device (a Go 510, if that matters) in my car. It has bluetooth and a nice speaker and microphone. When I start my car, the 510 connects via bluetooth to the phone (which doesn't ever leave my pocket) and all calls are handled by the 510. When I turn off the car and power down the 510, it hands back contol of all calls to the phone. I have used this for over a year with no issues. The bluetooth on my motorola v557 didn't seem to drain the battery any faster than my wife's identical phone, even though it was always on. I wonder why bluetooth drains our Centros so fast.

    Maybe I should just use PowerHero, as many have suggested. It won't help the bluetooth issue, but maybe it will manage my power so much better that I won't care as much!
    tim
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    since it's only when in your car and using bluetooth and tom tom, why not just plug the car charger into your Centro when you get in the car?

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