My phone has been suffering from a bad battery and random death.  I would keep my phone charging constantly in the car, at work, or at home, then when off the charger for a small period of time, I would notice that it was dead.  Totally dead; no charge left.  This has left me so completely aggravated that I have started to fantasize about using a BlendTec blender to fix the problem once and for all.

A coworker was nice enough to give me a spare battery they had and it seemed to help a little, but I would set my phone down or put it in my pocket, only to take it out later and it be shut off again!

Well, I’m happy to announce there is a simple fix in the form of a non-technical hack to solve this dilemma……the paper shim!

Simply fold a small piece of paper, or thin cardboard, the size of your cell phone battery and place it between your battery and the battery cover and voila!  Problem solved.

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Seriously, if you notice on newer smartphone handsets, the manufacturers have started to place small foam pads attached to the battery cover, such as this one on the new Motorola Droid.

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