As much as i didnt want to admit at the time, I guess it was the battery from the get go. I replaced the battery with one from amazon for under $5, problem is resolved. with the latest verizon update, and Advanced Task Manager running to kill idle tasks, my droid is now back to sucking like normal, and not dieing within 11 hours of taking it off a charger.
grab one from amazon:
and stop wasting your time. i wasted enough time, especially considering the replacement is only FIVE DOLLARS.