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Old August 30th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Battery from ebay, 2 batteries + Charger for $10.

We all know the battery on this phone suck. I am able to get a full days worth of use if I limit my use on the phone. For most of the time that is fine, I can do that. But there are some days where I am out on the road and I need to use this phone for more than making phone calls.

So I decided to buy an extra battery. OEM samsung battery are about $40. There is no way that I am going to spend $40 on a battery. So I checked out ebay and they had a kit for about $10 with 2 batteries and a independent charger, meaning you can charge your extra battery outside of the phone. The battery itself looks well made, it did not look like a generic black battery. It looks just like the OEM battery that you get, but instead of saying made in China on the stock battery it said made in Japan finished in China. I know tags don't mean much because they can put just about anything they want but the point is it looks nice.

Since it was shipped from Hong Kong it took forever to get here, about 24 days. But it was well worth it. The battery life seems to last longer. I don't have any scientific proof but it does from the 3 days that I had it.

I am going to admit that I will not carry the extra batteries with me everyday. I will only bring it when I know I need to use the phone off site of work. I know it is a PITA that you have to carry another battery with you but I see it a different way. I can use the phone without worrying about the batteries dying on me.

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bout 3 different post on this but yea we already came to the conclusion they gave us half ass batteries and the 2 battery plus charger deal for 10$ on ebay is well worth the money.
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bout 3 different post on this but yea we already came to the conclusion they gave us half ass batteries and the 2 battery plus charger deal for 10$ on ebay is well worth the money.
Wow really? I haven't been on this forum searching, but I guess I am the lucky one. So far I've only used one of the battery from ebay and it gave me just as good if not a little bit better than stock.
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Hell, I won't even lie, I carry both spares with me, in addition to the one which is already in the phone. I have been known to burn through two and then some before the day is out!
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Wow really? I haven't been on this forum searching, but I guess I am the lucky one. So far I've only used one of the battery from ebay and it gave me just as good if not a little bit better than stock.
well the half ass battery i speak of is the one that came with the phone itself, it does get better over time the more you completely drain and fully charge it. Give it a shot.
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Did you get the kit with black charger or the white charger? The white one looks like you have to adjust the prongs. Also will the charger charge the phone and battery at the same time? Some pics show a USB port.
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The one I got for $10 on ebay with 2 batteries is black with no USB. It shows a red LED light when charging and a blue one when charged.
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I think the one I got has usb. Its black and had red/blue light
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Did anyone go for the pack with the car charger too?
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I didn't realize "half-assed battery" was the consensus. Like anyone, I'm always interested in ways to get MORE battery life, I get more life out of my Captivate, doing a lot more intensive stuff, and more often, than my fiancee gets out of her iPhone. With full brightness (unless I'm sitting in the dark), live wallpaper, a dozen widgets, multiple background apps and fulltime data, I can just barely drain the battery to the point that the radio shuts off by the time I go to bed.

That said, the minute someone puts out a higher capacity battery for this thing, I'm all over it. Just because better is better, even if stock isn't (imo) bad.
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no truly it isnt bad but it isnt great either the after market batteries are out lasting the oem ones we got...its kinda sad...
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I didn't realize "half-assed battery" was the consensus. Like anyone, I'm always interested in ways to get MORE battery life, I get more life out of my Captivate, doing a lot more intensive stuff, and more often, than my fiancee gets out of her iPhone. With full brightness (unless I'm sitting in the dark), live wallpaper, a dozen widgets, multiple background apps and fulltime data, I can just barely drain the battery to the point that the radio shuts off by the time I go to bed.

That said, the minute someone puts out a higher capacity battery for this thing, I'm all over it. Just because better is better, even if stock isn't (imo) bad.
The FM Radio ? If so, how did you get it working ?
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...So I checked out ebay and they had a kit for about $10 with 2 batteries and a independent charger
Do you have a link to the seller or the sellers ebay name ?

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Yes please show the link for the sellers name that is really cheap! I would love to have that. Battery life on this pretty awesome phone is terrible!
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Yes please show the link for the sellers name that is really cheap! I would love to have that. Battery life on this pretty awesome phone is terrible!
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I just ordered mine.
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Thank you so very much!
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I was just wondering how long did the batteries take, since its being sent from China ?
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The First Link, yes (that auction is over) the Second (The sellers) is still working for me.

From the Sellers link, you should be able to find any of the active auctions.
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i bought the 2 aftermarket battery + charger pack on ebay and although i do not regret the decision to buy, I'd point out that the batteries seem to carry 2/3 or less the capacity of the OEM battery. It might just be mine though. The charger also does not charge any battery to 100%. Leaves it charged around 88% even after a full night.
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i bought the 2 aftermarket battery + charger pack on ebay and although i do not regret the decision to buy, I'd point out that the batteries seem to carry 2/3 or less the capacity of the OEM battery. It might just be mine though. The charger also does not charge any battery to 100%. Leaves it charged around 88% even after a full night.

Didi you buy yours from the same seller ?
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Well got my Charger & Batteries today, so far, seems ok Charging them now. (No flames at least )
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ordered mine today
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Thanks VERY much for the info. Just ordered from the second link.
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I saw Samsung-brand battery on amazon for less than $20 incl shipping these days... not too bad.

Amazon.com: OEM Samsung Standard Li-Ion Battery for Samsung Captivate i897 Vibrant T959 EB575152VA: Cell Phones & Service
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I ordered mine yesterday......can't beat this deal for $10. Just have to be patient for it to arrive.
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Just got these in the mail today. It seems that I received the wrong charger. The Batteries don't fit or want to stay in? I.E. the Batteries are bigger than the charger itself. Anyone else have these issues?
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i got mine amazon.com $17 works great - I have cognition 2.2 great but bad on battery - good luck
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Just got these in the mail today. It seems that I received the wrong charger. The Batteries don't fit or want to stay in? I.E. the Batteries are bigger than the charger itself. Anyone else have these issues?
No, mine was fine.

Did you contact the seller, it may of been an honest error.
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I have not yet contacted the seller. Im going to right now. BTW what number do you have on the charger itself. I just noticed mine says "for Samsung i8910/B7300" Different phone different battery size?
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I have not yet contacted the seller. Im going to right now. BTW what number do you have on the charger itself. I just noticed mine says "for Samsung i8910/B7300" Different phone different battery size?
I don't have my charger with me right now, but I did post a picture of it a few post back.
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shoppinghome99 is a stand up seller. The charger that I received was the wrong one. He is sending the correct charger, his mistake. I would recommend this ebayer!
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For those who ordered the $10 kit and have used them...Are you happy with the results?
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For those who ordered the $10 kit and have used them...Are you happy with the results?
Quite, and glad I got it, my wife often forgets to charge her phone so I've swapped hers when we're running and she notices her phone didn't get charged in the last few day.
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Ordered these last night, I killed my battery with in 8 hours today
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Here is how i seem to get a bit more battery life. I charge it overnight with the phone off. In the morning i turn it on with the charger still plugged in. My battery icon says 100% but it still charges for a while. I used to unplug it before turning it on but the battery icon would show 98% even tho it was charging all night..
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The key to solve everyones battery problems... 3 easy steps!!!

I did this and i get 2 days HEAVY use, and I MEAN HEAVY:

DISPLAY 3H 56 MINUTES
CALLS 56 M
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1.) Throw away the OEM charger. its a bin part for their bluetooth head sets.

2. go get an HTC usb USB wall charger, or one that produces a FULL 1 AMP (1000 ma) on the output, with 5v. any UL device will say the output on the charger itself.

WHY? the captivate is rated at 1000 ma, or 1 amp. the battery is 3.7 volt @ 1500 MA !!!! and here is the problem... SAMSUNG GIVES YOU A 700 MA CHARGER!!! WTF SAMSUNG?

3.) retrain your battery. the longest part of the process!!!

wait for your battery to go completely dead!!! until the device shuts off!!!
charge it with the new wall charger for 12 hours... with it off... I mean off...then:
---use your phone normally, u wont notice a change just yet. use it over a day as u normally would. run the battery completely dead again.
do this for 2 weeks strait. im serious. it sucks, but u have to do this.

after about the 6th day, you will notice that your battery will go a little more each day.

after the 2 weeks, you should have about 25% more life. why?

OEM gives you a 700 ma charger @ 3.7 volts. your battery is rated at 1500 ma.
Rule of thumb for charging? 2/3 the capacity of the battery for ma, with oem your getting less than half.

THIS IS WHY YOUR BATTERY SUCKS!!!! ITS THE CHARGER!!!

ALSO, there is an error in the charging display when the phone is on. when you get that message on the screen "battery is full, unplug charger" turn off your phone while still being plugged in. the battery picture will show the battery still charging, and it has about 15 percent more to go... dont believe me? try it yourself... ONLY WHEN THE PHONE IS OFF WILL IT CHARGE IT 100%, and the battery icon will say 100% when fully charged.

then u can try these things to:
First things first, get an app killer.
dont run those INSTANT UPDATE facebook/twitter acounts, they should only update when the screen is on (a setting in the app killer).
live wall paper--if you must, run one thats dark in color. i personally use the starfeild, as it is mostly black and it is a small file.
i have a brightness toggle, goes from full to minimum with a touch. i dont use the automatic screen adjustment, for some reason it dims it in sunlight and brightens in the dark... it should be reversed if u ask me.

So thats it. i have done this with my battery, it was built in august (the battery) and the preformance is outstanding.
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...get an HTC USB wall charger, or one that produces a FULL 1 AMP (1000 ma) on the output, with 5v.
I just dug through my usb chargers and found a Belkin 1amp 5.5v. Does the extra .5v pose a problem?
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no, ACDC only draws what volts it needs... your good.
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I just dug through my usb chargers and found a Belkin 1amp 5.5v. Does the extra .5v pose a problem?

your good!!! most companies dont put that extra .5 v on the end, USBs tend to be all across the board on output, from 4.8v to 5.8... ACDC only draws what volt it needs anyway. if you look at some wall chargers (non usb) the output will read 110=/-120, with a squiggile equal sign. it means the charger is tollerant of 110 to 120 volt variation, and will produce the same current.
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Does the battery actually charge faster?

If not, then the phone is limiting the charge .... so its the retraining of the batteries and your smart settings that are getting you extra running time.

I think mine has been as long as 5 hours on the PC cable charging .... crazy long !!! I have a 120v-->5v/1000ma output charger for my ipod .... haven't used it yet though

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1.) Throw away the OEM charger. its a bin part for their bluetooth head sets.

2. go get an HTC usb USB wall charger, or one that produces a FULL 1 AMP (1000 ma) on the output, with 5v. any UL device will say the output on the charger itself.

WHY? the captivate is rated at 1000 ma, or 1 amp. the battery is 3.7 volt @ 1500 MA !!!! and here is the problem... SAMSUNG GIVES YOU A 700 MA CHARGER!!! WTF SAMSUNG?

Im no expert but wont a higher powered charger only allow faster charging, and even then its up to the phone to determine what is acceptable charge rate?

battery conditioning likely makes the biggest difference.
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no, ACDC only draws what volts it needs... your good.
What about using a charger tha puts out 2ooo ma?

By the way I'm trying your tip...I'll keep you posted.
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I thought lithium ion batteries didn't have a memory problem. Why do you need to "train" them?
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Yep, I got mine too! $10 shipped....great deal. I love having two backup batteries at all time......I can't remember the last time I plugged the phone in directly.

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I did a couple of rounds of complete chare and complete discharge when I first got the phone, and my battery seems to be very ok. Though this morning I put it through some somewhat heavy browsing and usage which brought me down to 65% within 3hrs of turning it on at 100% charge.

Now, I usually have my USB cable with me, so I can just pop it into the USB port on my computer at work to charge it, however I would like to be able to just forget it at home on most ocasions, and I know there will be times when I won't have access to a charger and will be using my phone rather heavily (Geocaching..).

So... I went ahead and bought those two batteries from ebay. Hopefully it works out. If not, the charger will be good to have, and I can buy an official Samsung one later.
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no, ACDC only draws what volts it needs... your good.
This is not true at all.

A device will only draw what current (amps) it needs, up to the max capacity of the charger, but the volts are constant and it has to accept whatever volts is supplied (pushed) by the charger.

That said, tolerances should easily allow the extra 0.5V.
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Here is a link on Amazon for a charger and 2 1500ma batteries.

Amazon.com: 2x Battery + Travel Charger for Samsung Sprint Epic 4g, Galaxy S, Fascinate, At&t Captivate, T-mobile Vibrant, I9000, I897, T959: Cell Phones & Accessories

It would help to know what ma the charger is though.

Edit: 350ma.....WEAK

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Here's a high capacity battery - 1600ma
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-1600mAh-EXTENDED-BATTERY-SAMSUNG-CAPTIVATE-i897-/350410176470?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item519612f7d 6
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