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Old February 22nd, 2010, 02:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Extended battery - good or bad?

Hi,

I keep looking at an extended battery for my Hero. The one I've seen is 2200mAh and comes with a new rear cover for around 20.

Have any of you bought one of these or similar? How much more life do you get than with the stock battery? Are there any downsides to it other than the increased phone thickness?

I'm currently getting around 20hrs out of my Hero with a full charge and frequent use through the day. If the extended battery increases this by a lot, it's probably worth my buying one.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not so sure about the hero but I remember someone with a magic bought a similar battery and there phone can go for about 2 days compared to one which is a real improvement

Shame I think the extended batteries and there cover's make the phones look so ugly
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's the idea of having a much thicker phone that's putting me off, but the added battery life would be great to have. Decisions, decisions!! I'm like Mavis from Open All Hours!
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I went and bought a 3000mAh battery (For 20). The increase in battery life is pretty large, it lasts more than twice as long. But, it is pretty dam chunky with it in (not very nice to hold), and the replacement cover isn't as good as the original either, so I don't use it day to day.

But for times where I dont know if I'll be able to charge my phone it's very useful.
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I went and bought a 3000mAh battery (For 20). The increase in battery life is pretty large, it lasts more than twice as long. But, it is pretty dam chunky with it in (not very nice to hold), and the replacement cover isn't as good as the original either, so I don't use it day to day.

But for times where I dont know if I'll be able to charge my phone it's very useful.
any chance of a photo so we can see what it looks like?
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any chance of a photo so we can see what it looks like?
There are some review and detailed pictures out here...

Mugen Power 1550mAh / 3200mAh HTC Hero Battery Review | HTC Hero | T-Mobile G2 Touch Blog
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for times where I dont know if I'll be able to charge my phone it's very useful.
That's a good point. It's not like your stock battery and cover are taken away from you when you buy a bigger battery - you can still use the stock bits when they're more appropriate and just use the juicy bits when you need them.

Could be really useful for weekends away and stuff.
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Hi,

I keep looking at an extended battery for my Hero. The one I've seen is 2200mAh and comes with a new rear cover for around 20.

Have any of you bought one of these or similar? How much more life do you get than with the stock battery? Are there any downsides to it other than the increased phone thickness?

I'm currently getting around 20hrs out of my Hero with a full charge and frequent use through the day. If the extended battery increases this by a lot, it's probably worth my buying one.

Cheers,
Jim
I got that very same battery I believe.

It's ideal for work, sure it makes the phone bigger but I can literally listen to music, surf the net, use widgets etc asmuch as I want and your guaranteed it will last you the day.

Infact yesterday I was hammering the phone pretty much constantly and only got it down to 50%. This was with WIFI connected for about five hours too.

For just normal usage it will last 3 days no problem.

I just switch the battery and cover over on the weekend when I have more access to my home PC, and it works a treat.
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I went and bought a 3000mAh battery (For 20). The increase in battery life is pretty large, it lasts more than twice as long. But, it is pretty dam chunky with it in (not very nice to hold), and the replacement cover isn't as good as the original either, so I don't use it day to day.

But for times where I dont know if I'll be able to charge my phone it's very useful.
Hi, was just wondering if you could please tell me where you got the 3000mAh battery from for 20 ? I've looked all over and the only place I can find is the main Mugen website, but it's not for that price.

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Hi, was just wondering if you could please tell me where you got the 3000mAh battery from for 20 ? I've looked all over and the only place I can find is the main Mugen website, but it's not for that price.

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Could be really useful for weekends away and stuff.
An alternative to a larger battery for occasional use is to get a powermonkey. Upside being that as well as recharging your hero it will also charge pretty much anything else you have to hand.
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Thank you for that, it is much appreciated.
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That's the one Although the replacement battery pannel is different from the pics vjprakashbe linked to.

EDIT: Ok here's a (blurry) picture of mine.



The phone is the original thickness at the top, so you can see how much extra bulk has been added.
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I also got the larger battery and extended cover, it lasted about a day as i couldnt put up with the size of the bleedin thing, my hero was no longer cool..
I've since got a 1750mah standard size one from ebay for 7.50.
Yes it's from Hong Kong but so far so good.
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1.30am and its still got a 50% charge with the 3000mAh battery. Had wifi on all day and I was playing a few games. I can easily live with the slight bulk when I simply know I don't have to worry about battery life.
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I think im going to pick up 2 extended life batteries, when im on motorcycle, i use my hero as gps so, i think this would be great.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Just bought a 2430maH battery of Ebay, Ill report my findings.

Currently on 16 hours with my 2 year old stock battery. With Medium to low use today
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Old June 26th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #18 (permalink)
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New Battery 2430mah on Friday.

Lasted 1 day 6 hours and I absolutely hammered it. Downloaded apps browsed the net for 45 mins used the navigation you name it I did it.

Very impressed. Its like having a new phone lasted nearly all weekend.....
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