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Old January 25th, 2013, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I just came across this in my news feed. I purchased one as a backup just to have because for $4.00 why not?
3,500mAh Battery for Samsung Galaxy Note II for $4 + free shipping

I am in no way affiliated with this website but I have bought from them in the past when I had my OG Droid. If this is against the rules to post this please let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!

edit: As donec has said you do NOT need to replace the back cover to get this battery to work!
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Hey guys, I just came across this in my news feed. I purchased one as a backup just to have because for $4.00 why not?
3,500mAh Battery for Samsung Galaxy Note II for $4 + free shipping

I am in no way affiliated with this website but I have bought from them in the past when I had my OG Droid. If this is against the rules to post this please let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!
No, you're golden, hdsixhundred.

Now if you'd spammed the place with links to that site, it'd be a different story.

And thank you for prefixing your thread "accessory."
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Cool beans! Thanks!
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Old January 25th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Got me one thanks.
BTW I did a little research before buying and just to let others know even though the battery is 3,500mAh instead of 3,100mAh according to my research you should not need to change the phone back and it can be charged the same as your original battery.
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Got me one thanks.
BTW I did a little research before buying and just to let others know even though the battery is 3,500mAh instead of 3,100mAh according to my research you should not need to change the phone back and it can be charged the same as your original battery.
Ah this is correct. I knew I forgot to put that in the original post! Thanks
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Just ordered one, thanks for posting! For the price worth a shot. I get great battery life, but a spare never hurts.

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I also ordered as a spare!
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If you are all ordering a spare, do you have external chargers? If so, can you recommend one, please!?
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If you are all ordering a spare, do you have external chargers? If so, can you recommend one, please!?
Cell Phone Battery Charger with USB Charging Port, FREE Shipping, Cell Phone Battery Charger with USB Charging Port

Use the same code of "1PCV0H" for free shipping. I should have added this to the deal as well! Cannot comment on quality however but I would assume its just fine. Doesn't hurt that its $2.69 as well lol.
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Sweet!! I ordered two batteries and the charger from the site for $10.67

Can't beat that with a bat!!
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Does this company ship from USA or from China?
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so, i'm guessing that this battery's charge should last a little longer than the original 3100 mAh battery, right?
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I bought one as well. Thanks for the tip.
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Does this company ship from USA or from China?
Well, since I've not got an answer here, I got it from the horses mouth instead:

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We locate in Hong Kong. Thank you.

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Ordered one. Even if it turns out to be a POS, it's only 3.99 and free shipping, it's worth a try.
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How long did it take to get here once you ordered it?
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Just ordered one, thanks for posting! For the price worth a shot. I get great battery life, but a spare never hurts.

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Just tried twice to by one but kept getting an error message. Oh well, we can't all get $4 batteries.
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Have not received it yet. When I do will let you know

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Well it is coming from Hong Kong.
I wonder how they can have free shipping and make a profit?
I'm gonna hold off ordering anything from them until I see how long it takes to get from Hong Kong to USA.
The price seems too good to be true....
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Well it is coming from Hong Kong.
I wonder how they can have free shipping and make a profit?
I'm gonna hold off ordering anything from them until I see how long it takes to get from Hong Kong to USA.
The price seems too good to be true....
Probably by paying the workers 2 cents per day...

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Well it is coming from Hong Kong.
I wonder how they can have free shipping and make a profit?
I'm gonna hold off ordering anything from them until I see how long it takes to get from Hong Kong to USA.
The price seems too good to be true....
I would assume this will take 2-3 weeks to arrive. Awhile back I ordered a crappy snap on case for my OG Droid and it took right at 2 weeks and 2 days to get delivered.
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Well it is coming from Hong Kong.
I wonder how they can have free shipping and make a profit?
I'm gonna hold off ordering anything from them until I see how long it takes to get from Hong Kong to USA.
The price seems too good to be true....
The profit is more a benefit to you as a buyer.
You're not paying for shipping.
If you were paying for shipping, you could receive your item sooner rather than later depending on what you pay for.....over night, express, etc.
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Well it is coming from Hong Kong.
I wonder how they can have free shipping and make a profit?
I'm gonna hold off ordering anything from them until I see how long it takes to get from Hong Kong to USA.
The price seems too good to be true....
They get free shipping by using space available. Meaning they find a ship or plane that has a load but has some space they have not filled and make a deal for that space. Sometimes shippers can actually make money by filling up empty space or they find someone returning from finishing their delivery but can't find a load going home and agree to carry some stuff for a promise of a larger load next time.
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They get free shipping by using space available. Meaning they find a ship or plane that has a load but has some space they have not filled and make a deal for that space. Sometimes shippers can actually make money by filling up empty space or they find someone returning from finishing their delivery but can't find a load going home and agree to carry some stuff for a promise of a larger load next time.
Ah. Well I don't like waiting that long for anything I order online.
I remember I ordered a housing for the Dell Streak last year from Hong Kong and it got here 21 days later.

Any places in USA that sells Samsung Note II accessories?
I don't mind paying more for as long as I get it here quicker.
The Note II is not a cheap phone, if one can afford the Note II, they can afford paying more for accessories.
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Ah. Well I don't like waiting that long for anything I order online.
I remember I ordered a housing for the Dell Streak last year from Hong Kong and it got here 21 days later.

Any places in USA that sells Samsung Note II accessories?
I don't mind paying more for as long as I get it here quicker.
The Note II is not a cheap phone, if one can afford the Note II, they can afford paying more for accessories.

It's a $4 battery with Free shipping. Do you NEED it this week or next? I would be willing to wager NO. A deal is a deal. Verizon/ATT would be more than willing to take some of that cash off your hands
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It's a $4 battery with Free shipping. Do you NEED it this week or next? I would be willing to wager NO. A deal is a deal. Verizon/ATT would be more than willing to take some of that cash off your hands
Well, I call it "If it is too good to be true" it probably is.
I'd be concerned about the quality.
I'm willing to pay more to get a better battery within 3 days.
If you can afford a Note II, you can afford to pay more for accessories.
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I'm willing to bet is a hit or miss kind of deal. I can imagine that the source of these batteries are the same source of branded batteries, the only thing is that it didn't pass a more rigid quality testing as required by the company who are selling the batteries. That doesn't mean it won't perform as well as a branded battery, it only means that you might have one that is good, but you can also have one that will be a lemon. I remembered buying a 2 extended battery + charger package, one battery did about half a year later while the other one was able to post my phone for more than a year and a half before showing signs of lower charge capabilities. Still it was a bargain at 12 dollars.

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They get free shipping by using space available.
China Post is heavily subsidized by shipments to and from US, UK and CA citizens due to trade agreement bullish. Basically they pay virtually zero duties on many things and by not declaring other things properly. Then our postal services essentially make free delivery (partly why US Postal Service and Canada Post are losing millions per year) on behalf of China Post. But when we return something to China however it's a whole different story because we don't get the equal trade benefits which China receives.

It was going to cost me $18 to return a $4 item that cost the sender $.08 USD at the time. The time it takes for things to arrive from China is due to these shipments being sent via shipping containers which are sent by sea rather then air freight which is more costly. Sometimes ships hit rough weather or need to take detours which can delay arrival by many days. Another factor is containers often get held up for various reasons such as missing paperwork or port and or customs delays.

Also by the time your package reaches US soil it can take in excess of 5 days just to get through the postal system to your door. So add a week at Sea/Ports and a few days to a week for China Post to actually get it out and this adds up to approx three weeks depending what port your package happens to arrive at.
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China Post is heavily subsidized by shipments to and from US, UK and CA citizens due to trade agreement bullish. Basically they pay virtually zero duties on many things and by not declaring other things properly. Then our postal services essentially make free delivery (partly why US Postal Service and Canada Post are losing millions per year) on behalf of China Post. But when we return something to China however it's a whole different story because we don't get the equal trade benefits which China receives.

It was going to cost me $18 to return a $4 item that cost the sender $.08 USD at the time. The time it takes for things to arrive from China is due to these shipments being sent via shipping containers which are sent by sea rather then air freight which is more costly. Sometimes ships hit rough weather or need to take detours which can delay arrival by many days. Another factor is containers often get held up for various reasons such as missing paperwork or port and or customs delays.

Also by the time your package reaches US soil it can take in excess of 5 days just to get through the postal system to your door. So add a week at Sea/Ports and a few days to a week for China Post to actually get it out and this adds up to approx three weeks depending what port your package happens to arrive at.
Exactly "some" of the reason I won't order anything that gets shipped from China. Last I time I did that in Jan 2012, it took 21 days before I got it. No more!
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I received the battery day. I purchased on Jan. 25th it was marked as SHIPPED on Jan. 27th and arrived Feb. 6th. Took roughly 10 days to arrive from date shipped which is not bad at all. I popped it into my phone to ensure it worked and was charged up to ~60%. I will charge this up tonight and let it fully discharge and see how long it can go. Photos below for anyone interested.

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Thanks for the info on this battery, everyone.
From my purely technical point of view, given the history of fires and explosions that have occurred on some electronics with even expensive batteries, I'd be more inclined to worry about such an occurrence given the $4 price tag (about 1/10th the OEM price). (The fire/explosion phenomenon occurs when impurities are present in the cells and they migrate due to charging/discharging repeatedly.)

There's no way I'd put my $700 phone, my $60 jeans, my $200 nightstand, etc. etc. at risk just to save a few bucks on a battery. I am, however, interested in the outcomes. I wish all the best to everyone who tries it. Please let us know your experiences here (good and/or bad).
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Got mine yesterday. Charged last night and put it in the phone this morning.
At 3h55m, the battery is 87%, which seems lower than the Samsung battery.

UPDATE:
Last night it was at 55% when I plugged it back in. Usually at 70-75% with the Samsung battery, but had slightly more use yesterday.

UPDATE 2:
First time I've seen the "Connect your charger" message last night after the hockey game (they lost.).
Seem like this is only going to be an emergency spare battery. With the Samsung battery, I never got below 50%.
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Just got it. Popped it in and working fine. Came at 60% charged..will give it a full charge and see what happens

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Got mine today...put it in and it's charging now. Will report how it handles a load tomorrow.
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Dropped 7% with no use in 46 mins. Not looking like its better than stock battery so far.
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Got my charger and a couple days later got my battery (ordered battery first).

Anyway the charger is only at best a 4.35vdc @ 3300 to 350mA charger which is less than a USB port (often 5vdc @ 500mA). So it will be slow like overnight to charge a run down battery.

When I checked my battery on arrival and it was at 67%. I tried to charge it up to 100% and it took 3 tries to reach 100% one over night in the charger and twice charging in the phone with the phone off to push it up to 100% (in phone charges from a 2A source). The last 2% were in the phone.

It does not really say anything bad about taking 3 tries to completely fill the battery the first time. Only the future will tell about quality.

I now have the new battery set aside and will try and see what the shelf life without drain is.

BTW the USB port (5.2vdc @ 800mA) on the charger is higher than the battery potion. Reason unknown.
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For $4-, it is charged and sitting in my glove box in the car. I'll the the chance for $4 to have a back up.

Not using this as a replacement to stock battery, just an extra.

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wow!

this battery lasted about one half the time compared to the stock battery.
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this battery lasted about one half the time compared to the stock battery.
Yes, they are junk.
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China Post is heavily subsidized by shipments to and from US, UK and CA citizens due to trade agreement bullish. Basically they pay virtually zero duties on many things and by not declaring other things properly. Then our postal services essentially make free delivery (partly why US Postal Service and Canada Post are losing millions per year) on behalf of China Post. But when we return something to China however it's a whole different story because we don't get the equal trade benefits which China receives.

It was going to cost me $18 to return a $4 item that cost the sender $.08 USD at the time. The time it takes for things to arrive from China is due to these shipments being sent via shipping containers which are sent by sea rather then air freight which is more costly. Sometimes ships hit rough weather or need to take detours which can delay arrival by many days. Another factor is containers often get held up for various reasons such as missing paperwork or port and or customs delays.

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Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for
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I got one of these batteries and have been doing a shelf life test to see how well it held up as a backup battery and so far here are my results....

Backup battery shelf life
100% 2-9-2013 1243
93% 2-10-2013 1846
92% 2-13-2013 1122
89% 2-24-2013 1240
89% 3-7-2013 1426
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Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for
Yes, but for a backup battery $4 is well worth it. If I have a problem with my primary I can live with it for the several days it would take to get a new OEM (or equivalent) battery.
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Yes, but for a backup battery $4 is well worth it. If I have a problem with my primary I can live with it for the several days it would take to get a new OEM (or equivalent) battery.
Which was what the OP initially said- a backup battery.
Some of the posts I've read in this thread come off as though this is supposed to be a replacement battery.

Truth be told- if this battery had performed BETTER than stock, those leaving negative comments would be praising it to the hilt and talking about the OEM battery is sitting in a drawer as a spare.
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