May 26th, 2013, 11:54 PM
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Review of Anker 3100 mAh OEM replacement battery w/pics!!!
This is a review of Anker 3100 mAh OEM replacement battery for Note 2: Amazon.com: AnkerŪ 3100mAh Li-ion Battery For Samsung Galaxy Note 2/II, GT-N7100, SCH-I605(Verizon), SCH-R950(U.S. Cellular), SGH-I317(AT&T), SGH-T889(T-Mobile), SPH-L900(Sprint), fits Samsung EB595675LA: Cell Phones & Accessories
OK, so I'm taking a little break from all extended and external batteries, and decided to look into a regular OEM footprint 3100 mAh replacement from Anker. After all, there is no other way if you want use any of your fancy Note 2 cases. Why I decided to request a review sample from Anker? Well, I have looked into a bunch of so called OEM replacement batteries from ebay and read test results from others. It doesn't matter what those labels say, 3200 mAh, 3500 mAh, or even "gold" 4200 mAh. They NEVER deliver anything higher than standard 3100 mAh capacity, and in a lot of the cases the actual capacity is closer to 2000 mAh. As it was stated previous in many posts, it's physically not possible to fit higher capacity into standard OEM footprint for Note 2 battery. Period. And you will be lucky if you get one with capacity matching OEM.
With all that said, I have no idea what kind of steroids they have been feeding to Anker 3100 mAh (and I know it will not be possible for capacity to be higher), but after the first charge cycle I'm seeing results surpassing my OEM battery from Samsung. I charged it up in the morning and has been using it for 13 hours today. It was a relatively light use with about 1 hour of phone calls (while either paired up with Tone+ HB730 or my car bluetooth), checking emails and occasional web browsing. Nothing too intense, but I'm still at 83% of charge now. I know for the fact with my OEM battery I would be down in low 70s by now. I actually just read a bunch of amazon reviews, and see people confirming improved performance. Of course, the trick could be that OEM battery starting to show it's age after 6months of use where it can't hold charge as good anymore, and a fresh Anker 3100 will perform better. But nevertheless, I'm actually very impressed.
Other than that, the battery has the same dimensions as original one. Built quality seems to be the same as well. According to Anker it uses Grade A Cells and it has all the necessary over-load and over-voltage protection, and tested under strict quality control standards. As usual, it comes with 18-month warranty from Anker. It even includes a very well written instruction manual with some points on how to extend your battery life. There is also a double pack of these batteries you can get from Anker (on Amazon) where you get a bonus free wall charger. The wall charger is rated at 600 mA which is almost double of most of the cheap ebay chargers, but you still have to keep in mind it will not be as fast as charging the battery inside of the phone at 2A charge speed.
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