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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hyperion 4000 extended battery mini review

I was hoping there would be an official extended battery, but looks like that has yet to happen. That said, I bought a Hyperion 4000 extended battery for $21 delivered. Here are the pluses and minuses:

+ So far, the 4000 mAh rating appears to correlate with the results. I am getting in the region of 90% better battery life for my own usage. I will not bother being too specific, since usage is too subjective. At any rate FWIW, I get 7 to 8 hours medium to heavy use with the stock 2100 and getting about 13 to 14 hours use with Hyperion 4000.
+ The battery appears well built and professional in presentation (not a cheapo).
+ The cover design is more tapered with a decent finish and not a rounded hump or as slick as some others are. Seems anything bigger would start getting too big & heavy, IMO.
+ The camera, flash and speaker are recessed. I like this, since provides better protection.
+ The extra space in the cover provides two indirect advantages: The speaker sounds fuller (kind of like a real weak passive subwoofer) and the device seems cooler when using GPS or other uses that can cause heat spikes. Added: The speaker effect is slight, so please do not read anything more into it than that.
+ Though heavier, the device feels more comfortable to hold.
+ Apparently has NFC, but I will probably never use the function.
+ The price. You can buy three of these for the price of some other options.


- Hard to find cases, but Hyperion actually has one. Not ordered it yet, since wanted to first see how the battery panned out. I did buy a belt loop case recently that fits it well (I like belt loop cases since can not slip off by accident).
- Though not as slick as some covers are, the extra weight creates more potential to drop it. I am going to probably order the Hyperion case now, but that of course will make the device a tad bigger... Looks like something Batman would carry (the black does). I guess a little bigger is better than a little broken

Links & info for the battery:

Amazon.com: Hyperion Samsung Galaxy SIII 4000mAh Extended Battery + Pebble Blue Back Cover (Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung i747, Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung i535, T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung

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Amazon.com: Hyperion Samsung Galaxy S III Extended Battery HoneyComb TPU Case Black (Hyperion Retail Packaging) **Compatible with ALL Hyperion, Qcell, Onite, Anker, and most Generic Galaxy S3 Extended Battery Models**: Cell Phones & Accessories

Links & info for the case I recently bought that fits well:

Amazon.com: Premium Horizontal Leather Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 Slll i9300 (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories
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Old July 29th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was hoping there would be an official extended battery, but looks like that has yet to happen. That said, I bought a Hyperion 4000 extended battery for $21 delivered. Here are the pluses and minuses:

+ So far, the 4000 mAh rating appears to correlate with the results. I am getting in the region of 90% better battery life for my own usage. I will not bother being too specific, since usage is too subjective. At any rate FWIW, I get 7 to 8 hours medium to heavy use with the stock 2100 and getting about 13 to 14 hours use with Hyperion 4000.
+ The battery appears well built and professional in presentation (not a cheapo).
+ The cover design is more tapered with a decent finish and not a rounded hump or as slick as some others are. Seems anything bigger would start getting too big & heavy, IMO.
+ The camera, flash and speaker are recessed. I like this, since provides better protection.
+ The extra space in the cover provides two indirect advantages: The speaker sounds fuller (kind of like a real weak passive subwoofer) and the device seems cooler when using GPS or other uses that can cause heat spikes. Added: The speaker effect is slight, so please do not read anything more into it than that.
+ Though heavier, the device feels more comfortable to hold.
+ Apparently has NFC, but I will probably never use the function.
+ The price. You can buy three of these for the price of some other options.


- Hard to find cases, but Hyperion actually has one. Not ordered it yet, since wanted to first see how the battery panned out. I did buy a belt loop case recently that fits it well (I like belt loop cases since can not slip off by accident).
- Though not as slick as some covers are, the extra weight creates more potential to drop it. I am going to probably order the Hyperion case now, but that of course will make the device a tad bigger... Looks like something Batman would carry (the black does). I guess a little bigger is better than a little broke

Links & info for the battery:

Amazon.com: Hyperion Samsung Galaxy SIII 4000mAh Extended Battery + Pebble Blue Back Cover (Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung i747, Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung i535, T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung

Links & info for the case:

Amazon.com: Hyperion Samsung Galaxy S III Extended Battery HoneyComb TPU Case Black (Hyperion Retail Packaging) **Compatible with ALL Hyperion, Qcell, Onite, Anker, and most Generic Galaxy S3 Extended Battery Models**: Cell Phones & Accessories

Links & info for the case I recently bought that fits well:

Amazon.com: Premium Horizontal Leather Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 Slll i9300 (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories
Will it still fit in the Samsung S3 charging dock?
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I do not know, since do not have one.
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I do not know, since do not have one.
Most of the OEM docking stations are only designed to fit w/ the phone having the regular size battery in. From my personal expierence.
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Hyperion sells a dock with spare battery charger built in, but not sure if it will fit the extended with phone in the dock. I will send an email to them and ask. A review comment made me think it might not, else I would have assumed it would fit, since Hyperion sells the extended battery.
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I am thinking of getting that exact "combo" from amazon. The TPU case, since its some type of silicone, how hard does it make it taking out of the horz side case? That TPU case sure look very "grippy" and would be hard to get out of the case. Also, could you tell me its new "thickness" (in inches) with the 4000mah batt and TPU case?
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for more horz side cases/pouches, check out this link

Samsung Galaxy S3 Horizontal Cases & Pouches - Samsung Galaxy S3 Cell Phone Accessories

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I do not have the TPU case, so do not know. Agreed it looks very grippy, which seems a good thing.

Added:

Really does look likes a Batman prop.
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I do not have the TPU case, so do not know. Agreed it looks very grippy, which seems a good thing.

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Really does look likes a Batman prop.
ok, understood about the TPU.

So what is the "thickness" of it with the 4000 extended battery?
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About half an inch.
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Just ordered, will report back when it arrives and I've put it through the paces.
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$15 Hyperion 4000mah battery just arrived from Amazon to work this morning! I haven't had a chance to put the battery through the paces yet but I thought I'd share some photos and a quick first overview.

The new back does add a little bump to the back of the device but it really is only as thick as my co-workers iPhone with a regular case on it. The tapered edge at the top keeps the phone feeling smaller and protects the camera lens and flash from being scratched! Weight is greater than stock, which is to be expected with such a large battery, but again it only seems to weigh around what my co-workers 4S with case on it weighs.

Sorry for the bad pictures, taken with my lovely company BlackBerry...

I will post performance results after a few cycles through the battery!



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Thanks for the great pics !! Thinking about ordering one myself the longer I have my S3 & no accouncement from Samsung on their extended battery.

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No problem at all!

I'm hoping this thing lives up to my expectations. I'm finding I like the added weight and little thickness. Less worried about dropping it! My stock battery was great but I figured I'll see how this fares...

(Love the Phils although this season has been a train wreck...)
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Careful... Someone here may work at CSI and *enhance* that business card and track you down.
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Dude I am already on that! I am applying for a job there now and just used him as a reference. Joking
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how is the battery working? looking at getting one of these
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how is the battery working? looking at getting one of these
http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s3/591897-hyperion-4000-extended-battery-mini-review.html

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I don't actually need one at the moment, but I may think about it. What bugs me is that it looks like the new cover makes the phone very thick. Is it still easy to handle?

Give us some performace stats when you can
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is there a battery worth getting that doesnt add the bulk?
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is there a battery worth getting that doesnt add the bulk?
If you dont want to add any bulk, you could always just buy a Back-up OEM battery to keep with you.
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Still so far so good. I miss my clamshell case with built in stand, but appreciate the extra battery life. I used to mainly use in power save CPU mode, but now leave at stock speed.

I can see the merit though of keeping an extra stock battery, since then more case options and the clamshell I have would work.
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Well I went a lil over board and ordered the extended battery plus the 2 standard batteries with the charger LOL. I like having the extended battery for certain times, but carrying the spare batteries is great as well bc it allows me to use normal cases
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The Hyperion Dock? Does it fit with the extended battery cover attached?
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Yes it does !!
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Dude I am already on that! I am applying for a job there now and just used him as a reference. Joking

Haha, when they call and say hey you referred this person and all they hear are crickets on the other side they'll figure it out.

Battery was at 59% at 12:30 when I powered on. Left GPS and Bluetooth on, WiFi off, used Waze for an hour, about an hour of talk time and 40-50 texts. (Planning a move so I've been busy) and now as I write this at 6:46 its at 12%. Oh and I was logged into steam the whole time.

Interested to see how long it lasts after a couple cycles.
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Congrats. I just got my onite 4500 mAh battery last week. Cycled it 3 times. I've gotten over 2 days and almost 8 hrs screen time. Hope you see good results. And to me, the phone is now EASIER TO HOLD.
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Congrats. I just got my onite 4500 mAh battery last week. Cycled it 3 times. I've gotten over 2 days and almost 8 hrs screen time. Hope you see good results. And to me, the phone is now EASIER TO HOLD.
Thanks, I hope this battery works as well as what you have!

I def agree the added thickness actually makes it easier to hold.
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Here are some screenshots of what I got. I can't kill this battery even with my girlfriend helping me!
P.S. I'm originally from the Quakertown area. My Grandmother lives in South Philly. 18th and Oregon.

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Here are some screenshots of what I got. I can't kill this battery even with my girlfriend helping me!
P.S. I'm originally from the Quakertown area. My Grandmother lives in South Philly. 18th and Oregon.


That's awesome! I actually live in Montgomeryville off 309 and work on City ave in Bala Cynwyd. Are you still in PA?
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Oh and those battery shots are amazing!
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No, I'm in Texas right now. I have an aunt and uncle in West Chester, gm in philly the rest are in cape May nj. I was born in Abington.
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I've got the 4200 battery, been lasting 36-48 hours easy with pretty heavy use, I like to play on it a lot. I like the extra thickness feels better to me.
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Anyone know if there's a bumper with a good lip on the front that'll protect the screen that will work with this battery and cover?
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Any of these extended batteries come with a red cover? All I see is Blue and White.
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To me it looks like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist (battery life). My S3 never gets anywhere near so low that I HAVE to charge it , and I wouldn't like the bulky back even if it did.
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guess no current case will work with that...

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To me it looks like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist (battery life). My S3 never gets anywhere near so low that I HAVE to charge it , and I wouldn't like the bulky back even if it did.
I agree 100% that battery life isn't an issue. I was easily going 24+ hours on a charge with the stock battery. For me though, I don't mind the added weight and some bulk to take that charge even farther. This weekend I'll be away on vacation and will be able to use GPS, hotspot for my wife's iPad and take plenty of pictures simultaneously without worrying about a recharge before getting back to the hotel.
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guess no current case will work with that...

lol..

Hyperion has a case for $10 delivered and there are belt cases that hold it. I have two that fits.

As far as battery shots, not sure what relative info to others that would provide, since depends on your own actual weight of use on apps, app settings for background data, display brightness, Flash use, etc.

I get nowhere near the posted numbers unless I use the device lightly. "Lightly" to me could be someone elses "medium" use, hence a perception of great battery life.

Still, not raining on posts here A fair summary would be if you do not use you device much for media or web (especially streaming), the stock battery is MORE than fine. If you are a media freak like some of us, the Hyperion 4000 is a great purchase for $21 delivered.
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I got mine, it is functional (kind of), but of course makes a big device bigger. The bottom gets in the way of the charger and I prefer cut outs for the power and volume, rather than the case covering them. Exacto knife time.

Edit: Nope, I do not like the case much at all after using more.
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That's a disgustingly fat bulge that you just created with the battery.... not the way that the s3 was meant to be. external battery dude
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$15 Hyperion 4000mah battery just arrived from Amazon to work this morning! I haven't had a chance to put the battery through the paces yet but I thought I'd share some photos and a quick first overview.

The new back does add a little bump to the back of the device but it really is only as thick as my co-workers iPhone with a regular case on it. The tapered edge at the top keeps the phone feeling smaller and protects the camera lens and flash from being scratched! Weight is greater than stock, which is to be expected with such a large battery, but again it only seems to weigh around what my co-workers 4S with case on it weighs.

Sorry for the bad pictures, taken with my lovely company BlackBerry...

I will post performance results after a few cycles through the battery!



Thanks, I appreciate the info, review, and pic, but have to say,

My, it looks like a speedbump now.
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I am either going back to the stock battery and my handy dandy clamshell case with built-in stand, or not using the extended case. It just makes it IMO too big. I will cut out space for the power, volume and usb charger, but the device with case is thicker than my HTC View- WITH body case. Yikes. Also, for an already big phone, it is taller & wider (of course).

If just seems like I am carrying a stand-alone GPS device around with me. You would think just adding a case would not make much difference, but something already too big becomes "too bigger". The Hyperion case fits well, none the less, but needs space cut out for the buttons and usb port. Too awkward to use the buttons and charging is problematic.

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It just hit me that the key word that sticks in my mind is "awkward". Definite Batman prop and makes me less inclined to bother using the phone. Not too comfy to use now and the extra footprint makes it juuust too awkward to use one handed. Wild how a cover can make such a negative user experience, but the extended battery cover results in no threshold for a size increase.

Added 2: Yep, much better without the case. That $10 could have went for a nice lunch at Qdoba
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I am either going back to the stock battery and my handy dandy clamshell case with built-in stand, or not using the extended case. It just makes it IMO too big. I will cut out space for the power, volume and usb charger, but the device with case is thicker than my HTC View- WITH body case. Yikes. Also, for an already big phone, it is taller & wider (of course).

If just seems like I am carrying a stand-alone GPS device around with me. You would think just adding a case would not make much difference, but something already too big becomes "too bigger". The Hyperion case fits well, none the less, but needs space cut out for the buttons and usb port. Too awkward to use the buttons and charging is problematic.

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It just hit me that the key word that sticks in my mind is "awkward". Definite Batman prop.
Thanks for the info! You just saved me from buying the case! I don't mind the device at all the way it is with the extended battery without the case.

Currently: 1hr, 3min of talk time, 15 minutes Foxfi usage, 1 hour of Waze GPS, 150+ texts, google talk, 4 emails, twitter and facebook updating... Unplugged for 1day,2hours,37minutes and sitting at 65% right now!
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Thanks for the info! You just saved me from buying the case! I don't mind the device at all the way it is with the extended battery without the case.

Currently: 1hr, 3min of talk time, 15 minutes Foxfi usage, 1 hour of Waze GPS, 150+ texts, google talk, 4 emails, twitter and facebook updating... Unplugged for 1day,2hours,37minutes and sitting at 65% right now!

If you can palm a basketball, you would be fine. I have medium sized hands and is too awkward. Since a sunk cost for me now, I am going to carve on it as mentioned above, to see if my opinion changes any.


Update:

I cut out the area and bezel where the volume, power and USB are. Makes it more usable, since easier to locate/operate the buttons and less chance of pressing by mistake. In fact, it IMO looks better and functions like it should now. Feeling a little better about the purchase.

Update 2:

Yep, I got used to it and cutting out the area around the buttons and charge port made it more usable, so still using the case. Got used to using the heck out of the GS3 and REALLY notice the difference with stock battery. Too slippery and exposed without the case and like the extra battery juice.
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Coming from a Moto Bionic(w/ extended battery), I'm used to the heftiness of a phone. To be honest, the S3 is an awesome phone but a little too thin for my liking. I actually dropped it yesterday because it slid out of my hand and thankfully nothing broke. I'm looking forward to the extra battery capacity because I work in a cooler and the signal isn't the greatest so the phone drains quicker than when I'm not in it.
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I bought a 4,000 mAh battery before I got my phone. I like it big time now that I only have to charge it about every 5 days.
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I'd be all over one of these if I could get a case or screen protector that would fit this and just protect the front/screen, without adding anything over the huge back cover.
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I find opening the case for SIII is more difficult thatn the Nexus so dont want to have to open alot
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