Review of Seidio Innocell (4500 mAh) and ACTIVE Case for Extended battery w/pics!!!Tips


  1. twister6

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    Here is review for Seidio Innocell 4500 mAh extended life battery (SEIDIO | Innocell Extended Life Battery for Samsung Galaxy Note 2) and Seidio ACTIVE Case for Extended battery (SEIDIO | ACTIVE Extended with Metal Kickstand Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 2).

    Note 2 users are very fortunate to have an amazing high capacity 3100 mAh stock battery. But its both a blessing and a curse :) Yes, it will last a long time, but with a phone like this you can't put it down and want to use it non-stop. That's when you realize that you running out of juice with your original stock battery and need something with a higher capacity. With a higher capacity comes a bigger size. It's natural, higher capacity, more cells, bigger size. And you know what comes next - how the heck am I going to protect my phone with a bigger battery? Most of the companies offer an extended battery cover, but that will not offer any protection. Some might offer a slim case, but is that enough?

    That is why I decided to look into Seidio solution of Extended battery AND a rugged case to enclose Note 2 with Extended battery. Even so Seidio doesn't offer capacity of those other brands claiming 6200 mAh or on par with their budget price, this company is known for delivering high quality products you can trust! Battery itself comes with a replacement battery cover to accommodate it's bigger size, and you have a choice of either white or gray colors to match your Note 2. True, there is no NFC antenna offered with this battery cover, but you have to take a closer look at the pictures. You can see a profile for NFC antenna and a tab where contacts go. I did side-by-side picture with original battery cover so you can see the alignment. I believe if you get a spare NFC antenna you can place it on the phone side with contacts pushed down by that tab on the extended battery cover. I will try it out soon once I get my hands on a spare NFC antenna.

    From the picture you can see that Innocell is twice as thick as a stock battery. Extended battery cover fits perfectly, no flex once assembled, although I also believe it's not sitting right on top of battery. Very important that around s-pen opening there is an indent which makes removal of stylus very easy. To take it to the next level, Seidio offers a custom ACTIVE Extended case to fit Extended battery cover. The case has the same quality as a regular ACTIVE case with it's dual-layer protection of inner shock absorption silicone sleeve and outer exosceleton cover with a smooth rubberized coating and corner/side protection, and also a signature kickstand! NO interference with a magnet :) The fitment of the case is superb with every port aligned perfectly. Power and volume buttons are covered and very responsive, with a nice tactile feedback. Front of the phone has a decent lip to protect the screen of the surface, although as expected from silicone sleeve in places where exosceleton not holding it down - it pulls away. Also, typical for silicone - it will be a lint magnet. But overall it offers a great drop protection, corner protection, and a very nice comfortable grip when you hold this over-sized case. I can tell you from a first hand experience, today I dropped it down from about 4.5 ft on a concrete tile floor - not even a scratch!!! So you know the protection works!!!

    Now about battery capacity. I don't have any fancy test equipment to measure it up. But I do use Battery Monitor Widget Pro which has an option for mAh calculation. Do I trust accuracy of that calculation, maybe not so much. But I trust the relative comparison between my stock battery and this new battery. So, after a few charge cycles my stock battery was showing 3200 mAh rating while this new Innocell battery was showing 5050-5390 mAh. To me this is a relative improvement of about 65%. After a few more charge cycles it might even improve. Another thing to note, I posted a screen capture of my battery after 5.5 hr of use (not very heavy, mostly just periodic checking of email and some brief web browsing) and battery went down only 3%. Not bad at all :)

    Overall this is a very high quality product!!! I know some might argue that Innocell battery is a little overpriced, but its a quality you pay for. Plus, to me it looks like Active Extended case might fit over any other extended battery cover.

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  3. Veritas4420

    Veritas4420 Well-Known Member

    For that price I could buy three of the Hyperion Extended lol. But Great review!
  4. twister6

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    And you know what you are going to end up with? Read this thread on AndroidForums: http://androidforums.com/samsung-ga...eware-hyperion-other-3rd-party-batteries.html

    I agree, battery is overpriced and hopefully it will be cheaper on Amazon when they discount MSRP price. Don't forget, Mugen is over $100. But the real gem here is the ACTIVE Extended case because it should fit any extended battery. Any other vendor just gives you a new slippery battery cover. Here for under $35 you can get a rugged case to use with extended (double height) battery ;) That is awesome!
  5. twister6

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    A quick update since I have been getting questions (other forum) about the size of this new extended battery, w/cover, w/case.

    Original OEM Samsung stock battery: 2.96" x 2.18" x 0.23"

    Innocell, with ACTIVE Extended designed for it: 2.95" x 2.19" x 0.43"

    Phone thickness with Innocell and new battery cover: 0.64"

    Phone thickness with ACTIVE Extended case on: 0.8"

    Also, an update of performance stats after 1d 2hr of use (battery was down to 69%, while I had GPS, BT, and switched between 4G and WiFi, been periodically checking email, web, and watched a movie for an hour). Btw at the current moment of posting it was on for 1d 6hr and its down to 66%.

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  6. Veritas4420

    Veritas4420 Well-Known Member

    Didn't read that thread, but I've been lucky enough to have no issues with hyperion in my S3 or N2. I'd rather spend 30 on an extra OEM battery then 80 on a 4500 one.
    And I agree the case looks awesome. I hate the extended case from hyperion. So I guess between the battery and a quality case 80 isn't that bad.
  7. twister6

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    I hope at some point the price will come down. Battery + cover is $74.95 (MSRP) price. If you look at Amazon, most of their cases are 20-30% discounted from MSRP. So let's just hope someone is analyzing the demand/sales data as well as competitors pricing.

    Regarding extra OEM battery. I have been thinking about it as well, but here is a problem, in my opinion. You have to remove your case (and you'll be lucky if its single layer and you don't have to mess with multiple inner/outer layers), pop the battery cover where you know sooner or later tabs will break off, and replace the battery which should have been charged separately in stand alone charger. Could be a hassle with all these multiple steps. Having one high capacity battery is ideal where you proceed with just a typical micro-usb cable connection to charge it up. Or perhaps even having one of those external battery banks to juice it up on a go. But then extended battery, per dimensions I mentioned above, will require you to give up on your favorite slim case. But it's physically impossible to squeeze more battery cells into the same allocated space. I actually waiting to receive 4200 mAh Gold battery (HK version) which I'm kind of curious about, but not holding my breath. Maybe they figured a way to increase cell density in the same space? I remember in my Droid X days Motorola surprised us with 1850 mAh battery to replace stock 1500 mAh, and the size was nearly identical.
  8. twister6

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    One last update just to give you an idea of where I stand with this battery after 2+ days of use. It wasn't a heavy duty use, just my regular email and web checking. Two days ago I watched a movie for an hour, and last night watched Fight Club movie (and you know what's the first rule of that... lol!) for 2.5 hrs. So right now after 2d 13hr I'm down to 15%. Make your own judgment, but I'm very impressed with 2.5 days of performance with GPS and BT on, and WiFi at home while 4G outside, and including 3.5hr of watching movies - all while still at 15% ;)

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