I'd like to add my two cents on my super-duper massive extended battery. If this post is messy, I apologise but writing it at work!
For those who want the quick version, I have tested perhaps 9 different ways of extending battery life - from external packs to replacement batteries - and I highly recommend these two devices - or, alternatively, two official batteries with the external battery charger
First... (Not a battery
Yoobao External charger - 11,200maH: £39.99
- A huge capacity (11,200maH), which would charge a typical battery five times
- Two USB ports to charge two devices at once (which saves so many people's lives!)
- Recharges via micro-USB cable (which also means that you can use the same cable to both charge this device, and then swap ports and charge the Note)
- The size of a 2.5" hard drive
Basically, I love this, and slip it in my bag whenever I have it.
But more importantly
, for this is a battery thread:
by ebay user: gpsforless-uk
My previous batteries have included:
- Two official batteries
- One third-party '3250maH' battery (the 'gold' one, which was as good as the officials but I didn't sense much better life from it)
- the '5,000 Mah' battery (#2 in the first post). DO NOT BUY. For me, it seemed perhaps a little better than a stock battery, but certainly not twice as much life, and for the bulk it added ... not good.
So... I was let down by the #2 battery, and a few days later ordered the one above.
It cost £15.99, and came about 20 days later.
Why do I recommend?
After two weeks of intensive use, this is by far the best battery I have had for the Samsung Note.
-For the first time ever (perhaps on any of my phones in the last five years), the dreaded battery anxiety has gone. I've noticed the cloud lift over the last week, of not having to worry about battery life.
- I use my phone INTENSIVELY. Even if I have no need for it, I sit and fiddle with it all day, but normally I use it for more than an hour of video playback, lots of camera use, lots of web browsing, GPS/Google Maps, constant emails, texts, calls, as a WiFi Hotspot, games, using as a media remote on my PC.
- On a typical day, using this way, my original Samsung battery would last until about 8pm if I was lucky. This was with plenty of tweaks in CM10, using apps like Green Power etc.
- On this battery, I am generally on around 48% by 8pm
- My phone will remain on 100% for an hour after I take the charger off, and will generally drop 1% an hour (if left sleeping but connected to wifi, network etc)
- I can watch a half-hour program (e.g. Family Guy) and only drop 3-4%
Now, I should spend time testing the battery fully, do some run-down tests, do some intensive benchmarking etc, and who knows, as the months go by, maybe the capacity will drop. But for now - very very happy.
- I love having a kickstand - it's my big need on a phone and I've always been making stands, buying stands, trying to attach stands, buying phone wallets with stands etc
- The phone looks bigger, and while the back case is a bit cheap-looking, it fits well and actually makes the phone feel more comfortable to hold
- Naturally, I cannot use any cases (except a pouch, which I don't like) with my phone, so I am much more likely to run the risk of damaging it and dropping it.
- Two day-to-day problems I could face: I have the official desktop stand/battery charger, but because the battery charger charges the batteries 'the wrong way round', I can only charge the extended battery within the phone, which is a bit of a pain (but not the battery's fault).
- Also, I can't switch between the extended battery and the standard battery without carrying my original back-case around with me - as I assume the original battery would fall out in such a giant case.
But there you go: I've been on the Note for seven/eight months, the S2 before that, and the HD2 before that, and battery has always been my biggest issue with the smartphone market. But from this week, for me, the problem is resolved.
I'd highly recommend this battery. I know my write-up is more 'real world thoughts' than stats/screenshots, but I'd not hesitate to recommend. Especially combined with the Yoobao or similar, I have no problems anymore, and can use my Note as a constant tablet without any anxiety.
EDIT: I've uploaded a battery life image. As you can see, after 10 hours I was down to 25%, but note that my screen on was probably about 5/6 hours, and I was on GPS a LOT more than what the stats show (I was in Venice for the weekend, and switching GPS on and off probably three times an hour for 5 minutes apiece).