My take on the Trident Electra w/Zero Lemon 3000mAh
So I thought I'd just give my quick review of this after using it for a little over a week. This is my first review of anything so bare with me as I'm sure I'm leaving a lot of details out, especially when it comes to my level of usage.
I really didn't like using the Trident Electra all that much under my configuration which was with a pair of Zero Lemon 3000mAh batteries, although the batteries weren't totally the reason why.
First, and for my liking, the Electra case was too bulky. I couldn't fit this into my Armpocket Xtreme i-30 armband, which I could with an Otterbox Defender and Commuter case as well as the Zero Lemon 7500mAh. This was a huge con for me since I use my phone for my morning workouts.
Second, I didn't like the front case design. There is front protective bar that runs between the Samsung logo and the screen. It's pretty flush to the top of the screen, and as such I had a really hard time accessing my notification bar, which I use a lot. I thought about clipping that bar off a few times but then figured that would defeat the point of the protection for that part of the case.
As far as the actual functionality of the Electra case, it did what it was supposed to in adding additional battery life, for the most part. Again, I'm using a pair of Zero Lemon batteries, one in the phone and one attached to the back of the case. I let the phone batter drain to about 15-20% after some 14 hours of regular usage several times before turning on the case. While the Electra did provide the phone battery with additional juice, I never seemed to get it beyond 75% of total capacity, which I felt was odd. So in most cases I was only getting an additional 50% of battery time. For my level of usage with my phone, which is more likely less than that of a power user.
On the good side I didn't really experience any problems with overheating. But then again I don't exactly know what temperature would be excessive. Using Battery Left Pro, during regular usage the temperature was between 80-85 degrees. During charging from the Electra it never went above 115 degrees. Someone will have to tell me if that is too much, but for me I didn't think that was too bad. It felt warm, but certainly not hot.
As of this past weekend I am no longer using the Trident Electra. The added bulk and my inability to secure it in my armband for my daily workout routines is a real deal breaker. Right now I'm back to using my Otterbox Commuter with the 3000mAh battery until Zero Lemon releases a much more rugged case for the 7500mAh, provided I can use it with my armband. Although I am considering trying out the Dyconn as it's said to be slimmer than the Electra. We'll see...