Accessories designed for extended batteries?
I am pretty excited about my Incredible finally being shipped, and I've now moved on to looking at accessories for it. I'm fairly set on some kind of screen protector, although I'm not sure which one exactly to get.
More importantly though, since everyone claims the battery life is terrible, I want to pick up another battery. A friend of mine got his incredible a week ago, so I've been using him as a guinea pig to see what works and what doesn't.
For batteries, it seems a couple options he went through were the 1500mah HTC battery, 1750mah Seidio battery, 2150mah HTC battery and the 3500mah Seidio battery. Of those, only the 1500 and 1750 batteries fit without requiring an extended cover, and he found this thread that convinced him not to bother with the 1750 one. The 3500 one, while having great power specs, looks way too bulky to fit comfortably in a pocket, so it's basically down to the 1500, or 2150 batteries.
I figured the slight increase in bulk of the 2150 is not too bad, except it seems most accessories (silicone cases/covers/skins and holsters, mainly) were designed around the standard battery, and will not fit the extended batteries without some modification. I thought this was no problem and started Googling for alternatives, except I must suck at it because all of my links have come up with just the standard accessories with extended batteries for sale. Are there any actual accessories out there that are designed specifically to accept the 2150 battery, or are we stuck with the 1500 one for compatibility? I don't think a mere 200mah increase is really worth the money though...
- 07-10-2010, 02:17 PM #2
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You might wait and see how you're using the phone before you get the extended battery. I thought about it after reading about battery life on here but didn't purchase one. I've had my phone a few days and have been using it a good amount and haven't had problems. I charged it fully initially and have just been charging it in my car when I'm driving to/from work (20 miles) and haven't had any issues.
Also, as a plus my old phone's (env2) chargers work with the Incredible! Nice surprise!
That is a valid point, although my friend has advised that I really do want an extended battery if I do anything besides extremely light usage with it. I'm pretty sure I'll use it when I can (hell, VZW makes me pay $30/month for data, I might as well get my money's worth, right?) and I also do not drive anywhere, so car chargers are out of the question for me.
I'm really leaning toward the 2150 HTC battery but I can't seem to find any accessories designed for it because all the results are for the standard battery size.
- 07-10-2010, 03:31 PM #4
- 07-10-2010, 03:32 PM #5
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- 07-10-2010, 05:13 PM #7
- 07-10-2010, 07:29 PM #8
Read my thread about the 3500mAh here...
I have both the 2150 and 3500 batteries... The difference in size between them is pretty much unnoticeable... A fraction of a millimeter, if that...
Thanks, I did see and read that thread, although I didn't see any pictures that explicitly compared them. It just seems like the battery cover for the 3500 sticks out so much more than the one for the 2150. Are you comparing just the batteries alone, or installed along with their covers?
- 07-10-2010, 08:16 PM #10
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- 07-10-2010, 10:49 PM #12
Well all I gotta say about this is if my 1750 is only really a 1350 then its one hell of a 1350. I went from 5-6 hours on the stock 1300 to 14-16 hours on my 1750. Also at the end of the "liar liar" post here write this:
As I still investigate, the part number might not be an actual cell number but size/part number. However, there is still a ridiculous amount of difference in posted mAh Capacities...
Another thing I would like to add in here also, is the author of that post isn't being 100% factual with his information either and is obviously ignoring on HUGE fact. The part number "US454261A8T" comes back for batteries ranging anywhere from 1100maH to 2600maH. Pretty big omission if you ask me.
- 07-10-2010, 11:15 PM #13
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- 07-11-2010, 08:32 AM #15
Excellent, thank you for the photos, CRKhead! That's pretty definitive there. Pictures can definitely distort the scale of things, especially when there is no reference point.
If that's the case, I suppose the 3500 is back in the running if I consider the 2150.
Also, the guy over at AndroidForums posted some of the results of his battery tests here. Seems to indicate so far that the 1750 is anywhere from 1500-1600, where the 1300, 1500 and 2150 are all fairly consistently on their mark.
Back to the original point of this thread, however, I still don't see any accessories that are really designed to fit either the 2150 or 3500 battery. Seidio seems to have one but it's under development. Everything else seems to require a mod, which may limit me to the 1300 or 1500 again.
- 07-11-2010, 09:02 AM #17
Accessories for extended battery covers are usually limited to universal pouches and such for the simple reason of demand. When you take the huge number of people who have this phone and then separate the ones who will want or know enough to get an extended battery, the percentage is small... A lot of companies don't see it being worth spending money on development and manufacturing of something that has a small percentage of the user base...
This isn't always the case, of course, but it applies quite often...
- 07-11-2010, 09:15 AM #18
Re: Accessories designed for extended batteries?
Just like anything else you can make anything work right crkhead. My 2150 only makes it though the day for me If I charge it with the power of. I made two different cases work with little efforts. I get my 3500 tomorrow and from crkheads post I will be able to make some mods to the cases and make them work.
Buy any slap on the back case and holster and with about 10 minutes with the dremel tool and a razor knife you a protection.
sent from my badass incredible
- 07-11-2010, 10:05 AM #19
- 07-11-2010, 10:23 AM #20
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I am using the 1750 from my Eris and it works very well in my inc. And I like the otterbox cases which can't be used with 2150 or the 3500. When they become available anyway if u want a ton of options for cases ect. The seido 1750 is a great battery. Even better if u bump charge in the am.
- 07-11-2010, 11:24 AM #21
This phone does a ton of stuff and I'm using everything that I can when I want. The 1750 has a ton of accessories that can be used for a stock phone but if I have to be creative with cases to use my phone the way I want so be it. "Life's a garden, Dig it"
- 07-12-2010, 03:43 PM #22
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Dark, i would think before buying the 2150 battery. It is DISGUSTING!!!!! i have had big batt's for my phones but this one is rediculous. It makes the biggest ugliest bump i have ever seen. I put it in my phone and pulled it out instantly. Still sitting in my drawer for the one time I might actually need it over looks (emergency). But it destroys the phone. I can't see anyone putting that batt in an Incredible and keeping it in. Trust me I want more Batt than anyone but this just isn't right. the way it looks is unacceptable. Extended Batt always ruin a nice slim phone but what this one does to the DINC should be illegal!!!!!!!
- 07-12-2010, 04:04 PM #23
Yeah, I'm really not sure what to make of the battery, honestly.
Mine is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow (it's already at my local fedex facility, they just don't want to deliver it until tomorrow) so I dropped by a Verizon store today to check out the accessories. Unfortunately, they didn't have any of the batteries or covers for me to take a look. Pictures are one thing, but as far as I can tell, they show a very distorted picture and I really need to see this for myself somehow.
That said, for the moment I don't want to have to mod anything and a case I feel is required, so I'm stuck with the 1300 or 1500 batteries until someone comes out with accessories (or, hell, mods a couple dozen and sells them) before I look at the 2150/3500.
- 07-12-2010, 05:42 PM #25