Make Your Curve Last All Day and Night and Day and Night and...
Let’s start this with a simple question… Are there any CrackBerry addicts out there??? I thought there might be a few. If any of you are like me, you are constantly on your CrackBerry; checking email, using BlackBerry Messenger, playing Brickbreaker… well you get the point. We just can’t put the thing down, and all that use causes our battery to wear down fast.
Sure, you can carry around your travel charger, or plug it in while in your car, but to me, that’s just a hassle. I want a better solution. I want more power! I need an extended battery.
I have had great success in the past with Seidio products, so I knew right away that I wanted to demo out the extended batteries they had to offer. There are two different batteries offered by Seidio in the CrackBerry Store; the first is the Seidio 1500mAh OEM-Size Extended Battery for $44.95, and the second is the Seidio 2600mAh Extended Battery for $49.95.
The 1500mAh battery is OEM sized, and will not change the appearance of your blackberry, while the 2600mAh battery is larger, and does add about 4-5mm to the back of your device, and comes with a new battery cover to accommodate that size difference. Let me go into more detail on each.
According to Seidio, this OEM sized battery will provide about 35% more power than the 1100mAh battery that shipped with your Curve. I can typically get through a day with about 25% battery power left over, so I figured an extra 35% power could possibly get me through two days.
The battery arrived in the typical Seidio packaging I have come to know; nothing fancy, just clear plastic. I removed the battery and gave it a full nights charge and starting my testing the next morning.
I like the fact that this battery added no extra size to my BlackBerry. That is a huge selling point for me. I went on about my day, taking calls, answering emails, chatting with friends, etc…
Nighttime had come, and it was time to see where the battery level indicator was…. Drum roll please…….. Survey says…. 25% ! I was a little surprised by this, I guess I was hoping for 50% remaining and a guaranteed two days of battery life. But after about a week and a half of use, I have found my results to be about the same every night. Having 25% power left on this battery will still last longer than having 25% power left on the OEM battery, but it’s not enough to get me two days use with only one charge.
The ideal use of this battery is for the CrackBerry Addict who uses their BlackBerry’s battery sucking features daily, but still remembers to plug in each night. All those who use their GPS, WiFi or have a lot of apps running in the background using up data will really appreciate it. This battery ensures your BlackBerry makes it to midnight instead of cutting it close at 8:30pm, AND remember, it accomplishes this in stealth mode – no added size required.
It's time to bring in the big gun. I opened the packaging for the 2600mAh battery and removed it as well as the new battery door. Seidio advertises this battery to provide 140% more power than the OEM battery, and only extends the back of your device by about 4-5mm’s. The nice thing about the new battery door is that it is coated with the same rubberized coating as the Seidio Rubberized Case that I like so much. It also has a speaker opening at the top to allow for better sound from your BlackBerry.
I put the battery in, installed the new battery door, and let it charge for the night. Morning arrived, and it was time to let the testing begin!
I went through all the same things as I had done with the previous battery, and at the end of day one, I found that my battery was at 80%! I was amazed. Obviously no charge was needed that night, so I kept going into day two. After another full days use, I was down to 55% at the end of the night. At this point, I am very impressed with the battery, and continue into day three. After a third full day of use, I was left with 20% battery power! Now I probably could have gotten another half to full days use out of that battery, but I just don’t like to push it. I was extremely pleased with having three full days use with just one charge.
I continued using and consistently found that I could easily get three days use out of the battery. I quickly got used to the extra size that had been added on to my device, and actually found that it made holding the device somewhat easier, as there was there to grip. The only downside I found was in case selection. As I had previously stated, I am really a huge fan of the Seidio Rubberized Case, and they do not offer one that will fit with this battery.
If the aesthetics of your device are a big concern for you when shopping for an extended battery then I’d suggest getting the 1500mAh battery to give you just that little bit extra power to get you through the day. Now if you are a power user that doesn’t mind the extra size added to your device, then the 2600mAh battery is definitely the way to go. I was extremely impressed with it, and I would imagine that the average user can probably get 3-5 days use out of a single charge.