Review: Seidio 2600mAh battery for the 9650 - Enter to win an extended battery!

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By Jared DiPane on 22 Mar 2011 12:28 pm
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Contest: Keep reading for details on how to win an extended battery for your device!

If you are like me, and struggle to get a full day per charge on your standard battery that came with your 9650, then you are probably looking for new battery options. While hunting around, I came across the Seidio 2600mAh battery for the 9650, and while initially I was rather hesitant to add the size to gain the capacity I decided the pull the trigger on the battery anyways, and give it a shot. This decision is one that I am forever going to be happy with, and let's hit the jump together to see if this battery is also right for you.

Initial Impressions

Upon first glance of the battery door I immediately thought it was going to be too bulky, and would become a pain to carry around, but after putting the battery in the device, and adding the door I began to think otherwise. The battery unfortunately requires a new door, which many people don't seem to like because it has the Seidio logo instead of the BlackBerry one that we all know and love, but the flow of the door is actually very smooth, and assists in holding the device.

The Size

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We all know, the biggest thing that is holding you back from just placing the order right now is the size that will be added to the device, but think beyond just the size. The extended battery door only adds 3 to 4 mm to your device, which when you think about it is really nothing for the amount of battery life you will add to your device. The bump that is caused by the new battery door actually provides a place which was used to rest my index finger during phone calls, which made holding the phone more comfortable.

If you are a user of the device with big hands, you have probably noticed that the device is extremely thin, and after holding for a period of time can be uncomfortable in your hands, but the additional bulk that is added by the battery allows for a more comforting grip, and allows for long term useage without hand cramps. So, how much more will you gain per charge with adding this bulk?

Battery Life Enhancements

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A big part of accepting the additional bulk was the hope of all the additional battery life, and knowing that the device would last more then a day, even with heavy use. The D-X1 battery that comes standard in your device is a 1400mAh battery, and this replacement is a 2600mAh battery, nearly double the size capacity, so my hopes were held high.  On the standard battery I had Twitter set to only a manual refresh because I could not afford the battery hits, as well as Facebook set to manually refresh, and had to limit my browser use, so I was excited to put these all into full force. Immediately set SocialScope to auto refresh, and 1 hour refresh on Facebook, and turned the brightness back up to 100% instead of the 30% that I was used to. 

It is recommended by Seidio to charge the battery for a full 8 hours prior to use, so I installed the battery before heading to bed, and took it off the charger when I woke up the next morning, excited to see the life I would get. Generally my daily use, which starts around 6am, includes less then 30 minutes talk time, at least 100 inbound emails that are read, mild text messaging, BBM, and Twitter. Generally, by 8pm my device is in the yellow, shortly followed by that fun red battery that we all know and hate.

Day 1, which we all know batteries take a few days to break in, I was left with 40% when I went to bed at 10pm, which is a rather significant improvement, considering all the changes. When heading to bed I put the device back in the charging pod, which it does still fit in, and charged it up for day 2. Excited as always I started my day, and went about normal use as always, and this time when heading to bed at 10pm I was left with 60%, so I decided to risk it and see if I could leave it off the charger and make it through another day. I won't lie, I was a bit worried about making it through day 3, but surprisingly I hit yellow around 8pm, and then put it on the charger shortly after.

Average battery life from then forward was around 2 full days, with my usage patterns. This will of course depend how many applications are used on your device, how much time is spent on the phone, and if you stream music, so results will vary, but on average I did notice more then double on the life, which was my anticipation in the first place. 

Pros

  • Comfort during phone calls
  • Extended battery life
  • Added size does not add much weight

Cons

  • No cool BlackBerry logo on battery door
  • Battery door is difficult to remove 

Conclusion

If you couldn't already tell, for me the negative of the size was outweighed by the positive of the battery improvement. The abililty to make it through a full day, regardless of how much usage was needed that day without worrying about the device dying was a huge plus. If you need more battery life then you can get from your standard battery, and think you can handle the size of this battery, don't delay the purchase any more, pull the trigger, you won't regret it.

Contest: To enter to win an extended battery for your device just leave a single comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST.

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658 comments

i_hiker

Use the 1700mAh now...wouldn't mind a 2600 to take for a spin!

Culex316

I'd love a Seidio extended battery for my Bold 9650!! It would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Europe, where I probably won't have easy access to a charger!

mnemonicj

as long as it is free..

jzajac

Agreed. Nothing to lose here...

leocapot

I need one so bad! I use my phone so much that it would be AWESOME if i win! Thank you so much!!

jdhuttojr

Please put my name in, was just looking at buying this battery! Thanks,

rednex269

Would love to try out a bettery battery and get a taste of Siedio products..

Mr.Hutz

I would love this for my Torch!

oneram

Please pick me. Thank you!

Diggs31

I was just looking into getting this...but as a college student on a budget I would GREATLY appreciate winning one for my 9650. Great review!

crigga84

Would love one for my 9700.

SilverSfr

I could use a Seidio extended battery for my 9700.

boman06210

This plus the new 524 leak would equal like 4 days of battery for me haha please?

bilmaga

Hope I win for my 9700

wx27

I've gotten an extended battery on most phones prior to switching to Blackberry. Maybe it is time to try one out.

Mushu118

My 9650 battery last about 1/3 of the day!

Curly62

Hook me up please, need to stay charged longer...

BerryDavid

I currently have to use 2 regular bartteries to make it through the day, so an extended battery would provide me much needed freedom.

livejam

9650 here, this will help me bridge to the playbook soon for days!

dispatcher307

I HAVE to charge my battery at least once in order to make it through the day. If I have to go out of town or go in and out of service coverage, my battery dies unless I can charge it along the way. This would be great.

FatSajak

I won't EVER argue with extra battery life!

HTATE2

me me me its my turn
thanks

WistarsBB

Who wouldn't want one?

SRR500

A single battery would be a easier than carrying around a spare in my pocket.

Appz-

Yeahh again a nice contest =D!! Would love one for my torch xD!!!

redman8

That sounds great...ty

drkknyt98

It would be great to have an extended battery for my Torch. With all my beta apps and themes I run through the standard battery in a half day. Great to have on that will last longer.

dhhoffm

Would love one, thanks CrackBerry and Seidio!

lalunanegra

oh so need this *fingers crossed*

royinferno69

This would be a perfect battery for my Bold 9650!! The addition of the thickeness doesn't look that bad at all actually, I welcome it! :) this would be perfect as I'm constantly on my phone and find it difficult to make it through a whole day without charging it in the middle afternoon. I would love to win one of these bad boys :D

tandaina

I hate to say it, but the real drawback to that replacement door is the blackberry no longer fits in most cases. My Commuter case for example, a no go. That's a big drawback for those of us who need our blackberry protected. Mine went in a case within the first hour of use and has never come out. Too bad, an extended battery would be nice, but until they can get it to fit in a good case (NOT a skin) I won't be using one.

robertdusa

Agreed. Would be nice if Otterbox and the others made cases that fit the larger batteries.

baker954

Search YouTube. I watched a video the other day that showed someone slightly modifying the Commuter case (the inside flimsy rubber) for the extended battery.

Looks like it would "Seamlessly integrate" with the Commuter!

dpolletta

I could use this for my BOLD 9650.

hellnback76

I want one!, but then I would I have to get a new case I guess, I love my otter box though, But I want more juice!

StaplesJohn

I would love to win one, I only hope that this one will have a longer overall life cycle than the previous Seido extended batteries I have purchased, non of which made it over 1 year. This can be compared to stock batteries I have for a Treo 650 that is still running strong or any other of my many devices that have had the same results.

Jake Storm

You can never have too much juice!
I'd take one for my 9780.

robertdusa

Yes please! I'd love one for a friend with a power hungry 9650.

mulleralan

This would be great for my long study days, and I've never rly won anything b4. Please and thank you so much for offering this contest

RDslva

Cool! I wouldn't mind one. Bold 9780. Preferably one that doesn't protrude out the back...

infinus

me in...
these batteries are not available in my place...
so, i am kind of natural contender...

satanberry

I would love on for my Bold 9000 or Bold 9700 please! :)

impact83

You mean I can finally stop bringing my charger to work? HELL YEAH!

laxcrespo1013

I need this more than Air!!!

map105

CB rocks as always. GO MEAT!

gregemi

These are great. Had a few of them.

CrackCargo

Just started to have a battery life issue with my Bold 9650 the last few weeks...the extended battery would be a lifesaver !!!

mcutworm

I need extra battery life

clevername

I wouldn't have to fully charge twice a day any more.

wayfarer58

I need more power! At least power for a longer time.

Bill_Johnson

Sure would like one for my Style! Thanks for hte chance to win one!

jaBBu

Be nice to have the extra power (and avoid the hunt for a plug during the day).

lev874

It keeps going, and going, and going, (oops wrong battery). Count me in

abekalapaz

I will love to have this extended battery. My normal battery last only up to mid-day with normal usage. Having a batter that will last at least a full day will be just unbelievable.

dsj3

Lucky me. I wonder if there is a case for the 9650 after you install this battery?

mavsguy842

I'm curious about how it's holding up after about 6-8 months, as that's when I've started to notice the factory battery has lost some capacity.

pdcmdbb

Seidio and RIM should deal and make these standard on all BB's! Thanks Seidio and Crackberry for a great contest.

tarheel810

I have been interested in hearing about someone using this battery for a while and now I want one, bad!

bana1124

an extended battey wouldn't be a bad idea. That might help with being out and have no way of charging your phone.

newbenin

this will be a life saver

dcalvert2

It would be great to win because right now I am flipping through multiple batteries to keep me up and running.

sbaran

Would LOVE an extended battery for my Bold 9650! Thanks!

runkle55

Thanks for considering me for the extended battery. As a pastor, it would be invaluable as I travel.

converteddroid

I could definitly ise the extended battery life!

airbrnetravel

Hooray for free stuff! And this would be sweet on my phone.

ferddy

This would be perfect for my Storm 2, count me in CB....and thanks.

RushNFour

Have one for my phone and couldn't live without it. Would love one for the wife's 9650

f4ipilot

I could use this extended battery.

smf1088

I have this phone, the battery would be so useful!

kiser

Just what i needed, hope I win

Andrax

Absolutely could find a good home/use for an extended battery!!! :D

PHDColumbus

My 9650 is constantly on the charger, especially at work! This would be a (battery) life saver! PICK ME!!!!

hydrostaticdd

The extended battery would work perfect with my busy days. I own a business and my phone is my connection to ALL, customers and employees. I constantly plug it in wether Im in the office, in the car, or at home. You just never know when you will be pulled away for an extended time and need it charged.

Eric379

I'd love to have one of these. I work on the streets as a paramedic and use my phone all day and all night. I depend on having my phone charged at all times. Some extended battery life would help a lot!

crackberrykyle

I talk a LOT on my 9650 and struggle to make it 2pm. I could really use this!!

abdul

I can use this battery when I upgrade to the Bold 9650.

scuebydue

I would love to win one of these. Ive been wanting one for a long time as I work in a location that constantly fights for network. Good luck everyone.

Red Rooster

Dude, I have to have this.

spiraleze

Nice review, I would love to receive an extended battery for my 9650. Thanks for the chance.

lyricalgh

I got to win something one of these days

red72

9650. Would love to have a battery that lasted a day. And maybe a cool Crackberry sticker for the battery door?

freitame

I'd love one for my torch! Thanks CB!!!

DrewDT

Would love this for my 9630.

ElChe1988

Yes!!! Ill love one =P It will work on my 9630 but i use more my torch now =S Anyhoo I still want one!

mtmahmoud

Blackberry up up and awayyyy!

pdl2mtl90

I could use one of these for my Bold 9700!

mdsoc17

I could really use this!

SmithN23

need a new battery for my storm!

Ckrhandler

I could really use this. Thank You CrackBerry

RBuzz

It would be awesome to win this. My stock battery last only 10hours on single charge. Count me in!

Belerephont

Count me in please! Thanks!

IndyScan

Would love to win this! Thanks Crackberry!

glg

Help me, I'm dying...... ..... .... .. .

lovelisa30

I need this!! I always forget to charge at night!!

SDBB_kick

Winning this could possibly eleminate the need for me to carry a second battery while traveling. I could really use this win.

aladdin8705

That sounds so much better then the ones I have tried. I need one!!!

helofast

Thumbs up for seidio, used to have their extended battery on my old htc evo, would love this on my new Bold

Darkninja90

Do want! I hope I win, I've wanted an extended battery for a while now.

MattBerry08

Would be great to have - I struggle to make it through a long shift!

EvilOne70

Perfect! I was worried about the bulkiness as well.
*holds thumbs for a win*

Bella.Berry

I would like one please.

apih

I seriously need that battery so hard to find one

DjSingh

would love to have one for torch 9800

haidoz

..For my storm 2 9550 :)

grasinski

I have never won anything...maybe my loyalty to Blackberry is about to pay off!....and this will be a huge help to get me through my day.

nappp

Big battery = big smile on my face!!

If i dont win, i might develop a stutter.. ppp pppp ppplease dont do this to me!

knicksfan

I would love to win this extended battery.

dwaldrop

so i guess size does matter........

jonholmes

My 9700 is goign to love this!

bbert0183

Everyone loves extended battery.

ipdstnger2

OH YEAH! Let me win that bad boy p p p pleeeease! I can smoke a battery in 3-4 hrs. I work outside & do ALOT of driving. All the GPS following kills my battery! Wife is pregnant so this would ensure she can reach me when the time is here for baby girl #6. Thanks!

joebeans

My position as VP Worldwide Services for one of the North Easts leading Chauffeured Transportation companies requires that my Bold 9650 stay on 24/7...needless to say I am constantly charging my battery when in my car, office or at home...seems I can't go anywhere without my chargers. A Seidio 2600mAh battery inplant sounds like just the ticket to lighten my load and eliminate carrying one or maybe two battery chargers with me thorugh out the day.

sosmrt

I really could use an extended battery. My phone can't last a whole day.

eli.mendez

I wouldn't mind trying one =D

jay_man33

I'd love one as a gift for my wife.

lalido

would love to win this for my 9700!!

tonyron227

I loved this review but the price is very steep. Maybe I will be lucky enough to win one of these. In the meantime, I will be looking for deals on this elsewhere...

lunch007

I would love to try this out on my 9330, I charge my phone at least twice a day.
Summer is coming up and I will be back to work and I will be using the nav on my phone a lot and will need as much extra juice as I can get.
Goodluck to everyone!! Hope I can get this!

shana_lyn_ga

I have a 9650 on Sprint! Please pick me!!!

meyersru

Lets win this.... "winning"

kaylasdad

this is on my list of Must haves! fingers crossed!!

kneeland24

It's so ironc that I just was looking at my 9650 thinking how the battery dies so quickly, which in turn made me think to look on CB and this was the first post! Hope I win!

Russia1130

I HAVE to charge my battery at least once in order to make it through the day. If I have to go out of town or go in and out of service coverage, my battery dies unless I can charge it along the way. This would be great

yonkastone

I hope i win this, it would help solve my problem of not having service where i work!

pepidick

I have a curve 8330 that's over a year old!!!:( Should
I say more...

excessfat

I would like to rock out a longer battery life!

muneton17

Ahhh i could deff use this! i usually carry 2 extra batteries -__- this could help a lot!

n1philli

I would love to have one for my 9650!

aron2

My 1st time posting

blackberryaddict2009

Oooh I'd love to win this!!!! I want longer battery life!!!

mohawk apple

Can I get in on this? Lol

howl078

My Bold 9700 could use 1.

Treatz

oh man i'd love ti win an extended battery for the 9780

calboogi

I go through a battery charge per day. Would love not to have to swap batteries out daily.

Flip4Bytes

OOMMMGGG HOW BAD I WANT THIS BATTERY :D (Very bad!)

chucksredvette

This would be great addition to the phone.

Ntchwaidumela

I've had this battery for about 8 months, and I love it more every day. It actually works better now than it did the first time I used it. The phone feels more solid with this battery, and it fits just about all chargers. I try to run it all the way down every so often, just to get a full charge, but it takes a couple of days. The cover comes off a little easier with use. The fact that it doesn't just almost fall off, like the stock back with use, actually gives me a sense of security that it won't fall off by accident. The only thing is that it won't fit into the custom hard cases. But I hear Seidio is working on a case for that purpose. Hurry, Seidio! However, it will fit into soft skins AND the leather cases for the 9650. Overall, this is an excellent investment.

ajwitzel

I have yet to win something, but I have to try. It's like I'm playing the lottery :-)

Yell0w

Would love one for my 9700.

bigsupa

pick me plz...PURRTY PLZ

jjca

YO, YO, YOOOOO PLEASE YO.... I RAN OUT OF BATTERY...

AZ90

jokes! :p
count me in sir! :D

stet

Would my BlackBerry with this battery door still fit inside the belt clip/holster that came with it?

MrMara

Glad to hear I won. Thanks guys!

bluegreen1965

Spectacular! I'd love one.

AcADIeN

just need one for the 9800 now !

RVVillesis

I'm doing same as you (i.e., manual refreshes) to make sure I can get through a full day without worrying about my battery. I'd love a free extended battery to be able to set a few apps to auto-refresh with confidence. Pick me!!!

rockerboy402

Wouldn't mind having one.

jrr337

this sure would be nice

damontech

This would come in so handy for my 9650.

nmburns

This would be excellent... I definitely need something different, my battery dies way too quickly!

rdy78

well if i were to win this would go awesome as i will be using this to tether my pb which i will need more power on my bb to handle it :)...

scottsizzle

I need better battery life on my torch! Dies so fast

kml1713

count me in! i could definitely use the extra battery life!

akiratech

i would love a extended battery for my bold 9650 too :-P

gklatv

Although this battery would prevent me from using my beloved Otterbox Commuter case, I'll be thrilled to give it a try.

razor1973

I could definitely use all that extra juice!

jaider26

For my blackberry golf gps, I needs me a big battery!

tewhite01

I just purchase the Seidio 2600 mah battery from CrackBerry.com LOVE it! No more having to charge the phone in the middle of a heavy use day. The only con is there are limited cases that will fit around the phone with the larger battery door.

ilikebacon

Yes please...I'd like some more. :)

Deathcommand

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dgburns

I haven't used an extended battery on a BlackBerry since my 7100i days, but I wouldn't mind having one now!

CYCOMIKO

Very cool. I could really use the extended battery on busy days that I cannot keep the phone plugged into an outlet or USB.

Thanks...

gretta99

I'm seriously thinking of looking into this battery - but I can't find a skin or case to fit it - any ideas?

tbrenn

Would love one for myt 9800 !!!

DEVILS_RULE

I stream radio and music for almost 5 hours every day. Sa I can really use an extended battery

bustermin

I could really use this

tasmitty

I'd love it for my 9650, and would make use of it easily.

ianuni57

I could definitely use this!

TeamBigChief

I would really appreciate one of these! My battery life on my 9650 is not so great. Pick me!

MrMarvelMarv

I'm in! Thanks crackberry!

SCrid2000

I would be happy to get nearly all day, I'm lucky to get 6-7 hours most days.

archmad

I'm really need this one

thebrownguy01

would love one for my Torch! thanks!

HavPlenty

Listen - I had my phone die while on the phone with a POTENTIAL client. I can REALLY use this. Thank you!

wacky1980

i could use one for my 9630 tour...

ev44

awesome! this will extend my batt life on my torch....

danp2000

I'd love to win a Sedio Extended Life Battery! I have a Curve 9330 so I would need the model for that. Thanks in advance!

Dent4DA08

Bold 9650, just like this post :)

lebking

I would love one for my torch!

mscooley

This would complete my Bold.

hammerhead1

Now THIS is something I need. Pick me!

levinej

This looks great, please pick me!

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