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iPhone 3G Extended Battery Accessory Thread
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LeeG
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Aug 31, 2008, 02:21 PM
 
Hey all-

I have had an iPhone since the day the first gen came out and the battery easily got me through a full day. Since I got my new 3G iphone, I have found the battery to be a little lacking. There have been numerous threads on how to "preserve your battery life" by shutting off any number of functions including GPS, wifi, etc.

But it seems an add-on accessory might be a good solution for emergencies, for long plane flights, etc. So I am looking into getting an additional battery pack to use for additional iPhone power. I have compiled a list - Please post any experience you have with any of these products:

I have this product, its CHEAP, and works OK, but doesnt give much power, and certainly isnt Apple-approved (good in a real pinch):
http://www.usbfever.com/index_eprodu...products_id=91

http://www.iphoneck.com/product.php?...1&cat=1&page=1

http://richardsolo.com/index.asp?Pag...ROD&ProdID=264

This one LOOKS great, as it claims to use the same OEM battery supplier as the original iPhone, and seems to use a HUGE capacity battery:
http://www.imaxpower.com/IMP500_introduction.html

http://www.mophie.com/products/juice-pack-iphone-3g

Any input is appreciated-

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LeeG  (op)
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Nov 6, 2008, 09:54 AM
 
Richard Solo has an 1800 battery now....

http://richardsolo.com/index.asp?Pag...ROD&ProdID=326

Does anyone have any experience with these products?

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Nov 6, 2008, 12:38 PM
 
I was considering this one when someone mentioned the mophie:

Kensington Battery Pack 1800mAh
http://us.kensington.com/html/15458.html

edit: mmmm, that Solar Powered Case looks useful.

For me, a pack needs to have a cable to for connecting it to the iPhone(or be like the mophie). The connection between pack and iPhone like the RIchard Solo seems rather frail and prone to corruption.
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Man, I love the solar powered one. I want to get one. I've always wanted to solar power my gadgets so I can go out without a power cord or anything.

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Nov 11, 2008, 04:10 PM
 
Just got an email from some iPhone reseller which advertises the Brando Power Station

http://shop.brando.com.hk/prod_detai...06&cat_id=0193

With 2200mAh it's more powerful than the Mophie and way, way, way cheaper. Plus it can function as a stand. I think I know what I'm gonna get.

Edit: Mmmm, the Dutch reseller states the capacity to be 1200mAh.....
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Nov 12, 2008, 03:43 PM
 
http://fastmac.com/iv.php Yes or no?

3100mAh TruePower Battery
Up to 24 Hours of Talk Time
Up to 72 Hours of Audio Playback
Up to 21 Hours of Video Playback
Up to 30 Days of Standby Time
Flash Light for Emergency Use and Low Light Photos
USB Port to Charge Multiple Devices
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Nov 17, 2008, 09:35 PM
 
Another one...this time an expanded incase solution:

http://goincase.com/products/detail/EC20003/1
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Nov 18, 2008, 11:28 AM
 
It's amazing that this has become such an industry.

I picked up a generic el cheapo 1200mAh battery for $25 at a fair. Gives a full charge, plus half of another charge.
Good enough for me.
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Nov 18, 2008, 08:56 PM
 
I just use a spare 3g 16 gig iPhone.
     
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Mar 23, 2009, 08:59 PM
 
found another - looks nice - anyone have any reviews?

http://www.more-thing.com/storm-1900mah-battery.html
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macintouch review of fastmac:

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Mar 24, 2009, 10:56 AM
 
I'd love to hear from people who actually own one. I think this thread is very helpful in gaining information of what's available but the next step is to see how well each one actually works.
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