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Review: Seidio Innocell Extended Battery For the BlackBerry 9900

IMAG0238With the launch of the BlackBerry 9900 RIM took a step back in battery life performance. The battery on the 9700 was exceptional, though it was not 4G the battery and device were thicker, but with the 9900 RIM slimed down the device along with the battery. That is where Seidio is picking up the slack with the Innocell Extended battery. The extended battery packs quite a bit of extra power!  The specifications on the new battery are below:

  • Comes with a black replacement door featuring Seidio’s signature soft touch coating
  • Keeps your phone charged and ready to go, even with heavy phone and data usage
  • Compatible with Bold 9900/9930 without a cloning kit — Works right out of the box
  • Capacity: 3000mAh
  • Compatible with Seidio Spring-Clip Holster

At my current office, the building is one of those old brick buildings that makes it practically impossible to get a signal making my cellphone work 100 times harder to get a signal. With the regular battery my device on any given day would run out of juice within a  few hours, and most of the time it doesn’t make it through the day without having to charge. The guys over at Seidio sent me their recent addition to their line of products, the Innocell Externded battery. The battery does not make your device look better but it does delivering a good source of power for those heavy users or in my case, making the battery last me through the day.

First use:

The manufacturer recommends charging the battery to full power for a few times when you first use it, and letting it charge for another five hours after, this gives you max potential.

Note from Seidio: In order to obtain the full capacity of your Seidio battery, we highly recommend that you leave the battery/your phone on the charger for an additional 2-3 hours after the charging indicator turns green or the battery status shows full. Continue for 5-6 charging cycles for optimal performance.

The Good

The extended battery even with my weak signal it last almost a day and a half, and keeps me from having to worry about my phone dying early during the day. The battery is perfect for those times when you are traveling, or at an event. The back cover is easy to clip on the device, and covers the back of the phone without any play, making a tight fit. The battery charges fast, and with the PlayBook charge the battery charges in about the same times as the old battery.  One example: in 10 minutes it charged my battery about 10-15 percent.

The Bad

The extended battery does add a bit of weight, and it sticks out in the back  and NFC does not work because you cannot use the same back cover the device comes with.

 

Conclusion

The battery delivers a much needed power boost compared to the OEM battery. If you are in need of a longer power supply this is probably the best option out there. The battery is a bit pricey but fair enough for what you get. The original BlackBerry OEM battery cost $50.00 from shopblackberry or around $30 from other websites.

Purchase the Seidio extended battery for $69.99 at the following link from Seidio

 

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3 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Glad to see this available finally, though far too late for me. I’ve been using an extended battery I got off Amazon since December that has one of those annoying clone kit. The good news is I only have to do that when I swap battery, which as little as I use my 9930 any more isn’t very often. The one I got was half of Seidio’s price though. Siedio makes really good stuff, if pricey.

  2. My Torch 9810 can last a good 12 hour day with mild use and about an hour and a half of Pandora streaming + 1 hour of phone calls which is sufficient for me, how long does the Bold 99X0’s battery last?

  3. Wonder if anyone has done a DIY swap on the nfc antenna…

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