Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How Long Does The Samsung Epic 4G Extended Battery Last?

Earlier this morning, I packed my bags as I normally do.

Laptop? Check.

Lunch? Check.

Gym bag? Check.

Merrily I walked out the door and into my car. It was practically 15 minutes later when I realized I'd forgotten to pack my USB charging cord. I knew exactly where it was, but couldn't risk arriving to work late. As a result of my circumstances, I decided to press on. Although, in the back of my mind, I seriously wondered if I could make it through an entire day with no charger.

As a quick reminder, I am the proud owner of a Samsung Epic 4G, my cellular service is with Sprint, and I use my phone regularly. To my advantage, I replaced the standard 1500 mAh for the 3500 mAh battery. Had I left home with the 1500 mAh battery, I would never have made it through lunch.

The Countdown
This particular morning, I woke around 4:38 am. Getting out of bed, I disconnected the phone from its charger, thus beginning the countdown.

By 7 am, I checked my e-mail, RSS feeds, Facebook, and Twitter numerous times. In addition, I checked-in on Foursquare, took a picture of the building as I walked up, and shared a number of interesting stories with my friends.

By 10 am, over 5 hours without a charge, I took the first picture documenting my progress. At this point, I felt confident that I could push another few hours with ease.

By 2 pm, I had more than half a battery left on the phone. While not heavily used, I took a few phone calls and checked my friends' activities on Facebook and Twitter.

By 5 pm, over 12 hours without a charge, I burned only 50% of the battery's juice. During the previous 3 hours, I downloaded Amazon's AppStore, checked e-mail, updated feeds on Twitter and Facebook, and later acquired the free copy of Angry Bird's Rio. Due to a slow connection, the download and subsequent installation of the AppStore and Angry Birds took a lot of juice.

By 6:48 pm, as I was leaving work to head home, my battery dropped down to 1/4 power. Knowing my time was growing slim, I made a few quick phone calls, checked Google Reader, and sent out some text messages.

At 7:29 pm, which is well over the 14 hour mark, my phone's low battery notification came on. At this point, it was just a matter of time before the phone automatically shut down.

Final Thought
Looking back over the day, I'd say that I used the phone as much as I would on a normal day. Much of my activity often includes engaging in social media, taking pictures, checking-in, reading RSS feeds, and sharing an SMS or two.

To my surprise, the Samsung extended battery for the Epic 4G performed exceedingly well. It allowed me to do what I normally do without being tethered all day to a cord. I like that freedom.

For the amount of money that I paid for the battery, I believe it was around $60 at the Sprint Store, I'm pleased with the time it gave me. The Samsung Galaxy S extended battery is definitely an item I'd recommend. As a result, my smartphone experience has just gotten better.

What about you? What are your experiences with the Samsung Epic 4G extended battery? Would you recommend it?

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