Newbie's Battery Dilemma
Hello, everyone. I have a dilemma I need help with. First of all, I just bought our first smartphones for my wife and I. Awesome devices...but the battery isn't anything near the capacity of my dumbphone. I did a lot of reading in the forum here about batteries. I wanted to increase my battery capacity, so I tried Juice Defender. Seemed to work good...until I left the house and had no 3G or 4G connection. In the house I connect to our WIFI. I tried changing the settings and looking up info on what I was doing wrong. I couldn't find anything that would make the phone connect. So I uninstalled the Juice Defender app. My next thought was to just buy an extended battery. So I looked in the forums about which one to use. I noticed that the sizes that people use vary. But then I ran into posts about people whose phones wouldn't connect back to Google wallet or messed up their phone completely where the only way to fix it was to get a new phone. And something about being NFC compatible...whatever that is. Yes, in case you haven't figured it out yet, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to this phone! Lol
My questions are simple...but I fear the answers are not: Can I get an extended battery for my Nexus, pop it in, and have it work correctly without screwing something up? Do I have to do a factory reset if I go to an extended battery, and if so, will I lose all my music, pictures, and apps? What is the best battery to get and what case will fit the phone?
I know these questions are wayyyy below the intelligence level of everyone on here...but my level of experience with cell phones stopped with my rotary-dial cell phone I bought back in 1942.
Thank you for your help!
08-06-2012 04:27 PM
Extended batteries are the way to go with this phone. You have three options in my opinion, to maintain all capabilities of the device: $25 2100 mah Samsung-Verizon extended battery, $25 3200 mah Hyperion/Trexcell/Qcell extended battery or $65 3200 mah Seidocell Extended battery.
The Verizon battery will fit in the stock back cover and will not change the dimensions of the phone, however most people claim they can barely tell the difference in battery life between it and the stock one.
The 3200 mah batteries will come with their own back cover and have a bump that makes the phone about 40 % thicker.
The difference between the Hyperion/trexcell/Qcell batteries and the seidocell is quality and price...You take the chance that you might get a defective battery or it might not last an exuberant amount of charge cycles if you go for the cheaper product. Just make sure you get one with NFC capabilities.
I'm currently using a Hyperion extended battery and it is has served me quite well for the short time I've had it. I get about 4 -4.5 hours of on-screen time when it seemed like I was lucky to get 2 with the stock battery. I'm no longer wary of when my phone will die. No problems if I forget to charge over night. I'll have about 30 % left to start most days.
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Yes you can get extended battery for your phone. Who is your service provider? If you are on VZW then I suggest getting it from there. You do not have to do a factory data reset to use extended battery. Pop it in and go!!!! As far as cases you will just have to shop for those that say they will fit extended battery.
Originally Posted by winemaker17
Have you backed up your files and pictures? I see too many desperate cries for help recovering deleted priceless pictures with no solution.
Need to hard reset? How to Hard Reset-Factory Data Reset.
I say forget the extended battery and swap out with a regular battery ...Any phone with bad signal to 3G/4G will drain the battery though...I do have the VZW extended and it fits with a few cases but I don't feel it makes so much of a difference than a regular... I can't see myself walking around with a big hump back battery to take away from the phones looks...good luck...
Thank you everyone. We have Verizon. I don't really want the hump-back look after looking at pictures of the phones with the extended battery. If I buy another stock battery, to have a fully charged one on-hand, how do you charge it? Do you just use the phone to charge them both or do I need to buy some sort of charging dock?
Hey, everyone. After looking at chargers, extra stock batteries, and the like...I have decided to go with the extended battery. This is the one I am looking at: Amazon.com: Hyperion Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus 3800mAh Extended Battery + Back Cover (Compatible ONLY with Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus SCH-i515) NOW WITH NFC CAPABILITIES: Cell Phones & Accessories Will this one work? Is there something I need to check on my phone to see if it is compatible? I don't want to pop in a battery that messes anything up or is the wrong one.
That's the one I have and it's the business
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Hi OP, I'm basically going through the same thing as a new GN user, except I have Sprint and not Verizon. I was just wondering why, after doing your research, you decided to go with the extended battery and not the extra battery. I'm not sure which way to go myself. I found this extended battery for my phone but it looks terrible with the hump-backed case.
Last edited by EmmaWK; 08-16-2012 at 03:30 AM.
Mine settled in without doing anything after a few full cycles. As for how much you need, I think it really depends on your usage. On the stock battery I would often have to plug my phone in before my bedtime, but after I got the 2100 extended battery, it gave me enough over the stock battery to make it through the day under normal usage. I would love to install a 3800 if it wasn't the size of a house brick, way too bulky for me. If you get a 2100 extended battery I also highly recommend the rearth ringke slim case, here: Ringke Slim