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Aug062009

In-depth Look at Palm Pre Super Extended Battery! 2800mAh and Monstrous 3800 mAh, get your Pre running for days.

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Update: Test Result for all Extended Battery for Palm Pre

So you got a Palm Pre, love everything about it but the battery life and maybe the lack of official apps. We know come Fall, the App Catalog will be exploding with cool apps. So only thing left is the battery life. You can buy a 1400mAh Palm Pre extended battery that will add about 20% more juice to your Pre, which we reviewed just days ago. I'm sure this is enough for a day's worth. But if you need your Pre running for 2 or even 3 days with out a single charge, you can go with Amzer's 2800mAh extended battery or Amzer's 3800mAh super extended battery. Both of the 'super extended batteries' comes with their own battery door due to the size increase of the battery. And also note that these back covers are not TouchStone compatible, maybe in the future.

Read on for our In-depth look and comparison of the standard and extended batteries + back cover. And stay tune for our Test results in the coming days. You can read the test results of the 1400mAh here.

Battery Size Difference: 

Right off the bat, you can tell the difference in size. The 3800mAh is about 3x the height of the standard battery, where as the 2800mAh is twice, and the 1400mAh has identical dimensions.

(Side View)

(Back View)

Back Covers (Side View)

The standard back cover is 4mm thin, 2800mAh's is 9mm thin, lastly -- 3800 is 15 mm thick.

(Inside View)

The extended battery back covers feels cheaper, but definitely sturdier.

Photos of the Back covers on the Palm Pre (Bottom View):

(Top View)

(Side View)

(With the Keyboard Opened)

Amzer vs. Seido Battery Door:

Unlike Seido, Amzer preserved the curves that is known for the Pre. And Amzer's battery door has the Piano back finish like the standard back cover (Will attract finger prints), where Seido has a matte finish.

Reason why the extended batteries need their own back cover:

With the 3800mAh back cover on, you Pre is also a wireless/wired mouse:

Verdict: 

We haven't tested the super extended batteries yet, but based on our results from the 1400mAh battery, these will offer the extra juice like promised. I'll recommend the 2800mAh over anything else currently on the market, because it offers a lot more battery life vs. Standard, plus it feels really good in the hand, especially while typing. But if you really need even more juice, go for the 3800mAh


 

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Reader Comments (63)

Now with WebOS 1.3.1, my phone app preferences has a "data usage" field to turn on/off cellular data usage. So with a 3800mAh battery on my Pre, I can achieve a WHOPPING 8 days using the following settings: Data Usage off, WiFi off, Bluetooth off, screen light minimum, GPS off, Google location services off, IM off. My battery drain rate is 1% every 2hrs or 12% per day. If I am traveling, I turn on my GPS or WiFi only when I need to use them, on demand. So I am now charging my Palm Pre only ONCE A WEEK and my monthly voice usage is about 10000 minutes. WOW!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick

3 ways my Seido 2600 makes my Pre feel like my older Treo(s).

1. The rubberized back is similar to the Treo and does show every little fingerprint.
2. The thickness of the 2600 is almost identical to my Treo- plus it still fits in my Treo pouch style hostler. Seido also makes a leather case for the Pre with their extended battery.
3. The battery life is very similar to the Treo. Two days of light use or all day on anything but constant use. I typically will listen to Pandora radio while at work, so I typically tax my battery pretty hard, and rarely could go an entire day on a charge. I realize that the standard battery on the Treo was not 2600 (1800, I think), not sense the Pre is 'more hungry' for power, the approximate usable time is very similar.


I sure that most of these statements are true for the other extended batteries on the market. I really like the Pre, and we all understand the more WebOS devices are sold, the more apps will be generated, so if battery life is the number one issue, then hopefully people will buy these and stop 'bad-mouthing' the Pre. Ideally, Palm would ship offer this option (most likely with Touchstone support), but until that time, this has made a world of difference with the way I use my phone...

December 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe King

Just to let you know: Amzer is re-brandd Mugen Power. You can buy it for better price here: http://www.mugen-power-batteries.com/palmone/palm-pre.html and if you use this code 5OFF2009 You will also get a discount.

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterne0phyte

Link once again: http://www.mugen-power-batteries.com/palmon/palm-pre.html

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterne0phyte

I LOVE MY SUPER EXTENDED BATTERY AH (3800) FOR MY PALM PRE BUT I CANT SEEM TO FIND A CELLPHONE CASE FOR IT BECAUSE THE BACK IS TOO BIG. ANY SUGGESTION?

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPAPA BOOGIE

So the only downside is that you need a wheelbarrow to haul your phone around?

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslivers

Thanks for the tip on 'Quick System Tasks,' Rick. I'll check it out. I've been using my 3800 for more than 2 months now and I frankly don't see how anyone could be without a long-lasting, reliable battery--even non-heavy users. It's indispensible.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUltraHeavyUser

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March 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames lee

you got a Palm Pre, love everything Mini Flashlight about it but the battery life and maybe the lack of official apps. We know come Fall, the App Catalog will be exploding with cool apps. So only thing left is the battery life.

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

Read on for our In-depth look and comparison of the standard and extended batteries + back cover. Digital-Watches is good.

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

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April 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbertina1230

it is so good.

April 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzhueworld

Will the 1400 give me enough life for MP3 usage and texting maybe some calling ?

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg540flip

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