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Bionic, Extended Battery, Otterbox, and Dremel....

Discussion in 'Droid Bionic Accessories' started by DF Smod, Sep 15, 2011.

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    After the first few days of using the extended battery/otterbox without the back cover for the otterbox I finally decided to make it permanent...


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    Hey there,

    Was just thinking about doing the exact same thing. How did you like the outcome? Does it still fit in the holster? I'm thinking that perhaps something like a bit of thin rubber weatherstripping around the rough edge of the cut would be nice. It would leave just the back of the battery exposed to potential harm. But better the battery taking a shot than the actual phone.
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    Wha the.....? Oh well I guess you can get a new back cover cheep enough. I dont have the *guts's to do that to mine or the ability to try :D
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    On second thought, the back cover is just rubber so if done neatly would be just fine leaving as is. You would never even know that you cut a bit of it out. Well done. If it still fits in the holster I will definitely be doing this.
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    It fits in the holster just like it did before, I made the cut, filed the edges and used a buffing wheel to smooth it down so the extended battery back plate wouldn't get scratched up, also the front and back otterbox pieces snap together like they did before, you wouldn't even be able to tell unless I told you
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    Hey, would you be interested in making one for me. I'm willing to pay you to alter a back cover for me. Let me know if your interested.
    Thanks!
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    Blake if you send it to me with a return shipping label I'd do it at no cost, it was fairly easy but I couldn't guarantee it would be as seamless as mine was
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    How long did your battery last before you installed the extended battery? I have mine set to turn off data after 15 min and it lasts quite a long time.. id say on par or better than my DX
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    I did this same thing to my otterbox the day after release. One word of advice is to trim the rubber inside the outer cover where the speaker is to make it flush.

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    I thought about the same thing for my droid. Then I realized the whole reason I use otterbox is because of how rugged it is...and now myotterbox IS my battery cover. Just left the stock battery cover off. It fits great around the camera and everything.

    Looking closer at the pics, I guess the bionic and d3 are quite a bit different in battery cover design?

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    Another OtterBox Case Mod

    tp76 you are a pioneer and my inspiration for my attempt at modding my case. I took a slightly different approach but have the same results. Wasn't very comforable with the amount of plastic that your design had to take out of the Otterbox (especially around the HDMI and Micro USB flap). I took the standard battery cover and cut out a hole to fit the phone with the Extended battery installed. If I every change my mind I can buy another standard battery cover from Verizon for $5. Then took the Otterbox case and cut a tapered hole for the extended battery. Tappered so that the battery is held in place with the Otterbox case. I think it came out quite well and I'm pleased with the results. No mod of the rubber case was needed.


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    That looks great woosh, I thought of it to but didn't want to cut any OEM part of the phone, I think between the two designs we have all the bases covered - then there's always using the extended battery/otterbox without the back cover as someone suggested, I did that for the first few days but a cut is vital for a secure otterbox feel

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    Is that the Commuter or Defender case?
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    Defender Series

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    i wonder if it would be possible to plastic weld the piece that you cut out to the back at the height that is needed for the case to fit? if i remember correctly the silicone fits a little loose on the phone where it could work





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    Just wondering.... which battery extender is that and where was it purchased.... I'm thinking about doing that now.
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    I applaud all of the great workmanship and thought put into these two designs, but i cant justify paying for the protection of the otterbox case and then modding it to fit the extended battery at the expense of the protection that I made the initial investment for... these are great atheistic work arounds the larger issue; case manufactures need to recognize that -at least in the high end non-iphone smart phone segment- THEY NEED TO BEGIN TO PRODUCE CASES THAT HOUSE THE EXTENDED BATTERY OPTIONS... the fact that iphone- the largest manufacture of the smart phones sold- doesn't allow for an extended battery means that all other platforms are punished for exchangeable battery options... its pure fu*kery!
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    I'm having trouble seeing what you did. You have a step by step?

    Does anyone know of a case that pets similar protection to the defender otterbox that will fit the extended battery?

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    I think ill just wait till the come out with an otterbox for the extended battery

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