Seidio Extended Battery... anyone with past experience?

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    I'm waiting for the Seidio extended battery to be released, and was wondering what people's experience has been in the past, with Seidio's Extended batteries for other cell phones.

    Overall I find the Droid's battery to be excellent, but there are times when I'm away from an outlet for extended periods of time, such as when my family goes to an amusement park all day, or when we visit Yosemite, and a longer life battery would come in handy.

    Anyways, overall I've loved whatever I've gotten so far from Seidio, which has been limited to different cases, so was wondering about people's experiences with their batteries.

    Thanks!
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    any extended battery will have to be a decent step up in mAh to be worth the extra cost. usually a jump of 200-300mAh won't buy you much except a bigger hole in your wallet. other sites have reviewed similar batteries, only to find the 10 - 20 minutes of video watching, didn't justify spending the extra $50-$60.
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    There ok just buy a spare andcarry it arouns
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    I've never owned an third party battery but agree with the guys up above. Also in order to get a substantial amount of the battery life increase they usually have to make a bigger battery and a replacement battery cover. Depending on your preference you may not want to bulk up the already pretty sleek droid. Just something to think about!
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    I love em!
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    I'm a big seidio fan boy. I love there Innocase + Clip holster combo that they sale, I've had one for my last 3 phones, including droid. I got an extended battery for my Storm, however I'll be honest and say that I didn't see a lot of improvement with the slim line. Seidio did take it back and let me get an extended battery + door, and that thing was awesome, easily lasted 30-40% longer than the stock blackberry one.
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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

    bwhite, I agree, I've had great success with Seidio.

    As for carrying around an extra battery, not really for me.

    It's not that often I need extra battery life, but when I do, I'd prefer to be able to simply slap on a larger battery at the beginning of the day, and then not worry about it for the rest of the time.

    Carrying around a spare battery is a bigger hassle to me, then the minor bump in extra weight a extended battery would add.

    Again, personal preference.
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    Well, my past experience with Seido extended battery is excellent. I had used their extended battery for MotoQ before. The battery lasted me a week before I charged it....

    The cons of it is the added bulk size... For my droid, I will get their extended battery (the one without the extra bulk) and maybe buy two of these those extra long hours at work.
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    I just found a totally cool use for the extended battery equipped Droid.... try setting the droid on a flat surface in horizontal mode... it sits perfect... almost just like a cradle... perfect for watching TV.com or similar at the perfect angle.
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    haha lol! Nice, too bad I don't have one to try it out with. Otherwise I'd probably be doing it right this minute haha lol
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    There is another concurrent thread about this.. but let me double post and say the existing firmware of the Droid "2.0.1" is not accurate for showing battery meter levels on the extended battery.

    I doubt the next version "2.1"will either.
    I saw one other person post and I confirmed it myself.. but once it reaches 5%, there is still "allot" of life left.... I've been playing TV.com for about 3 hours now on 5% and its still going!...another person reported 6 more hours of heavy use once it hit 5%.

    Considering on the way down to 5% takes quite a bit longer to reach than when using the standard, combined with the extra hidden power "after" you hit 5%.. there truly is a ton more reserve available than when using the standard battery.

    Too bad the battery meter is not more accurate.... for some reason I get nervous when my meter only shows 5%!

    I appear to have all functions though at the 5% reading.. can make calls, receive, etc etc.
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    Looks like my BodyGlove case won't fit my Droid if I were to put this battery on. I rather buy a spare, regular battery.

    Regards,
    Rocky
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    Seidio sells a black case for this extended battery ... although its plastic, it feels like velvet.... it fits like a glove.... fits so well, its a bit of a pain to take off!
    But really nice.. I recommend it and I've had my extended battery now for about a week and I like it more now than when I first got it.

    I can sit my Droid up on edge and it leans back at the perfect viewing angle to watch movies etc on a flat surface.

    I carry my droid in my pocket with glass towards my skin and it actually looks better than a large flat surface thats easy to tell its a cellphone... now that there is an irregular shape, it looks less noticable in my pocket.

    I don't notice any weight difference.... lets face it "how much does an extra standard battery weigh?"... not much... and thats basically what the extended is.... like two standards sandwiched together.

    I used to have a clear case, but like the velvet black much better as I don't see lint etc on the other side.

    The cover actually makes the phone feel "soft" in your hand.
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    Firmware vs. software for battery power reporting

    I've got this extended battery and like it, but have also experienced the "reserve" power at 5%. In fact, for about 5 out of the 8-9 hours of use of the phone per charge, the phone has displayed 5% remaining. The only irritating thing is having the phone suddenly go completely dead. So...

    I've done some reading on this issue and elsewhere on the forums. Compare and contrast this quirk in the firmware with this thread talking about other battery meters from the Market. http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-hacks/8257-battery-10-increments-why.html

    Is it possible that an app like this would compensate for this quirk in the firmware? That's what I get from reading that thread, but then from reading other threads like this one I seem to understand that it would take an update of the firmware to fix the power meter quirk. ???
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    Don't know about that technical stuff, but I'm in agreement on the Seidio app. Where do I sign?!
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