Smartphones: Where to buy high capacity, heavy duty replacement batteries for Android handsets

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Android smartphone device explosion is the lingering impotency of battery performance. Sure, users of Android devices can all extend battery life by running power management applications like JuiceDefender and by cultivating conservative usage habits, but what we really need here is a rapid improvement in the performance of batteries. Battery R&D was clearly left behind while the manufacturers were all trying to out-do each other over screen, processor and camera performance.

Fortunately, while the pleas from the early adopters to the device manufacturers to address this debilitating problem appear to have fallen on deaf ears, other smaller manufacturers have taken notice. In fact, a surprising number of 3rd party battery manufacturers have now stepped up to bat, offering replacement batteries offering everything from slight to massive performance improvements. For current owners of Android smartphones the challenge now lies in answering the questions “What are my options for replacement batteries and where can I buy them?”

Having dedicated some time to this matter myself and successfully upgraded batteries on three different Android smartphones (a Samsung Galaxy S, an HTC Desire HD and a Motorola Milestone XT720) I decided to compile a list of popular devices, sorted alphabetically, with links to sellers of the highest capacity replacement batteries available. Many of these are super heavy-duty upgrades, leading to up to three times the runtime between charges (when compared to original stock batteries). These batteries tend to be over-sized, and ship with replacement back-plates for the phone. You can see what I mean with the Samsung Galaxy S example in the video below.


 

As for the table, while it is not a comprehensive list, I would love some encouragement and assistance to help it grow. If you have any requests for information on alternative batteries for specific devices or you’d like to share your experiences or add information to this chart, please leave a detailed comment at the end of this article.

Brand Model Stock Battery Capacity Maximum Battery Capacity Purchase from
         
Google Google Nexus One 1500mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
         
HTC HTC Bravo 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire A8181 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire 1400mAh 3000mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  HTC Desire HD 1230mAh 1800mAh obostore.com
  HTC Droid Eris 1300mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Hero 1350mAh 3200mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
  HTC Incredible 1450mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Legend 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
  HTC Thunderbolt 1400mAh 1500mAh DinoDirect.com
  HTC Wildfire 1300mAh 1800mAh Mugen Power
         
LG LG Optimus 2X 1500mAh 4500mAh (with cover) Mugen Power
         
Motorola Motorola Milestone 1400mAh 2000mAh DinoDirect.com
  Motorola Milestone XT720 1400mAh 2000mAh DinoDirect.com
         
Samsung Samsung Fascinate 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  Samsung Galaxy S 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
  Samsung Vibrant 1500mAh 3500mAh (with cover) DinoDirect.com
         
Sony Ericsson Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (white cover) Amazon.com
  Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 1500mAh 2600mAh (black cover) Amazon.com

Dan Monceaux


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5 Replies to “Smartphones: Where to buy high capacity, heavy duty replacement batteries for Android handsets”

  1. Thanks Trevor, actually I bought a 1500 mAh battery first (the one linked to the youtube video demonstrating its installation)… then I discovered the more powerful Andida alternative. I have ready positive reviews of the linked Andida battery, but I do not own one myself. I’ll send you a link to the 1500 mAh battery if you’re interested. Congrats on choosing a great handset there, by the way. 🙂

  2. Hi, Dan! I have a question. If I buy the HTC DHD replacement battery from Andida, can I still use the same charger provided from HTC or do I have to buy a different charger? Thank you. ^.^

  3. Hi Stephanie… I have good news for you… you can most certainly use the SAME charger you already have. Let me know how you go with your new battery, I’d love to hear how it works out for you.

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