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  1. no_basho's Avatar
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    Greetings,

    I'm going to be doing quite a lot of international traveling this summer and would like to buy a spare battery for my 680. I'm tempted to go with Seidio's 1300 mAh, but after doing some searching, it seems that initial views weren't all that positive.

    Now that some folks have had this battery for a while, does anyone have any recent thoughts? Is it worth getting? Or should I simply get a standard battery from Palm?

    Thanks!
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    The 1380mah didn't work for me. the treo couldn't see it. Besides it is a micro increase. just buy a 2400mah then u dont have to switch. when one dies.
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    Thanks for the response.

    I really like the idea of double the battery life--but I'd like to avoid the Dreaded Hump, if possible. Besides, I've already invested money in cases for both my 680 and my wife's, and they'd be wortheless with the bigger battery, unfortunately. Hence, my interest in the regular size.

    However, since there seem to be a lot of bad reports about Seidio's 1300 battery, I'll likely just pick up a standard Palm replacement battery.
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    Where do you plan to travel?

    I CANNOT believe what my brother told me.
    I lent him my T680 for his Germany/Austria trip...

    HE REPORTED great battery usage.
    BT on all day and he'd end the day with 80% battery.

    HE said he was on a train ride from munich to Vienna and listening to music the whole time and the battery was at 50$ (using bt stereo headsets, audio gateway sw)

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN KIND OF BATTERY LIFE?

    **makes me really wonder about what is truly causing the battery drain of our phones... the network?
    Now it's the WAITING GAME: a GSM Palm Pre
    T680 (COPPER) + Cingular = FUN!!
    My T650 & 6230b and NX70 are retired... =(
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmg_P1OS21 View Post
    Where do you plan to travel?

    I CANNOT believe what my brother told me.
    I lent him my T680 for his Germany/Austria trip...

    HE REPORTED great battery usage.
    BT on all day and he'd end the day with 80% battery.

    HE said he was on a train ride from munich to Vienna and listening to music the whole time and the battery was at 50$ (using bt stereo headsets, audio gateway sw)

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN KIND OF BATTERY LIFE?

    **makes me really wonder about what is truly causing the battery drain of our phones... the network?
    No way! 80%?! 50%?! I think you're the first I've actually read here. Now I need to see if anyone else made mention of this from overseas.
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    I can almost 100% say for sure, that in my experience it's not the network. Travelling around the UK, Prague, France and India, it's made no difference at all to the length of battery life, apart from I'm likely to use it less whilst abroad. It's definitely not a US conspiracy to keep you from your treos...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmg_P1OS21 View Post
    Where do you plan to travel?

    I CANNOT believe what my brother told me.
    I lent him my T680 for his Germany/Austria trip...

    HE REPORTED great battery usage.
    BT on all day and he'd end the day with 80% battery.

    HE said he was on a train ride from munich to Vienna and listening to music the whole time and the battery was at 50$ (using bt stereo headsets, audio gateway sw)

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN KIND OF BATTERY LIFE?

    **makes me really wonder about what is truly causing the battery drain of our phones... the network?
    Yep, I can believe it, I get that kind of battery life too. With BT on, my battery drains at about 1 - 1.5% per hour (the graph shows drain with BT off, where I easily get 5 full days (divided by the blue lines) with light to moderate use). Any calls or other screen on activity causes additional drain, but 20% at the end of a day (assuming that means by nighttime, not at the end of a 24 hour period) is easily achievable with BT on and light to moderate use. I am in Australia so different network, but I really cant imagine the network is the problem. Dont pay any attention to the last day of the graph - that was where I installed 'service LED' which started to drain the battery much faster until I uninstalled it.
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    Clearly the network is not the cause of the 680's battery problems, but it can be a factor. Using the 850/900 band uses more power than the 1800/1900 band.

    So if you're in the US and using the low band (some US cities), then go to Europe where they use the high band, it will use less battery.
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    Really.
    My brother has been slammed with work, otherwise I wanted him to right a brief summary of his usage and battery life.

    I was wary of lending him my phone BECAUSE of the poor battery life, but during his trip he began to report to me that battery life was VERY VERY good for him.

    o_O

    I've now resorted to turning the phone off while at work (not that i can take phone calls) so that the battery can last me the day... =/
    Now it's the WAITING GAME: a GSM Palm Pre
    T680 (COPPER) + Cingular = FUN!!
    My T650 & 6230b and NX70 are retired... =(
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    Your network coverage will obviously affect battery coverage. In the US, our coverage is simply not as good as many other countries who are physically smaller with denser coverage.

    Right now I'm in Hong Kong and since there's full network coverage just about everywhere so my phone's battery has been phenomenal.
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    Well, this thread strayed a bit from my original question but I found it very interesting. I'll be monitoring my battery life while traveling internationally this summer and see if I notice a significant difference.

    Oh, and I went ahead and ordered a standard Palm battery replacement and Palm's spiffy new portable battery charger. Too many negative reports about Seidio's extended batteries, I'm afraid...

    Thanks for the insights, everyone!
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    Do report your findings during your travels... or upon your return!
    Now it's the WAITING GAME: a GSM Palm Pre
    T680 (COPPER) + Cingular = FUN!!
    My T650 & 6230b and NX70 are retired... =(
    http://mrg9605.com
    http://ipgeek21.com
    noncents.net
    http://seresqueridos.com

    justdai.com
    reddingk.com
    georgeozuna.com
    goaskoscar.com
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    I have the Palm magnetic flip case and a desktop cradle. Load the spare into the cradle at night, and slip it into the slot in the case when not in use (it is thin enough to hold the Treo and spare battery. When one dies, swapt them.

    I did not want the bump either, this works pretty well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmg_P1OS21 View Post
    Really.
    My brother has been slammed with work, otherwise I wanted him to right a brief summary of his usage and battery life.

    I was wary of lending him my phone BECAUSE of the poor battery life, but during his trip he began to report to me that battery life was VERY VERY good for him.

    o_O

    I've now resorted to turning the phone off while at work (not that i can take phone calls) so that the battery can last me the day... =/
    What else do you run on your Treo.. Any online data, such as email, IM? Those are the contributors to short battery life. I suspect your usage of the phone is very different than his.

    My wife charges her phone every 4-5 days when it gets to 40% or so. She talks on it 10-15m/day, sends a few SMS, does some minor calendaring. No background apps.

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