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Old 12-05-2013, 16:01   #1
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BAckup iPhone battery?

Any body use one?
- What brand?
-How many charges?
-How long does it extend power?

Or any USB compat smart phone charger....
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Old 12-05-2013, 17:54   #2
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My Galaxy 3 I just change out the battery.
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Old 12-05-2013, 20:05   #3
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I bought this one in April, https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-unu...or-iphone-4-4s

It charges with a mini plug. The way it works is you charge the battery in the case and the phone all the way. Plug the phone into the case. As the battery goes down in the phone, the case charges it; keeping the phone at 100%, until the case is empty. Then, you run off the phone, alone.

You can leave the phone in the case and charge them all, together. I keep the phone and case separate. I don't like the extra heft. I bought my iPhone 4 in June 2010. I still get two or three days out of the battery, before charge. One way I do this is by not charging it until it gets down to 5%, or less; the, giving it a full charge. Therefore, if I see the battery has 20% left, and I know I'me going to be using it a lot that day, I'll take the case and plug the case in when the phone is too low. If I recently charged the case, it will fill the phone to 100%. Usually, the case has been sitting for a few weeks (or several) and will only charge the phone to 80%+-; even through, the gauge on the back of the case indicates a full charge.

I like that the case has the more common charger. If I can't find an appropriate iPhone charger, I can almost always find the mini that the case uses.

For those doubting the battery empty to full theory, I have two phones. One is my personal iPhone 4 from 06/2010, the other is a Droid Maxx from 02/2013. Both of them are treated the same=empty to full.
The old lady has had three HTC's and recently (last summer) got a Samsung Galaxy III S. She pligs it in, willy-nilly, Needs charged? She plugs it in on the way to Wal-Mart, it goes from 5% to 10%, she then unplugs it until leaving Wal-Mart. Then, it goes from 7%-12%. Get home and she doesn't charge it. It gets down to 1 or 2% and she charges it until she needs to relocate within the house. It may get to 50-60%, then, she takes it off and uses it. It only gets fully charged at night, when she remembers. The longest hers lasts, without much use, is 8-10 hours.
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Old 12-05-2013, 21:25   #4
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Old 12-05-2013, 21:28   #5
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I keep a charged spare for my S4, that stays in my BOB, that stays in my car or goes with me outdoors.
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Old 12-05-2013, 21:35   #6
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Any body use one?
- What brand?
-How many charges?
-How long does it extend power?

Or any USB compat smart phone charger....
Posted this in another thread.



12,000mah external battery.

Much cheaper than an extra IPhone battery at $42.00

It'll charge any IPhone at least 7.5 times from dead without recharging and possibly more than that depending on the model that you have.

Only recharges mine 3-4 times from dead but I love it. I can generally go 2-3 days on a charge so this gives me 8-16 days of juice without recharging.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:59   #7
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at walmart, saw a little case that would hold four AA batteries, used for charging other devices. seemed like a good thing to have if you were away from AC power but had some AA batteries. for regular use, I suppose rechargeable AA's would be best, and have their usual many uses, too.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:04   #8
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Rechargeable AA's....

I do like that idea!
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:56   #9
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Rechargeable AA's....

I do like that idea!
In that case, the goal zero recharger uses rechargeable AA's and incorporates into the multiple goal zero solar panels they offer.

This is my backup to the external battery as the 4 AA's offered 2300mah won't completely recharge my phone but I do carry 2 of the inverters and 20 rechargeable AA's on trips as well as the solar panel.

ETA: You can also use standard AA batteries in these inverters.
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Old 12-06-2013, 20:26   #11
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Amazon.com: New Trent iCarrier 12000mAh Portable Dual USB Port External Battery Charger/Power Pack for Smartphones, Tablets and more (Now w/Micro-USB charge port): MP3 Players & Accessories 12,000mah external battery.

Much cheaper than an extra IPhone battery at $42.00

It'll charge any IPhone at least 7.5 times from dead without recharging and possibly more than that depending on the model that you have.

Only recharges mine 3-4 times from dead but I love it. I can generally go 2-3 days on a charge so this gives me 8-16 days of juice without recharging.
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I have several portable devices similar to this...

..some single USB out, some double USB & some also flashlights.

Given several away to family members also.

But I do keep a spare charged battery for my Note II also.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:26   #12
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+2 on the New Trent gear. My wife is an apple user, and travels a LOT.. many airports are catching up with the need for charging stations etc, but they didn't have them years ago, so she started using the New Trent stuff. She has the biggest one they have, and a smaller 5000mah one that I use now. Very handy, especially now that she can wifi on most flights..

My phone has a swappable battery, but have never bought a spare because I have the New Trent. Buddy has the battery case for his iphone.. makes the phone pretty thick, and I like to carry in my back pocket.. so wouldn't work for me.

Back in the day, she started with one of the AA holders.. didn't do a very good job and would only half charge her phone per set of AA batteries and took hours to do it.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:53   #14
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If they would make one for the Galaxy Note, I would buy one.

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Old 12-08-2013, 12:29   #15
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In that case, the goal zero recharger uses rechargeable AA's and incorporates into the multiple goal zero solar panels they offer.

This is my backup to the external battery as the 4 AA's offered 2300mah won't completely recharge my phone but I do carry 2 of the inverters and 20 rechargeable AA's on trips as well as the solar panel.

ETA: You can also use standard AA batteries in these inverters.
There is that darn Goal Zero name again....

I just need to buy their whole deal.
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Old 12-08-2013, 19:50   #16
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I just ordered one of these neat little USB charge adapters some of the RC crowd uses....I have some LiPo packs from my RC days that I figured I could re-purpose into USB power.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...arging-Adaptor

The nice thing about this adapter is that the input voltage can be from 6.8v to 16.8v (2s to 4s) I am going to wire up a few adapters so I can throw it on a terminal post batt if needed.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:41   #17
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Just add water - for the survivalist who has everything

http://powertrekk.com/

Just add water!

I guess that backup for cell phones now qualifies for extreme survival consideration.

So, if you have a spare couple of hundred dollars, here you are ....
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:28   #18
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The day before our last SEP gathering I bought a MyCharge Hub 6000. It charged an Iphone from 14% to full and a Galaxy S3 from 19% to 50% and then was out of juice. That was from the charge out of the package (which indicated it was full i.e. green light). Compared to what I'm seeing here though that isn't a lot and there are better products. I'm charging my phone now so I'll see how it does. Might be heading back to Best Buy to return and get one of those 15000mah listed above (and it was cheaper as well).
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:07   #19
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Well I went ahead and returned the MyCharge Hub 6000 and ordered the Anker Astro E5 15000mah. After seeing it linked above (thank you Glockdude1) I looked up some reviews on YT. The listing states it will charge an S4 four times. I have an S3 and a guy on YT claims he is able to get 7 or 8 charges. Now a lot depends on the point your charging of course, but four times is more than the 1.5 (or less) I was getting with the MyCharge.

Hopefully it will arrive before our next SEP gathering in January.
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Well I went ahead and returned the MyCharge Hub 6000 and ordered the Anker Astro E5 15000mah. After seeing it linked above (thank you Glockdude1) I looked up some reviews on YT. The listing states it will charge an S4 four times. I have an S3 and a guy on YT claims he is able to get 7 or 8 charges. Now a lot depends on the point your charging of course, but four times is more than the 1.5 (or less) I was getting with the MyCharge.

Hopefully it will arrive before our next SEP gathering in January.
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That Anker Astro E5 arrived yesterday. That was fast service. Ordered on the 22nd and it arrives on the 26th during the busiest time of the year. Looks really good and I'm looking forward to testing it out at the upcoming SEP gathering next weekend. I figure about 7 charges on my S3 (the S3 has a 2100mah battery and the charger is 15000mah). That's about what the guy on the YT review stated. Which beats that MyCharge Hub 6000 by a long shot.
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On the battery you will see 2 ports. 1A & 2A. 1A is for normal phone charging. 2A is for rapid charging and/or using a Ipad.

The lens you see, is a built in flashlight. Push the big button twice to turn it on/off.

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On the battery you will see 2 ports. 1A & 2A. 1A is for normal phone charging. 2A is for rapid charging and/or using a Ipad.

The lens you see, is a built in flashlight. Push the big button twice to turn it on/off.

Be careful charging anything on the 2 amp USB port with less than a 2000 mah battery. The commonly used ratio is that the capacity of the battery needs to be at least 10% of the voltage of the charger. Not following this ratio will cause damage to your battery and decrease your battery life.

You should be OK with the S3. My Note 2 comes standard with a 2 amp charger but it has a 3100 mah battery.
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Appreciate the info guys
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For those of you who store this type of battery pack in a BOB or whatever, make sure that you use and recharge them occasionally, and that you're careful with how you store them. Lithium battery packs don't take kindly to being discharged beyond a certain point, and like it even less when you try to recharge them after they get that far depleted. They can burst, burn, explode, etc. My wife's old iPhone had sat for a number of months, and then thanks to her newer one getting screwed up during an OS push, needed to be recharged so her contact info could be swapped over. The next day, the phone split open because the battery swelled. You also want to be very careful not to puncture or short out one of these batteries. Do a youtube search for "lipo burn" to see how potent some of these can be.

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