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Power Battery: Double the Runtime of your Galaxy S4

Authored by: Stephan Serowy — Jul 4, 2013

The main weakness of smartphones is the battery. Anyone who still gets in trouble with their Galaxy S4, despite the lush 2,600 mAh battery, should sit up and take note. The days of nervous looks at the battery indicator may be at an end.

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The 5500 mAh battery will beef up more than your battery life. / © Mugen Power

What would you do to double the battery life of your Galaxy S4? Well, the possibility now exists, if you are willing to invest a little money and place a little less emphasis on a slim smart phone. The Chinese manufacturer Mugen Power has developed a battery pack for the Galaxy S4 at a whopping 5,500 mAh.

With regular usage, you could be looking at three to four days of operation. But moderate users probably don't really need such a monster of a battery. This 5500 mAh slab is really directed more towards "heavy users," who will now have to decide between design and weight on the one hand and performance on the other. For such a battery is neither slim nor small.

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With double the battery life there's no need for careful settings. / © AndroidPIT

I myself am a big fan of spare batteries. On my Galaxy Nexus, it was only a jump from 1,750 to 2,000 mAh, but the phone was noticably thicker and slightly heavier. How it will be with this battery, boasting more than double the capacity of the standard battery, I can only imagine.

For around $90, you will get the new battery (which, incidentally, does not affect the NFC compatibility) with a black or white back and a leather bag. This new mega-battery should be shipping worldwide as of now.

Would this battery be a possible option for you? Or do you feel it would be an unacceptable blemish on an otherwise slim, lightweight smartphone?

After years of political journalism with WELT and ZEIT Online, it was time for Stephan to change direction. His background in social science and his enthusiasm about the future naturally led him to where socially transformative technology is being celebrated: AndroidPIT. He is a colossal science geek and a passionate musician, and he loves introducing people to the changing zeitgeist - beyond bare figures and spec sheets.

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  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 15, 2013 Link to comment

    Hi Awais, you can order the battery direct from the manufacturer. The link is under the article. If you get one let us know how it goes!

  • Awais Khan Jul 13, 2013 Link to comment

    Where do we get this 5500 mah battery?

  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 12, 2013 Link to comment

    In light of all the exploding S4's lately I think I might be a little wary putting this battery in my phone. You might nuke your entire neighborhood!

  • mithun s Jul 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Nice! hope it will not blow up the phone !! :D and theres only one way to find out :)

  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 5, 2013 Link to comment

    Hi John, yes, the S4 has a better battery than the S3. The specs are: S4: 2600 mAh battery, with reported 17 hours talktime and 300 - 350 hours standby (on 4G and 3G networks, respectively); and the S3: 2100 mAh battery, with reported 13 hours talktime and 200 - 300 standby (on 4G and 3G networks, respectively).

  • John Ghormley Jul 5, 2013 Link to comment

    Does the S4 use a battery different from the S3?

  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 5, 2013 Link to comment

    Yeah, unfortunately the website has no weight or dimensions listed for this battery, and we don't have one in the office yet. But when we find out more we'll let you know!

  • Mastermind Jul 5, 2013 Link to comment

    No pictures of newer battery compared to stock battery - how am I to compare?

  • ruhulamin Jul 4, 2013 Link to comment

    great news