This is definitely a follow on to my most famous post on rooting HTC Dream: https://erlern.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/rooting-htc-dream-singtel/ . When you have successfully done so, your immediate joy of being able to run so many programs and modified ROMS on your set will be short lived upon realising that the paltry stock battery of 1150mAh cannot last for long. And then you will hit another snag and begin to pout. Well, that is until you hear me out 🙂
I have been finding for an extended battery to be used on my HTC Dream (of 6 months old edy). It has been disappointing for me to search for a reliable battery source that is as advertised. I remember going all the way to Setapak and even further on the hope of getting an advertised 1600 mAh battery only to find (at the last minute when I am there) that the advertisement was wrongly typed; it was the normal 1150 mAh which they intended to sell for RM80 – 90. Sigh… it was very disappointing (twice disappointed, mind you!).
Which is why I am finally happy to find that the Chinese-made battery by Andida, rated at 1600 mAh, is as advertised. A 1600 mAh would give you a marginally increased usage of 39% over the original. Calculations are simple… 1600-1150 = 450. When compared to the original 1150 = 39.1%. The original stock battery which my Dream came in usually lost about 20% after downloading a 100+MB vidcast episode via 3G. But on this battery, I found that it was only a 7-8% (with screen brightness set at the highest!).
The other improvements in having an extended battery instead of the stock is the lack of heat emanating from the battery cover (lower part of the HTC Dream) which I constantly get when running 3G for long periods of time, while browsing the net. It is now at most slightly warm.
So yes, I would recommend this battery to ALL HTC Dream users. The upside besides the extended juice is the fact that it does NOT require an ugly battery cover to cover up the improved battery size! I get to keep the original size of the phone, although it is slightly heavier (not too noticeable). But that added weight just confirms that the battery packs a lot more ‘ommpph!’
I can get some if there are any who are interested 🙂 No more false advertisements.
They are some comments on the batteries not being able to charge. I remember that I had that problem for 30 minutes when I got hold of the battery, until I realise that the battery should not have any seal remaining on it; I took off any plastic seal that may be covering the battery. Below are my now 2 months+ old battery for you to compare and see for yourself.
Okay guys, becareful with the seller that is selling it under the name mentioned here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=548020&page=12. Quite a number of forum members from XDA bought it and found defective batteries that would not charge. The seller admitted that there was a missing component in the battery and thus is in the process of sending new batches to those who were affected. I am not sure how bad the situation is, but do read through the postings from page 12 onwards.
In the same forum, it mentions that Andida batteries of the same sold by others seem to be working well. Just make sure that it is not produced in late 2009, and it should be fine. Mine was 0809; the August batch. Phew! Will keep you updated.
Please be aware!