At today's standards that's not very high, but thanks to the Hardware and Software optimisation by Nokia it is not bad at all...
I already published a Review about the battery life of Nokia's original battery on my CFW:
Review: The One v4.7.1 Battery Life
As you can see there, the battery lasts long enough when you use it carefully. But there's still room for improvement...
I had very good experience on my old Samsung I8910 HD with non-original batteries.
After Leno (a user of my CFW) recommended me the "gold battery", I though why not giving it a try on the Nokia N8.
I ordered it from ecell on eBay and I paid around 14.- CHF (shipment included).
There are many stores who sell this battery, you should search for one that offers the best conditions for your location. Be aware that the "gold battery" exists with the same design for other phones too... when you order one, make sure its really for the Nokia N8 (BL-4D).
Here is the link to ecell: http://www.ebay.ch/itm/260984477622
(I noticed, since I bought it, they dropped the price a little bit and shipment is now free!)
|High Capacity Gold Battery BL-4D|
The battery was delivered by air mail from the UK, it came in a plastic bag about the size of an regular envelop.
I don't know if it has anything to do with the production or shipment, but when it arrived, I had to clean it first!
There was some milky, white dust around the connectors, I used alcohol and cotton to clean it.
So the first impression about quality wasn't great... but like I said, it could be just bad luck (or caused during the shipment).
The "gold battery" is made in Japan and assembled in China, strangely there is no manufacturer information whatsoever!
So I don't really know where it comes from...
But according to ecell and the package, the "gold battery" has a temperature fuse and safety control switches, so it should be as safe as Nokia's original batteries.
(That's good to know, because I carry the phone in my pants pocket, which is kind of a sensitive area...;))
Replacing the original battery is very easy!
You just have to remove the bottom clip (two screws) and a plastic clip that keeps the battery in position...
For details you can check out the Youtube video linked in my earlier review:
Review: Nokia N8 Case Replacement (disassemble and reassemble)
Something that's worth mentioning here is, that the "gold battery" doesn't come with that small tape at the bottom (like the original battery). So removing the battery again is a little bit tricky.
To prevent that problem, use the tape of the original battery on your new one, to make it easier for future replacement.
2430mAh is a very impressive number... but it raises lots of questions for me.
The first one is, does this battery really have 2430mAh?
I don't know... you will see in this review that this battery holds up much longer than the original one, but that doesn't prove 2430mAh.
If it is true, why doesn't Nokia produce batteries like this?
Are they to expensive? Is Nokia just saving money? Is it not possible and the "gold battery" is fake? Maybe those high capacity batteries are based on new technology and Nokia can not mass produce them with their current factory equipment (not yet)?
Why do we have to buy batteries like this on eBay, while local stores around here never heard them?
Well, I can just speak for Switzerland, but around here its very hard to find non-original batteries for phones. At least I can imagine the reason for that...
Since non-original batteries are cheap, the seller wouldn't make as much profit as with the original ones.
Logistic is probably another issue, I guess it's much easier buying original batteries from a big company like Nokia, than get in contact with a nameless "gold battery" manufacturer.
The BL-4D battery was also used in devices like the "Nokia N97 mini", that one hit the market a while ago... the development of batteries made some progress and maybe it's possible to produce high capacity batteries like the "gold battery" now.
But the question "why doesn't Nokia produce batteries like this?" is still open...
Gold Battery Performance
The settings and configuration of the phone during my test, was the same as it was in my last review.
Review: The One v4.7.1 Battery Life
Here is the screen shot I took after using the gold battery for 24 hours:
As you can see the battery usage in "almost" standby is lower than on the original one.
The "gold battery" gives me around 10 days of standby/very low usage without charging.
Compared to the original one, I have an improvement of 30% battery life!
In theory I should have an 50% improvement, which means I should have had 93% left after 24 hours (according to my last review).
This "almost standby test" is not 100% accurate and in regular use I think I really have 50% more capacity!
For my personal usage, it's almost impossible to drain the "gold battery" within one day, which was an easy task with the original BL-4D.
The days of being worried about battery life are over for me and I am really satisfied with this product!
2430mAh seems to be a huge number compared to 1200mAh. But it is "only" twice the capacity of the original battery.
So don't expect anything magic going on here, if you have major problems with battery life (depending on your usage (I heard of people who charge two times a day) and the "real capacity" which we are not sure about) you won't be able to solve them with this product!
Battery Monitor Problem
After I switched my battery, Nokia Battery Monitor v3 was going crazy!
The battery status was changing up and down, within a range of 20%... The software became completely unreliable.
The original battery indicator in the top bar was not affected by the replacement, it seemed to be correct and stable.
I suggest that it's best to reinstall Battery Monitor after you switched your battery.
For me it took some time after reinstalling, but now it works fine and gives me correct values. It also matches the battery indicator in the top bar now.
After more than one week, I can say that this battery works great!
To be honest, I had my doubts about the quality.
It's hard to trust a product that comes with an unknown manufacturer branding, so what do you say about no branding at all?
Luckily I was worried over nothing. There are no heating or performance problems (not even while charging), everything works stable and as you expect it to be.
And also very important, it didn't disappoint me in battery life.
So I can recommend this battery to everyone who can fit a BL-4D battery into his phone ;)
If you have questions or feedback about my review, let me know via comment.
*** Updated Conclusion 1 ***
I think I have to correct my conclusion. After reading the comments and emails I got as a reply to my review, I feel the need to set some things straight!
Basically what I said about this battery is true for me, but the fact that I still have some critical doubts about this product, is not really clear in my conclusion.
This battery feels save and does the job perfectly for me, no doubt about that.
But like I said in the part about the "real capacity", I highly doubt that a no-name battery can offer twice the capacity of original ones (especially at the same size)... 2430mAh is definitly FAKE!!
But in my tests the battery works better than my 6 months old original one. After six months the battery should still work fine, so maybe the gold battery really has slightly more capacity... but I cannot prove that!
For half the price of Nokia's original products, the "gold battery" is an ideal replacement.