Google Selling Spare Nexus One Batteries Directly To Consumers


nexus-one-batteryAre you a prolific Nexus user who streams videos while listening to music while using location-based apps connected to 37 social sites that all feed you status notification updates? Or maybe you just use your phone quite a bit. Either way, you’ll probably be interested in learning that you can now buy Nexus One batteries directly from Google. Check out their sales pitch:

Choosing Nexus One: Additional Batteries

One of the great things about the Nexus One is that you can easily remove and replace the battery. If you would like to be able to carry a fully charged spare battery, we recommend official Nexus One batteries for performance and reliability.

Please note that there is a purchase limit of five batteries per customer.

Technical specifications:

  • Removable 1400 mAH battery
  • Charges at 480mA when installed in Nexus One phone connected to USB, at 980mA when installed in phone connected to charger
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, Up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, Up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Instructions for installing a battery are available from the Nexus One User’s Guide.

Note: Package includes battery only; does not include charger. Battery charges only when inserted in Nexus One phone that is connected to USB or phone charger.

Interesting to note that last line – there should bean easy way to charge spare batteries, even if it just means providing a dock that has a place to dock both your phone and a spare battery. Or I suppose they could make batteries big/powerful enough and OS/apps nimble enough to last a long time. The main problem is our hardware and software demands grow so quickly it’s hard for battery life to keep up (at a reasonable size).

Google is charging $25 for the battery compared to these alternatives:

I’m thinking $25 looks pretty good – you just charge up an extra when you’re in your house and bring it with you when you expect to be out/gone for long periods of time. Although patronizing Phandroid isn’t such a bad idea and what the HECK would your phone look/feel like with a 2800mAh battery?


I’m guessing they don’t really show you the whole profile because it makes the phone chunky as heck. But on the other hand… if you like the heft/thickness of the Motorola Droid then you might not mind the added weight/bulk. Anyone out there rockin’ this?

Unfortunately Seidio makes no battery life claims in the product description – I’d love to hear a few first hand reports.

[Thanks jdavet!]

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  1. The Seidio web site had a picture of how much the 2800 mAh would add to the profile. The picture wasn’t obvious because the phone with the battery on it was rotated 90 degrees about the x (horizontal) and y (vertical) axis than what you’d expect a profile pic to show.

  2. YAY! I love Prego-battery’s i don’t mind the extra thickness for the extra power. Hope they make other Android phone battery’s as well!

  3. How is it that 3G eats more battery than the wifi.?

  4. Any word on spare Droid batteries?

  5. When you swap batteries out, doesn’t the phone reboot? If so, that is a small pain to charge one, and then swap it out to charge another and then swap it again when the first one is dead.

  6. I haven’t tried the extend battery for the nexus one. But i have had bad experiences with non-OEM extended batteries for other phones (T-mobile Dash)

  7. Woot! I love Google, although I did have to send them a snarky e-mail about how they advertised “removable battery”, yet had no official batteries for sale. Google is quick to fix their mistakes. And 25 bucks is pretty cheap.

  8. I ordered the 2800mAh battery, haven’t gotten it yet, I’m hoping it’s not too chunky, will report back when I get it.

  9. We have the technology to produce batteries that last ten times longer than the ones we use today. It’s not that the better batteries would cost too much to produce, it’s just that they would make buying spare batteries and various chargers pointless.

    That addition to big battery manufacturers not wanting to redo their whole production line.

    Kinda like the same reason why Nokia builds their phones to last barely through the warranty. After that, you need to get a new phone -> more money.

  10. For my HTC Hero, I bought a genuine HTC battery for about £13 and a desktop twin charger ( for illustration ) that allows me to charge the phone via USB, and a bare battery separately.

  11. And still no Car Mount, what the hell?

  12. Thats a good idea :)

    Spare batteries are always good and the price is pretty good too.

  13. Just let me know when the car mount arrives

  14. They have those N1 1400 mAh batteries on ebay starting at $11.69 incl shipping.

    I’ve bought all my cell phone batteries on ebay for years. I’ve never gotten a bad one, and they have performed just as well as OEM. Why waste money? They’re all made in the same one or two factories, and they just slap different labels on them for different clients that we all buy them from.

  15. You can also get a Mugen 1600 mAh battery for $44.95

  16. I have the 3200 mAh extended battery from Seidio and i love it.

    Yes, it adds about 50% thickness to the phone and some extra weight, but for me it actually makes the phone easier to handle with just one hand.

    Batterylife is doubled. Before i got about 40 hours on a charge, meaning i had to charge every day to be sure. Now i charge every 3 days. My phone is modded for optimum batterylife.

    Only drawback of the extended battery is that the supplied backcover for it doesnt fit as tight as the standard one. Dust can get into the phone. And of course it doesnt fit my car dock.

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