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Treo Ultra Extended Battery: 3200mAh For Treo 700

Treo 700 Extended Battery

A Treo Extended Battery has been one of the top 10 bestselling Treo accessories pretty much since the first day of its release.  It’s rather obvious why this has been the case: for only $29.95 Treonauts have been able to increase their talk time by some 33% compared to a standard 1800 mAh battery…

The additional benefit of the current extended battery is that it is only 0.5mm thicker than a standard one so that your Treo battery cover can still be used without any problem.  Evidently some Treonauts wished that they could get an even larger capacity extended battery but the higher number of cells would inevitably mean that such a battery would not fit your Treo with the standard battery cover.

Seidio have now fortunately come out with a very smart solution around this problem.  On the one hand they have produced a new huge capacity Ultra Extended Treo Battery with 3200mAh (77% more than standard 1800mAh) priced at $54.95 and on the other they have also manufactured a new battery cover (bundled free but currently only for Treo 700) specifically designed to accomodate the extra thickness (some 3.0mm).

Treo Extended Battery

The result is a 3200mAh battery for your Treo 700 that incredibly provides over 10 hours of talk time and 22 days of standby time.  The even better news is that because the added thickness is only 3mm you will still be able to use a great many of the existing Treo 700 cases such as the P6 Pouch Case, Seidio Shield 2 Holster, SPE UltraSlim Pocket Pouch and foofpod Pouch.

Naturally I can already hear Treonauts with a Treo 650 or like me new Treo 680 clamoring to hear about when an ultra extended battery will be available to them.  In this respect I can tell you that an extended Treo 650 battery cover is already in production and should be available shortly to be used with the 3200mAh battery. 

Treo 680 Extended Battery

Similarly, a slim extended battery and cover for the Treo 680/750 are also in the works – hopefully available by end of January.  Additionally, I’ve also discovered that you can theoretically already use your old standard 1800mAh (image above) or extended battery with the Treo 680 but you will have to wait for the new battery cover to arrive first…

[Separate Note: I am aware of some complaints about battery life on the Treo 680 and I am currently running numerous tests to check it.  So far I have not found an issue and I will post my full findings shortly.]

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Posted by Andrew on December 6, 2006 at 02:29 PM

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by Felipe | Dec 6, 2006 3:12:17 PM

Andrew, how are you finding the battery that comes with the 680?

2
by Bill | Dec 6, 2006 4:08:03 PM

I hope they make an extended battery for the 680. Hopefully it will not be any thicker than the standard battery--the one in this article with the new battery cover is ugly.

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by Ken | Dec 6, 2006 5:53:13 PM

It's good to see that there is a company out there that is addressing the need for a bigger and longer lasting battery. I hope there will be a larger capacity battery for the Treo 680 soon.

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by francis | Dec 6, 2006 8:05:03 PM

the battery on my new 680 will not even last me a day, sometimes i have to restrain myself from playing with it for the fear of running out of battery while i'm at work or travel. it sucks! but i still love my treo 680, if only an extended life battery is available that will be great.

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by forgot | Dec 6, 2006 8:19:48 PM

I've already heard of a few people running their old 650 batteries in their 680. I've actually even heard of someone holding theirs together with tape. That's desperation!

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by Darnitol | Dec 8, 2006 6:58:56 PM

OH MY GOSH...

All I could think of when I saw this was, SEIDIO, Please, PLEASE make a battery with a built-in bluetooth GPS unit, then make whatever battery cover you need to make it fit. There are GPS-on-a-chip solutions out there, so there's GOT to be a way to make something that would hardly increase the thickness of the Treo at all.

I love TomTom, but I rarely use it because I have the GPS receiver in my wife's car. If there was a way to have the GPS inside the Treo 700, I'd be using TomTom everywhere I drive.

PLEASE SEIDIO, PLEASE!

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by Brent | Dec 10, 2006 11:01:57 AM

Interesting idea about the GPS-on-a-battery. However, I think it more likely that Palm will release a Treo with built-in GPS. Perhaps Palm have been waiting for the network operators to refine their location-based service offerings before taking the plunge. Google Maps would be much more useful if it started at your present location automatically...

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by Allan | Dec 12, 2006 3:21:08 AM

They should have right off the bat just manufactured the battery cover for both the treo 650/680/700

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by Sean | Dec 15, 2006 8:53:43 AM

I am a new tro 680 owner, and as much as i like it I am very disappointed by how often I need to charge my battery (twice a day). is there a battery out there that lasts considerably longer, or am I just using the device too often?

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by brent | Dec 17, 2006 4:23:43 PM

Oh no... something is wrong from a design viewpoint if you are asking "am I using the device too much?" Isn't the whole point supposed to be use it as often as possible? Call me unfashionable but I'd rather have a heavier or bulkier device and not have to screw around with recharging or changing batteries too often. The 2400 mAhm extended battery gives me decent service but 3200 would be better.

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by NAS | Dec 24, 2006 12:14:08 AM

I appreciat your testing of the 680 battery and the fact that it may fall within the stated ranges. I am not upgrading to a 680, but rather am converting from a Siemens SX66 and the lack of battery life on the 680 is stunning. I have only had the phone 4 days, but have had to recharge at some point of each day to continuing using it. If this is acceptable to Palm as a user requirement I regret that I made the switch. Hopefully, we will not be railroaded in pricing for additional and extended life batteries. Thx

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by George | Dec 26, 2006 2:07:55 PM

The 680 battery is a disgrace. Palm made a more esthetically pleasing phone but took away battery life. What good is that? The 650 battery was great and in the world of engineering the rule of thumb is never take away what you have already given your users. Palm you should be embarassed!!! Now to make people happy you are going to create a band aid by making more money on an extended battery.

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by Joe | Jan 2, 2007 8:33:56 PM

Treo Batteries Seidio 3200mAh Ultra Extended Battery for Treo 700p, 700w|wx

When will the above battery and cover be ready for use with the TREO 650. I am sending this joke of a TREO 680 with its 3 hour battery back. I am going back to my DEPENDABLE 650. Thank GOD I am inside my 30 days. Please send me some kind of time line. Thanks Joe

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by ABILENE,TX | Jan 7, 2007 5:48:14 PM

Well I too have "upgraded" to the 680 from the 650. I love the treo 680...but..and that is a big BUT......I am very disappointed in the battery! I am sending my 680 back tomorrow. After 10 plus years of being a palm user. I am going to the blackberry pearl! Palm...you should be ashamed of yourself and hopefully you are paying attention to all of the negative feedback!

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by Ron | Jan 8, 2007 12:36:05 PM

I’ve upgraded to the 680 and my battery life is getting worse! I’ve changed all the power prefs as mentioned by Andrew (except leaving the auto date to keep my calendar correct). Fully charged battery last nite and next morning (7 hrs later) the battery was at 21% !?!?!?!

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by Tanya | Jan 16, 2007 12:02:22 PM

Andrew

I am having a big problem.

My husband & I recently purchased a Treo 680, We have to charge it daily.

In Fact he hasn't started using his as yet, but it is on , but still it has to be charge, even if it is sitting there.

I need a battery, with a longer run.

With regular phones, I'm can go for up to 3 days, now I have to walk with my charger, for a new phone, haha

Thanks for your time

Tanya

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by Shawn | Jan 16, 2007 12:44:25 PM

I just upgraded from my 650 to a 700p and was really excited about the 680's... until I heard about the battery life! Anyone who travels alot can understand why this single issue X'ed Treos from out budget! I want to thank SEIDIO from us loyal Treo users for giving back (and then some) what Treo in their haste to conform to FASHON took away! And I don't care if it makes the thing's butt look big! LOL!

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by Yogi Noro | Feb 9, 2007 10:32:28 PM

The Treo 680 has a nicer software bundle, yet it has no WiFi like the much simpler Symbian devices, and a battery life that only lasts half a day. The new thinner body is unnoticeably thin, and the new battery is not for any serious user. What is going on Palm? This is not a Motorolla fashion phone where nothing tastes better than thin feels.

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by Tom C | Mar 9, 2007 12:44:35 PM

I loved my Treo 650 with GoodLink email service on it. I upgraded to the Treo 700P and it worked just as well. Hoever, the battery life was horrible. Maybe a full work-day, not 24 hours. I recently purchased the SEIDO 3200mAh battery. The batter life is a little better, but if you are expecting a 77% increase in use time, don't waste your money. The battery lasts a little while longer, but nothing amazing. Palm should be ashamed that they have a wonderful tool but can't keep it functioning for a full day because of battery usage.

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by SimonT | Mar 25, 2007 10:48:47 AM

There is a recognised problem with the camera that causes excessive battery drain even when you are not using the camera.
What you need to do is install a patch, available from
http://kb.palm.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE?New,Kb=EUPalmSupport,ts=PALMEU_UK,Case=Obj(10946)

It is not ideal - it has to be reinstalled if you have a major reset as it is held in memory but, with such a poor battery capacity every little bit helps

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