I’ve had my LG VX8100 since October 10th, 2005. Between then and today, my lifetime calls timer is at 111:45:31. My Lifetime KB amount is 63,495 KB.
Today, I decided that I need a new battery. I needed to charge it every night. If I talk for an hour during the course of the day, with sporadic texting, it won’t make it before I get home.
After a lot of reading at HowardForums, and a helpful customer service rep at Verizon Wireless 611, I have an extended battery and a confidence in battery charging habits.
I took a trip to the Verizon Wireless corporate store Pasadena around 11am this morning. I told them about the severe decrease in battery life, and I’ve only had my phone for eight months. They basically agreed that I needed a new battery, but I’d have to buy it. At least they’d prorate it at 25% off. (I’m still not sure what “prorate” means.) I was hoping that they would replace it for free, since some of the people in the forums were stating that they got hooked up.
I also asked tech support in the store about the best battery charging methods. I was told to let it run down before charging, as opposed to charging it every night.
When I got home, I called 611 to find out if the above held true (for charging the battery). Truthfully, the CSR told me the opposite. She has a Samsung SCH-A970 and she charges her phone every night. Her three daughters all have LG VX8100s. They use theirs a lot, and got the extended battery because the standard one died too quickly. In addition, the battery doesn’t get overcharged – she insisted that charging stops once its full. She suggested I do the same.
Since the extended battery was about $8 more, I went back to the Verizon store to exchange for the better one.
My current thoughts on the extended battery:
It’s not too much thicker. I have high hopes for it since it’s a 1700mAh battery, whereas the standard battery is 1000mAh.
I sent a couple TXT messages while it’s still charging, and it definitely feels more comfortable typing on the keypad. (As comfortable as it can get typing on a small keypad, of course.)
I’m not sure if there’s a more exhaustive review, but forum member “fillthemup” wrote a brief one and included five photos.