Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy S3’
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Today we’re going to highlight some of the very best accessories available for the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you’re ready, move your eyes onto the next line and let’s begin!
5. Mugen Extended Battery – 2300mAh
If you’re looking for an easy way to replace your worn out battery or double your battery life, then a Mugen Extended Battery may be just what you need. The battery is exactly the same physical size as the original, but packs in an extra 200mAh of charge and is cheaper as well. For more Galaxy S3 batteries, check out our recent blog post on the subject!
4. a-Jays One+ Earphones
The headphones that come with the Galaxy S3 aren’t brilliant – they block out noise, but the sound reproduction is pretty mediocre. If you listen to music on your phone, then it makes sense to upgrade to some proper headphones. These ones from a-Jays are some of the most popular. They sound great thanks to 8.6mm dynamic drivers, and are well backed with a tangle-free flat cable and a helpful Android app.
3. Samsung 64GB UHS-1 Grade 1 MicroSDXC Pro – Class 10
The Galaxy S3 retains the microSD card slot of its predecessor, and newly supports 64 GB cards. Take full advantage by picking up a 64GB card; this one from Samsung fits well and boasts the fastest possible speed rating too.
2. Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter
We’ve already seen how the Galaxy S3′s back cover lets it take microSD cards and replacement batteries – now here’s something even more useful. This wireless charging adapter fits into the back of the phone, below the back cover, and will give the phone full wireless charging capabilities. Just pick up this and a Qi wireless charger and you’re good to go.
1. OtterBox Commuter Series
The OtterBox Commuter is one of the most popular cases for any phone, and for good reason – the case design includes good protection, minimal bulk and a simply stylish look. The Commuter’s two layer construction allows it to resist both scratches and knocks, although thicker cases can provide better protection against bigger impacts. For the money, the Commuter is a brilliant case.
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Friday, July 18th, 2014
Earlier this week we had a look at some of the best batteries available for the venerable Samsung Galaxy S2, and now we’re back to do the same for the slightly-more-up-to-date Galaxy S3! Let’s get right into the Galaxy S3 battery recommendations.
The most obvious solution to a flat battery is to just buy precisely the same one again. The Official Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is still being made, so it’s simple to pick it up and slot it right in. Of course, you don’t need to have a flat or dying battery to make this a good idea. Picking up a spare battery is also one of the simplest ways to double your battery life; just charge both batteries up and then you’ll have another full charge ready to go whenever you get low.
Of course, the same logic also applies to a replacement battery from a third party manufacturer. This option from Andida is one of the best available, as it has an extended capacity of 2300 mAh – that’s an extra 200mAh compared to the stock battery. When you consider that you’ll get 10% more battery life in exactly the same dimensions, it’s a a no-brainer. The Andida battery is a bit cheaper than the official option too, making the Andida an even more alluring option.
If you are going for a spare battery, then the Spare Battery Kit from Samsung can be a good idea. This is a combination of a spare battery, a battery charger and a desk stand. The spare battery is self explanatory; it’s exactly the same as the first item in this article. The charger allows you to charge that spare battery while charging your existing battery in your phone. This means you can put both batteries on charge when you go to sleep, and both will be charged when you wake up. The desk stand functionality is helpful too, and can support your phone in landscape and portrait mode.
The next good option for extending your battery life is to grab a battery case. The battery case is a portable battery integrated into a case, just as it sounds. That means you’ll get the benefit of more than double the battery life along with considerable protection. The case is bulkier than standard Galaxy S3 cases, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff.
That’s all for now folks! Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or feedback, and we’d be happy to answer. Have a great weekend ahead!
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3? How old is your battery? If it’s more than a year old, you may have noticed that you get less battery life than you used to. This is normal for an aging battery, but can also be a sign of dangerous swelling. Here’s what you should check for, and several replacement options for the Galaxy S3 and S4.
A lurking danger
Users across the world, but particularly in Europe, have been reporting cases of the expanding batteries in their Galaxy phones. These batteries swell up, sometimes even preventing the battery cover from fitting on the phone. This is a fairly serious issue, as these batteries have the potential to burst and leak the noxious chemicals inside. Thankfully, it’s usually easy to spot – your battery will have a swollen area instead of the perfect rectangle it started life as.
Even if your battery isn’t noticeably larger, you may want to check it anyway. XDA Forums member axlinside has reported that Samsung have identified Galaxy S4 batteries with serial numbers beginning BD1D and with a date in the range of 401 to 529 as being likely defective.
Batteries lose their effectiveness quickly as they age
Of course, old batteries aren’t just more likely to explode. They’re also likely to have been worn out through use; a typical Lithium-ion battery will lose about 20% of its capacity per year – and if your battery is often at higher temperatures, that loss could be as much as 35% per year.
In any case, replacing your battery is much easier on the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 that it is on many other popular phones, which typically have the battery glued or screwed to prevent user access.
Here are three of our recommended battery replacement options for the S3 and S4:
Recommended Galaxy S3 Batteries
Option 1: Replace with Official Samsung Galaxy S3 Standard Battery
This option simply is a new, fresh replacement battery for the Galaxy S3. You’ll return to the same 2100mAh battery provided by your S3 out of the box, while retaining the slim form factor of the handset. This is also the cheapest option available.
Option 2: Replace with Samsung Extended Battery Kit for Galaxy S3
A more tantalising option is this extended 3000mAh battery for the S3. Again, it’s made by Samsung themselves so you can be assured of perfect compatibility. This time around though, that extra capacity is tempered by a slightly thicker phone once the replacement rear cover and battery are installed.
Option 3: Augment with PowerSkin Extended Battery Case
This option augments your existing S3 battery with a second 1500mAh battery embedded in the PowerSkin case. That means you’ll be looking about 3200 mAh of total capacity, assuming your year-old battery has lost 20% of its original capacity. If you have an older battery, then the Samsung Extended Battery looks like a better bet, while the PowerSkin is slightly better the more recent your battery is.
Recommended Galaxy S4 Batteries
Option 1: Replace with Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Standard Battery
The first and simplest option is to get a fresh battery identical to the one that came from the phone. Unsurprisingly, that battery comes directly from Samsung and provides 2600mAh worth of capacity.
Option 2: Replace with Mugen Samsung Galaxy S4 Extended Battery
Another option is to replace your original battery with one of a much higher capacity. One well-rated option is this extended battery from Mugen, which brings your capacity to a whopping 5500mAh. That requires a noticeably thicker phone, but the increase in longevity should be worth it.
Option 3: Augment with Mophie Juice Pack Case for Samsung Galaxy S4
Our last option is to add an external battery case to the ailing internal battery. The Mophie Juice Pack is the nicest battery case I’ve ever seen, and adds 2300mAh of additional battery capacity to your total reserves. This allows you to remove the case when the extra capacity isn’t needed, and provides good protection as well.
Thanks for checking out our Galaxy S3 / S4 battery guide. Have a great day and let us know what you thought of the article in the comments below.
Monday, May 12th, 2014
The Galaxy S series of smartphones sets sales records each year, often becoming the best selling Android smartphone in the world. One of the best features of the series is its inclusion of a replaceable battery, opening the door for easy replacements, second batteries and battery cases. We’re here to show the best of the bunch, with recommendations for every Galaxy S phone from the S5 to the S2. Let’s get right into it!
Galaxy S5 Batteries
The most recently released Galaxy smartphone is the Galaxy S5, which comes with a 2800mAh battery.
Recommended replacement battery: With no popular extended batteries on the market yet, the Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Standard Battery is our recommended replacement. The battery is identical to the original in every way, and enjoys a perfect rating from its initial reviews.
Recommended battery case: While no battery cases are yet in stock at Mobile Fun, the Flip Power Jacket is a strong choice available on pre-order. The case comes in three colours – silver, black and gold – and includes 3200mAh of power, bringing your total capacity up to a crazy 6,000mAh, more than doubling your total battery life.
Galaxy S4 Batteries
Last year’s Galaxy was the Galaxy S4, which was released with a 2600mAh.
Recommended replacement battery: This Mugen Power 2750mAh Extended Battery squeezes a little extra capacity into a battery that’s the same size as the original. Mugen have a long history of producing top-notch batteries, so we’re happy to recommend them here.
Recommended extended battery: We turn to Mugen again for their ridiculous Extended Battery, a 5500mAh capacity battery that requires the installation of a thicker rear cover.
Recommended battery case: The Mophie Juice Pack is probably the best looking battery case for the Galaxy S4, adding 2300mAh in a relatively slim package. The case comes in black or white.
Galaxy S3 Batteries
The Galaxy S3 was released in 2012, with a 2100 mAh battery that seems small nowadays.
Recommended replacement battery: While Samsung’s official replacement battery isn’t a bad shout, supplies are somewhat low. For that reason, we recommend the Mugen Extended Battery, which comes with the same 2300mAh capacity and fits in the same space.
Recommended extended battery: Samsung produce a great extended battery for their Galaxy S3, called the ‘Official Samsung Extended Battery Kit.’ This is a 3000 mAh kit, offering capacity more similar to the Galaxy S5 than the older Galaxy S3. That means a nice boost to longevity without sacrificing the style or shape of your Galaxy S3.
Recommended battery case: The PowerSkin Extended battery Case for the Galaxy S3 is a fine choice, adding 1500 mAh in a slim case with built-in LED charge level indicator.
Galaxy S2 Batteries
The Galaxy S2 was the first Samsung phone I’d ever owned, when it came out in 2011 with a 1650 mAh battery.
Recommended replacement battery: The official Galaxy S2 standard battery is still available, and is a good choice for anyone looking for a spare or replacement.
Recommended extended battery: The Mugen 3200mAh Battery & Back Cover is an good extended battery, offering more than double the battery life for your Galaxy S2. Unfortunately, your phone will get noticeably bigger and heavier!
Thanks for taking a look at our range of batteries for Galaxy smartphones between the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S5! If you have any questions, ask them in the comments below. Have a great week!
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Here at Mobile Fun we’re running an exclusive deal for our Qi Wireless Charging equipment for the Galaxy S3.
In order to use wireless charging on the Galaxy S3 you need two pieces: a charging plate that supplies the power, and a wireless charging back to receive it.
For our loyal newsletter customers, we’re giving away a free wireless charging cover with purchase of a wireless charging plate. Here’s how it works:
Pick out either a black or white charging plate via the links below, and add the product to your basket.
Once the charging plate is in your basket, you can put in one of the two voucher codes below to get your free wireless charging cover:
- S3QiWHITE gives you a white wireless charging cover (to match a white S3)
- S3QiBLUE gives you a blue wireless charging cover (to match a blue S3)
Place your order and you’ll receive both items in the colour you chose!
If you run into any issues, please feel free to contact our customer service who’ll be happy to help you out. Thanks for reading this explanation and have a good day!