Puffy mobile phone battery

A while ago I decided it was time to replace my old smartphone. The final choice was between a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a HTC One. I’ve had two HTC phones before and liked them both very much but this time I decided to go for the Samsung instead. The main reason was to be able to easily replace the battery in the future.

After about four months the battery time started to be really bad, and the phone sometimes decided to reboot without reason. A quick googeling showed that this problem is quite common and easily distinguished by the battery being a little puffy.

I couldn’t find only the battery in stock at any local store but one had a new battery together with a charger in stock for the price of 299 SEK which is quite reasonable.

Battery with charger
Battery with charger

You could easily see the difference between the old and the new battery.

Comparison of old an new battery
Comparison of old an new battery

Putting the old battery in the charger I couldn’t even close it.

Charger cannot be closed
Charger cannot be closed

In one way I’m glad that i got the phone with the easily changeable battery, but I think it’s really bad of Samsung to use such a low quality battery that it is worthless after four months. HTC probably have to use better quality batteries in their HTC One since it is much more expensive to replace the battery on warranty.

Long time no see

It’s been a long time since I posted something here. The main reason is that I became a father in February but I’ve also had a lot going on at work.

Hopefully the number of posts will increase again in the near future. In mid December we are moving from our apartment into a house. The house will have room for both a small workshop and an electronics lab. I’m also hoping to start brewing my own beer which certainly would be worth documenting here. But first there is a few things needed to be done on the house.

More pictures to come in the end of November when we get the keys.