Review: Mugen Power Battery For ZTE Blade/Dell XCD35

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

The guys over at MugenPower were kind enough to send across their 1400 mA Extended battery for testing on the ZTE Blade (also, Dell XCD35 – #samething). And I put it under some intense testing to see what this fuss behind Mugen Power really is!

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

Spoiler – The power is quite some thing!

The Dell XCD35 comes with a 1250 mA Li-ion battery. And the Mugen Extended battery is a 1400 mA unit. That’s a small increase of just 150 mA, and Mugen Power didn’t have a battery of higher capacity for this phone. Well, the results have been surprising.

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

Since the increase in capacity is not a lot, the dimensions of the Extended battery and the stock battery are almost the same. At least, there’s no difference to my eyes. See for yourself? Yes.

So yeah, it fits into the phone without any issues whatsoever.

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

Note – I had the stable version of CyanogenMod, CM7.1, up and running on my phone. For the uninitiated, it’s a custom ROM, and likely manages power consumption better than stock Android. However, I’d been using CM7.1 right from the first week of purchase of XCD35, and have used the stock battery until I got the Mugen Extended battery. Comparisons have been made between the stock battery and the Mugen Extended battery only when I had been running CM7.1.

The Mugen Extended Battery would last me for about a day, having to curb my usage slightly at the end of the day. The stock battery, however, would last me not more than 6 hours at max, and that’s when I’d curb my usage quite a bit. Notable difference. And I find it quite weird, for the increase in capacity is not much, but the backup is just an hour or so less than double. And this makes it necessary for me to have this Extended Battery. Half a day backup with not-so-heavy usage, that’s rubbish. And the Android I have doesn’t even have the specs to justify the low backup.

Here are some screenshots that should give you an idea about the backup I could squeeze out of the Extended Battery.

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

Mugen Extended Battery Dell XCD35

All I did was follow their instructions. Charging it continuously for 12 hours, for 5 days. And before that, wiping the battery stats by booting into Recovery. The backup wasn’t that good initially, before I completed that 5-days’ ritual, but from then on, it has been excellent. At least, I don’t have to worry about finding a power plug every 6 hours now.

You may not have the same phone, but the guys at Mugen support tons of Android devices, among others. Take a look at their catalogue here, if you are curious, or want to get one for yourself too.

Go here if you’d like to buy the battery reviewed above.