I have been using a LG Nitro HD since quite sometime now. While the phone does not run the latest version of Android or has any stellar feature, it gets the job done for me. However, the biggest issue with the Nitro HD for me has been the extremely poor battery life. The phone absolutely struggles to last even 8 hours on a single charge with a couple of email accounts syncing in the background.
I had nearly given up hope on the Nitro HD, when our in-house Android guru, Rajesh, told me about Mugen Power Batteries
. I had read some of his previous Mugen battery reviews but did not pay much heed to them. I was wrong, very wrong. I have been using an extended Mugen battery for the LG Nitro HD
since the last 1.5 months, and the increase in battery life has been staggering. Out of the box, the Nitro HD comes with a puny 1830mAh battery that empties itself in less than 8 hours with LTE enabled and medium usage.
The extended Mugen battery has a whopping 4000mAh capacity, which should theoretically more than double the Nitro’s HD battery life. As I said earlier, before using the Mugen battery, my Nitro HD was averaging around 8-9 hours on a single charge with LTE enabled and a couple of Gmail account syncing in the background. After I started using Mugen, the average battery life of my Nitro HD has jumped to a phenomenal 22 hours. This is 22 hours of heavy use — a couple of hours of Spotify over Wi-Fi, an hour of voice calls and gaming each, and around 2-3 hours of random usage including internet browsing over LTE. On an average day, I can easily squeeze out more than 1 day of battery life with the right mix of 3G and Wi-Fi.
Mugen ships their extended battery with an extended back door as well, since the 4000mAh battery is too thick. Mugen has added a kickstand at the back of the battery door, which is definitely a welcome addition. The back door is made up of shiny but grippy plastic. It does not speak of quality but definitely gets the job done.
While on my flight from India to U.S.A, I was able to watch one full movie on the Nitro HD with still 75% battery left. The kick stand was also more than useful and inclined the Nitro HD at just the perfect angle.
A couple of downsides of the Mugen battery is the additional thickness that it adds, and the long charging times. The additional thickness from the Mugen battery is definitely noticeable. In fact, I got a few stares from passer-bys when I was standing at the subway station and using my Nitro HD. The increase in charging time is a direct effect of the increased battery charger. I started using a Galaxy Note 2 charger later on, which reduced the overall charging times by nearly 20 minutes.
Below are battery life screenshots of the Nitro HD with the Mugen battery. Keep in mind that I am running CM10.1 based on Android 4.2.2 on my handset -:
If you are tired of the poor battery life of your device, I would highly recommend you to check out Mugen Power Batteries
. If you don’t like the extra thickness, you can have a look at their extended batteries that don’t require an extended back cover. These batteries are more or less of the same size as the OEM battery but bring about a noticeable (100-300mAh) increase in the battery capacity.