August 26th, 2009, 00:24 Posted By: Shrygue
Okay, first off I'm sure you have have heard other sites talk about this subject before and also some of you may remember my news post for an unbranded 3600mah fake over here. However, I'm going to share this with all at DCEmu UK anyway...
Today, my 2200mah battery arrived at my doorstep just a week after I ordered it from eBay. Here's what it looked like inside the wrapper...
...and the reverse side too. Looks official all round. However, after opening the packaging and picking up the battery to test the weight and finding it light and hollow on around the top, I knew it wasn't going to last long when used.
Here below is my old 1800mah battery side-by-side with the so-called 2200mah one and the reversed sides.
Since it was cheap at £4.37 with free shipping, I proceeded to open up the 2200mah battery. Result? Look below and see...
Inside the flimsy shell is a small cell pack which really holds around 900mah, about 35% smaller than an official cell pack. What a joke. No wonder it only lasted about 2 hourd or less in my 1004 series PSP even when fully charged up set at 222mHz clock speed, lowest brightness with a UMD being played compared to my old 1800mah one at 3-4 or so hours. (An official 1800mah cell pack fills out the entire shell which can be tough to break into and has a bigger internal circuit board too.)
These days, for owners of the 1000 series PSP particulary, the batteries that came with their machines from the start are most probably wearing out, probably holding about 70% or less of charge as they used to. Then there's owners of the 2000/3000 model who may want some more runtime from their machines and the 1000 series batteries would fit the bill for that. In short, finding genuine batteries is becoming more and more difficult.
If anyone's on the scrounge for genuine spare PSP 1000 series batteries (PSP-110), just be careful on eBay or anywhere else even. If a price looks too good, it's most likely a fake. One could try asking the seller if they're genuine and maybe get them to provide photos of proof. Oh also remember that many fakes aren't pandorable like this one.
Remember, if in doubt, even with free shipping don't bother buying as if it turns out a fake, you've wasted about £5 or so on something worthless which could have been better spent on better things like lunch, stuff at the local store or a couple of pints at the pub.
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