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Better than official Samsung ones, so far.
on 25 June 2015
In nearly two and a half two years, not counting the original that came with the S4, I had gone through three official Samsung batteries and one that was supposed to be but I'm pretty sure was a counterfeit on close inspection and one double capacity one that came with a bigger back. The official ones lasted about 4 months or so before they started losing capacity and after 6 weren't exactly useless but I needed to always carry a battery pack or a spare with me if out for more than a few hours just to be safe. The suspected fake lasted about two months when it started going down hill to where it was practically dead after three. That 'official' Samsung was bought off here as were a couple of so called S2 official batteries I bought some time ago. The double sized one lasted about 8 weeks or so before it started losing capacity at a rapid rate of knots but I suspect that was likely just faulty and returned for a refund as I wasn't going to risk another. So all in all, not a good record.
So far these RAVs have been slightly better than brand new official Samsung batteries being 2800mAh (and marked as such) instead of the 2600 mAh of the Samsung ones (I just noticed that these are labelled as 2600mAh on here and the images are marked 2600mAh 9.88Wh but mine are marked 2800mAh 10.64Wh so I wonder if they have replaced the 2600 with the 2800 model and kept the same model number - RC B600BE or it's pot luck which you receive when ordering). Charging time from empty to full seems to reflect that extra 200mAh capacity with a full charge taking just under 10% longer than the official used to using the exact same Samsung 2A USB charger that came with the S4. Either way, I have no complaints as I do see the difference, slight as it might be.
Also, considering these are a quarter or less of the price of the official ones bought from Samsung to be safe**, if they only last the same 4 to 5 months or so before starting to lose capacity as the the official ones did I will be happy. However, I am now going into my fourth month and I am getting the same usage time out of them as I did at the beginning so fingers crossed :).
** I started buying direct from Samsung as the claimed 'official' Samsung ones I have bought from here in the past, both for this and the S2 model have been suspect to say the least, going by their short life, even when the price has been close to Samsung's own price. The one 'cheap' supposedly official one I bought from here was obviously a fake when I looked closely at it when it only lasted two months before usage time went down rapidly and after 3 months was as good as dead in that it held enough charge when 'fully charged' to last just a few tens of minutes in standby. However, in my experience, even official Samsung S4 batteries are pretty rubbish as are the official S2 batteries I have bought over the last few years for my old S2 used as an emergency backup to my S4. It is one of the reasons I will never buy a phone that doesn't have a user replaceable battery. Hence no S6 for me even though I love the looks and the specification.