We added a full-sized notebook test because different batteries are designed with different current loads in mind. Our Vostro 3300 uses 3.34 A, compared to the Mini 10's 1.58 A. As our benchmark shows, when you double the load, you basically halve the battery life.
Our updated benchmark generates an average platform design power of 28.2 W For the Dell Vostro 3300. We used this value to normalize the capacity of all batteries tested.
If you take a look at Electrovaya's PowerPad 130, it only comes in second to the XP18000. If the PowerPad had successfully completely all of its test runs in our netbook test, this what we would have seen.
We did not include Tekkeon's MP3450 and MP3450i in the Vostro 3300 test because both lack the necessary tips. The MiniGorilla and XP8000 have similarly been excluded because both are meant specifically for netbooks.
- Staying Mobile Longer
- The Contenders: Specifications
- Background: The Technical Stuff
- External Batteries: How Do They Work?
- Amstron MedXP 140 And 300
- Brunton Sustain And Impel
- Digipower Universal Notebook Battery (EBP-NB60)
- Electrovaya PowerPad 95 And 130
- Energizer XP8000 And XP18000
- Lenmar PPU916
- PowerTraveller PowerGorilla And MiniGorilla
- Tekkeon myPower ALL Plus MP3750, MP3450, MP3450i
- MikeGyver: The Mac Solution
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Netbook Battery Life
- Benchmark Results: Notebook Battery Life
- Benchmark Results: Recharge
- Feature Checklist
- Final Words