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Samsung Intercept Battery Works in Google Galaxy Nexus

Just received the Google (Samsung) Galaxy Nexus in the mail today. It's quite a gigantic phone. Upon inserting its battery, I noticed that it looks very similar to the Samsung Intercept battery. I stack the two battery together and they are quite similar in size. The Galaxy Nexus battery is a bit wider than the Intercept battery. But the height and thickness are practically identical.

The Galaxy Nexus battery has four electrical pins, while the Intercept battery has three electrical pins. The positive and negative contacts are in the same location and spaced identically apart.

Google Galaxy Nexus Battery Spec:
EB-L1F2HVU
3.7 V
1750 mAh
6.48 Wh
Li-ion

Samsung Intercept Battery Spec:
EB504465VA
3.7 V
1500 mAh
5.55 Wh
Li-ion

The Intercept battery fits snuggly in the Galaxy Nexus when the electrical pins are aligned correctly. It powers up the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Nexus charges it when plugged in. It's really quite awesome that I now have some spare batteries for the Galaxy Nexus.

Mel
Thu, 03 May 2012 09:45:50 +0400

I found out today that the Galaxy Nexus battery has the Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. So if you use the Intercept battery, you are obviously not going to have NFC. But that is not so bad unless you really need NFC. I am using the Intercept battery right now on the Galaxy Nexus to type this message.

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Mel
Fri, 04 May 2012 12:25:26 +0400

Now why would Samsung build the NFC function into the battery. That really baffles my mind. Maybe Samsung wants you to buy their expensive battery?

I am guessing the fourth extra electrical connector is for the NFC.

Mel
Fri, 04 May 2012 12:28:49 +0400

Photo of Samsung Intercept battery in the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus ...

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Mel
Wed, 16 May 2012 14:19:23 +0400

Dropped my Galaxy Nexus today. I had the smaller Intercept battery in it. So it shifted on impact. Not a big deal, but it could potential bend the electrical contacts. I figure stuffing a small bundle of toothpicks in the empty space would prevent the unwanted motion. But I didn't have any toothpicks.

Luckily I had a few new Clinere Ear Cleaner sticks that seem to fit the bill just right. I cut off the two ends (see photo below).

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Mel
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:05:51 +0400

It is made out of wax-like plastic, which made it really easy to shave with a utility knife. A little shave here and a little shave there made it fit perfectly in the battery bay (see photo below).

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Mel
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:09:27 +0400

Attached photo shows the pin difference between the two batteries.

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Contact Difference.jpg

Mel
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:12:19 +0300

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