If you are looking for a replacement battery for your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) or just want to have a spare battery to take with you on the road then you may want to consider the Max Power Replacement Battery from Datel. The Max Power battery provides the same 3.6v and 1,800mAh using the same lithium-polymer technology as the official PSP rechargeable battery that came with the system, but for a little less money out of your pocket.
Comparing the Max Power battery to the original battery you will not notice anything different except for the color and Max Power logo on the battery’s case. They both even say “Made in China” on the back and I would go out on a limb and even guess that they are made in the same facility or at least one very similar. I really can’t tell any difference in physical appearance and they both look to be the same size and weight.
If they look and feel the same then do they charge and discharge the same? Well, I used the Datel Power Logik Battery Charger to charge both the Max Power Replacement Battery for PSP and the original PSP Battery Pack that came with the system. Both of them took about two hours to charge which is what I expected. Then I decided to use the PSP as a hard drive to play my MP3s off of my PC using Winamp. I was able to play about seven hours of music on my PC via my PSP connected through the USB cable with both batteries while I was working. Plus, they both had enough juice to play music for 30 minutes on my car stereo via a cassette adapter with the PSP’s volume at max and the screen turned on during my trip home from work. I also played a few games with the Max Power battery after recharging it and felt confident that it wouldn’t fail me.
Now, I can’t say how many charges the Max Power battery will be able to handle before going dead for good, but Sony says the original Sony PSP Battery Pack can be recharged 500 times and everything I know about the Max Power battery would lead me to believe that this will also hold true for it. The Max Power Replacement Battery currently sells for $29.99 at GameStop compared to $39.99 for the original PSP Battery Pack from Sony. So, for $10 less it looks like you can get the same thing, but I would shop around before purchasing for the best price because I have seen the original Sony PSP Battery Pack for $34.99 at Toys R Us. This is still $5.00 more than the Power Max Replacement Battery from Datel and I can’t tell the difference between the two.
The Max Power Replacement Battery is the same size and weight as the original PSP Battery Pack that comes with the system. It also takes the same amount of time to charge and has the same battery life based on my tests for $5.00 to $10.00 less than the original Sony PSP Battery Pack. If you are looking for a replacement battery or an extra one to take on a long trip you may want to consider the Max Power Replacement Battery. It will save you a few bucks that you can put towards another game, but give you the same amount of performance as the original.
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