Niko recently brought it to my attention that he had bought a gold battery off eBay. The Chinese manufacturer of this gold battery boasts a shocking 2430 mAh capacity. This is significantly higher over the standard 1230 mAh battery RIM provided.

Should you use a gold battery? I’ve seen mixed feedback throughout the interwebs. Some users have said they see just a couple extra hours of use, but nothing dramatic. While others say they’ve been very impressed. Especially with the price point for this 3.7 volt gold battery.

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According to the eBay listing, you can get a JM-1 battery for only $4.99. This lithium ion gold battery is also said to have an integrated chip to prevent overcharging and lengthen battery life. To answer the question, at mere 5 bucks you really don’t have much to lose for what all you could gain.