Like many of you, I'm also very much conscious of the way I spend my hard-earned money. Last year, I made some pretty important big purchases for my family and as a result, I had to cut down on my spending for new gadgets. For instance, I skipped on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 last Yuletide and merely got a new and even bigger extended Li-Ion battery pack from Mugen for my First Generation Samsung Galaxy Note N7000.

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If you've met me in person and have seen my daily phones, I know what you're thinking: "What? But he already has a Mugen pack for his Note?" Yeah, that one was 4,500 mAh (which I've reviewed via my Increase Battery Life of Samsung Galaxy Note entry) while this fresh release is a whopping 5,400 mAh. They come with the same back cover (with kickstand) and have the same thickness. Of course, the 5,400 mAh is heavier but the difference is not really all that noticeable.

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Also, Mugen now gives buyers a free faux leather pouch for the Note, which I didn't get when purchased my 4,500 mAh pack in 2011. Honestly, though, the pouch is too big for my taste.

I placed my order via Mugen's Official Website last December 8, 2012 and picked up the package at the Manila Post Office on December 16, 2012.

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Mugen Extended Battery is a brand by Etrade Asia Ltd., which is based in Hong Kong. The company ships orders internationally via Air Mail, which means that you'll have to pick them up at your local post office after they've been checked by the Customs. You will receive a 'parcel claim card' from your post office once the package has been approved.

So does my Mugen extended battery pack actually work? Yes! I've yet to do other tests but off hand, I get around 10 hours of web-browsing from my Note, which is a big, big improvement from the 3 hours I get using the original battery and the 8 hours from my 4,500 mAh pack. Of course, the standby time is even longer. So far, my phone has lasted 5 days on a single charge but I believe that's hardly the maximum. I'm thoroughly impressed.

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If you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (or any Samsung Android smartphone, for that matter), you'll be glad to know that Mugen also has extended battery packs for you.

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The largest pack currently available for SGS3 is 4,600 mAh, which is double the size of your original battery. It also comes with a free back case that you can get in a variety of colors. Kindly visit the site for pricing details.

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As for the SGNote2, the biggest pack out is 6,400 mAh -- that's almost triple the capacity of the one that shipped with your phone. This is a beast of a battery; I can only imagine the uptime that it can give you.

Of course, the biggest downside to using these ginormous Mugen extended battery packs is the extra bulk and weight that they'll give your phone. But I think that's just a very small compromise to make if you don't want to constantly worry about having a dead phone in your pocket by the middle day or if you're sick and tired of seeing your phone's charger in your bag with all those tangled wires.