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Blue Raven PSP 15 Hour Extended Battery review: Blue Raven PSP 15 Hour Extended Battery

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The Good Blue Raven's 4500mAh lithium-ion battery attachment for the Sony PSP delivers an extra 8 to 15 hours of juice for your PSP and doesn't have a negative ergonomic impact on the game console. It uses the existing PSP recharger and can be charged while detached from the PSP.

The Bad It adds to the weight of your PSP, and it's a bit bulky to carry around; blocks access to the UMD drive and Memory Stick slot; built-in flip-out stand for propping up the PSP (for movie watching) would have been a nice addition.

The Bottom Line If you don't mind the extra bulk, Blue Raven's extended battery for the PSP offers some advantages--from both a cost and convenience standpoint--over buying two extra batteries for your PSP.

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6.9 Overall

The Sony PSP includes a rechargeable 1800mAh battery that delivers about anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of gameplay or video playback. If you're looking to get more juice, the easiest option is to simply buy another battery, which will run you anywhere from $20 to $40, depending on whether you buy the official Sony-branded battery (such as the 2200mAh PSP-280) or one from a third-party manufacturer. However, the idea behind Blue Raven's 15 Hour PSP Extended Battery (4500mAh) is that you'll get the equivalent of two and a half extra standard PSP batteries in one clip-on attachment that mounts to the back of your PSP. The Blue Raven battery costs about $75 online and almost doubles the PSP's depth and weight--but it's still a potentially attractive option for fanatical gamers or those expecting to take a long plane ride where a power outlet isn't available.

Installation is easy: just snap the Blue Raven battery on the handheld's back side. It fits over the existing battery and locks down with the flip of a switch on the battery's top edge. The battery blocks access to the PSP's UMD drive and Memory Stick Duo slot, so make sure you've got both in place beforehand. Likewise, any PSP cases--such as our favorite Logitech PlayGear Pocket--will need to be removed. But everything else--including the headphone jack and USB port--remains accessible when the battery is in place.

A couple of other things worth noting: the battery clipped on snuggly and has an on/off switch and one small LED light that lets you know whether the battery is charging or the battery is actually on and providing power to your PSP. (Keep the switch off, and PSP draws power from its default battery instead.) You use the default PSP charger, so there are no extra cords to lug around--and the Blue Raven battery can juice up whether it's connected to the PSP or not. An inexpensive carrying pouch is included to protect the battery when not in use.

Attaching the Blue Raven Extended Battery is a cinch, but it does block access to the UMD and Memory Stick Duo bays.

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