Finding An Iphone 5 Charger Case
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Finding An Iphone 5 Charger Case

Having an iPhone 5 charger case can mean the difference between stress and calm. Between feeling rushed at the end of the day, or feeling accomplished and ready for more.

If you're like me, you depend on your iPhone all day long.

ALL.

DAY.

LONG.

And you need it to last all day long without having to worry about losing power.

Particularly busy days will eat up power faster than usual, without giving you time to get to your computer to sync and charge. Or, recharge in your car. Or, plug into a outlet…

iPhone Charger Cases to the Rescue

A charger case (or battery case) is a convenient solution to that problem.

It's an additional battery built into a case that wraps around your phone for carrying convenience. It extends your battery life, and even offers some protection against physical damage from drops or other bumps.

Most importantly, it eliminates the worry that comes with seeing that little red indicator at the top of your iPhone screen.

(No more having to cut a call short saying, "I'm sorry, I'm running out of power…")

I'll list some of the most popular brands at the end of this article.

But first, here are some design features and other things to consider when choosing an iphone 5 charger case.

Who They're For

Clearly, if your iPhone has completely run out of power in the course of a day more than once, you're a good candidate for a charger case.

But, even if you find yourself regularly running down to less than 20%* of battery power before the end of the day, you'll find benefit in using one of these cases.

*(That's when the battery indicator at the top of your screen will turn red.)

Frequently going below that 20% mark can adversely effect battery life, and the efficiency of your iPhone in general.

How Much Power Do You Need?

The battery capacity of the cases will be measured in milli-Ampere hours (mAh). The higher the number, the longer the battery will last.

Smaller charger packs of 1500mAh or so can increase your power capacity by about 50%. Larger ones at 2300mAh and more will essentially double your battery life.

If you're a "power user", or depend on your phone for business, go for the larger capacity cases.

Remember, however, that this all depends on what you're doing with your iPhone. Certain apps* such as games, or video- and network-dependent apps will use more power than others.

*(Taking videos, watching movies, browsing online, playing music, and playing games all use up considerably more power than simply talking on the phone all day.)

And being in low-reception areas can also do a number on your power consumption.

Charging

  • Controls & Indicator

    Controlling the case shouldn't be much more than a button or switch to toggle the charger on & off. Charging should start immediately. An indicator showing just how much power is left in the charger should be clear, and not require more than a quick tap of a button to turn it on if you need it.

  • Charging speed

    How long does it take to fully charge the case? And for the case to charge the iPhone? Cases that have a larger capacity will charge your iPhone faster, but take longer to charge themselves. Also be sure that you can charge both the case AND the iPhone simultaneously while the phone is in the case. That just saves you an extra cable or charging session.

  • Cables/Connectors (micro USB, lightning)

    While they connect to your iPhone via the Lightning connector at the bottom of your iPhone, most (if not all) of the iPhone 5 charger cases available use a Micro USB port to charge up its own internal battery. That means an additional cable

  • Synching while Charging

    Here is a common misunderstanding: The iPhone 5 needs a Lightning Connector to sync to your computer. Because most cases use the Micro USB connector, you will not be able to sync your iPhone to your computer without either removing it from the case, or synching with iTunes wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

  • Charging Strategy

    Very few cases will recharge your phone back up to 100%. Most will take your phone back up to about 80%. That will be less likely if you turn the charger case on when your iPhone is down to 20% or less. Do you need a strategy for charging your iPhone? Keep your habits in mind, and select a case that will maximize your charge and battery life.

Design Features

How does the design affect the comfort and functionality of your iPhone…

  • Access to iPhone buttons (power, volume, home button, ringer switch, etc.)

    Does the case provide holes or cutouts to give you access to your buttons? Or, overlays that you push through. People with larger fingers might find it difficult to reach the buttons through the small holes. Overlays may work better for you.

  • Access to ports (headphone jack, lightning connector, speakers…)

    Since the headphone jack is on the same end as the Lightning Connector, the battery portion can get in the way. Does the design make it easy to plug in your headphones, or will you need an adapter of sorts?

  • Size, Shape, Weight, and Materials

    These are the specs that will affect your day-to-day comfort while using your iPhone in its new case. Does it fit nicely in your hand? Is it bottom-heavy, or is the weight distributed evenly? Too bulky for smaller hands? Does the material make it smooth and slippery, or give you a good grip so it doesn't fall out of your hand…

  • Protection from Damage

    Any case on your phone is going to give you at least some minimal extra protection from drops, and wear & tear on your phone. But, some brands provide designs that will do a better job than others, and even offer a warranty or guarantee.

  • Style & Color

    Of course, this will be more important to some than to others. Remember that some of the better batteries don't come in the prettiest cases. You might have to sacrifice battery life for style, or vice versa. See my summary of brands below.

Price

The features that affect price are going to be battery life, compatibility, and style.

The longer the battery life (the higher the mAh number), the more it will cost.

You'll also pay a little extra for models/brands that are Apple Approved. This means that they follow Apple's strict guidelines, and won't stop working all of a sudden when you install the next iOS update on your iPhone.

As it turns out, you end up spending a little bit more for style than you do for battery life and functionality. (We are talking about products for Apple, after all.) ;-)

As of this writing, prices online range from $15 up to $800.

(The one for $800 had diamonds and rhinestones on it, and the $15 model was not Apple Approved.)

The most realistic price range, however — for models that balance battery life, compatibility, and style — will be from about $50 to $150.

Top Brands

The following are considered some of the top brands in iPhone charger cases, and are the most commonly reviewed online:

  • Mophie

    Mophie is rated number one thanks to its wide variety of models. It has the largest selection of styles and colors, levels of battery life reputation for style color power etc. Several models and levels.

  • Lenmar

    Lenmar is essentially a battery and power technology company. It's reputation for making batteries is solid. As such, you will likely get the strongest battery at the lowest price from them. They only offer one style in a few different colors, but, if you want power over style, stick with them.

  • BoostCase

    BoostCase is another iPhone case company with a wide selection. It's charger cases come in two levels of power, at 6 or 7 colors each.

  • Belkin

    Belkin is a long-time familiar brand in computer accessories. Their Grip Power Battery Case comes in 4 colors, with a solid 2000mAh battery, and has good damage protection to boot.

That's just a few. Check online for some of the highest rated iPhone 5 charger cases.

Summary

All of the features and considerations I mentioned above will be evaluated in the best iPhone 5 charger case reviews you'll find for them online.

I hope this article helps you to select the best case for your needs. If you have any additional tips or advice, or even questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Thanks,

~ Scott


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