A common complaint among iPhone users is the rate at which the battery drains. Regardless of whether it’s poor design by Apple to not include a larger, more powerful battery, or simply a result of increased usage of an amazing device, seeing the low battery warning on your iPhone is troublesome. In an effort to satiate consumer demand for extended iPhone battery life, several companies have developed iPhone cases which double as an external battery pack. These cases can breathe hours, if not days, of additional juice into your iPhone. Here’s a list of some of the exciting products that were showcased at CES 2013.
10. Esorun BC01 iPhone 5 Battery Case
The Esorun BC01 battery case not only charges your iPhone 5, but comes with a cool stand and functions as a protection case, providing users a well-rounded case that does it all. It features a built-in 3,000 mAh Li-polymer batter that is said to practically triple the iPhone 5’s battery life. So far no price has been announced yet, but it will be available mid-February.
9. PowerSkin Pro iPhone 5 Battery Case
I like my iPhone battery cases like I like my women: thin and powerful. Just kidding. The PowerSkin Pro iPhone 5 battery case is incredibly thin, durable, and full of power. The case, constructed of a double-injected TPU material and enveloped in a hard plastic shell will protect your precious iPhone, while the 2,000 mAh battery will provide plenty of on-the-go juice. The case features a front-end LED battery level indicator and will come in five colors- white, black, titanium, red, and pink.
8. Tylt Energi iPhone 5 Battery Case
This product is a case within a case. Inception? This two case configuration is Tylt’s attempt at making battery cases as thin as possible. The first case is called the Presto. It’s a slim, hardshell case which provides day-to-day protection. When you get the dreaded low battery notification, simply slide the Presto case into the battery case where your iPhone will be greeted by a 2,500 mAh battery.
7. iBattz iPhone 5 Battery Cases
iBattz is no stranger when it comes to iPhone battery cases. This year at CES they unveiled a few products that will not disappoint. First up is the Mojo Refuel. Unlike other battery cases that have a permanent battery, the Mojo Refuel allows the user to swap out the rechargeable battery simply by removing the back plate. The Mojo Refuel comes with two interchangeable 2,200 mAh batteries and will be made available in February.
Another awesome product by iBattz is the Mojo Armor. This case is similar to the Mojo Refuel but offers more in the protection department. It has a dual-material shell (think Otterbox) which provides more protection against accidental drops. Just like its cousin, the Mojo Refuel, the Mojo Armor allows for battery swapping and comes with two 2,200 mAh batteries. This case is slated to be released in March.
6. uNu DX Protective iPhone 5 Battery Case
uNu had a really popular iPhone 4 battery case and is following up that success with what looks like another promising iPhone battery case. uNu’s DX Protective Battery Case for the iPhone 5 is amazingly thin, adding only 15mm in thickness, and is comfortable when held. The case provides easy access to the iPhone’s ports and switches, including the headphone jack, and features a 2,300 mAh battery which will provide an additional ten hours of talk time.
5. Joy Factory’s Ergos iPhone Battery Cases
Low profile. Thin form. Kickstand. 2,100 mAh battery. What more do you need? The Ergos by Joy Factory is a pretty simple case that offers the basic necessities of an iPhone battery case (protection and juice). What sets this case apart from the others is its kickstand feature. The kickstand is a foldable appendage that allows for easy hands-free viewing. Joy Factory is also offering a similar case with no kickstand. Prices are set to be $89.99 and $79.99 respectively.
4. Incipio OFFGrid Pro iPhone 5 Battery Case
Next month, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Incipio OFFGrid Pro and will have two versions: the regular one that has an embedded battery and will retail for $80 and features a 2,500 mAh battery and another PRO variant that has two detachable 2,000 mAh units and a charger that can house them both for one portable 4,000 mAh juice pack!
3. MyCharge Freedom iPhone 5 Battery Cases
MyCharge’s Freedom cases will drop two battery Cases for the iPhone 5: the Freedom 1500($79) and Freedom 2000 ($99). The 1500 model is supposed to provide users with six hours of additional talk time, while the higher capacity 2000 unit will deliver nine additional hours.
2. Dexim XPowerSkin iPhone 5 Battery Case
Here’s another thin and light battery case for your iPhone 5 from Dexim. The XPowerSkin will be available in a variety of colors and features a 2,000 mAh battery. Get yours on Amazon for an MSRP of $69.99 starting in February.
1. Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 Battery Case
Dropping in a few days will be Lenmar’s 2,200 mAh Meridian battery case, which is one of the slimmest on the market. Yup, no bulk to this one at just 15mm thick so you get long-lasting power in a slim package. It’s also available in three color and texture finishes including, rubberized black, metallic red, and glossy white. Get yours when it drops on Jan. 30 for only $89.99.
So…. Which one are you gonna get?
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.