Battery Boosting Cases For iPhone 4 & 4S
It’s been awhile since we’ve covered any accessories for the iPhone, so we figured it was about time to do a roundup of the new battery boosting cases for iPhone 4 & 4S for those of you who need to get more life from your iPhone (and who doesn’t really?) A whole day of using your iPhone (as an actual phone) while simultaneously shooting photos, and perhaps listening to music at the same time is bound to drain that battery pretty darn quick! There’s been much grumbling and general negativity about the battery life of the iPhone 4/4S since the release of iOS5, and although claims have been made that iOS5.1 has “fixed all the issues”, problems with battery life persists for many of us, TBL’ers included.
So if you’ve already done everything you can to preserve your battery on the actual device itself, and if you haven’t got access to a wall or car charger…then you need a battery-boosting case for your iPhone, and that’s that. Here’s our top 5 picks to give your battery a juice boost! We’ve listed these in order from most expensive to least expensive, but there have been excellent reviews on all of these products so don’t assume that the most expensive one is automatically the best…read on.
Mophie – Juice Pack Plus
Mophie have been making battery-boosting cases for awhile now and they have been at the top of their game since day 1 so it’s no doubt they’re topping the list. As one of the most attractive options on the market, the case comes in a variety of colours including black, yellow, cyan, purple, pink, red, and white.
- 2,000 mAh battery more than doubles your battery life (standard iPhone batt is 1,420 mAh (4) and 1,432 mAh (4S)
- Standby switch allows you to choose when to charge your phone
- LED lights indicate amount of power left in the pack
PhoneSuit – Elite
Another really good-looking option for your iPhone, and one of the slimmest on the market too! At just 0.67 inches thick as compared to Mophie’s 0.71 if you are looking for something light and slim this one is for you. Only available in black and white.
- 2,100 mAh battery fully charges your iPhone in less than 2 hours
- Can be turned on and off allowing you to choose when to charge your phone
- LED light meter indicates amount of power left in the pack
Boostcase – Boost Case Plus
With 2,200 mAh, this is one of the biggest battery boosts on the market…it’s a no-frills type of case but it does what it says on the tin, and at the end of the day that’s all you really need.
- 2,200 mAh battery provides double battery life
- Durable, easy-grip protective shell, in black only
- Automatic and manual On/Off
- Blue LED lights indicate amount of power left in pack
ibattz – Mojo Removeable Battery Case
Although this pack is a little more cumbersome (requiring that you carry around extra parts and pieces), it purportedly triples the iPhone 4/4S battery life. This may be the best module if you need to extend the battery life even further as you could in theory carry around 3 or even 4 spare batteries that fit this case. The case comes in black and white, with silver and red bumpers.
- 2x 1,500 mAh batteries slide into the back cover of this case.
- Automatic or manual On/Off for standby mode
- Does not indicate amount of power left in pack
New Trent – iRock Case
Although this matte black case may be the “clunkiest” of the bunch, it boasts one of the biggest batteries and has had excellent reviews…including from street photographers Anton Kawasaki and Greg Schmigel. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest around so if you’re on a budget, this one should go to the top of your list (and who isn’t on a budget these days?!)
- 2,200 mAh more than doubles your battery life.
- Comes in black only
- LED lights indicate amount of power left in pack