Take Back the Power: The 7 Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases
INGadgets BY M. W. Byrne
Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re out on the town and your iPhone gives the ol’ double beep to tell you that it’s about to die. The reason it’s about to die is that you didn’t read our list of the best iPhone battery cases. So now you’re in trouble, but it is about to get worse. The President chooses that moment to call and offer you a position as the U.S. ambassador to Amsterdam. Then your neighbor calls on the other line asking to use your shower because hers is broken and she’s oh, so sweaty from yoga. What do you do?
Here’s what you do: You make sure your iPhone is equipped with the right battery case so that you don’t disappoint your Swedish neighbor – yeah, that’s right, she’s Swedish. We’re here to help you choose your battery case wisely. Any of these lovely cases will give you the power you need without disappointing. Whether you’re looking for more storage space, a sexy design that looks good in your Aston, a dual case double agent, or a great battery case for a decent price, you’ll never have to sweat a dropped call or missed connection due to a dead battery. Check out our list of the 7 Best iPhone 5 battery cases on the market – in no particular order.
With great power usually comes great price, but such is not the case with the Lenmar Meridian. At just $50 or so it carries a 2300 mAh charge, which it nearly manages to achieve in real world tests. With numbers like that, it seems like the perfect choice, but there are some drawbacks. The case is big and weighty. This is to be expected considering the power it is packing under the hood, but if you want something sleek and stylish, the Meridian isn’t going to satisfy you. It’s matte black and heavy enough that you won’t want your girlfriend to get her hands on it if she’s in the mood to throw things. [Purchase]
MiLi Power Spring 5
This is the iPhone 5 battery case that James Bond would use if James Bond didn’t already have much better gadgets. Unlike most of the other cases, it doesn’t add length to the bottom or top of the phone. It fits in a slim, stylish way along the backside and doesn’t block the headphone jack the way others do. Even though it is sleek and debonair, it doesn’t skimp on power. It packs 2200 mAh which it seems to hold in the field. It doesn’t suck up much cash either at only around $50. If you don’t mind gaining style to sacrifice a little power, the Power Spring is an excellent choice. [Purchase]
Maxboost Atomic Plus
The Atomic Plus was made to do one thing: Energize. This is the power camel you want to be riding into the Sahara. It ain’t the prettiest competitor. Hell, it won’t even win Miss Congeniality, but what the Atomic Plus lacks in looks it more than makes up for in raw power. It holds a whopping 3000 mAh and only costs about 60 bucks. [Purchase]
iBattz Mojo Refuel
The Refuel is about the same as many of the others with one massive standout: A replaceable battery. Every other iPhone 5 battery case needs to stay attached to the phone, but with the Mojo you can carry multiple batteries giving you effectively unlimited talk time. It’s perfect if you know you’ll be away from a charger for a long time. Say, during that Mars mission you were about to go on. It has a standard 2200 mAh per battery, so each swap will give you a full charge. It is a little more expensive at $70+ but also has the potential for the most life. [Purchase]
The Energi is a dark horse. It doesn’t carry much more power than any of the others, nor is it especially stylish, so what does it bring to the table? How about being two cases in one. Not only does the Energi give you a great battery case with 2500 mAh of power (translation: about 2200 mAh) but you can slide off the battery case and there is a hard-shell inner case that will help protect your phone even without the bulky outer part. It is like lingerie made of armor for your iPhone. Practical and sexy, that is how Tylt does it. Expect a $100 price tag since you’re essentially getting double the gear. [Purchase]
uNu Aero Series
The uNu Aero Series is another one of the battery cases that offers something a little bit different. It has a fairly acceptable 2000 mAh charge capacity which just about refills the iPhone 5 on the go. It has the standard matte black finish that offers reasonable protection. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem special enough to warrant the $100 price…that is, until you see it charge. Lightning adapter? Aero don’t need no stinking Lightning adapter! No, the Aero charges wirelessly thanks to an inductive pad that goes along with it. No need for wires, just lay it down and let it juice up. A nifty innovation for anyone that likes to live wire-free. [Purchase]
Mophie Space Pack
This is one of the sexiest plus size models on the planet. The Space Pack is the top end of Mophie’s line of battery packs for the iPhone 5 and 5S. The others are passable, but easily eclipsed by competitors. The Space Pack kicks out only 1700 mAh, meaning it won’t fully recharge most iPhones when actually put to the test, but that isn’t what makes it impressive. Where the Space Pack shines is in storage. It adds 16GB to 32GB of storage space for those willing to lose power but pack their phone with files. The biggest drawback of the Space Pack is the $149.99 price tag. [Purchase]