Review: MaxBoost Atomic S iPhone 5/5s Battery Case

Small capacity smartphones are the best smartphones to use battery cases with. Since those kinds of smartphones use their power capacities up to the fastest and so it’s vital to have a power source ready to recharge them as fast as possible. Power banks can also be useful but even the most portable of power banks means having to hold onto a secondary power source and most people still don’t like that.

This is the MaxBoost Atomic S iPhone 5/5s battery case and it’s one of the best battery cases to charge your iPhone 5 while you’re on-the-go.

Power

Power Capacity:

Like most battery cases, the power capacity isn’t going to be what you’re actually going to receive. This is mostly for 2 reasons. The battery case uses Lithium Polymer batteries and battery cases simply don’t have the same tech to convert power very well. As a result, real power capacity that your iPhone 5 will actually be able to receive is about 1,500mAh.

That’s a pretty good power capacity and for the most part, the companies that do make battery cases always have to make sure the initial power capacity of their battery cases must be higher than the smartphone that they need to charge; because that way there’s enough power to actually be used.

The power capacity of an iPhone 5 is 1440mAh and a power capacity of an iPhone 5s is 1560mAh. As a result, you’ll get 1 full charge for either of those smartphones that you use and that’s mostly what battery cases are useful for.

 MaxBoost Atomic S iPhone 5/5s Battery Case 2,400mAh (Output Power Capacity = 1,500mAh)Phone CapacityMaxBoost Atomic S iPhone 5/5s Battery Case
iPhone 51,500mAh1440mAh 60mAh
1 Full Charge
iPhone 5S1,500mAh1560mAh-60mAh
Need 60mAh More to Charge to full power

Output Charging:

There’s not much speed when it comes to recharging an iPhone 5 in general because the max charging speed for the iPhone 5 and 5s is 1 Amp and the charging Output that this battery case is able to output is 5V/1.0A. As a result, you’re going to be able to charge your iPhone 5 at its max charging speed.

Input Charging:

Recharging is done through a Micro-USB Input port at the bottom of the battery case and it’s recharged at 5V/1.0A. The battery case itself will recharge to full power in about 2-3 hours since you’re filling up the entirety of 2,400mAh and not just the Output power capacity.

Even though the battery case is capable of charging and recharging itself (PassThough Charging) we don’t recommend doing that too often because it can very well cause damage to the battery case by heating it up and that can lead to damaging your iPhone 5 as well.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s about the same size of the iPhone 5 but of course, it’s larger since it’s a battery case.

It has a length of 5.5 inches, a width of 2.6 inches and the most important aspect is the thickness of the battery case with it being 0.7 inches. Yes, it is quite thick and putting the battery case on your iPhone is going to make a difference when you place your iPhone 5 into your pocket.

With that said, not much else changes with its design because the battery case just weighs 3 ounces.

Functional Components:

The battery case itself is separated into 2 different pieces. The battery case part where the battery actually is and where you place your iPhone and then there’s the bumper that goes over your iPhone 5 once you have it on the battery case

The Lightning charging head will always be in your iPhone 5 ready to charge it and all that you need to do is just press the power button on the back of the battery case. There are 4 Blue LED power capacity indicators as well. Also on the back of the battery is a kicked stand that you can take out and your iPhone 5 will be able to stand horizontally.

On the front is where there’s a sound chamber opening, and at the bottom is where there’s the headphone jack that should be used with the Headphone Jack Extender; also at the bottom is the Micro-USB Input port that is used to recharge the battery case and you can also use it for a file sharing with devices like your computer.

Overall, you can use your iPhone 5 the same way you would with a normal case or without a case.

Build

Structure and Material:

The battery case is made of plastic and provides most of its protection on the back because that’s where the screen isn’t’ showing. However, the front of the battery is where your iPhone is most at risk because the battery case doesn’t have a bezel to protect your screen from falls.

Tech:

On the tech side, there’s nothing extraordinary but charging is able to stop once your phone has reached its full power.

Reliability

If you’ve got an iPhone 5/5s and want more power throughout your day without sacrificing its portability too much then this battery case is perfect. It won’t be able to charge past a single charge, even though Maxboost claims that’s what the battery case is able to do; even so, just a single full charge is enough to take your phone through the entire day.

Summary:

Power:

You’ll be able to charge your iPhone 5 to its full power, charging speeds are good for the iPhone 5 with an Output of 5V/1.0A.

Design:

It’s going to make your iPhone 5 thicker and it is going to feel a lot different in the pocket of your jeans but it tries its best to keep itself slim. You can even share files while you have the battery case on but you need a Micro-USB Cable.

Build:

Not the strongest of builds for a battery case and it provides most of its protection from the back and not the front.

Reliability:

It’s very reliable on all of its parts but just know that you’re sacrificing the portability of your iPhone 5 by just a little bit.

Specs of the MaxBoost Atomic S iPhone 5/5s Battery Case:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 2,400mAh            Real Capacity: 1,500mAh
  • Output:   5V/1.0A
  • Input:      5V/1.0A Via Micro-USB Input Port
  • LED Power Indicators: 4-LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.5 x 2.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 3 Ounces

Conclusion:

Battery cases are a perfect solution for charging smartphones because they’re cases and they provide power. If you’re in need of charging with your phone at 5%, no wall charger in sight, and no power bank on you, then what better way to have power than literally right in the palm of hands.

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Review: ALCLAP Google Pixel Battery Case

Most people think that power banks are their only option to have very portable charging and that’s simply not true because there are power banks that come in the shape of smartphone case and they’re called battery cases. Battery cases are very helpful because they’re just smartphones cases that also double as power banks. They’re a very famous product in the charging electronic world because the charging electronic companies always keep an eye and ear hour for new smartphones that are being released soon so that they can have readily available battery cases for those new smartphones and people are always going to want to have readily available power.

In this case, this is the Google Pixel battery case, and for a smartphone that was released in October, this goes to show just how important battery cases are for smartphones. Let’s see if this battery case is able to match up to this highly elite and powerful smartphone.

Power

Power Capacity:

Since the Google Pixel itself has a higher power capacity of 2,770mAh, so does this battery because it has an initial power capacity of 4,000mAh.

However, remember this is a battery case and that’s a lot of power that’s squished into such a small area. As a result, the battery case uses Lithium Polymer batteries, also there’s the fast charging speed that comes with it, or at least it’s a fast charging speed for a battery case at 5V/1.5A. Ultimately, the company that created this Google Battery case, ALCLAP, has actually stated that you’re going to be receiving about 70% of the total power capacity.

Which means that you’re going to have 2,800mAh of power capacity that you’ll actually be able to use and that means your Google Pixel will be able to have 1 full charge with the battery case. Overall, even though a LOT of its power capacity is gone during charging because of a conversion process, we think that ALCLAP did a good job at fitting enough power to make sure that there’s enough power to charge the Google Pixel to its full charge.

 ALCLAP Google Pixel Battery Case
(Output Power Capacity = 2,800mAh)
Phone CapacityALCLAP Google Pixel Battery Case
Google Pixel2,800mAh2,770mAh30
1.0 Full Charges

Output Charging:

Of course, if you’re recharging the Google Pixel through normal charging means like a USB wall charger or a power bank, then it most likely should be done through a Quick Charge port or a USB-C Output port because the Google Pixel is normally able to recharge at charging speeds of 3 Amps which have it at a 70% recharge within 20 minutes.

Well, even though this battery case can’t charge at 3 Amps, for a battery case it makes a good effort at providing 5V/1.5A charging. We say “For a battery case” because battery cases usually don’t have a charging speed that is faster than 1 Amp, and in this case, the ALCLAP battery case is at least able to recharge it at half of its charging speed.

Input Charging:

Input charging is also pretty good because it’s the same as the Output charging speed at 5V/1.8A. With that said, you’re going to be recharging the full 4,000mAh of power capacity and that can take an about 4 hours, just make sure you use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher to recharge the power bank as fast as possible.

Also, the Input uses a USB-C port and so you’ll need a USB-C charging cable.

Design

Size and Weight:

It’s basically the same size as your Google Pixel with just a little bit of added length because it’s case. However, you’re probably wondering just how thick the battery case is and well, it’s really thick because this battery case adds 0.42 inches to your Google Pixel once you put it on.

So if you’re looking for the slimmest battery cases on the market for your Google Pixel, then this isn’t is and there aren’t even many battery cases for the smartphone yet. Using the ALCLAP battery case does indeed make it take up a lot of space in your pocket.

Functional Components:

It’s an easy to use battery case and that’s how battery cases should be designed.

The battery case has 2 separate pieces, which is the bottom large piece and the top piece. You should first place your Google Pixel into the large piece and make sure that the USB-C charging head is within the phone, and then place the top piece on the bottom portion of the battery case. To remove the top portion of the battery case, you just have to squeeze it from the sides and pull.

To actually turn it on there’s a power button on the back bottom of the charger and once you press that, the LED power capacity indicators come on in the front. At the bottom is where there’s the USB-C Input port to recharge the battery case.

The battery case has very large recess windows for the fingerprint scanner and the camera and they don’t block either of them. The battery case is made of rubber and it can actually prove to improve the grip over the use of the Google Pixel alone.

Build

Structure and Material:

It’s a durable power bank because it’s really thick and the thick rubber build is able to protect it from falls very well. However, it doesn’t have too much of a bevel and that can result in the screen being at risk if it were to fall with the screen facing the ground.

Tech:

With just a small space of charging, we didn’t expect too much from the build side but the battery case delivers quite well. Since it has a Short-Circuit protection and Over-Charge protection to make sure that charging automatically stops when your Google Pixel reaches its full power capacity.

Reliability

It’s very reliable if you know what you’re getting yourself into.

This ALCLAP battery case has enough power capacity to charge your Google Pixel to its full power only once and it can charge it at pretty good speeds, just not as its max charging speed. It’s also easy to use and all of the functional purposes and cut-outs are accurate.

With that said, it’s the thickness of the battery case that makes it highly unreliable since smartphone cases, in general, are supposed to be thin, this one is not; which can make it difficult to maintain portability.

Summary:

Power:

Even though there’s a lot of power capacity lost during charging, it still has enough power to provide your Google Pixel for one full charge and the charging speed of 1.5A is faster than what most battery cases are able to provide.

Design:

It’s really thick and that can provide problems for when you need to place it into your pocket. Other than that, it’s easy to use.

Build:

It has a thick rubber build and it can withstand drops quite well, but it doesn’t have protection to protect your screen.

Reliability:

This battery case for your Google Pixel is highly reliable for all of its aspects but if you’re searching for a very low profile case, then this isn’t it.

Conclusion:

A Google Pixel battery case be very useful because it’s going to provide you with one whole charge and that can be very good for when your Google Pixel is running low on battery through half the day. With that said, the thickness of the battery case may be a deal breaker for you.

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Review: Anker Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s

Battery cases are basically like power banks but they’re molded into the form of a smartphone to accommodate the smartphone that they’re compatible with. So make no mistake, Battery Cases are indeed just power banks, but with a unique spin to them. However, some may say that they’re actually more helpful than just power banks because a battery case is able to go over your smartphone just as any other smartphone case does, but this one actually powers it. And we’ve gotta say there’s really no beating that logic.

This is Anker’s Ultra Slim Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and 6s. Let’s see how good it is as a power bank case for your iPhone.

Power

Power Capacity:

The power capacity for the Battery Cases starts at 2,850mAh and that’s not going to change very much. Of course, it uses Lithium-Polymer batteries otherwise it wouldn’t be as slim as it is, but it’s mostly going to stay near its initial power capacity because of the slow charging speed; as a result, you’re going to receive about 2,000mAh of Output power capacity that you can actually use.

This is great, and remember, we’re talking about a Battery Case here. It’s not meant to charge your smartphone multiple times over, just once is usually the max. In this case, that’s exactly what it does. The Anker battery case is able to charge your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s to their full power capacities and still have just little left over to charge your iPhone 6 a little more.

It’s a perfect source of power for a battery case because if you’re halfway through your day, and need power, it’s right there with you. Simply turn on the battery case, and you’ve got another full charge going. Full all day.

 Anker Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s 2,850mAh
(Output Power Capacity = 2,000mAh)
Phone CapacityAnker Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s
iPhone 62,000mAh1,810mAh190
1.1 Full Charges
iPhone 6s2,000mAh1,715mAh285
1.1 Full Charges

Output Charging:

We would have thought that since the Battery Case is made for the iPhone 6 and 6s, that it would have a charge speed to make match the devices. However, it doesn’t and this is because the Output charging speed is only 5V/1.0A. The max charging speed of the iPhone 6 and 6s is actually 2 Amps; this is why we recommend you not to use the Apple wall charger that comes with your iPhone 6 since it only provides 1 Amp charging.

With that said, the Battery case will not be providing you with the fastest possible charge, but this is mostly because of its size and we’re guessing it doesn’t matter too much since the case itself is constantly on the phone.

Input Charging:

Also, just as the Output, the Input charging is the same with the recharging speed being 5V/1.0A. As long as you’re using a 1 Amp wall charger to recharge the battery case through its Micro-USB input port (Which we find bizarre since Micro-USB charging cables are used to charge most Android phones, not iPhones, the use of a Lightning Input would have made a lots more sense.) the battery case will be able to be fully recharged within 2 hours.

Design

Size and Weight:

Okay, well there’s not much to say about the size because it’s basically the same exact size of an iPhone 6. It has a length of 5.5 inches, a width of 1.2 inches and a thickness of 0.16 inches. Also weighs very light at 2.9 ounces.

Functional Components:

The functional parts of the Battery Case are things that you need to know about before purchasing it.

It’s separated into 2 pieces, the top portion features the hole where the camera would be and the bottom portion is where the rest of the body of the iPhone 6 is. The 2 pieces are easy to connect, but first, you must have them separated in order to place your iPhone 6 into the Battery Case.

So the iPhone 6 will go into the large bottom portion of the battery case and then the top portion goes on top to click into place with the bottom piece.

So there isn’t a charging cable with the battery case because battery cases don’t use cables. Instead, they just use the charging head and in this case, there’s a Lightning charging head that’s going to be inserted into the iPhone at all times when the iPhone is placed into the battery case. This way, you’ll always have on-demand on charging.

How?

This is done by pressing the power button on the Back of the Anker Battery case to turn it on and pressing it again to turn it off. There are 4 LED power capacity indicators as well.

At the bottom of the battery case is where there’s the Sound chamber opening to accommodate the sound chamber on your iPhone 6, as well as an audio jack opening. To use your Audio jack on your iPhone 6, the Anker battery case comes with an Audio Jack extender.

Finally, there’s the Micro-USB Input port at the bottom as well, but as we mentioned before, we think using a Lightning Input would have been better.

Build

Structure and Material:

The battery case itself is made of plastic and it’s covered by a matte finish that makes it nice to hold. With that said, this isn’t a rugged or protective battery case and if you drop it, then it might get damaged. However, you iPhone will be safe, since the battery case also fills its purpose by increasing safety for your smartphone.

Tech:

Not a lot of tech goes into a battery case because they’re just meant to be slim as possible to used with their respective smartphones that they’ve been created With that said, things can get a little warm with the battery case with its compactness but that’s the only technical build problems that we’ve noticed.

Reliability

As we’ve discussed, this Battery case doesn’t have the fastest charging, nor does if have a power capacity do charge your iPhone 6 multiple times, and this mostly because it’s not meant for those kinds of things. It’s meant to provide another full charge your smartphones and making sure that it lasts throughout the entire day while you constantly use your smartphones. Also, it makes sure that it’s as low profile as possible.

The Anker Ultra Slim Battery case achieves just that with its just power capacity and slim design.

Summary:

Power:

The power capacity is enough to charge your iPhone 6 or 6s to its full power. It’s not going to charge your iPhone at its max charging rate but it does well enough.

Design:

It’s designed very thoughtfully because the battery case has all its parts created to accommodate the iPhone 6’s design with its sound chamber and Audio jack opening. Anker even provides you with an Audio Jack extender to make sure that the battery case is easy to use as possible.

Build:

It’s not a rugged or waterproof battery case. With that said, if you do drop it on a hard floor, the battery case might break but your iPhone 6 will be safe.

Reliability:

A very reliable battery case for the iPhone 6 because it provides all of its aspects to make sure that it’s easy and powerful to use.

Specs of the Anker Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s:

  • Capacity:            Advertised: 2,850mAh           Real Capacity: 2,000mAh
  • Output:   5V/1.0A
  • Input:     5V/1.0A Via Micro-USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: 4 LED Dotted Power Capacity Indicators
  • Size: 5.5 x 1.2 x 0.16 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 Ounces

Conclusion:

Battery Cases aren’t meant to be strongest, they’re not meant to be the fastest at charging. What they are meant to be is being capable of providing a great design and having just enough power to charge the smartphone that they’re created for.

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