PowerSkin iPhone 5 Battery Case hands-on
So what’s to say about this one? Well, for starters, it’s nice to see that this is a single unit that houses everything together – unlike the removable appendages of the iKit NuCharge case. Doused in a black soft touch matte finish, it looks a bit too plain in comparison to the more stylish finishes we’ve been seeing on other comparable iPhone 5 battery cases. Nevertheless, it does help to maintain a cleaner appearance. Naturally, the handset’s overall sized has been bulked up considerably, which isn’t a surprise, but there’s a noticeable amount of real estate added towards the bottom edge of the phone where its Lightning cable is discretely hidden away. Unfortunately, it’s a bummer that we’re required to carry around the included 3.5mm extension cable because the jack itself is buried very deeply in the case.
Although we appreciate the soft feel of the case, the sharp edges of the case’s trim definitely digs into our hands as we grasp it. In the rear, we can clearly make out where the 1,500 mAh battery is housed – and on it, there’s a flush button that accordingly turns on the blue LED lights to indicate how much juice is left. Not too far away, there’s a microUSB port that charges the internal battery when it’s connected to a power source. Indeed, it’s not the most interesting or versatile battery case out there, but for $80, people might see the value in this all-in-one solution. Protect and charge on the go!
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4. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Exactly...takes an ugly, underpowered handset and makes it bulkier, less attractive, and adds some sharp edges. What a product! ONLY $80 bucks!!! Every ip5 user should carry TWO of these in addition to the extention cable so it will plug in.
Where would we be without John V and his latest icrap product? It has been almost TWO FULL DAYS since the last crap case for an out of date handset...but an iphone user will buy anything, so keep them coming Baby! Should be a sparkly new case on the market by tomorrow. Sigh.
2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 734; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I love the way John V holds a mobile phone or a case :D
3. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
That big a device and that small a screen is just not worth it.
6. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
there's like a galaxy y at the back...weird