Do you prefer a battery case or a power bank?

Do you prefer a battery case or a power bank?
Smartphones are amazing — snappy computers right in our pockets, which can deliver connectivity, games, media, or produce a camera on demand. For all their awesome features, users will agree that smartphones still lack in one area — battery life. Truth be told, there's only so much battery the manufacturers can stuff inside an elegant smartphone's body, at least with today's technologies.

So, if you are an avid smartphone user or one that takes trips regularly, you probably have some sort of portable battery at the ready. There are two main choices to go for — a powerbank, which can get quite massive; or a battery case, which protects your phone while charging it and doesn't require you to remember that one extra item at all times — it's just connected to your smartphone.

So, which one of these do you use? Or are you yet to buy one?

Battery case or power bank?

Power bank team reporting!
Battery case squad here!
Pft, do you think me an amateur? I have both!
I don't have either



1. nikhil23

Posts: 467; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

what about... "my phone gets me through the day. So none of those" option?

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

"I don't have either" Perhaps you missed it?

16. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Bc this survey not for you :-

26. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't have either but if I did I would go with a power bank because battery cases are ass.

30. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

"It takes me 5 seconds to charge my phone from 0% to 100%", an LG G5 owner said.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Neither honestly, don't want the extra bulk. Carrying a power bank without a backpack is annoying as well.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, I'm a 'rider' (A fancier way of calling oneself "motorcyclist") and hence I've to think... SPARTAN...! Unlike car drivers, one can't carry all sort of junk (That means no empty beer cans, used tissue paper which may or may not contain 'nostril discharge', clean underwears, bits of junk foods here and there... Perhaps even a used condom lurking inside... Or perhaps, a corpse...) with oneself wherever one goes... And my smartphone (A Samsung Galaxy S6) doesn't possess remarkable battery life so... Instead of carrying a power bank or perhaps slapping a power case on it... I just pray to almighty God...! G'Day!

6. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

What a post!

11. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Next article will be a poll about, do you use your mobile browser more, or your computer browser? After that, do you even own a computer or does a tablet/phone get you by? Do you use a vehicle charger? Do you prefer boxers or briefs or neither?

15. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

So, you don't have room for something the size of a wallet in your pockets, or a backpack? Maybe you could velcro one to the side of your helmet.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You obviously don't ride. Nothing in the pockets except maybe a $50 bill for some suds and a couple of chasers.

32. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

So someone doesn't truly "ride" if they carry more than a $50 in your pocket? Then the phone is out and the original point is null and void. And no, I don't "ride", by your definition. I go off-road on an ATV, and "ride" by my own definition. So I carry a pack with tools, a drink, and my phone in my pocket. If I'm not on it, my phone lasts all day, so I don't bother with a battery pack. If I needed it, I'm sure I could find space for one. I've never seen a bike without SOME storage, and I see lots of crotch-rocket guys wearing backpacks. As it relates to the article, and GreenMan's comment, you can find somewhere to put it.

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7. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

So far SD 625 is the most power efficient with great battery life

8. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Manufacturers: STOP making the phones so damn thin and add some battery. What's the use of a too thin phone if you have to attach/carry another battery?

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

WTF !!!!! Bezel king iPhone with battery case.... How someone can use a phone.

10. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Definitely a power bank.... The case is only good for the time you keep that particular device... The power bank works with many devices and will last you several phones.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Looks like the removable battery will be a thing of legend. Too bad.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Always made it through the day with my note 5 and now with the s8+ I go all day and into the next day.

14. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Power bank. Seen too many iPhones with swollen batteries thanks to garbage battery cases.

17. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I like battery cases that are officially supported by the manufacturer but power banks are less risky. Low power mode/power saving mode for the win.

18. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I have the Samsung S6 so need to change atleast 3 times a day with normal use but still don't have either unless I wanted to go on a long journey then a battery pack.

20. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I prefer replaceable battery like my cousin's LG G4. But very few phones come with replaceable battery.

21. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

For me it depends on the situation and the location. For a days hike in a small group I would take a battery case. For a longer trip and or a larger group I would want several people to take large power banks.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Don't need one often, but I own power banks.

23. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Power Banks,can't do without it..

24. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I wish phones had bigger batteries! However, I have a power bank and I think it is really inconvenient! I've used it once or twice.

25. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

None. 5,100 mAh keeps the lights on all day, and then some.

28. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I dont have either but i really prefer the battery case, there are battery cases designed by baseus and USAMS for the iphone 7/7 plus that looks absolutely gorgeous and sleek with a reasonable capacity (and price).. unfortunately they don't produce such elegant cases for samsung phones

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I have 2 powerbanks (1 from DIY with 18650 from old battery laptop, and xiaomi's powerbank that I get because it got massive discount and free shipping), but it's been really long since the last time I use them..

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