PowerSkin for Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on

PowerSkin for Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on
Always striving to find enough battery life to last us throughout the day, we all know way too well how much of a drain it can be for the Samsung Galaxy S III to keep up with our power usage. At times, some owners are left to simply charge their smartphones whenever and wherever as much as possible – to keep them at a good level before calling it in for the day.

Well folks, if you don’t want to be tethered anymore, and prefer something that’ll charge the Samsung Galaxy S III on the go, you might want to check out PowerSkin’s battery case for the handset. Now we’ve checked out many other PowerSkin cases before, and following in traditional form, it combines a ruggedized case with the highly desired longevity of an extended battery.

Priced at $79.99, one might simply stop in their tracks to wonder about it for a moment, but then again, considering that dedicated extended batteries can cost just as much, it’s nice to know that this offers some level of protection to the smartphone too. Just don’t expect the Galaxy S III to have its svelte looks anymore once you’ve decided to use the PowerSkin.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I bought one for my Sensation 4G and I just let it die out once and now it doesn't work.

10. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Did you return it because its not supposed to do that

14. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

No I didn't because I asked a relative visiting me to get it for one and I'm low on options.

15. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

How long have you had it. I believe there is a warranty on it from the manufacturer

18. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I've only had it for 3 months so far.

19. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

contact the manufacturer and see what they can do because unless it was faulty from the start, it should work for your phone

2. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

bricked sgs3

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No thanks. I'll stick to my OtterBox.

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

That's bloody massive, why is it Motorola is the only OEM who can build such high density batteries and still maintain a super slim high tech phone? Motorola needs to put that massive battery in everything and make it standard in their line of products. I can imagine Moto phones where 3100mAh is normal battery size for their phones and they somehow figure out how to get to 4000mAh but still keeping the size of the battery relatively thin. Go Moto, these OEM need to keep building and innovating. I hate the SGS3 for its dismal battery performance and for Samsung screwing up the OS to the point where it has issues connecting to a Windows 7 PC, that could also be a MS issue as well, but the original Galaxy S worked perfectly on Windows 7...so think what you will of that.

5. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

They do it by not allowing you to open the phone and replace the battery. When you no longer have to engineer a way to open the phone and make the battery accessible you can then using Lithium polymer batteries that can be designed around the components in the phone. No need for a dedicated reinforce space for the removable battery or battery terminal contacts that have to be anchored in that compartment. Li-Po battery has a small cord and some kind of Molex plug kind of like RC car battery packs. It probably plugs directly into the circuit board and doesn't have to be reinforced or robustly designed because it doesn't have to be designed to withstand hundreds, if not thousands of insertions before failing. It's definitely a trade-off going one way or the other. Of course, when you're using batteries as big as the Razr Maxx, the trade-off is quite small.

20. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Really? That explanation deserves a thumbs down?

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think i'd prefer to get this.http://www.ebay.com/itm/NYX-2400mAh-Lithium-Ion-Back-up-Battery-Case-Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-i9300A-/290763919195?var= it's more stylish and has a 2400mAh battery versus the 2100mAh battery this one packs.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

And like half the price, not bad.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh yeah, that too. xD

7. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Lame. Why not just get the external charger w/spare battery, carry a charged spare and choose any case you want to protect it?

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I'll be grabbing me a Razr Maxx HD when it hits Verizon over the Galaxy Note II, simply because of battery life. Such large phones shouldn't have such poor battery life and such meager battery capacity either. The new HTC phone was a possibility as well but that tiny battery for such a high density screen is a bad idea waiting to happen, 1080p is a it much on such a small screen so it will just be wasting power pushing pixels we can't discern from a 720p screen. Let's just hope Motorola launches the Razr Maxx HD with Vanilla JB instead of ICS, tell VZW to bite them and quit with the useless VZW apps that no one uses. I feel that VZW should have to advertise for your attention, don't shove crap onto me because I use a phone on your network. In fact the Google initiative that makes OEM have Vanilla Android and their own UI as an option should start immediately and should include wireless network providers as well. Still can't stand VZW for the BS move they pulled with the data counter, it doesn't auto update anymore, you have to open it and let it load up to find out your data usage, what sort of garbage is that? Why would you inconvenience your customer like that and blatantly too, serves absolutely no purpose to even do such a thing. One thing I dislike about VZW is the completely increasing apathy for customers, it's like the Vice President incumbent calling 47% of Americans lazy on national tv during their campaign and these people are still wondering who they are going to vote for. VZW is telling us that the app doesn't need to update because if you keep an eye on your data you won't go over...right just another plan to get you to go over since with a 4G phone you will reach 1GB of data relatively fast. Seriously can't wait for the day wireless providers become dumb pipes and we just buy a phone we like and pick the network based on price and performance, not because it has the phone we can get nowhere else.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The Note 2 will have a 3100 mAh battery you know....

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I have the PowerSkin for the HTC Inspire 4G for over a year and I love it. The Inspire has terrible battery life and the PowerSkin makes it bearable to use on a daily basis. Id figure that Id use this phone until I can upgrade in december. It true that the PowerSkin makes the phone alot bulkier, but it does help when you're not near an outlet for half or most of the day

16. AustinPaul

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

As was said earlier, I don't know why more people don't talk about getting a spare or two, with external charger, and just carrying it along. With that, you know you are effectively doubling your battery power. Got my aftermarket spares (2), with charger, for about $25. They work great and you get to keep the slim profile. Am I missing something?

17. kapoorsunny

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I like the concept but this will make S3 like a brick :S

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