Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 5/5s Review

There’s one name that instantly jumps out in our minds when we think about ruggedized smartphone cases. Not surprisingly, Otterbox cases are known for their legendary protection, so there’s no wonder why they continue to be the trailblazers in the space. Stepping out of their traditional mold, they’re coming out with a totally new case line that aims to rejuvenate the iPhone – while still providing the usual level of impeccable protection. Enter the Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for the iPhone 5/5s, which not only meets military standard 810G-516.6 for drop protection, but it also happens to pack along a rechargeable 2000 mAh battery.

We’ve seen the evolution of Otterbox’s line of cases, starting with the brick-like designs of its Defender series, all the way to the newer and more stylish designs from its Symmetry series. With this latest endeavor in the Resurgence, Otterbox doesn’t try to differentiate its offering from all of the rest in the power case segment. In fact, it looks like all the rest of them – an ordinary rugged plastic chassis with a subtle soft matte finished surface. Thankfully, though, Otterbox offers the Resurgence case in 4 different colors to give potential buyers some sort of choice.

Essentially, the case has two main components, the main back compartment and a snap-on bumper. Putting it on and taking it off is a breeze, since there’s a notch towards the bottom edge that allows us to easily take apart the bumper frame. Sliding the iPhone 5/5s into the case, making sure to get the Lightning cable to line up to its slot, everything is solidly held together. A staple for Otterbox cases, the Resurgence case continues the trend of delivering protection against drops – so that’s one thing less to worry about if you accidentally drop your phone. Luckily, there’s a lip surrounding the bumper frame to elevate the display so it doesn’t come into contact with a surface.

Like everyone before who has made an iPhone battery case, the Otterbox Resurgence case adds some bulk to the phone. It’s not something substantial like Otterbox’s Defender cases, but nonetheless, the streamlined figure of the iPhone 5/5s is gone once it’s fitted inside. Nearly all of the phone’s ports and buttons are easily accessible, with the exception of the headphone jack, which is severely recessed due to the case and requires an adapter to access. On the bottom right corner of the case is a button with 4-LEDs built into it to indicate the battery’s charge level. Pressing it once lights up the corresponding LEDs, while long pressing initiates the charging process.

In our experience, the Resurgence case is able to bring a completely drained iPhone 5s back to the 80% charged mark – well short of that 100% level. Despite that, we do appreciate that the case relies on a microUSB port for charging, which allows us to simultaneously charge the battery as well as the iPhone itself. Furthermore, we should point out that Otterbox incorporates a feature that shuts off the case once the iPhone reaches 100% (as long as you start charging long before the iPhone is drained) to preserve the battery. Pricing is for the Resurgence case is set at $99.95, which is pretty steep, but not all that uncommon for an Otterbox case. If you’re looking for a battery case that offers superior drop protection, then this is right up your alley.


  • Superior drop protection
  • Simultaneous charging of the battery & iPhone
  • Four color schemes are available


  • Recessed headphone jack requires an adapter to access
  • Pretty expensive at $99.95
  • Battery provides up to 80% charge for a drained iPhone 5s

PhoneArena Rating:




8. nuna12

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The case looks great. But the speaker and mic at the bottom seem somewhat blocked?

7. calebchoo88

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

i dont know about this case..but Otterbox Commuter and defender case is quite good to protect your smartphone..bought mine from

3. Sirius85

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

It's "competition" persay to Mophie, but for the same $100 price point to only get an 80% recharge, Mophie is the obvious choice. I also think Mophie's Juicepacks are much more asthetically pleasing to the eye as well, Otterbox's looks a bit bland. As far as the headphone jack being recessed, do yourself a favor and buy a set of LG tone's or any other bluetooth headphones, you'll never want to go back to plug-in headphones again.

5. dalamar86

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 2014 they seem like found a solution for the heaphones plugin.

6. ollie990

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

To me this just looks like a mophie rip off...and the charge lights/press-and-hold on/off switch is confusing

2. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

For that price I'd expect a 100% charge and then some considering the battery size of the iPhone 5S. Mophie is cheaper for that same 80% charge and IMO looks better. Could also spend $20 more for the Juicepack Plus for a 120% total charge (not sure how accurate it is).

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Overpriced case for an overpriced phone...

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Especially since you can buy a 5000mha external battery pack that will fit in your pocket nicely and charge even a tablet. Oh and the best part is you can buy it for $29 on Amazon. Apple should have included a 2500 mha battery at least. Its not like Apple would loose a ton of money buy putting in a larger battery. No wonder why Apple is loosing Market share.

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