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LifeCharge iBatteryCASE for iPhone 6 Review
      #48067 - 05/21/15 05:42 PM

The iBATTERYCASE is a powerful power source for your iPhone 6. However, its thin bezel may not hold up to repeated removals/installations, and its LiPo battery comes with tradeoffs.



Size and Fit

The iBatteryCASE, like most battery cases, will approximately double the size and weight of your iPhone 6. It fits perfectly, and offers covered buttons; however the mute switch is uncovered. The iBATTERYCASE comes in black and gold, and has a pleasing soft-touch finish.



Features and Quality

Unlike most battery cases, the iBatteryCASE utilizes a lithium-polymer (LiPo) rather than a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. LiPo batteries are safer (more resistant to overcharge, and less likely to leak) and lighter, but they have a lower energy density and cycle count than their Li-ion counterparts. The iBatteryCASE features a 3000mAh capacity, which should fully recharge a dead iPhone 6. Remember that it takes less energy to charge your phone in the 20%-80% range, so if you want to maximize your portable power, turn it on before your iPhone gets too low, and turn it off before it gets too high. The iBatteryCASE installs easily, but thanks to the thin plastic bezel that is used to secure it to your phone, it may be prone to breakage if you tend to install/remove it with any regularity. Charging/syncing is accomplished by way of a mini USB port (cable included), and the headphone jack is accessible by way of a narrow port. Be advised, however, that this opening is too small for many 3rd party headphones, so an adaptor or extension may be required.



Summary

While the use of LiPo instead of Li-ion in a battery case (as opposed to a battery pack) is unusual in today's market, those worried about issues related to overcharging will likely appreciate the extra peace of mind this choice offers. Conversely, the lower energy density and cycle count may impact the case's lifespan. Lastly, I found the bezel to be a bit fragile looking, but it is covered by a one-year warranty (as is the battery) so what have you got to lose?



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: 3000mAh capacity. LiPo battery.
What's Not: Headphone port too small for some 3rd party peripherals. Thin bezel may be prone to breakage. LiPo battery
Price: $79.99
Web site: LifeCHARGE

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton








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