iPhone Battery Case Review: PhoneSuit Elite for iPhone 4 Reviewed by Tom Slayton
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: High capacity battery built into the case doubles your battery life. 1 amp/5 watt battery charges your iPhone fast. Surprisingly slim for a case with a built-in battery.
What's Not: Only available in black.
The PhoneSuit Elite is a case with a built-in 2100mAh battery that effectively doubles the battery life of your iPhone. Its powerful 1 amp/5 watt output will fully charge your phone in about the same amount of time as a wall charger.
Size and Fit
The PhoneSuit Elite is surprisingly slim for a battery case. While it does add the inevitable weight that you would expect from a case like this, it manages to avoid the bulkiness found in most other battery cases. The battery and electronics are primarily confined to the back of the case. While this makes it thicker, it adds almost nothing to the width. This goes a long way toward making the PhoneSuit Elite appear much less bulky when holding it in your hand, particularly in landscape mode. It installs in seconds with its two-piece design and allows full access to all ports and switches via cutouts.
Features and Quality
The PhoneSuit Elite features a 2100 mAh battery that will double the capacity of your iPhone?s internal battery. It also sports a 1 amp/5 watt output, which will charge your iPhone about as fast as a wall charger. This resulted in the case getting a bit warm at times, but not overly so. Pressing a nearly invisible button on the back of the case will tell you the charge level of the case by illuminating a row of LEDs. There is also a switch that allows you to disable the charging function in case you want to run off your iPhone?s internal battery and conserve the PhoneSuit?s. While in this mode, the battery will hold its charge for quite a while making it a handy thing to keep in your purse/backpack/briefcase. Charging is accomplished through a micro-USB port (cable included). A seamless pass-through function allows you to also charge your iPhone?s battery and even sync your device through this port.
The clean, round-edged design of the PhoneSuit Elite has a very understated and professional look, although stylish it is not. It is only available in black so if you were looking to add a bit of flash, prepare for disappointment.
The PhoneSuit Elite is an excellent battery case for the iPhone 4. It has a high capacity, charges your phone fast, and is surprisingly slim (as battery cases go). Even the most seasoned wireless warrior will be hard-pressed to deplete this in a single day.