If you hate running out of juice while doing vital tasks such as pinning on Pinterest, tweeting on Twitter, watching YouTube videos, or flinging Angry Birds, then a battery case for your iPhone is probably a necessity. The PowerSkin iPhone 4/4S battery case is one of the few battery cases that utilizes silicone rubber. The rubber sits slightly higher than the iPhone screen. This is nice because it increases the amount of protection if dropped as well as provides protection when the iPhone is set face down (though I would have liked it more if it had come with an adhesive screen protector to attach to the iPhone). Many iPhone battery cases don’t offer any protection at all for the front glass, so this case stands out from most of the competition. The entire top portion of the PowerSkin consists of flexible silicone rubber and does not have any mechanical moving parts that are prone to breaking. This allows the iPhone to be inserted and removed from the case fairly quickly.
The internal battery has a capacity of 1,500mAh. This is enough to recharge a dead iPhone 4S back up to around 85% in about 2 hours. The case can be recharged from its built-in micro USB port. If plugged into a 2A USB power port, the battery case can be recharged in roughly 2 hours. Smartphones seem to be getting used for more and more functions each year and yet the battery capacities don’t seem to increase much, if at all, from generation to generation. On top of that, the new 4G and LTE networks that most new smartphones utilize use an exponential amount of power compared to the older 3G and EDGE networks. All of this adds up to having to recharge their batteries before they can even make it through a whole day of use.
Battery cases such as the PowerSkin will become more and more necessary as smartphone usage continues to replace tasks that users typically accomplished on their desktop and laptop computers. Unless, of course, cellphone manufacturers and cellular service providers create smartphones and cell networks that don’t chew through batteries like a heated chainsaw through a stick of butter… but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen any time soon.
One thing I wish this case did have is a place to attach a lanyard. I say this about every case that doesn’t have this feature because I feel it is an inexpensive and easy feature to implement on any case. A place to attach a lanyard provides an incredibly useful and effective means of preventing your smartphone from hitting the ground if it slips out of your hand.
The PowerSkin case comes with a micro USB cable, which can be used to sync your iPhone with your computer while still in the case. There is a power button on the bottom left corner of the case that when briefly pushed once, the button will illuminate the power level indicator LED’s located on the lower back of the case. When held down, the button allows you to activate or deactivate the battery case from charging your iPhone. When an iPhone 4 or 4S is inserted into the PowerSkin battery case, the case will instantly start charging your iPhone. Some people might consider this a feature that eliminates the step of having to push a button to initiate the charging process. However, if you are a user who likes to quickly switch between various iPhone gadget cases, then you might find it a little annoying to have to turn off the charging every time you put your iPhone back into this case.
When compared to the various other battery cases that I have tested, the PowerSkin is one of my favorites. Its level of protection while still maintaining a slim profile, as well as its ability to nearly double the amount run time for your iPhone should make it an easy choice for users in the market for such a case. The PowerSkin definitely gets my seal of approval.
Price: $27.49 – $49.99
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