Sometimes, you may not realize how important your phone is until its battery dies, and you are left with a very costly paperweight. No calling home, no checking Facebook and no catching Pokémon until you charge it again. As such, it is imperative that you invest in a good phone charging case. With a good battery case, you’ll not only keep your phone fully charged, but also give it extra protection. There are many battery cases on the market today. To save you the shopping legwork, we have selected some of the best battery cases for iPhone below.
1. Apple Smart Battery Case
Apple’s own Smart Battery Case is the go-to accessory for those looking for a seamless integration with their iPhone 7. The case will increase your video, internet and call time by 24, 22 and 26 hours respectively. This means you will be able to use your smartphone without worrying about a full recharge.
The case comes with a symmetrically and impeccably molded design for enhanced functionality. It nearly resembles the earlier cases for iPhone 6/6s models, but boasts a decent hump in battery capacity to 2, 365 mAh. The Apple Smart Battery case has a pleasant, grippy feel and is an ideal option for Apple fans and those who value a slim case that allows them to access their Lightning port easily. The Smart battery case comes in white, red and black color options. In the inside, it is lined with a soft microfiber that protects your iPhone from drops and bumps. The outside is made of silicone and there’s an Apple logo in the middle at the back of the battery hump.
The Apple Smart Battery case for iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jacks and also lacks a power button. The case starts to charge automatically once you slip your smartphone in it. The fact the case lacks a power button means that you cannot turn off the flow of juice when you do not need it and save it for later, when you do. There is no external LED indicator too; instead there is one on the inside of the case. It appears green when fully charged and yellow when charging. The case comes with two front-facing speakers that redirect audio towards you. The built-in Lightning port allows for efficient pass-through syncing and charging. It also makes it easy for you to use wired headphones without removing the phone from the case.
When compared to its competitors, the Apple’s Smart Battery Case has numerous advantages, including an in-built Lightning port and an on-screen battery indicator. However, its high price does not add to any other useful features like the Mophie Juice Pack Air and it does not have as much battery life like the Slim Juicer.
2. Mophie Juice Pack Air
As far as phone charging cases go, Mophie is probably the biggest name on the market. It manufactures high quality battery cases, but you’ll have to pay more for the name itself. The Mophie Juice Pack Air is not the longest lasting iPhone battery case available, but its 2,525 mAh battery offers you a decent amount of power.
The case measures 5.9 inches Height by 2.8 inches Width by 0.78 inches Depth and weighs 3.5 ounces. Its lightweight makes it easy for you to carry it comfortably in your pocket. Unlike the Apple’s Smart Battery Case, the Jack Pack Air has power and volume buttons along the sides of the case. The speaker ports are on the front while the four LEDs that tell how much charge is left are on the back of the case.There is also a button that allows you to check the battery status by pressing it once or switch the case on and off by holding it down. On the left, there is a cutout for the Ringer switch and the bottom has a micro USB charging port.
The Mophie Jack Pack Air lacks a Lightning port meaning that you cannot easily connect your wired headphones without removing the case. One of the top benefits of the case is that it supports wireless charging through the PMA and Qi standards. For added convenience, this phone charging case attaches magnetically to all compatible mounts.
The Jack Pack Air gives your smartphone 3 hours 49 minutes extra battery capacity when streaming full screen videos. Overall, the Mophie Jack Pack Air is a well-built phone charging case. It is an ideal option for those looking to add wireless charging to their iPhone.
3. ZeroLemon Slim Juicer
The ZeroLemon Slim Juicer is another top rated phone charging case that adds an extra 4000 mAh of battery capacity to your iPhone. It adds up to 5 hours, 48 minutes of runtime to your iPhone 7 while streaming full screen videos over LTE at maximum brightness. Despite its high battery capacity, the Slim Juicer retails for only $49.99.
The Slim Juicer measures roughly the same size as the Juicer Pack Air. However, it is much heavier than due to its higher battery capacity, weighing 5.3 ounces. You’ll certainly feel the added weight in your pocket.
The Slim Juicer features a volume rocker and a power button, both covered with mushy plastic button. There’s no lightning port, meaning you cannot use wired headphones without removing the case. At the bottom of the case, there is a micro USB charging port while at the front, there’s a speaker grille that redirects the iPhone’s downward projecting audio towards you.
At the back of the case, there’s a power button that switches it on and off when pressed down. It also lights up the 4 LEDs that show how much power you have left when pressed once. If you are looking for a phone charging cases that offers the most battery for your buck, then you should try the ZeroLemon Slim Juicer case. It doubles your iPhone’s battery life for the half price of many alternatives.
There are many other phone charging cases on the market today. We have only listed the best battery cases for iPhone that are worth your investment. If battery life is not your priority, you can consider the super-thin Flux that provides easy access to your phone’s Lightning port or the Mophie Jack Pack Air that provides wireless charging and a magnetic back.