Want to squeeze more life from your smartphone? Here's a slew of top battery cases and packs to keep you powering on longer...
Just before Christmas 2015, Apple threw its hat into the battery case ring by unveiling an iPhone 6s protector that also hides 1,877mAh (Milliamp Hours) of extra juice. That’s up to 25 hours in normal hours, making the case a great way to add extra time to your phone’s daily lifespan, but if a longer charge is your priority when you’re out and about, Apple’s case far from the only way to go.
Looking to bolster your smartphone battery’s longevity? Here’s a smattering of the best battery cases and packs to consider…
iPhone battery cases
Esorun iStand 6
The iStand 6 has more than just battery charging to its name. As the name suggests, alongside an extra 3500mAh of juice stored inside, the case also acts as a handy desk stand, propping your phone into the perfect position for taking video calls of controlling media.
Insipio Ghost Qi
Insipio’s battery case is really compact and full of power, but the ace up its sleeve is that it lets you charge your iPhone simply by popping it on any compatible Qi wireless charging pad, which is a neat way of giving your iPhone an extra superpower – one that will free you of wires and even let you charge wirelessly in selected coffee shops simply by popping your phone on the table.
Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery case
Anker’s case adds 140% more charge to your iPhone while only adding 0.23 inches to its overall thickness, making it among the slimmest out there. But it’s also protective, with a drop-tested polycarbonate body taking the brunt of any accidental tumbles or spills – a top choice for the accident prone.
Want something even slimmer? ChargeTech’s offering is one of the world’s thinnest iPhone 6/6s charging cases, which even manages to do away with the ‘chin’ associated with a lot of other options. It’s only 12mm thick, yet it’s got enough power built in to double your battery life. Impressive stuff.
Android phone battery cases
Mophie Juice Pack
Mophie’s a big name in the world of mobile charging, and it’s got some fine options for proud Android owners in search of longer surfing, gaming and calling times. Its Juice Packs for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S6 ranges, the Galaxy Note 5, or the LG G4 all add reams of power and protection without adding too much bulk.
Rocking a Galaxy S5? The Phonesuit Elite is probably your best shout, offering a combination of power and durability – the latter catered for thanks to its reinforced design and soft-touch rubber finish. It also offers passthrough charging, which will charge your phone first before topping up the case. Oh, and it’s available in fetching shades of blue and red, alongside the more traditional black.
Mugen Power 3700mAh
If you have an HTC One M9 and want to give its battery a boost, the Mugen Power is the case for you: the case may add a bit of bulk, but it provides a huge 130% extra juice to your M9, taking it from zero to full charge and then nearly a third of the way again. Essential for power users.
SAVFY 4200mAh Extended Charging Case
Consider yourself a power user? Add some serious hours to your Galaxy S6 with this case that gifts 4200mAh of extra juice – easily a full extra charge (and then some). Bonus features include a pull-out kickstand for watching movies on the train, clever inbuilt tech to keep your phone’s temperature under control while charging, and a design hewn from eco-friendly materials. That’s not to mention its rock-bottom £14 price.
What is mAh?
mAh stands for Milliamp Hour, and it’s the term used to measure the lifespan of your battery, based on it theoretically drawing constant power. The higher the number, the longer your battery life, but it all depends on how much power your device actually drawers while it’s switched on. Broadly speaking, smartphone batteries tend to be between 1,000-3,000mAh, with things like screen size and camera use having the biggest effect.
If your phone isn’t on the list or you simply want a more versatile option, then a separate battery pack is the way to go. Here are our picks…
Vodafone USB Emergency Charging Pack
At £12, our very own offering won’t break the bank, but will give most smartphones a full extra charge wherever you are – or it’ll provide some much needed power to your tablet. It proffers a 3000mAh cell and LED lights to show, at the push of a button, how much charge you’ve got left.
Mophie Powerstation 1x
They say great things often come in small packages, and that’s certainly true of Mophie’s smallest battery pack. It’s only 95.5mm tall, 54.4mm wide and 6.9mm thick, which means it’s somewhere between a credit card and a Zippo lighter, yet it still squeezes in a 2000mAh battery and helpful LED lights to tell you how much charge it has left.
GMYLE Power Bank
Another svelte option, GMYLE’s Power Bank boasts 2500mAh in a footprint not much bigger than a debit card. Where it wins real points is in its integrated cable, which supports both Micro USB and, via a nattily hidden adapter, Apple’s Lightning port for iOS devices.
Swees 25600mAh Ultra High Capacity Power Bank
Time to get serious. When it comes to really living life away from the plug point, it’s time to invest in something with a few more mAh to its name. So how does over 26,000 sound? This beast will charge your smartphone again and again for days, and can even charge up to three different devices – such as a phone, a tablet and an MP3 player – at once!
Will we ever stop having to recharge? Stay tuned to Vodafone Social for an in-depth look into the science of tomorrow’s smartphone batteries.