Review: Eight iPhone 4 battery cases
Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:14 AM
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 12:05 PM
Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:21 PM
I always use a belt pouch and and when I got the Energizer battery case I had to get something bigger: I now use a Lowepro, the Dublin 30 I believe it is. It has a wide, secure belt loop and a velcro closure. It's worked out quite well, and is still fairly compact. So many of the pouches are too thick.
Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:00 PM
BTW, Mophie makes belt cases that will fit an iPhone equipped with a Juice Pack but not with a Juice Pack Plus.
Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:39 AM
Does this mean that the Sol Hybrid charger will (almost?) fully discharge before the iPhone reverts to using power from it' internal battery, i.e., the Sol is the primary power source?
Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:22 AM
I've specifically noted different "neglected" models as well, and read comments from several different people in that same vein in the past... but then I started thinking about it, and realized that Macworld publishes new iPhone case/iPhone battery case reviews every month or two -- and yet, even with that frequency, they will probably never account for every iPhone case in existence. Even so, the commentary gives us a starting point to research these things, and some valuable insights into the usability of different design choices, so there is certainly still a great deal of value in the reading.
As a related aside: Since you just happen to be pointing out a 1700mAh battery case at a lower price bracket than any of the cases in this article... I'll offer up the opinion that the whole economics "supply-vs-demand" principle is dramatically more important than any other factor in determining the price of any of these doo-dads. Take these two models, for example:
"Boost" brand 1700mAh case: http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B0044TM0OC
"Blackbox" brand 1700mAh case: http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B0050Z2C56
Glance at the various prices on each of those pages, and specifically take note of the "More Buying Choices" price listings for each case... and then look very closely at the stock photography for each. Notice anything peculiar? I certainly did.
Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:32 AM
I'm pretty sure that's basically the standard method of handling these things... I seem to recall some of Macworlds past reviews have specifically noted this, and for what it's worth, I've also observed the same trend in my own research of different models. Mind you, the power button on other models gives the decision over which is truly treated as primary right back to the user... so I can see why Friedman is anxious to see the next version of the Sol Hybrid.
Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:27 AM
Posted 20 September 2011 - 10:27 AM
Thank you: you have just (likely inadvertently) pointed out one more tech-spec that people should probably be looking at when buying a battery case: The amperage ratings on charging the phone, and on charging the battery case itself. Images at the link you provided indicate that the "QYG-Power" case only operates at 500mA on both input and output, which is basically a trickle charge compared to the 1 amp car and wall chargers that most people use with their iPhone 4s... so now I'm left wondering: what are the amperage ratings of all these other cases? For that matter, is 500mA even enough to use the phone, without also draining the internal battery? Hmmmmm.....