Battery case is reducing my phones max capacity

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  1. HankHowdy macrumors 68040

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    Something strange happens when I use a battery case to charge my phone. My max capacity for my battery is around 1418.

    When I start using a battery case for a couple charge cycles it starts to reduce the max capacity to 1350's.

    What the heck is going on? Are battery cases bad for the phones battery? Is wall charging the only good way to charge your phone?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Which battery case do you use?
     
  3. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Lenmark
     
  4. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    How do you know the capacity? Also battery cases add a thick layer of material to the iPhone making it keep in heat for a longer time as the battery case heats up. Like the battery is converting power and charging the iPhone and while the iPhone is charging the battery in iPhone is warming up. The battery case is insulating the iPhone and keeping the device warm. Heat and battery's do not mix.

    Guessing it is this battery case:
    MFI Apple Approved - Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5/5s Rechargeable Extended Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s - AT&T, Sprint, Verizon - Black - 100% Additional Battery Life (2300mAh)
    http://amzn.com/B0099SG2WE
     
  5. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Lenmar BC4 - External Protective Extended Battery Case for iPhone 4 / iPhone 4s
    http://amzn.com/B00499DUC8

    This is the one I use. I have an app that tells me the batteries capacity. When I switch back to the oem cube then my capacity returns to normal.
     
  6. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    You cable instead of cube?
     
  7. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The oem charger that apple supplies for its iPhones resemble a white cube.
     
  8. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Battery case is reducing my phones max capacity

    I'm very confused on why that's happening. I though it was heat what but it is not.
     
  9. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I noticed that this case isn't MRI Apple approved.

    Perhaps it doesn't charge correctly. I know that Li-ion needs to have proper voltage to know when to stop charging.
     
  10. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    That could be. I though lenmar is apple approved.
     
  11. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    If you take a look at the link, it's not mentioned anywhere, but the link you supplied mentions it.
     
  12. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Counterfeit merchandise I suppose. Maybe buy a new one that is apple approved and if it is better keep it and possibly return the lenmar. If the one below does not change anything you can always return it.
    I recommend this one:
    uNu Power DX External Protective Battery Case for iPhone 4S & 4 - MFI Apple Certified (Matte Black, Fit All Models iPhone 4 & 4S)
    http://amzn.com/B00409E4JK
     
  13. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Wow this looks identical to the one I have.
     
  14. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I have the iPhone 5 version of the unu. Great battery case!
     
  15. HankHowdy thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Curious to know what your battery capacity is.
     
  16. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Where do I check? I am a technical person so you can give me steps.
     
  17. 10-Dee-Q macrumors 6502

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    sorry just wonderin what app is that , that shows the current battery capacity on the iphone ?
    i've been looking for this kind of app.
    thank you
     
  18. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Battery case is reducing my phones max capacity

    What's the app called? I want to know too.
     

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