Can a case affect battery life?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Alex225, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Alex225 macrumors regular

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    Now this may be coincidence or just nonsense and I'm sure that someone can confirm either way with technical reasoning but here's my question.

    Could a highly protective case affect the battery life of my iPhone 6?

    The reason I ask is that as of yesterday I ditched my Griffin Survivor case on my iPhone 6 and opted for a thinner, much more lightweight cover clear cover.

    I used my 6 on the train as I always do, so it gets about 30 minutes of me on Facebook, texting, WhatsApp, news etc.

    Usually this would bring my old iPhone 5 down to about 75% battery life and I found the 6 went down to about 85% so an improvement I was happy enough with. Well this morning, since it is Survivor-less the battery had only dropped 4-5%.

    This may be coincidental and like I say someone will no doubt be able to confirm technically but I wondered if the Survivor case affected the temperature of the phone which in turn caused the battery to drain quicker?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, an external case cannot affect battery performance. I suppose the possible exception is metal cases that degrade the signal performance that cause the LTE radio to work harder but I don't think that happens for the most part.
     
  3. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks mate, I wasn't sure if it could be temperature related. That's the only thing I could think as the battery life was significantly better today than yesterday and I haven't changed anything in terms of settings on the device.

    Either way, I'm not complaining haha :)
     

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