REVIEW: Anker (Apple Certified) Rechargeable Extended Battery Case

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Orlandoech, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

    Orlandoech

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    This is my 1st and only extended battery case I have used, tested, reviewed for the iPhone 5/s and my results were actually very pleasing. I have a few complaints, but nothing too significant that would warrant you to NOT buy the case.

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    CHARGING
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    Charges battery fast, gives roughly 50% more battery life. Great build quality and sleek looks match iPhone design. Very well made case overall. The first time I tested the Anker case, I was listening to music via the native Music App on the iPhone and my iPhone was at 60% charge. Roughly 20 minutes later, while still listening to music, it was at 84%. Roughly 45 minutes into my charging, while still listening to music, my iPhone 5 hit 100%. This was pretty impressive to me, especially since I always listen to music.

    The second time around, I was NOT listening to any music and I just let my phone charge. I started charging my iPhone 5 at 20%. 30 minutes into my charging, my iPhone was at 62%. 15 minutes later, at 88% charging, the Anker case needed to be re-charged. The results were actually very impressive to me as I did testing while listening to music and while not. I was pleased to say the least with the battery life, the amount of time it took to charge (especially while listening to music).

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    FEATURES
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    Case comes with 2 different colored bezels to secure the phone to the case, black and a transparent-ish/clear. Useful kickstand to keep the phone in landscape mode to watch movies, listen to music, etc. Included 3.5mm audio extension cable is a must if you use the case and want to listen to music, glad they included it. USB charging cable.

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    COLOR OPTIONS
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    While the case charges quickly, is sleek and overall a good design, the lack of color choices to match the white/silver/gold iPhone 5/s can be a bit discouraging to buyers.

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    SLICK/SLIPPERY
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    Also, the case is slick/slippery and can slide out of your hand fairly easily if you aren't paying attention, but then again, the iPhone 5/s can with or without a case, so to me, that is a mute point.


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    WARRANTY
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    For those of you with concerns on how long the battery will live, the case comes with an 18-month warranty to help alleviate that concern which is typically 6-months more generous than most warranties.


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    PROS/CONS
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    PROS
    - Slimmest Battery Case I've Owned
    - Adds roughly 50% extra battery life
    - Multiple shells included
    - Kickstand
    - Sleek
    - Great Build Quality
    - Works with iPhone 5 and 5s
    - Charges Quickly
    - Case Re-Charges Quickly
    - At $49.99 this is a great deal
    - 18 month warranty


    CONS
    - Although "slim" still adds bulk
    - Need more color choices, at least a white version
    - Case is slick





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    DISCLOSURE
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    I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation, and I promised that my review is fair and honest with no bias.
     
  2. solo118 macrumors 65816

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    Is this the product? I like Anker products, but this does look a bit bulky

    http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Rec...1&sr=8-4&keywords=anker+battery+case+iphone+5
     
  3. Orlandoech thread starter macrumors 68040

    Orlandoech

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  4. viewfly macrumors 65816

    viewfly

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    Isn't a battery case with 2600mAH capacity that gives you only 50% more recharge pretty damn poor?

    That case should fully charge your phone and more.
     
  5. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Any battery case that is around 2100mah or higher should give a 1 full charge at least.
     
  6. viewfly macrumors 65816

    viewfly

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    So this Anker product is defective then. Anything above 1700 mAh will give a full charge to an iPhone 5
     
  7. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Depends on the conversion rate. Most battery packs/ battery cases loose around 30% for power conversions. Yes the Anker battery case is defective.
     
  8. viewfly macrumors 65816

    viewfly

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    Well made with good batteries and circuitry, 18-20% should be expected.
     

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