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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So-so design, awesome functionality!

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    Kleronomos11985
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    I was skeptical at first, but after using this for a couple weeks, it turned out to be a solid device. I have heard many people opine the device's design and lack of usual Apple flair, and I have to agree, the design is somewhat obtuse. However, from a practical standpoint, I have come to appreciate it. Before I tried this device, I used Mophie's popular Juicepack Air. However, I did not care for the extra bulk the Mophie added. When I started using this case from Apple, I immediately preferred its ergonomics. Let me explain. In the middle of the device, you can definitely see that it matches the thickness of the Mophie Juicepack Air. However, the "ungainly" hump on Apple's case is nice from an ergonomic standpoint, as the battery bulge and extra thickness does not cover the entire back of the device. Instead, the top, bottom and edges of the back are pretty close to the thickness of a regular rubber case. So at least for me, when holding my phone with the Apple case in my hand, I preferred how easy it was to grip the bottom and sides compared to the all around thickness of the Mophie unit. As far as weight, I found the Mophie and this case to feel similar in the hand as far as heft, and quick acclimated to both. As for performance, this case definitely differs from the Mophie case mentioned above in a few key areas. First, overall capacity is pretty similar, with both cases extending your phone almost a full charge. Whereas the Mophie case can be turned on and off at will with its power button, this Apple case works automatically. So essentially, after plugging in overnight, when I take my phone off the charger, the case will discharge slowly, keeping the phone at 100%. Once the case discharges, you still have 100% phone battery left that then is used by the phone. The only way to know the battery charge status of the case while in use is to look on your iPhone's battery status indicator. However, if you are charging the case by itself, without the phone inserted, there is a status indicator on the inside of the case. So if you like having the option to decide when the case turns on and off, this is not the case for you. However, if you prefer just to unplug and go, without worrying about having to press a separate power button for your case, this one is for you! A couple other notes. In my use so far, I have not felt the Apple case get overly warm at all while charging the phone. When using the Mophie case, there was a noticeable increase in warmth, though never dangerous or concerning. Just something to think about. Additionally, this case uses the same lightning cable as the iPhone and has pass through charging, so it will charge your phone first. If you go with a battery pack other than Apple's, you will most likely need to charge with a micro USB cable, so something to keep in mind. In the end, as I mentioned at the start, I prefer the ease of use and ergonomics of this device over the Mophie Juicepack Air. I love the idea of never having to run out of battery during the day, no matter how much I use my phone. For me, this case was definitely worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately a Necessary Product for Many iPhones

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    NavAtma
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    Only a year in, and my iPhone 7 is experiencing dramatically lower battery life than when it began. So I went on the hunt for a battery case that would reliably save the day for my phone. I've tried two (and returned two) other brands of battery cases for this, one was a high-rated case from Amazon, the other was from a suspicious and possibly a tad fraudulent company called PowerPlusCases. Both were of somewhat cheap make, and the PowerPlusCases battery, while containg 5500mAh of power, tended to overheat quickly. I didn't necessarily want to turn back to Apple (we have trust issues these days), and there are many low reviews for this pricey case, but when I found it in store for $84 I thought I may as well give it a shot. I don't mind the shape, and the hinge design makes removing the iPhone easy and safe, and so far I haven't experienced any crazy amount of dust collecting or peeling for the silicone/grippy texture, as some other users have. The major problem at first was getting it to accept a charge from off-brand cheap cables, so buyers please be aware, you may experience difficulty charging this case unless you purchase Apple Certified quality lighting cables and adapters. Once that was sorted, charging both my phone and the case to full capacity separately was the best way to begin the synchronization without any crazy disconnects/reconnects. Once both were fully charged, I was then able to begin using it seamlessly. It keeps my iPhone at 100% until it's drained, and I can keep an eye on its battery life in realtime because the iPhone recognizes it as an official accessory. That's nifty. Overall, my phone lasts at least twice as long, I don't know exactly how much mAh it puts out, but it does it's job without overheating, and it recharges every night (phone first, then case) without any fuss. TL;DR I am actually liking the "Smart" aspect of this case, 1 month in, it works well and seems reliable. I am hoping it will hold up it's track record, for its price I expect to be getting at least a solid year out of it. We'll see.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Wait is Over

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    vibhutijaya
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    I had been putting off getting this case for my iPhone 7 for over a year. Disappointed with the battery life of the 7 (after deciding that the 6 Plus was just too big for my smallish hand) I felt that I needed to do something drastic to avoid having to charge my dwindling battery numerous times a day. Apple Watch's constant bluetooth connectivity and a shameless Pokemon Go addiction are the likely culprits for this exorbitant energy expenditure. I waited long enough to buy the case that I found myself in an iPhone 8 before finally breaking down. I guess I had hoped that Apple would be doing something miraculous to extend the battery life of this next gen iPhone, but as you can see from the fact that I finally bought this case, the battery life is sorely lacking. This case is velvety smooth, shock absorbing rubber to the touch. It's a little heavy, but it's still pretty sleek despite the "bump". The rubber stays put on surfaces, which is a nice thing to have protecting your big dollar iPhone from gliding off into Apple Care repair land. The battery case comes complete with an elegant charging process and the overall Apple wonderfulness is featured. When you charge your phone in the case the phone charges first and then the case charges. Conversely, during use, the case depletes first and then the phone runs down on battery. The iPhone tells you what's going on with the battery on the case and the battery on the phone at the same time. It's pretty wonderful. I just wish that I did not need to get a secondary device to extend the battery life of my ridiculously expensive new iPhone, but that is not the fault of the device I am reviewing, so I will save that story for another day. The fit is perfect, just as one would expect from an Apple product. The price was discounted (thanks, Best Buy and eBates rewards) but it was not nearly cheap enough!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Battery holds ok, case discolored & chipped

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    KWolf
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    I've purchased the white smart battery-case for iPhone 7. The apple smart battery works fairly well, as a battery-pack. However, as a case isn't as intuitive, or has the quality you will expect from an Apple pruduct. The case is a disappointment; the silicon surface absorbed colors from fabric and dirt from the surroundings. Additionally, it started chipping in the corners (chunks of silicon material fell off), at least mine did within two weeks of use. Best Buy, will not exchange it, since the purchase took place over 14 days. I was told to deal with Apple directly. When you spend $100 you expect better quality and service. Positives: good backup-battery pack, works and fits well, it has a nice feel, and it's fairly light Negatives: case chips easily, discoloration, the white case easily absorbs colors and dirt from the environment, expensive, poor support/service from Bestbuy and Apple.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cut the cable!

    Posted
    Gerald
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    Works with my IPhone8. I travel regularly for work and I always had the feeling that I was either connected to a battery pack or with the headphones. I bought the smart battery case at the same time than my AirPods and I don’t touch a cable during the day (even calling, using my phone as a router, watching Netflix, Waze, etc.). I usually have a full charged phone by the end of the day. The phone is heavier, might not be for everybody. The extra height is actually practical to find your phone because it sticks out. Nice grip, good looking, should have bought one sooner. Only problem: if you sync with iTunes by cable, you need to remove the phone from the case. I learned it the hard way (had to reset my phone, not seen a mention anywhere about this). Practical compared to any other case, it uses the standard Apple lightning connector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth it.

    Posted
    tristan
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    This is a great addition to your iPhone. It lets me to use my iPhone from early morning to late night without ever plugging it in. It also allows me to use the same lightning cable that came with my phone, so no need to carry an extra MicroUSB cable. The main reason I bought this one over any other, was the fact that it can sync using the original lightning cable and work with MFI products, for example, it allows me to use the iPod connector with a 30 pin to lightning adapter in my old Nissan Versa (which has no USB or BT Audio) and my DJI drone without ever needing to take the case out. Also it's made from silicone instead of hard plastic, so my Jet Black iPhone has not gotten any scratches (the inside is made of a soft velvet-like material). Had it for almost a year now and I could not be happier with it, One thing to be noted, it being silicone, the soft touch coating wears out over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smooth Battery Case

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    TechGuy
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    I know there are a ton of third-party battery cases at all different price points for the line of Apple iPhones. I like the Apple smart battery case because it’s soft and protective and easy to put on and take off. No matter how rough you are its almost impossible to scratch your phone with this soft case. I have purchased many different cases for all of the iPhones I owned over the years, but this one is the best because of its smooth and slim build. I hear a lot of people don’t like it because the back protrudes out but it is not that bad. The only complaint I have about it is I wish the battery was a slightly higher amount like some of the third-party cases out there. You can see the status of the battery in the notifications center it does have a light but it is very small when charging the case without the iPhone. There is no power button on the case. One last point is the Apple smart battery case hardly ever got hot compared to a third-party case I had brought off of eBay which did get very hot if even in a pocket for a few minutes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Slightly bulky but worth it for the extra power

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    FirefighterFrank
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    I needed an extended battery for my iPhone 7 - and the other options, while extending the battery, dropped 1-2 bars from my reception. I live in a fringe area, so that wasn't going to work. I took a shot at the apple case, and I am pleasantly surprised. It's bulky, but still smaller than its competitors. The case integrates with the phones battery meters (so I can see the charge in the home screen widgets), and it has a lightning port (awesome) for charging. No carrying two separate cables. The case works as advertised. I rely on the case battery from wake up until about 3:00 pm, then the phone's battery kicks in and takes me through the rest of the day. The case is bulky, but thin enough to comfortably keep my phone in my front pocket. The only drawback I have is the cost. I got the case on sale for $90, but it retails for $100. Still, for a case that works and works well, it was worth the cost for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Case

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    GOONZALEZ92
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    Overall a good case from Apple, nothing major, overpriced but again, it's an Apple product. I am almost certain that for a regular person it can last 24 hours but for a person like me who's constantly on his phone it's about 12 hours, it's considered a smart case because the case drains it's juice first and then your phone gets drained next, you cannot pick between the two but a perk is you don't need an extra connection as it charges via a lighting cable on or off the phone. Looks nice over the phone although a little bulky and makes your phone a little heavier but there's a big Apple logo on the back for those who like the little details, soft felt interior with an led indicator for when the case is fully charged, if charging separately, if not your iPhone automatically detects it upon connection and adds a widget that tells you the percentage, loved the case at first but now it's just another accessory.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent back up battery case!

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    Belt80mx
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    This is a great back up battery case... first I had my concerns due to the shape, and the fact that it is always charging your phone, but it has worked perfectly: 1) yes, the shape in the back is funky. However, the phone fits in perfectly and doesn´t feel as bulky as with other external battery packs, which is a great plus! - it is very comfortable to grab 2) it is the only battery pack that keeps using the lighting cable. This is major win, as I can keep using all my charging cables. 3) The phone is always charging, which seems odd - and there were a lot of reviews against it, but it is a major convenience factor. My assumption is that it extends the battery in the phone rather the battery on the case (the case goes into a deep discharge first rather than the phone). I´m very happy with the case, the phone lasts me all day even after a day full of calls or data exchange.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good case for extending iPhone 7’s battery

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    TheTechGuy
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    At first I was a little hesitant about purchasing this case, since I already own a mophie case. I like that you are able to charge the phone whenever you want as opposed to the Apple case. However, the Apple case is no slouch in the battery case department. I was easily able to get two days without charging. What I like about the case is that unlike other battery cases the battery level indicator is built into iOS and you get an accurate reading about what percentage you’re at. Another thing is that it has a lighting port connector. Something the mophie case does not. Really good if you don’t have wireless headphones. The only I didn’t like was the weight. It felt heavy at times and even heavier than my mophie case. All in all it’s a pretty good case, if you need the extra battery this is a good option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy, wont regret it!

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    HappyMoe209
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    I've been thinking about getting the smart case for my iPhone 7 for a while now. I noticed my battery not lasting a whole day without having to charge it once or twice. So I decided to give a shot. At first I was like $100 for a external battery was a bit much. I love the look and feel of it. Easy to install and it was actually comfortable in your hands. Little heavy but you get use to it. I love how I can go from 7am to about 11pm without charging it with heavy use of the phone throughout the day. It's amazing. Case is so great that I bought a white and the black so I switch lol. I love how the lighting cord can charge the case so I don't have to worry about messing up the charging port on my phone. Don't regret getting it at all. Just wish there were more color selections. But I'm still happy with the case. Had it for about 5 months. Thanks Apple

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

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    chdann
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    This battery did not keep my phone charged for more than 6 hours. If I do not use my phone, it would keep it charged for 12 hours. I purchased this battery to make sure my phone did not die during my marathon and I lose my data. The instructions for the battery pack said it would last for 24 hours when phone is not in use, and 22 hours when listening to music. This battery did NOT meet or exceed the time limit given. After 6 hours of using the garmin app and NOT listening to music, the battery was at 17%. This was after both phone and battery was charged at 100%. I ONLY use Apple products for my phone, so this way I know my phone is fully charged and not showing 100% when it’s not because of the use of third party products. For the price, I was very disappointed with this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

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    writerdrew
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    I was a title gunshy at the price before purchasing this case, especially being a proprietary Apple product, but it did not dissapoint. I am a touring artist and I use my phone for gps, product sales, monitor mix, road music and a myriad of other things in the course of the day. I have had this case for well over a month now. It has been dropped, slid across the floor, stepped on...you name it. It's still in amazing condition. I usually blow through cases in my line of work. As far as the charge, I have not had one day where I didn't get at least 24 solid hours of battery life even with all of my travel and useage. Including keeping tabs on my social media. I've tried a bunch of other cases including WUDN, and I have never found a better battery case. And I'll likely never buy another one that isn't apples. HIGHLY recommend this case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Battery case you can buy for your iPhone 7

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    Mrxiro
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    This is the only battery case on the market that lets you use the Lightning port for Audio. Currently none of the other brands allow audio over Lightning cable. But that could change in the future. While it's a little ugly in photos it doesn't look as bad In real life and the hump adds a good grip. The material picks up a little bit of lint from your pockets but it's not terrible. Sadly the case is NOT waterproof like the iPhone 7 itself which is just odd. The biggest caveat I have with it is that the battery runs down very fast, it's not the biggest battery out there but should double your battery life of your phone. It seems like it runs down faster than the iPhone battery inside the phone. I'm not sure why though. But there really is no alternatives out on the market and your get the great Apple build and quality so it's definitely worth buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great battery, works with iPhone 8

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    IcedCorn
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    When I purchased the iPhone 8, no one had come out with an official battery case yet. Although many had mentioned you can use iPhone 7 cases for it. I figured with it being an Apple product I'd give it a short. Best Buy had a buy 3 accessories get a % off sale so it brought down the price of this battery pack considerably. The best thing about this pack is that it has a lightning port. Meaning if you have lightning cables you are all set. Most battery packs connect to the iPhone via lightning but recharge through MicroUSB which means more cables! Yay! It fits fine in my iPhone 8. I like the texture of it -- although it might be off putting for some (it feels like rubber) but it is well designed. Paying full price for this would be difficult but if you can find an accessory sale, pick it up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great case to help battery life!

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    shaung84
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    This is an overall great product for iPhone users that need additional battery life. First off, I will say that this does work with the iPhone 6, even though it says 7. The back of the case will touch the camera lens, but does not affect pictures or videos at all. The only other thing you need, is to be on the proper iOS version - I don't recall this version, but you will be notified when placing the phone into the case. The case definitely adds some weight to the phone with the battery of course, but still seems to provide good overall protection also. This has a nice smooth rubber feel to it, which will still provide a good amount of grip so you don't have to worry about dropping your phone. My only complaint is that I feel the price is too high for this. Just my opinion, but this should only be a $70 product at most.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny!

    Posted
    Brock
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    My husband got the morphe case and I didn't like how he needed a different charging cable. So I decided to try this one. It provides the additional 100% battery like his did but is way less bulky. Protects from drops and toddler throws without a screen protector. After less abuse that this case has received, a small part of the left side of his case broke (on the morphe) which didn't affect the battery or case protection wise, but he now needs to remove the case to use the left side volume buttons and switch. The way this case is made, that will not happen. Also your phone shows charge levels of both phone and case separately. Not sure if the other brands does. I would definitely recommend this case in general but also specifically over the closest competing battery case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect compliment to a data junkie

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    Ashley
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    I absolutely love this case. I use it daily and it holds the charge from the moment I wake up (3 am) to late night. Even at this point with heavy use, I usually still have some charge left. The only negative thing is that my last one broke on the corner but that was because I dropped it. Although still fully functional, I did buy another. Now I have one for when Im working and one for when I'm going out. Cause yes it looks that bad. I highly recommend this case to anyone who uses the Internet a lot especially those like me who watch constant videos online or those who rely on their phone for gps all day. Life saver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All day battery life

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    RonRonnster
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    Let's get the obvious out of the way first - This case really doesn't look as bad on the phone as you'd think. The bump on the back actually helps me grip the phone better than most cases. Naturally, the silicone material of the case is very grippy too. Of course, the major benefit to this case is the extra battery capacity it adds to my iPhone 7 which comes with a somewhat weak battery. I use my iPhone all day for work and personal use, so it gets plenty of screen time. I like that it uses the battery from the case first, then starts to drain the phone battery. I rarely drain the entire battery case, so it prevents my iPhone from counting up precious battery recharge cycles. Overall, a great case! I never have to worry about looking for a charger in the middle of the day.

    I would recommend this to a friend