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LifeCHARGE - Battery Case for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Cell Phones - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good if you don't need to sync

    Posted
    Zylandros
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Overall the charger does what is says. I can go close to 48 hours without a charge under normal use. The case does add a little size to the phone but, that's to be expected. The case itself allows access to all ports and feels nice in the hand. It is slightly rubberized, meaning it is not slick feeling when you hold it. As with any case, it does take away from the speaker but only slightly as Ontrion did put a cutout in the back for the speaker. I would not test its ability to absorb an impact. The case is more designed to protect the corners and back from scrapes and scratches. The one major flaw and this is a show stopper for me, is the inability to sync using the data cable while the phone is in the case. I spoke with Ontrion tech support and they acknowledge that the phone is unable to sync while in the case. Unfortunately, because I sync so frequently and removing the case is a hassle, I will be returning the case. If syncing via cable is no big deal, then the case is a far better option than carrying spare batteries. If not, definitely go the battery route. Also, I would not pay 69.99 for the case because of this one flaw. OEM batteries are far cheaper. If you can pick the case up for a price point south of $30 then it's worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this "Deal"

    Posted
    Thenicknamethingisstupid
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    This would be a great item if it worked. I bought 2 of them while it was on the "Deal of the Day" and I thought they were a great deal until I received them. One was a gift for my sister and the second was for myself. We both had issues from this extended battery case. The first issue is connecting it to you Galaxy S4. See, the way it is plugged into the device can lead to the charging plug being bent or broken inside the Galaxy S4. To plug the battery into the S4 requires you to plug the battery case with a strait non-flexing pin into the S4 at an angle which can damage the S4's plug. Second issue was that the battery case wouldn't charge when attached to the phone. My case needed to be separated each time from the S4 phone to charge it. The battery case directions states that separating the devices to charge them both was "not necessary". Third issue was that even when the battery case was fully charged it would not charge the phone or extend it's battery life. The forth issue was that the battery cases indicator lights and button would only function if separated from the phone. That is completely counter intuitive to the battery cases function and directions.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Charges phone fine, but fails when being charged

    Posted
    BlackFridayShopper

    I purchased this battery case for my Samsung Galaxy S4 while on sale during the holidays. First, it does provide some extra power and is useful while on the road when charging from an outlet is unavailable or inconvenient. However, I've had problems charging the case while hooked up to the phone. Unlike what the manufacturers say, when the battery case is installed the phone will NOT charge while a USB charger plugged in. Every few minutes the phone will get a touch of charge, but will then immediately disconnect. Because you can't turn on the battery case while charging, my phone will actually LOSE charge while hooked up to a USB charger. Because the charging starts & stops, an annoying side effect is the phone will make the charging sound every 5 minutes, making it impossible to sleep. To prevent this, I have to manually remove the battery case (which stresses the USB port) and charge my phone & battery case separately. Very inconvenient. .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gives new life to phone. Doubles battery life.

    Posted
    Chris
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this as a gift for wife and daughter after buying one for my iphone last year. Now they never run out of power during the day. For size, they keep it off in their purse until needed. They made me promise to buy them one for their Samsung's after I picked mine up on sale and showed it to them. In the past I had to keep my phone off at work due to dead zones in my building. Now I can leave it on so I don't miss messages when passing through a reception area. By the end of the workday, I can recharge with it and don't worry about forgetting to plug it in at night as it will last through the next day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can get hot but it works

    Posted
    Dannlh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The LifeCHARGE S4 charger works well and does what it is supposed to do. However, when its in use it can get a bit hot on the back side to the point that one time when I was using it, my phone, and my GPS with maps it shut the phone down from overheating. (the phone said why it was shutting down just before it did it.) This unit also gets hot to the touch on the back when it is charging, but after charging is complete it cools down again. A note: its not "Too hot to touch", just what I would consider hot to the touch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    No raised edges to protect screen

    Posted
    rchotal
    • My Best Buy® Member

    S4 with this Lifecharge battery case fell flat on it's face and the screen cracked. If the edges were raised the case would have absorbed the impact. It has fallen before from the same counter but with a tech21 inpactology case and all was fine. If it had this protection and it still cracked then we can blame other factors (fragile phone, height, or surface hardness).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for emergency backup power

    Posted
    Anon135
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Good sale price for a backup battery. It also can be used as a protective case. My S4 fits easily into and out of the case. Its heavy, weighs more than the S4, but workable. The bad part is it can only power up the S4 to ~75%. Even when the backup battery is at full charge. Still, it's better than no power at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very useful

    Posted
    ljhe
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    extra battery is always with you and it adds extra protection to the phone. I was able to buy on sale so it made the price point very good compared to other separate battery options. I like the idea of it looking like it is just part of the phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Case is good in Theory

    Posted
    EdC1142

    I got two good charges out of this device. Now I charge it full and the case will charge my phone for may five to 10 minutes and then the case is dead. The theory is great but the quality of equipment is poor.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of both worlds!

    Posted
    auntem
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Having an external battery right in the case is fantastic! It minimally adds length and depth to the phone. Great to have extra battery power without having to remember to bring an extra battery/extra piece.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Drains Battery and runs Hot

    Posted
    Alex
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I returned this product as it was useless. It drained my battery and made it take 4 times as long to charge. It ran hot, and damaged the charging connector on the bottom of my phone. I would recommend nobody purchase this item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great to have more power at a little size cost

    Posted
    MannyMI
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So I am like most people plug it and forget it... Failed to read the manual that states that you have to press the power button for it to work. Overall is a good product. I am glad I got it on the deal of the day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for travelers

    Posted
    Sutra
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    it is great when being away from home, and constantly using the cell phone, that extra power saves time that do not have to be in one place, can recharge your phone on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Did not like

    Posted
    lautieann
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I really wanted to return this but time went by so quickly that I just kept it. I found that it didn't work as well as I thought it would. Also my phone e got really hot when I was using it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    did not change battery life

    Posted
    washopeful
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Would not recommend. Only allowed my phone a few more minutes than usual to stay on. still had my phone dying by mid afternoon or sooner.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great backup charger for someone on the go

    Posted
    SAMSUNGUSER7
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I like the new case because I only have to use it occasionally as a back up. It is nice to have a backup that you can attach to your phone and it is not big and bulky.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great help for keeping battery life

    Posted
    CJsk
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Great product, great price during buy of the day. The battery life is almost doubled. I wish they made it for the S4 Active since the battery life is so short.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good battery case, nice feel, easy to use

    Posted
    macyak
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Case has good long lasting battery life... enough to get you through the long days of swim meets... waiting and waiting for your kids events. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    Posted
    badluckbruisy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My phone always dies and this was the perfect solution for the price. Not super bulky like other cases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Did not extend my battery life, at all.

    Posted
    Eli22
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Unfortunately, I must return this item. It did not extend the battery life of my phone to any recognizable degree.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend