iPhone batteries are the arch enemy of uninterrupted mobility. Promises of 8 hours of talk time notwithstanding, they really suck up power, even with 'normal' usage. Plenty of clunky battery boost packs exist, but they tend to muck with the iPhone aesthetic. It's a shame that utility and function must come at the expense of form - or must they?
Enter Boostcase, a just-released iPhone add-on (they also have options for iPod and iPad) that offers a stylish, relatively lightweight solution to the problem. We had the chance to have a close look at it during CES Unveiled Sunday night and came away skeptical, yet kind of impressed. Aside from extending your i-device's battery life, Boostcase's selling point is that it can do so stylishly. Available in an array of colors from red, yellow, black, yellow, orange and so forth, the Boostcase is fairly lightwight, weighing only 14 grams for the phone-sized version. That does add some heft to your iPhone, but not so much that it is turned into a HTC Touch, and you have the added benefit of reliving the Swatch watch or mismatched Chuck Taylor's crazes of your childhood.
But of course, it's also a battery pack that promises to double the life of your iPhone's battery. Boostcase representatives were unable to quantify how they verified "double," though they did insist this number remained in the hours with multiple running applications. Boostcase works similar to other battery extenders; when snapped onto your phone, your phone will draw power from the Boostcase battery before drawing on its own battery. The extra battery charges via USB and can be removed at any time, meaning that you can put it away until you need it (which will save you some slightly stretched pockets).
Right now, Boostcase is available only for Apple products, due to Apple's market share and the fact that Android phones don't conform to a single standard. However, they did say that the question of Android availability is the most common they receive, and that they're currently "considering" production of Android-specific devices dependent upon demand.