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Boostcase Stylishly Extends Your iPhone's Battery Life

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.

  • burnley14
    Available in an array of colors from red, yellow, black, yellow, orange and so forth
    What about yellow? ;)
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  • dthx
    That does add some heft to your iPhone, but not so much that it is turned into a HTC Touch, and
    The HTC Touch is a 3 years old model??? What's the point here?
    Android phones don't conform to a single standard
    Well, in fact, all smartphones (even non-Android smartphones like Blackberry) use a micro-USB connector. In Europe, it is by law forbidden to propose smartphones with a different/other connector for environmental reasons, to reduce the amount of waste due to too many different charger types in circulation (BS if you ask me, because you still get 1 charger with any device you buy anyway). For some pretty funny reason, Apple manages to get away with it with their odd connector ... because unlike other phone manufacturers, they don't provide a charger in the box of the device, just the cable to charge it from a computer ;-)

    Anyway, I understand the manufacturer of the battery pack. All android devices have different layout (displaced connectors and different physical dimensions), but even powered cases are available for many Android devices, many HTC or Samsung users have a cheaper and more energy efficient solution: replace the removable battery by a 2400mAh one and replace the device's back cover with a thicker one. Your device eventually becomes quite thick (but not more than with a boostercase) and the device will still fit your pockets quite well as the other dimensions of the phone remain the same. It is by far more energy efficient to charge one big battery from the wall socket than to charge a battery with a battery (which is what those cases do). And at least, you get proper visibility of your battery's total remaining %.
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  • DaddyW123
    dthxThe HTC Touch is a 3 years old model??? What's the point here?Well, in fact, all smartphones (even non-Android smartphones like Blackberry) use a micro-USB connector. In Europe, it is by law forbidden to propose smartphones with a different/other connector for environmental reasons, to reduce the amount of waste due to too many different charger types in circulation (BS if you ask me, because you still get 1 charger with any device you buy anyway). For some pretty funny reason, Apple manages to get away with it with their odd connector ... because unlike other phone manufacturers, they don't provide a charger in the box of the device, just the cable to charge it from a computer ;-)Anyway, I understand the manufacturer of the battery pack. All android devices have different layout (displaced connectors and different physical dimensions), but even powered cases are available for many Android devices, many HTC or Samsung users have a cheaper and more energy efficient solution: replace the removable battery by a 2400mAh one and replace the device's back cover with a thicker one. Your device eventually becomes quite thick (but not more than with a boostercase) and the device will still fit your pockets quite well as the other dimensions of the phone remain the same. It is by far more energy efficient to charge one big battery from the wall socket than to charge a battery with a battery (which is what those cases do). And at least, you get proper visibility of your battery's total remaining %.
    First - I don't think you've ever purchased an apple product. I'm not a fanboy and currently sit in the android camp, but I did have an iPhone and my sister just got an iPad, and both come with the wall adapter to plug that USB cable into so you don't need a computer to charge. My wife's Nano might not have come with the wall adapter, but it's an MP3 Player - She actually leaves it plugged into the car's USB port pretty much 100% of the time so she didn't need one.

    Second - It's not true that all smart phone's use micro-USB. My bosses blackberry uses a mini-USB, and I have seen other Android phones use mini's as well. Granted, most NEW phones are Micro-USB now, but that wasn't always the case.

    Third - You thought it was BS that Europe made it a law to use standard connectors to cut down on waste because every phone comes with a charger anyway... this is not BS, because even though your phone comes with 1 charger, many people buy an extra one to possibly keep one at home and one at the office - and MOST people also buy a car charger. I've got 3 old car chargers from old flip phones in a box in my garage, all different styles because of that crap. That law is fantastic and I wish the US would pass a similar one.

    Fourth - I originally purchased the extended battery and cover for my HTC Thunderbolt when I got it because I had already read the reviews on the poor life and was covering myself. Within a week I went back to the stock battery because I HATED the extra weight and mostly the thickness of the extended battery. It felt like a bulge in my pocket (and not a good bulge).

    Lastly (and this one is more of a comment than a disagreement) - I firmly believe that if Android manufacturers would standardize on at least a common layout (not necessarily a size) of their connections, it would help other manufacturers create common accessories, which would drive up consumer interest. One of the good things about apple products is the multitude of accessories you can get for them, that work across them all. A bed-side radio that you can dock your iPod, iPhone OR your iPad into for example. My Thunderbolt's charger is on the left side near the bottom corner. I wanted a Seidio desktop charging dock for my office desk. When I eventually upgrade phones, the dock I purchased will be useless unless I get another HTC AND it's designed a similar way. If every android manufacturer agreed to keep their Micro-USB port dead center on the bottom, Seidio could have made a dock that was expandable side to side to make way for larger phones, which means instead of only being able to sell to Thunderbolt owners, they could sell to ALL owners.

    This just seems like a no-brainer to me, and it really blows my mind that they haven't done this yet.
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  • fancarolina
    What is with these articles with only one picture from the worst angle. We can't see anything about the product. If a company only sends you one photo tell them to go get there camera and send a few more. Consumers actually want to see it then they will attract lots of preorders/interest.
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