5 Stars By LedMatrix on 2016-05-17
Often we purchase a product and think it's fantastic, and fire off a glowing 5-Star review
I wanted to wait six months before writing a review for this. Often we purchase a product and think it's fantastic, and fire off a glowing 5-Star review. With this I wanted to test its functionality, durability and longevity. I forgot to come back and post my review until now, 1 1/2 years after purchase. In my case, 5 stars is well deserved.
Since I use my phone all day during my travels for work I drain the battery each day and drop the phone once or twice a week. The battery pack does what it says. From an almost fully depleted phone battery this pack will give you a full charge plus have just a tad of juice left in the tank. With that feature (it's main one) I couldn't be more pleased.
But how has it held up over 17 months? To my surprise, as often as I use it, I can still fully recharge my phone with it. Just don't have the "tad of juice left over" anymore. But considering how extensively I have used it over 17 months, I find that incredible.
What about protection? This pack is designed to absorb an impact. Like I said, I drop my phone a LOT. Getting in and out of a car a couple dozen times a day, with phone in hand, is bound to lead to trouble. This case has protected my phone wonderfully. A few drops were from 3 to 4 feet and the phone came out unscathed. I attribute part of this to the screen protector I have installed as well, that helps prevent scratches and cracks. But mostly, it's the case.
On occasion, depending on how the phone lands, the case will break open and come off the phone. Usually just the front snap on piece. I can only assume this is by design. Sort of how cars are now designed to crumple when impacted in order to absorb the blow and protect the passenger. But through it all, it has held up.
Here's a little tid-bit that I found interesting: On the right side of the case there is a plastic piece that sticks out a little for the button that turns the phone on and off and locks and unlocks the phone. And something similar on the left side for the volume controls. It doesn't look like much holding those things on. After all of the drops, they have never broken! Until...
…I went for a bicycle ride the other day. I forgot to secure my phone into its cradle and it came flying off as I'm cruising down the street at 23 mph.
I heard a smack and looked back to see my iPhone 6 cartwheeling down the street. Towards the middle of the tumble the case flew apart. Unbelievably the case only sustained a fracture on the upper right corner and lost that ride side On/Off button. My phone has dings on the four corners and a couple of minor dings on the back, as it skidded to a stop on its back. However, the case absorbed most of the impact/shock and my phone is still in perfect working condition! I am just floored that this case can protect a phone from a 23 mph impact on asphalt and a 50-yard cartwheel down the street (or about half that distance before flying apart)!
Pretty impressed to say the least. That's what it took to finally crack this case. And actually, the case is STILL fully functional! With it secured back on the phone you can barely even tell it had a rough day.
I can go on, like the weight of the phone etc. But there are other reviews that touch on that.
Bottom line: Love this case. Buying another one.
4 Stars By J.W. on 2014-11-11
Good Case, best I've seen so far. It does have flaws, but functions well so far.
EDIT: I've had this case for just over a year now. The back paint on the case is a bit scratched up, there is a small dent on the back where I sat on a metal corner while the phone was in my pocket, and the grey bumper ended up cracking so I'm using the blue bumper... but, wait for it, the case still functions perfectly. After over a year of being plugged in and unplugged, the USB port still works fine, and I've never seen more than those first two error messages (I mention below in the review) when charging. In short, I'm a happy camper with this product. STILL wish I got the black model (so I'm not carrying around a phone with a bright silver back and a bright blue bezel)... but my fault, and regardless of color, it has performed flawlessly. I've given up trying to keep up with the headphone adapter, and just use bluetooth headphones, they're cheap now, sound good, and you don't have to screw around with cords. In short, I've been very pleased.
Work is getting my a 6s, so I'm going to try out their more rugged version of the case next. We shall see if their more durable model performs as well as this one has.
Original review follows below:
I've gone through a number of battery cases, from the iPhone 4s, 5s, and now the 6. This case get's the job done so far, and it's the best I've seen on the market, but it's not without flaws.
I really wanted the black case, but it was out of stock, so I went with "space grey". However as you will see from my pictures, "space grey" is more of a "really bright silver". Why they didn't make a straight up white case to match the phone, I don't know.
So here we go:
Paint/housing finish: The case is a painted plastic, vs. using the actual colored plastic for the housing. It's not a smooth polished finish (that sticks to your hand), nor it it a textured finish or rubberized finish that would stick to your hand and offer some grip. Instead it's is that perfect level of smooth that is almost slippery. the "bumper" is especially so (no grip). Frankly, it's hard to hold it, and not risk dropping it on occasion. I've had a few near misses already. Compounded with the fact that it's now longer makes it that much more awkward to hold on to it. It's also much easier now to slip out of a pocket, both because it's more slick, and because it's longer which means that the phone can't sit sideways in my back pocket, and thus must remain relatively upright.
Size: This is unavoidable with a battery case, it's going to make the phone larger and heavier. I'm pleased to report that the width of the phone does not increase any more significantly than your average other protective case adds. The depth of the phone does increase some, but not obnoxiously so, to me the result makes the phone seem more substantial and less like I'm going to crush it or bend it in my hands. The big issue is with the added length (which again is nearly unavoidable) and the weight. They have done a good job of minimizing the added length as much as possible with this housing, and it will probably actually *be shorter* than other similar housings... but the iPhone 6 is longer that previous phones, and with the added 1/2" or so this adds, it's very noticeable, and harder to hold and operate one-handed. Combine that with the unfortunate choice of the finish on the housing, and it's a challenge to safely operate the phone one handed... requiring a constant shifting of grip, and having it almost slide out of your hand. However, it should be noted again that this added size is going to be an issue with most any battery case on an iPhone 6 and is not limited to this one. Much of this could have been solved if they had chosen a different finish on the phone, or more importantly, chosen a different material for the "bumper", as it would have made the larger size much more manageable.
"Bumpers": Alpatronix offers the cases with different colored "bumpers". These serve several purposes. First, it's the means by which the phone is held into the case. Rather than a removable top piece, the "bumper" snaps over the whole front face of the phone and serves to secure the phone in place, as well as add protection. The "bumper" is raised up slightly over the height of the screen. While this adds some to the thickness of the phone, it serves to provide protection for your screen, which is a very good thing. The raised ridge is not so high however that you have trouble dragging things to the edge of the screen, or bringing up menus. This is also very good design. As I said, I do wish that the bumper was made of a more "flexible" plastic material however. This would have provided more protection from impacts, better grip, and allowed the buttons to be completely covered by the bumper vs. the method they use (see photos). Perhaps this may be addressed in future revisions of the case. The "bumpers" are attractive, and if you are into colors on your phone, they offer a nice accent to the case. If you are not into colors, the "smoke" or "clear" bumpers are nice and subtle. (I wish the silver case was more subtle, but I digress)
Function: This is what everyone needs to pay attention to. And I'm happy to report that so far apart from one or two brief on-screen error the case has worked flawlessly. (And on the rare occasion that I did see the on-screen error, the phone still charged properly.) Plug the case in using an industry standard micro USB plug, and it activates and charges the phone FIRST, followed by the case battery. Later when out and about and your phone battery starts to become depleted, and the operator wants to charge it, you simply press the case power button for several seconds. The battery indicator on the case lights up (nice white LEDs), the phone "chirps" with the "I'm plugged in sound", and the phone battery charges. When the phone is 100% charged, the case seems to shut off. Battery indicator lights on the rear of the case provide feedback on the remaining reserve charge. The power button for the case is flush with the housing, and thus less likely to be accidentally turned on.
The phone seems to remain relatively cool during charging. (the case does get warm, but not too much)
The phone reception does not seem to be impacted when the case is installed. (This is very good, and a problem with some cases)
The phone accepts the charging from the case, and does not complain, apart from two times that I've seen the error, that said something like "This may not be an apple supported accessory" and even when it did show that error (again, very rare), it still charged the phone correctly. I've tried using non-approved apple accessories in the past, and the phone was not a happy camper. This case **seems** to be fully/mostly compatible.
The camera and flash seem to work fine, without any reflections or hazing.
Touch sensor and all other functions of the phone remain fully functional even while charging.
Buttons are still fully accessible, the ring/vibrate switch is recessed, but still easily reached.
Audio is still easily heard from the phone, and I have not had complaints of people not being able to hear me.
The noise reduction function on the phone still seems to fully work.
In short, both the phone and the case operate EXACTLY as they should. No complaints as of yet.
Headphone Jack: This one bugs me. They went for "form" over "function" here. The headphone jack diameter is tiny. TINY. They supply an adapter with the case, that essentially leaves you with a headphone jack that dangles below the case, and it will almost always have to be in place when using headphones. Why they couldn't have made that headphone jack hole a bit larger to give you at least a prayer of getting regular headphones in it, I can't be sure. But it is what it is.
So what is the verdict? Space Grey = Bright silver (wait for black, unless you like the look seen in my photos). Case design choices makes the phone slippery, and awkward to hold... but it works great for charging the phone. It does not negatively impact the phone's function in any way, and actually offers some reasonable drop protection.
Is there room for improvement, certainly... but I have not seen a battery case for the iPhone 6 that is even remotely this good on the market so far. If you need a battery case for your iPhone 6, as of late Mid November 2014, this is by far your best option.
1 Stars By ohjonny on 2017-05-30
Junk, I wouldn't recommend to anybody
I gave this product to my son, who drops phones constantly and burns out their batteries quickly. He has liked the case up until a recent issue, where the rough, grippy rubber coating all came off, leaving a black residue all over the case. He had bug spray on his hands, then handled his phone. The coating on the case basically dissolved. Also, it takes a LONG time for the case to charge. (6-8 hours) It didn't add much thickness to the phone, and the length is acceptable as well. The micro-usb port is upside down, so accidently attempting to force the micro-usb plug in, can easily happen.
ALSO, I gave my wife one. The case comes fully charged, and it charged my wife's phone the one time, but after I plugged it in to charge the case, the case wouldn't charge (it sat over night, and the entire next day on various plugs and outlets). Since the phone was nearly dead, we took it out of the case and plugged the phone in by itself... but it no longer took a charge. According to an Apple Technician, the phone was burned out, and would no longer accept anything, and I'd have to buy a new IPhone. Alpatronix agreed to refund me my money for the case, but takes no responsibility in their product wrecking a really expensive phone. They claim it was purely coincidental that the IPhone died being plugged into their product. (even though the IPhone was in flawless condition)
4 Stars By N2ND79 on 2017-03-04
A few days in - so far so good
I've only had this case for a few days. Here are my initial thoughts.
* For being an extra battery, its not as heavy or bulky as I would have expected
* Weight feel on par for what the product is
* Easy to use and turn on the storage; I've loved that I don't have to worry about carrying around an extra charging cord or power charger now
* Quickly gets battery filled up
* Looks nice; I don't like products that have a lot of logos (only wish the A was white like the rest so it wouldn't show as much)
* I can use the same charger for this as I do for my bluetooth earbuds and Kindle so that's helpful!
* The feel of this is somewhat slippery, I wish it had a more rubber like texture, at least on the bumper face. I'm afraid this will slide easily out of my hands. I'm going to see if I can find some sort of texture sticker to help.
* Needs an earbud extender - I went ahead and bought bluetooth earphones so I don't have to mess with carrying around the extender
I have some heavy travel coming up so I'm excited to see how it performs.
5 Stars By - Tech been good to me - on 2016-05-24
An attractive and convenient battery case. I compare two different devices.
I bought this case for my wife's iPhone 6 and the very similar Anker Ultra Slim Extended for myself. Different installation and sightly different design. I found this 2-piece bumper plus back-case install a bit of work. The instructions were well done: you need to read them carefully. The extra bumper is a nice touch. A very small disadvantage here. Slightly higher power, but I did no comparison test to see how relevant the difference is.
The (slightly) greater difference is the power button. This Alpatronix has a slightly larger (width) button that is more flush with the case, and somewhat less likely to accidently engage. This Anker device has a smaller power button, but it ever-so-slightly sits higher than the case, making it easier to inadvertently engage. Micrometers do make a difference, but I'm not sure if any harm is done. I stay attentive to the power status, but eventually this may become tiresome. My wife would not like the extra monitoring required by the Anker.
Charging is similar --- phone first, then battery case. Synch'ing is similar, the microUSB is used for everything, in lieu of Lightening cable. Even the charging 4-light array is similar. These are nice devices that are both working fine. I'll update if either fails.
5 Stars By Nigie Williams on 2016-04-26
In love and it has 2 faces rose gold and clear! Awesome charge power too
4 Stars By Fern on 2016-12-16
Nice for the money. Removal of the cover bumper could be easier
The box where it is packed is well designed and good quality and everything is well preserved. This gives ma an idea of care about quality.
The appearance is nice. I got a golden one. It is plastic of course and you can feel it on your hands that is not a strong and protective case but will do the work.
I charged the case with its micro usb connector. I personally don't like micro usb. They break easily.
The battery case looks great.
The only problem is to guess how to remove the cover for the first time. It's written you should remove the bumper by fingernail. Well I have two tell you that it is not easy because I was a afraid it could break. They should do it in a different way. Or slide it. After checking other videos I realize that I really should fingernail harder. Finally it was removed. So start removing the number by its lateral sides.
That's my first day of use so maybe I should come back fro this review in a month or so.
Other than this dificulty in removing the bumper it looks like a great product for the price.
Review after 8 months of use:
I have to tell that the product is really good. It is made to charge and so far it is still working great to charge my iPhone. The color is still very nice. My problem opening the cover is solved. After fours times opening it you get the way. Using fingernails. But I have to tell that I almost never take it from the case because the look is nice.
Another thing. They tell you should not drop it. I have dropped it at least six times and it is more resistant than it looks. Also protected my iPhone. But the reason I drop it so much is because its surface is very smooth so it slides easily from my hand. Maybe some small rubber points near the edge would help.
I recommend this product!
4 Stars By Patti on 2018-01-25
Nice rose-gold, slightly textured case, lighter than some.
Nice rose-gold case with a bit of texture to it, so it's not completely slick.
Out of the box, I couldn't figure out how to get it on the phone. The two previous battery cases I've had were both different, and the instructions on this one were a tiny picture only, with no written directions or clues. After several minutes, my husband (yes, I had to ask him to help) was able to figure it out and get the phone in the case. It fits well, looks good, and doesn't seem to be quite as heavy as the other brands I've had previously. It charges with a regular charging cord, not a Lightening cord, so that's a plus. It also comes with an extra bumper that's a clear plastic in hot-pink. if you want a change from the rose gold.
I like it, and time will tell as to how it holds up. I can't comment on how well it will do, as I've just received it, but I'll try to remember to update this later.
1 Stars By Mary DiFederico on 2017-10-17
The case does not stay locked around the phone, ...
The case does not stay locked around the phone, I have to keep to keep snapping it shut. I do find it not slim and not that much thicker than my phone with its normal case. The weight does not seem to be that much of a bother either. Just the fact that it will not stay the top and bottom will stay together. The cables are hard to plug into the bottom and does seem too keep the phone charged.
5 Stars By jjj on 2017-02-05
It's great! It's just not forever.
I just ordered my third Alpatronix battery case. This is a great product, can't live without it. So when it dies - and it dies suddenly - I have to order another. My son bought me my first Alpatronix because I travel a lot and was always wary of not having enough charge on my phone. The Alpatronix solved that. I could get several charges on my phone from just one Alpatronix charge - a very secure feeling. That one died when I plugged it into a USB port on a Hawaiian Airlines plane. I bought the second about a year ago. Loved it, couldn't live without it - no more plugging into strange ports. I went to California for two weeks, depending on my Alptronix to be by my side. It quit working the first week. So, I am ordering another one. It's a love/not love relationship, but I love it a lot more than not. I just factor in the cost as part of my phone budget.