Inexpensive; Lightweight soft-touch design; Lightning charging port; Built-in kickstand for video and FaceTime
Not Made for iPhone approved; Some battery cases last longer
The i-Blason PowerGlider iPhone 5 battery case features a strong combination of endurance and features for a low price, but it's not Apple certified.
iPhone 5-toting travelers need a simple solution to stay juiced up while on the move, and it doesn't get much simpler -- or cheaper -- than i-Blason's PowerGlider battery case. Available for as little as $47.95 online, this iPhone 5 battery case offers an excellent combination of features, performance and price. However, the lack of Apple certification for this accessory should make shoppers think twice.
The lower half of the accessory houses four LEDs that indicate charge level, a button to activate charging, forward-facing speaker ports and an opening for the audio jack (adapter included). A pop-out stand on the back, while a tad flimsy, is also helpful for watching video and FaceTime calls.
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The PowerGlider measures 5.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and weighs 2.5 ounces, bringing the combined weight of it and an iPhone 5 to 6.45 ounces. That's about a half-ounce lighter than most other battery cases we've tested; the Mophie Juice Pack Helium is the same weight as the PowerGlider, but is a longer 5.5 x 2.5 x 0.6 inches.
Not Made for Apple Approved
PerformanceiBattz Mojo Hi5 Power Bank lasted about four hours longer (12:54).
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i-Blason says that you should get 800 full charge cycles out of the this lithium polymer battery. After that, the PowerGlider's battery will likely diminish to around 75 percent of its original capacity.
Overall, we recommend the Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 Battery Case. Although it weighs a half ounce more and costs $79, you'll get an hour of extra runtime and the peace of mind from owning an MFi-certified product.
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|Accessories Type||Cell Phones Accessories|
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|Size||5.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches|