Apple has been making these smart battery cases for a few years now. The issue I’ve had is that they’ve always only made them for their smaller iPhone models and then for some reason, didn’t make one for the iPhone X.
They finally did things right this time and produced a version not only for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr, but for the bigger iPhone Xs Max as well.
Firstly, let’s address the added size, weight and bulk of the entire package once installed. The iPhone Xs Max is already a very big phone and there is quite a significant bulk and weight added but this isn’t an issue for me considering what I am getting in return.
DESIGN & BUILD
Whenever I saw this case previously, I thought to myself, what a weird and badly designed product this was, but when I thought how it could have been implemented better, I couldn’t really find a better way. It’s simply and literally, a battery within a case.
That huge hump is just the added battery. Also, Apple could have made the entire case the same thickness, which is what other manufacturers do, but then it would just be a real ugly mess.
When you get past that, you do realise that this is a really well designed and premium product that Apple clearly put a lot of thought into. It basically provides extra battery capacity as well as protection for your very expensive smartphone.
In hand, you definitely do notice the size and weight and it can take a bit of adjusting but after a day, everything will be great. There are raised areas at the front to protect the screen and at the camera cutout.
When it comes to battery cases, this case is the best built and best quality, in my opinion.
FUNCTIONALITY & USE
A battery case has a simple function and purpose – to provide extra battery capacity. This one, however, provides that and a bit more and that’s what makes the difference.
For an average user, pairing your iPhone Xs Max with this accessory can easily get you through 4-5 days without needing a charger. For me, with my heavy use, found myself having to reach for a charger at around 5 pm for a short while just to get me through until bedtime. With this case, I’m able to go to bed and still have 100% battery on my iPhone. So every night, it’s just the case being recharged and my iPhone is constantly at 100%. That is just amazing for me.
What I enjoy a lot is that this battery case supports wireless charging. This is a big one for me because I’ve become so reliant on this feature for both my smartphones. The convenience is unmatched.
So yes, the added battery capacity is awesome but Apple has added some neat tricks to this product.
Firstly, the case can be charged with the phone inserted or on its own. There is a small indicator on the inside of the case which lets you know when your case is charging when separated from the phone.
You are also able to see the phones battery life as well as the cases on your iPhone which might seem small, but it makes a huge difference. I hate having to judge battery life based on the 4 or 5 indicators on other battery cases or power banks and there’s no comparison. This is baked into IOS and it is so seamless and convenient as well.
The smart battery case is a great accessory for your iPhone. Yes, it does add some bulk, but the extra features and convenience it adds more than justifies the bulkiness. If you’re an iPhone user, this is probably the best accessory you can get.