Overall I quite like this case - it's a good shape, has routings for microphone and speaker, and isn't ridiculously large. It's also a third of the price of competing products in Canada. The battery has retained its charge capacity better than my iPhone, I think.
PROS: Still fully charges my battery almost a year later. The micro-USB port on it isn't a dummy charging port, your computer can connect to the phone through it.
CONS: Headphone TRRS breakout cable was flimsy and predictably broke. Couldn't find a replacement on Monoprice. Something is loose and rattling inside the case, but it doesn't affect functionality.
Recommended for an all day use. I've had good luck with the device when I'm traveling. It'd be nice to have a lightning charge power on the case, rather than a microUSB.
PROS: very good capacity. it fully recharges the phone. the phone insertion and removal is easy. the look is clean. the power indicator is good enough. i often remove the phone and charge the phone and case separately to reduce the charge time. both can be fully charged overnight.
CONS: The charging speed into the case is slower than the iphone standalone. The iphone alone charges at ~1 amp. When it is inserted into the case, the case only draws ~0.5A. Don't think this is a bug, just the way the case battery charger is designed. It slows the charge rate of the phone by quite a bit. if i'm in a hurry, i remove the iphone and charge it directly. (I have a USB power meter to measure the charge current. OK, I'm a geek)
and the case is pretty big, but that is to be expected. I often remove the case when I'm on the town to have a slimmer pocket profile.
I'm a bit disappointed in the performance of this battery case. The case itself appears well built, although the top portion has gotten a little loose over the month that I've had it. My main problems are that the case is only able to fully charge my 5s once. I understand power transfer is not exactly 1:1 with chargers, that's a fact of life, but it doesn't seem reasonable that a 2300mah case charges a 1560 mah 5s battery more than once with maybe an extra 10% on top of that. Furthermore, I have a problem where occasionally the case will appear as an unsupported accessory. This hasn't happened with my MFi certified monoprice cables, so I'm not sure what's up with that...
PROS: It is true, this case does charge my phone although I've found the advertised capacity to be higher than actuality.
This was a good product for the first couple of months. I've had this case for about 4 months now and the battery charge from the case is around 20-30% now where as before it used to charge up to 50-75% of my iphone. Also, when plugged into the wall, it has been having trouble charging the actual phone - it's been only charging the case some times which leaves me with minimal iphone charge when I wake up after a full night of being plugged in.
Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with PID 10572. If you would like, I can help setup an RMA for a replacement. We offer a one year warranty for this backup battery case and obtaining a replacement would be of no additional cost. If you wanted to proceed with the RMA, please let me know and I can get that started right away. Apologies again for any inconvenience and hope this helps!
Regards, Gabby Villa Tech Support Associate
November 18, 2016
Function over some design form
Please with this purchase so far. It has performed as well or better than the Mophie it replaced at a fraction of the cost. Some reviews here have noted failure after a few months, so I will update this review after the holidays, but so far a very solid purchase.
PROS: Well constructed. Solid fitting connections.
CONS: Slightly bulky. Enclosed cord is a bit short.
I received this case and loved it. I previously had a mophie for my iphone4 and loved it, but they were too pricy. I couldn't pass up this great case for the great price. I took it on one trip to NYC and it worked like a charm. Took it again last weekend and it worked for an hour, then nothing! I plugged it in to charge and the blue lights would light up and charge, but the case wouldn't charge my phone. I kept my phone in the case while charging via the micro sd cable, and it would charge the case but not the phone! Then when I just tried to charge my phone from the case, the blue lights would light up, but it wasn't charging my phone. Very upsetting after only 2 uses.
PROS: Great charging case. Wasn't too big and bulky. Nice finish on the outside. Charged my phone quickly. !