Apple refined its smartphone formula with the iPhone 6S and brought a few new features to the table, but the battery life is a definite disappointment. While smartphone tech continues to advance, the battery remains its weakest link. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. If you’re sick of your iPhone running out juice on the go, you might want to opt for a protective case that touts more than just hard-shell components and a raised lip. Below are the best iPhone 6S battery cases available.
Perhaps the biggest downside to battery cases is the added bulk and weight. Fortunately, Spyder has produced a lightweight battery case that will double the battery life of your iPhone 6S. The power button is on the bottom, and remaining power is shown via a stylish Spyder logo on the back, which lights up. This is a unibody case that provides a really snug fit, but it’s not easy to take off.
The case has a matte, soft-touch finish that comes in black, white, champagne (gold), or titanium (silver). It also features button covers for the volume and sleep/wake keys, cutouts for the camera and mute switch, and sliding covers for the audio jack and micro USB port. It’s even water-resistant, offers an antimicrobial coating, and features drop protection for up to 5 feet.
Best of all, you can charge and sync the iPhone 6S through the case. It also has power connectors on the bottom that are designed to work with the PowerShadow dock, so you don’t need to fiddle with cables. Unfortunately, it’s sold separately and costs $40. If you want something light and protective that still packs in a lot of power, this is worth a look.
You can expect a little more than double your usual battery life when your iPhone 6S is wearing the PhoneSuit Elite 6 Pro case. It’s a fairly slim, attractive, rounded case with a standard LED display on the back and five lights to indicate the remaining power. There are touch controls housed on either side of the display, too. If you touch the left side for a second, you can light up the remaining power display. You can also touch the left and right sides together for three seconds to start or stop charging.
It has a metallic finish — available in black, red, or blue — but it features a soft-touch coating that makes it very comfortable to handle. It’s actually made of polycarbonate and comprised of two pieces for an easy fit. There are covers for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, along with a protective lip around the edge of the display. This is a tough case, which meets military drop test standard 810G, and provides openings for the ports and an extender for the audio jack. When you plug in, it will charge the iPhone first, and there’s pass-through for iTunes syncing. Overall, this is a good blend of power and protection in a reasonably stylish package.
The clever thing about the Prong PWR case is that it has a built-in electrical socket adaptor that fold out of the back, enabling you to plug it directly into a power outlet. You’re looking at around double the usual battery life from this case. There are four LEDs on the back to show you how much power is left, but they also show through on the front, meaning you can check the remaining power while the case is plugged into the wall. There’s a simple power button on the bottom.
The PWR case also has a two-piece design — a bumper with a clear back panel that can as a standalone protective case, along with a separate battery portion into which you slide the bumper. That means you can ditch the battery part when it’s dead, but remain protected. The case is rounded, fairly plain, and features a soft-touch finish. It additionally includes a micro USB port in case you want to charge it via a cable, as well as cutouts for the audio jack and side switch.
The battery portion of this case is pretty chunky and heavy, which is inevitable given it houses a plug, but they’re easy to fold out and do save you from carrying cables. The case comes in black, blue and grey, red and white, or in a transparent style. The wall prongs and the separate bumper case are thoughtful design touches, and they justify the extra bulk, weight, and expense.
The standout feature of this case is the support for Qi wireless charging. If your iPhone 6S is wearing this case, then you can charge it by placing it on any Qi wireless charging pad. You won’t get a full charge from the onboard battery, but it should offer up to around 80 percent extra power. There’s a silver power button on the back, with a standard four LED array to show remaining power.
The top and bottom of the case are matte black, but there’s also a panel on the back designed to match Incipio’s Shine range of cases with a brushed metal effect. This case will protect your iPhone 6S from damage, and there’s even a raised lip round the display. It takes a standard micro USB cable and features an audio extender for the audio jack. The button covers for the volume and sleep/wake keys are also easy to use.
That said, the bottom section is quite bulky and the battery capacity isn’t that high. It’s not really worth looking at unless you intend to take advantage of the wireless charging capability. Not having to wrestle with a cable for the nightly charge is very refreshing, so we recommend giving it a try.
As one of the original iPhone battery case brands, Mophie is a trusted name. While the Reserve is at the lower end of its offerings in terms of power, it still delivers an extra 60 percent of battery life within one of the slimmest and lightest frames the company has ever produced. There’s a power button on the back and four LEDs to show how much juice is left.
The case comes in two pieces for a simple fit that are easy to hold and slide together. There are button covers, openings for the switch and ports, and design components that redirect the speaker to the front. It charges via micro USB, and it will charge your iPhone first when you plug it in.
Moreover, you don’t need to worry about drops with this case on because it features raised corners and support pads inside, which enable it to meet military drop test standard 810G. This case flaunts decent protection, extra power, and a slim form factor that’s available in five understated colors.