External battery packs are pretty darn awesome and have been getting more awesome over the past couple of years. Capacities and features have gone up while size and prices have dropped. Despite the
benefit of being able to charge multiple devices from a single external battery pack, there is a growing appeal for smartphone cases designed with a built-in battery only for the phone.
It’s likely the combination of clever design and illusion that delights, adding mystery to how the smartphone is still dressed slim while packing more power.
Not everyone will agree, but there are those who need only their phone to last longer through the day and nothing else. So why not a just a case? It’s less to carry and you don’t need to fiddle
with connecting an external cable.
Lenmar Meridian Case with the iPhone 5
The Lenmar Meridian battery case for the iPhone 5 is just that, while also looking pretty darn good in the matte black finish.
The case as a whole provides a nice heft and balance to the phone while it’s resting in the palm.
The package comes with the two halves of the case, a micro USB cable, and an audio jack extension cable.
Instructions too, if you’re into that.
The tactile feel of the case is what stands out first. The surface is smooth yet not entirely slippery; The case has grip yet it’s not too rubbery. What this means is that you can negotiate
the Lenmar Meridian in and out of pockets without having a wrestling match in your pants.
Notice the slim edges on the sides, top
The iPhone 5 slides into the bottom half of the Meridian, and the other half softly clicks shut on top. Through normal use, the top half of the case never popped off. Drop tests were of a different