Do you or a friend own a Galaxy S5? Do you feel like you just can’t get through the day on a single charge? Or are you a light user that doesn’t like to charge your phone everyday and want to go 2 full days on one charge? If you answered “Yes” to any of those 3 questions, then you might want to keep reading. The LifeCHARGE Glide Slim might just be what you’re looking for.
When LifeCHARGE offered me to review this battery case my first thoughts were of my stepfather’s constant complaining about the poor battery life of his newly acquired GS5. Although he’d just moved up from the GS3 and said the battery life was much better, he still wasn’t satisfied. So I had LifeCHARGE send one out to me for review. This is the second time they send my a battery case for review. (The first one was for the iPhone 5/5s which you can find my review on my Profile Page.) And I have to give them major props on both the quality of there products & their service.
I usually understand how to use a product at first glance. Give me 5 minutes and I’ll be using it as if I personally invented it. Assembling this is as easy as it gets. You seriously won’t need instructions. As to how it works, now that’s a little more complicated. To put it simply: just assemble, charge, and forget. The reason I say that is because once you plug in your original battery to this battery pack the phone treats both batteries as one single battery. There are no on/off buttons or battery indicator on the case. Everything is treated as a single battery. So instead of having a single 2600mAh battery, it’s more like having a 5000mAh battery powering your phone.
I have to admit that it did catch my off guard at first. When I didn’t see a power button, I was a bit confused. I had to contact customer service to find out how it worked. Once I assembled it I assumed that it would just start working right away, but you have to charge it once connected so that the 2 batteries can sync up. Once that’s done, just forget about it and keep it moving as if nothing had changed. Now let’s wrap it up with The Good, The Bad, & The Bottom Line.
+ Easy Assembly. It couldn’t be much easier.
+ It’s very easy to use.
+ Once you connect it, you can forget about it.
+ Protects your phones from falls. It isn’t going to survive some crazy 2 story drop, but a drop om chest level should be fine.
+ Doesn’t add to much bulk. Surprisingly enough I actually like the added bulk although it isn’t much. This is coming from a guy who hates cases all together.
+ Soft touch finish is an added bonus that makes it feel better then the actual GS5 back.
– The phone is no longer waterproof with this case on. Which isn’t such a big deal anyways considering the average consumer forgets the phone is waterproof anyways.
– The screen itself isn’t so well protected. If it drops directly on the screen it will still shatter like any other. My solution to that is to buy yourself a tempered glass screen protector.
The Bottom Line:
The bottom line is that this case’s positives far outweigh it’s negatives. It’s definitely a good buy for anyone who wants to get the most out of their GS5. Battery life went from about 17hrs with 3.5hrs Screen on time to 2 days with 6.5hrs of screen on time. I’d recommend it, and it also makes a great gift. I hope you guys enjoy more CHARGE in your Life.