I’ve been a fan of PhoneSuite’s products for a few years now, which is why I was excited to get my hands on their latest PhoneSuite Elite 5 battery case that powers the iPhone 5 and 5s. Before I get to the main function of the case — keeping your iPhone charged — let me talk about design, because that’s where this case really shines.

Most battery cases I’ve tried are capable but ugly. The PhoneSuite Elite 5, on the other hand, looks great. It’s only 15.5mm thick, which means it doesn’t triple the bulk of the iPhone 5 and 5s like many other battery cases do. It weights 79 grams. The case itself comes in two colors, metallic black and ice silver, and is made of a poly-carbonate composite with a scratch resistant coating. With my iPhone in the case I felt like it could take a beating. I wasn’t brave enough to drop my $600 phone on the ground, but part of me was confident that if I did, it would be protected.

PhoneSuite also seems to have given a lot of thought not to just the design of the case, but to the design of the iPhone itself. The PhoneSuite Elite 5 doesn’t block the headphone jack, the lightning port, or the camera and its flash. Matter of fact, it doesn’t even make it hard for one to plug in the Lighting cable or a headphone cord — something that can’t be said for a lot of cases. As for the opening around the iSight camera, the PhoneSuite Elite 5 was designed so that it doubles as a lens hood, which helps eliminate flares from the sun and other lighting sources when you are snapping pics.

But the real point of a battery case isn’t its looks. It’s to prolong the use of your iPhone between charges. At that, the PhoneSuite Elite 5 performed exceedingly well. For the first time ever I used my iPhone 5s for 36 hours straight without plugging it in. It was a totally different experience for me because, as a heavy iPhone user, I find myself usually looking for a power source by the afternoon. The power benefits come courtesy of the integrated high capacity, 2100 mAh battery found in the rear of the case. PhoneSuite says it can provide a full 100% charge to the iPhone 5 and 5s in less than 2 hours and in my tests I found that accurate. The company also advertises up to 20 hours talk time, up to 20 hours video time, and up to 80 hours music time with the case. I didn’t have the time to test each of those metrics individually, but as I said, doing a mix of all those thins and more with this case on gave me a running time of 36 hours on my iPhone.

If you’re looking for an iPhone battery case for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season, I highly recommend you check this one out. The PhoneSuite Elite 5 costs US$99.99.

PhoneSuite Elite 5 is a beautiful battery case that keeps your iPhone running for days originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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