Wireless charging cases are popping up all over for smartphones — that’s not only because the idea of charging without a cable is appealing, but due to the fact that there are only very few smartphones that have such technology built inside of them. So what makes DOG & BONE’s (yes that’s the company’s name) Backbone iPhone 6S/6 Wireless Charging Case + Pad so cool? It’s not that it uses the Qi Standard, because there are others doing that. Nor is it because it comes with a charging pad in the same box as the case. It’s because it can turn into a battery-backup for keeping the iPhone charged up as it’s being put through its paces.
But before we get to that, lets note the case’s construction value — unlike a lot of phone cases that envelop a phone to provide minimal protection against daily knocks, DOG & BONE decided that their case should really protect the iPhone. So it meets MIL STD 810F standards, which is designed as military tested and means it can take trouble as it comes. That translates into real world buffering between the phone and a four foot drop, for example. The case comes in a variety of color options — the black with blue piping being ubiquitous as it should be — and has a textured surface for a more solid gripping. That the case also provides shock proofing as the phone bings and dings around in a pocket while walking or on a bike (etc.) should be obvious — but it’s not always the case as it is here. The overall construction also goes on the assumption that the best way to work the controls and use the ports on the iPhone is to have them available via cutouts. So it does.
Using the Backbone just requires the iPhone to be placed in it; it is held inside via a snug fit but can be removed without concern of damage. The case has the Qi receiver inside of it — this adds a bit more weight to the case, and so the phone, than would otherwise be but it also results in there being a more solid “heft” to it. The included charging pad sits on a surface, gets plugged into a USB socket for power or through an AC adapter, and mates with the case by having the two make contact with each other. Of course other Qi pads, such as at cafes and the like are compatible with the case. DOG & BONE says their case will charge faster than others like it, and in use this does seem to be true.
But if you are really concerned about the weight of the case, go ahead and remove the Qi receiver since it’s built to be taken out. What’s the value of that? Go back to the top of this review and remember the battery-backup point. DOG & BONE makes an optional battery ($59.95) that can replace the Qi receiver — charge the battery up first before you slip it in and now the case is a battery case. The weight is fairly similar to that of the receiver, so it won’t throw you off when the switch has been done. The battery is also made so that its charging port (USB) is visible and so doesn’t have to be removed from the case for charging. It has a 1500mAH rating which means it can charge the iPhone completely at least one time (or keep it charged in incrementally). And thanks to the overall design, the case doesn’t look like it’s being used as a double-duty device: the case just looks like a smart and stylish iPhone case, one that is rigid and so slightly bigger than just having the iPhone itself in hand.
The Backbone iPhone 6S/6 Wireless Charging Case + Pad does double duty in that it provides wireless charging capabilities combined with on-the-go portability due to a battery-backup selection. Add into all that the high level of physical protection, and the retail of $109.95 for the case seems more than a bargain.