iPhone battery cases tend to share a single attribute — they make the phone feel a whole lot heavier and look a whole lot bulkier. For a battery-encased iPhone case to avoid that, it either has to skimp on the size of the battery or forego the kind of construction that will keep the phone safe. Fortunately the PowerShadow i6 Ultra Think iPhone 6 Battery Case (retail $99.99) doesn’t fall into either of these two’s camp.
The PowerShadow starts out by being thin — thin as in one wonders if there really is a battery inside. There is — and it’s not puny either. The battery holds a charge of 2750mAH, which is more than that of the phone’s 1810mAH; this results in a reasonable recharge total of about 1- 1/3rd X amount (for those looking for specs, the company touts the battery’s abilities for recharging the iPhone as resulting in 8 hours of talk, 11 hours of video and 44 hours of music). What this realistically means is that you can “hit” the iPhone with power when it gets down to about 50% or so and top it back off at 100% (while the phone continues to function as a cellular “talker” when down to low power, often WiFi/Bluetooth features start to decay).
The PowerShadow also eliminates multiple parts being jigsawed together: it’s a single unibody construction so the iPhone is popped in and stays inside what is a more solid and protective sheathing than what it possesses itself. The unibody construction also practically eliminates the possibility of the phone being bent as well as moderate damage that can occur from it being dropped a foot or so on a normal surface (i.e., not hard concrete). This also deals with the issue of shock — being called shockproof at up to 5 feet (again, being based on that drop onto a non-lethal surface). The addition of a front lip protects the touch-screen when the phone is placed face down as well. Obviously there is easy access to all the ports and buttons (although this might be a misnomer for the headphone port, which requires one of those skinny headphone jack extenders to be used — the company provides one in the case as a courtesy).
Being dust proof is good, although the iPhone’s construction pretty much handles that, although the addition of water resistance is extremely helpful (the phone being prone to water issues far too easily). In addition, an antimicrobial coating helps to avoid dealing with the invisible crud of the bacterial world. But even so, removing the phone from the case to give it and the case a good wiping off is a sensible suggestion.
The purpose of a battery case is to provide immediate power for a phone in need. Spyder’s PowerShadow i6 Ultra Think iPhone 6 Battery Case does this without standing out and forcing the iPhone to become bulkier and less attractive — accomplishing this through an impact resistant case that is also water resistant and has a rubber finish that makes gripping it natural and simple. Since the battery case can also sync through the case, once put on the protection and power availability become evident and such that removing the case doesn’t need to happen.