Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case

Apple has their own Smart charging case in an industry run by Mophie and a million third party vendors.  There’s that word “Smart” again.  What makes this case smart?  Well read on and you’ll see exactly why Apple’s “Smart” battery case may be the best battery expansion option out there.

Design:  Personally I’m not a huge fan of the battery bulge but I’m not sure I really img_0412see a way around it. It a adds a nice level of grip by using the silicone but I was really getting use to the Apple Leather Case.  This does create a bit more friction coming in and out of my pocket which, I’m not crazy about either and it adds a considerable amount of size and weight to the phone.

I gives you plenty of room for Apple’s wider camera lens and flash preventing most lens flare that some cheaper cases can cause.

The front gives you some vents that really just redirect your speaker and microphone that are located at the base of the phone.

There is only one port at the bottom of the case and this is part of what makes it smart.

The buttons on the outside for volume and Sleep/Wake, are not as prominent as they are in Apple’s leather case but it’s still not too bad.

Functionality:  Having a lightning port at the bottom of the case means no more having to carry around an additional cable!  Most 3rd party cases require you to carry around a Micro-USB cable to charge the case that charges the phone.  They do this because most don’t want to pay the cost to properly implement and lightening connection and Micro-usb is very cheap to manufacture.

img_0414The case (when connected) will give you the health of the battery of the case in your notification center.  This is great since most of the time your phone is in this case your phone charge is at 100%.

The use the term “Smart” because whenever the phone needs the slightest bit of charge, the case will deposit that charge into the iPhone.  This keeps your phone at 100% most of the day as it depletes the battery within the case first.  This is also nice because if you decide you want to ditch the case for a while your phone will be at the maximum charge.

I was hoping that Apple would be smart enough to include more batter statistics on the care itself within the battery settings.

In my opinion Apple’s case is the best charging case out there.  I wish they made a leather version of this to prevent the friction going in and coming out of my pocket but that would certainly drive the price up and at $99 this case is already a top tier device.  Apple advertises that the case will provide you up to 22 additional hours of LTE browsing but I’m finding this to be FAR from true. I pulled it off of the charger this morning at 7am and now at 3:30pm the case is down to 21% remaining after moderate use. (Mostly on Wifi).  So if you’re looking for a premium look and feel, plus having the “Smart” functionality we talked about this is by far the best option but if you want to save a few bucks and just get something to use sparingly Amazon will have plenty of options.

Be sure to check out the full day test without being recharged on my blog “iOS Battery Test For a Full Day”

iOS Battery Test for a Full Day

Today I’ll be frequently updating this post in testing the true “All Day Battery Life” of Apple’s, iPhone 7 (on T-Mobile), Apple Smart Battery Case, Apple Watch, and Apple AirPods to see if how they last in real life scenerios .  I will not be charging at all throughout the day unless need be.  Based on Apple’s stats this combo of products should easily as me all day.  Keep checking back for updates!

Here is what Apple expects from each of it’s products:
 iPhone 7 – Standby up to 10 days, LTE Usage 12 hours, Wifi Usage 14 Hours, Audio Playback 40 Hours.
iPhone Smart Battery Pack – Talk Time up to 24 Hours, Internet Usage 22 Hours on LTE,
Apple Watch – Up to 18 hours of Battery
 Apple AirPods – Single AirPod charge is 5 Hours, AirPod Case up to 24 Hour charge.

7:02am today.  Each of the devices is fully charged.


UPDATE: (9:32am)

I just got done committing and settling in at work.  Listened to all online & high quality streams off Spotify on the commute in.  I like how the Apple Smart Case always dumps it’s power into the phone as soon as it needs a single percent.  This way if I ever need to ditch the case I’m at 100%.  AirPods battery is ridiculous.  This is about an hour of use.  As for Apple Watch I haven’t done a whole lot of activity with it other than switch the song a few times.


Update (12:51pm)

I was in meetings most of the last few hours so not a whole lot has changed but I’m headed out to lunch now where LTE usage should be up so we’ll see how it goes.


Update (4:05pm)

After a bunch of use during lunch and streaming music I’m still really impressed with the AirPods battery life.  Not so much with the battery case.  For a case that advertises 22 hours of LTE browsing I would venture to guess this is less than half that.  I’m a pretty heavy user but I’ve been on wifi most of the day and it’s been sitting idle a lot.  When I start working job #2 around 6pm it’ll be dead for sure and I’ll be relying on just the internal phone battery.


Update (4:48pm)

Oh well the battery case didn’t even make it 10 hours after being advertised as 22 hours of LTE browsing.  Pretty disappointing.  The AirPods are still killing it but they’ll get much more use throughout the rest of the evening.  Hope the iPhone 7 battery can get me through my data and gps heavy 2nd job.  (Postmates)

Final Update (9:31pm)

Well here we are at the end of the day and some of the products really lived up and others truly tanked.  Apple Watch performed just as I thought it would with about 30% or so remaining.  Not bad considering that I didn’t use the workout app and the Heart Rate monitor would use much more batter life.  AirPods are amazing.  As you can read in my tech review they blew my expectations out of the water.  I’d say I used them for about 5 hours today and they’ve still got 71% of the case charge available and the pods themselves running at 100%.  

Now for the not so good.  Apple Smart Battery Case and iPhone 7 itself.  Now I would consider myself a pretty heavy user.  But to have both the iPhone and the Smart Battery Case depleate before 10pm is hard for me.  If I were going out for beers I’d be walking home since I wouldn’t be able to request a Lyft.  I’ve mentioned Apple’s promises a few times throughout this ongoing blog but I really think it’s far off from what they’re estimating. 

Check back soon as I’ll be performing many other real world tests like “Can an iPad Pro Replace My Laptop” as well as reviews on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Thanks.  Let me know any othe real world tests you’d like to see.