Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5’
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
There are many methods to charge an iPhone 5. Let us count the ways.
The simplest method for charging your iPhone is the one that everyone will know: just hook your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. That provides a small amount of power (500mA), so charging takes a while. Of course, the USB connection is also used to sync music, films and apps to your phone.
There are plenty of Lightning cables on the market, but I’m a fan of this extra-long two metre cable from iBoltz. It’s convenient, inexpensive and still rolls up into a nicely portable loop for easy transport. If you’re looking for something different, why not try a coloured Lightning cable or this reinforced version?
The next method that most people will know is to use an AC adapter that plugs into the wall. This gives you faster charging (1.1A, or 1100mA), letting your battery fill up more than twice as fast.
You can get wall chargers in both detachable and one-piece varieties, but I favour the flexibility of the detachable option. This example from Belkin is a good choice, with a sensibly long four foot cable, 2.1A output (for iPads too!) and a simple plug design. Belkin also do a line of coloured versions sans cables, in red, pink, blue and purple.
If you’re on the road, then you’ve got access to another option for charging your iPhone. Using a car charger, you can plug your iPhone into the cigarette lighter / auxiliary power socket, letting you draw power at a rate equal to a wall socket (1.1A).
It’s fairly likely that you’ll have some other people in the car with you, so it can make sense to get a car charger with multiple USB inputs. The Kensington Powerbolt is my go-to option, with a reasonable 3.4A output spread across two USB ports. A cheaper Olixar car charger is also available if you’re on a budget.
Another good specialised charging solution is a dock. These typically serve as a combination of desk stands and chargers, keeping your phone topped up while holding it at a convenient position to watch videos or see notifications. It’s important to note that the dock has to be plugged into a power source, which’ll determine the speed of your charging. Plugging directly into a PC will provide that familiar 500mA, while a wall charger should provide the faster 1.1A speed.
My thinking for desk docks is “the simpler, the better.” That’s why I favour this minimal Lightning charge and sync dock, which provides an upright position for the iPhone 5 with a simple Apple style in black or white. If you want to get fancier, why not go all the way and get a KitSound speaker dock with clock radio?
If you’re away from sockets in buildings or cars, what options do you have for charging your phone? One good option is a portable battery pack, which you charge beforehand to have a large stockpile of energy ready when you need it. These battery packs typically pack at least one full recharge, and some can charge a phone half a dozen times or more.
There are two directions you can go here. One way is to get one extra full charge in the smallest and most convenient form factor possible. The Power Bank Portable Charger is a great example of this, with an integrated Lightning connector and a 2600mAh capacity in a tiny pocketable shell. On the other hand, if you’re going to go big then you may as well do it properly – the Kit: High Power is a 15,000mAh portable battery pack that’s significantly bigger, but will let you charge your iPhone 5 almost ten times, which is frankly insane.
The other option for charging wherever you are is to use a battery case. This is a simple marriage of a battery pack and a protective case, where the battery is constantly providing power to your phone. The bulk of the battery provides additional protection from impacts and scratches, although your phone will get noticeably thicker and heavier.
Once again, there’s a choice to be made here – do you want to go all-out and get a much thicker but longer lasting phone case, or would you prefer a small boost that doesn’t affect the shape of your iPhone 5 too much? The former is exemplified by the Kit Magnetic Battery Case, which adds 2800mAh of charge to your phone in a bulky but easily removable package. On the other hand, the Boostcase adds about half that – just 1500mAh – but comes in a much tidier package. The choice is yours.
That’s all folks! I hope you’ve found this breakdown of iPhone 5 chargers helpful. For more information, please check out the links in the article above or ask us a question in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks and have a great week!
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Case-Mate is most well known for their popular lines of protective phone cases, but that’s hardly the only thing that they’re producing right now. The company has also developed a couple of innovative wearable phone accessories. Today, we’d like to introduce the Case-Mate Page and Case-Mate Pair.
Let’s have a look at the Case-Mate Page first. The Page is a stylish bracelet, made with 14 karat gold and mother of pearl. It’s a glitzy look, and it doesn’t look like a gadget at all. But of course, this is Case-Mate – so underneath the classy outward apearance, you’ll find a very useful function indeed. The Page vibrates subtly, clueing you into notifications on your paired smartphone. These subtle vibrations won’t be noticed by anyone else, so you’re free to ignore them or attend to them without distracting from the conversation at hand.
Despite its inner circuitry, the Page remains quite hardy. It is water-resistant, fits comfortably and lasts for four weeks at a time, thanks to its use of Bluetooth Low Energy technology. If you’re looking for a way to get notifications from your phone but a smartwatch is too far, this is a nice way of getting that essential functionality without sacrificing style or comfort.
Next up is the Case-Mate Pair. Again, to a casual observer the Pair looks like a stylish bracelet – but inside, you’ll find another burst of hidden utility. The Pair conceals a flexible Lightning charging cable, ensuring you’re always able to charge your phone if you need to.
The cable is MiFi certified by Apple as well, a distinction that means full compatibility with the full Apple device ecosystem that uses Lightning connectors. The Pair is ideal for use with the iPhone 5S and other Lightning-enabled Apple devices like the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
So there we have it – two stylish iPhone accessories from Case-Mate. Let us know what you think of the Pair and the Page in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a great weekend ahead of you!
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
I bet you haven’t seen an iPhone 5S case like this before. The Magnetyze is a a curious case that adds magnetic charging to your iPhone 5S. Like wireless charging, magnetic charging is convenient as it begins as soon as you place your phone on the charging pad – there’s no need to connect cables from charger to phone.
Of course, the case also provides a good amount of protection to your phone, protecting it from scratches and drops with ease thanks to its complete coverage.
The Magnetyze case includes a special USB charging cable with this technology, but the big idea is to use the case with other Magnetyze accessories – you can pick up car docks, desk stands and even external batteries that will all connect with that same easy connection.
Both the car charger and the desk stand work very similarly – just place your phone onto the mounting point, and it’ll use that magnetic connection to ensure a stable fit despite any bumps (which are admittedly more likely in a car than on a desk). Of course, the benefit of the magnetic connection is that you don’t need a separate connection for charging – it’s all done through that magnetic connection.
The external battery works similarly, adhering to the back of your phone with the magnetic connection. The battery pack has a capacity of 1800 mAh, almost doubling your total overall battery life and providing a convenient pick-me-up at the end of a long day or festival weekend.
All Magnetyze accessories will be available at Mobile Fun later this month. For more information – including pricing and availability data – please visit the product pages linked below:
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Monday, June 30th, 2014
Want to protect your iPhone and double your battery life? Pick up the Otterbox Resurgence Power Case and you’ll do just that. Let’s take a closer look at this new iPhone 5S case that’s coming soon to Mobile Fun.
Battery life for days
The biggest feature of the Otterbox Resurgence is its integrated 2,000mAh battery. That’s pretty hefty compared to the iPhone 5S’s internal battery, which is only 1560mAh. That means you’ll be more than doubling your battery life; if you normally get through one day, you’ll have two. If you can stretch to two already, then three or four should be possible with this case.
The extra battery life is perfect for emergencies, long nights out and weekends away. It’s easy to use too, with an LED indicator showing you the current amount of power stored in the case at any time. The Resurgence is smart too, automatically disengaging when your iPhone 5S becomes fully charged to conserve power and prevent overheating.
Ultimate Otterbox protection
Otterbox are well known for producing some of the best protective cases around, and the Resurgence is no different. The sleek two piece design includes military-grade drop protection, ensuring your iPhone remains in full working order even after a tumble. The case is scratch-proof too, and will help your iPhone 5S look good for way longer.
The Resurgence is easy to install and remove, allowing you to take out your iPhone easily whenever you don’t need the extra battery life or protection. Once inside, the case allows you to retain easy access to all buttons and features, letting you use your iPhone 5S just as you did before.
The Otterbox Resurgence is a strong iPhone 5S case that can more than double your battery life. It’s coming soon to Mobile Fun, so visit the product page below to place your pre-order or view more information:
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
There are a lot of iPhone 5S cases on the market, and that can make it difficult to find the one you want. With this in mind, we’ve introduced subcategories for our iPhone 5S cases page, allowing you to choose the kind of case you want first, then look at what’s available. In this blog, we’ll show you each category we’ve got, along with a couple of examples of each. Let’s get started!
iPhone 5S fitness cases are designed to be used while exercising, keeping out the way so that you can focus on the task ahead. Common traits here are armband fits, water resistance and cases that attach to bicycles.
iPhone 5S tough cases are the most protective cases available, designed to be used in the toughest conditions and to prevent damage to your iPhone no matter what. These cases range from impact and scratch-resistant models to more comprehensive affairs that include measures against water, dust, snow and mud ingress.
iPhone 5S clear cases are designed to show off the beautiful iPhone inside. If you like the design of the iPhone but you still want to add scratch and knock protection, then a transparent case is the clear choice.
iPhone 5S executive cases provide the classical look you’re looking for in the boardroom. Black leather and leather-alikes are commonplace here, although other colours are available too for a more contemporary look. Flip cases are the form factor in fashion, and often include places for you to store cash and cards within.
iPhone 5S waterproof cases have one job: prevent water from damaging your phone. These range from simple bags to complex form-fitting cases, to protect against accidental splashes near the pool to full-on underwater use. If you want to take photos underwater, a waterproof case can be one of the best ways to do it.
iPhone 5S bumper cases are built around the bumper, a often rubberised band that covers the edges and corners of your phone to prevent damage from drops and falls. Some bumper cases include rear covers as well, but the prototypical bumper forgoes this to maintain easy access to each side of your phone.
iPhone 5S designer cases are for the fashion-conscious, with the latest looks and eye-catching designs that’ll set you apart from the crowd. Whether your tastes are classical or temporary, you’ll find something of note here.
iPhone 5S battery cases are highly practical, adding additional battery power to the traditional iPhone 5S case. This allows your battery life to be expanded many times over, keeping you going for extended periods. The additional bulk of the battery is also used to prevent damage to the rear of the phone, a helpful side effect.
iPhone 5S stand cases include a stand as you’d expect, allowing you to more easily keep an eye on notifications or watch videos on your phone. There are a few form factors in play here, from folding flip covers to simple kickstands.
iPhone 5S soft shell cases provide a comfortable cushion around your phone, preventing damage to the phone inside while adding grip. Silicone and gel are common construction materials here.
iPhone 5S leather cases are just what you’d expect, cases made from genuine leather for that unparalleled look and feel. Perhaps the best feature of a leather case is that it degrades naturally and gracefully, slowly adopting a worn facade that looks even better than it did new.
iPhone 5S flip cases include vertical or horizontal flip covers, obviating the need for screen protectors and providing a place for cash or credit card pockets. The flip case is one of the most popular form factors, and you’ll see all of them here.
iPhone 5S wallet cases are designed to combine wallet and iPhone case, providing a place for cash and cards that’ll allow you to leave your wallet at home. It’s a convenient arrangement, making these cases some of the most practical available.
iPhone 5S carbon cases provide the look and feel of carbon fibre, giving you that contemporary edge that brings to mind the latest and greatest in high technology.
iPhone 5S bling cases are some of the most attention-grabbing options available, with crystals and Swarovski Elements that show off your style without subtlety.
So – those are our iPhone 5S case categories! I hope you’ve found the primer helpful. Let us know what you think in the comments below!