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Smartphones these days are big battery consumers. The larger the screen and the more active you are, the more you rely on having a big, hefty battery. There are many smartphones that allow you to simply swap out a used battery with a fully-charged one. The Apple iPhone, unfortunately, is not one where you can easily change a battery on the fly (although you can replace the battery). Luckily, there are now iPhone battery cases that provide protection and some extra juice to get you through the day. This review talks about 4 iPhone 5 battery cases by MyCharge, XPAL Power, Mophie and Belkin.

iPhone 5 Battery Cases

UPDATE 9.13.13: Unfortunately, I did not receive the ODOYO Power+Shell EX iPhone 5 battery case in time for this review. Be sure to check out my stand-alone review of the ODOYO as it is a clear winner!

To kick things off, you can watch my video review below which touches on each of these cases and the good and bad things. The video is also directly available on YouTube.

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I burn through batteries on my iPhones faster kids go through their Halloween candy. (Well, maybe not that fast but you get the point.) Just about every iPhone that I have owned, I have had to replace the battery in it (seem my iPhone 3GS & iPhone 4 posts on how to do this). But if you don’t want to have to crack open your iPhone to do battery replacement surgery, you can do a much easier thing – get a case that has a battery built in.

This is not a new concept at all, in fact, I have written reviews of other manufacturers in the past (see here and here). But I think that over time, the battery case solution are getting better and more aesthetically pleasing. I have been using a Mophie JuicePack Air Plus for quite a while and couldn’t leave home without it, especially now since my iPhone 4S seems to be plagued with the “battery drain issue”. I drop 1% a minute it seems currently on my iPhone 4S. Yes, I’m a heavy power consumer, with Location services on, Push notifications enabled, and multiple email addresses running, but my iPhone 4 handled the power consumption much better than the iPhone 4S. But I digress.

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When I went to MacWorld 2012, one booth that I stopped by was that of Vicotec which recently announced a couple of iPhone/iPod Touch battery cases. I, obviously, gravitated toward the one that had the highest capacity, which happened to be the CasePower A4 which boasts of 1700mAh (it has a Li-polymer battery cell) – this is just slightly less than the Mophie’s JuicePack Air Plus which comes in at 2000mAh. But the additional 300mAh comes at a bit of a price in terms of weight and size.

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This is the Second Part of a Two Part series that hopefully will help you plan out and strategize your next trip to a trade show. In the previous post, I discussed the Pre-Show Planning. It’s important to think about the show well before you get there. If you haven’t read Part One of this post, be sure to take a look at it.

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This portion of the article is mainly about what to do AT and AFTER attending a trade show. This part becomes increasingly more subjective as people have different expectations of a show as well as objectives and directives after the show concludes. What I offer below are some ideas to help guide you. I do hope that people will add their own ideas to this post in the comments section.

At the Show Activities

So you made it to your hotel, checked in and unpacked. Hopefully that was without incident. The important thing is that you arrived. This section will be much shorter than the previous one simply because everybody approaches a show differently and each trade show is different as well. You might be going to attend conferences, workshops or breakout sessions and less inclined to visit the vendor booths. Other people might be more interested in doing a booth crawl and talking to vendors directly. With CES, it was all about the booths and a few Press Briefings and Keynotes.

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I’ve been back from CES for a month now (and recently attended MacWorld) and have had time to cobble together a few blog posts about things that I saw at both shows as well as have a tiny bit of time to reflect back on my time there. My general experience at CES was that of being thoroughly overwhelmed, not only by the amount of technology that was being showcased, but also at being at a place and event that was quite new to me. Yes, this was my first CES (but not my first tradeshow) and only my second time in Las Vegas. I learned a lot, especially in terms of how to pack as well as how to strategically approach the show from a “reporting” perspective.

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What I will outline in this two-part article are some tips and tools that I found to be useful. Some may be good take away points for you when you plan your next trip to an expo, and others are more insights from my own personal standpoint. Obviously, this is not a de facto list and your mileage may (and probably will) vary.

There are 3 sections to this 2-part article:

  1. Pre-Show Planning (this post)
  2. At the Show Activities (Part 2)
  3. Post-Show Follow-Up (Part 2)

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HighTechDad’s 2010 Gadget Roundup & Gift Guide

December 20, 2010

Better late than never I guess! Over the past year, I have tested out and reviewed a variety of gadgets and consumer electronic devices. Most of these were hand-picked for review purposes in that they are devices that, to me, looked really interesting and intriguing. Given that there are only a few days left for […]

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A Tradeshow or On-The-Go Savior – Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 Battery Case

November 4, 2010

I am writing this review on day three of an expo. One of the biggest issues with going to any type of a trade show or traveling or simply being active on your iPhone is that of not having access to a power supply. As I write this, I’m sitting in the back of a […]

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13+ Ways to Extend your iPad’s Battery Life

April 30, 2010

I have now been the lucky owner of an iPad for a little over an week now, and each day I’m becoming yet more attached to it. But this article is not about my “love affair.” It’s more about keeping the love running as long as possible, namely getting the most out of the iPad’s […]

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Review: Double your iPhone’s Battery with the Mophie Juice Pack Air

July 7, 2009

I am a hard-core iPhone data user. My AT&T account shows that I have downloaded 5.4 GB and uploaded 1.1 GB worth of data since I received my first iPhone. I suck through batteries like there is no tomorrow, so much so that I actually had to return my first iPhone because the battery just […]

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