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Review: Prong PWR Case Adds a Folding Plug to Your iPhone 6/6s

While there are numerous battery cases for iPhones, the Prong PWR Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s differentiates itself with a built-in, collapsible wall charger. The folding prongs enable you to charge your iPhone by simply plugging it into a wall outlet, making it ideal for work, home, travel, or wherever receptacles are available. Better yet, the PWR Case eliminates the need to have a Lightning charging cable wherever you go for cord-free convenience. But, as with all battery cases, there are important variables to consider before making your purchase, ranging from size and weight to battery capacity and price. Find out how the PWR Case stacks up

Review: Quarter is an External Battery for the iPhone That Charges With a MagSafe Cable

Beaver Electronics Co. has debuted a unique fast-charging external battery for the iPhone, which it's dubbed "Quarter," because it takes less than a quarter of the time to charge compared to a normal external battery. The secret lies in the charging method -- Quarter has a built-in MagSafe port that allows it to be connected to MacBook's MagSafe Power Adapter. Apple does not allow third-party companies to use its MagSafe technology, so Quarter has been created without Apple's permission and with components Apple likely would not approve of, but its super fast charging capabilities are undeniably enticing. Design wise, Quarter is similar in size to an iPhone 6 Plus. It's just as wide and a bit shorter, but quite thick and heavy. It's 12.5mm thick and it weighs 180 grams. It's made from aluminum and has an an extra lip at the top with a hole that could be attached to a bag or backpack, but given its size, I'm not sure anyone would want to use it that way so that extra bit of material is extraneous and an unusual design choice. There are four indicator lights on the Quarter that are lit by a built-in LED. These lights let you know how much power is left, activated by shaking or tapping the Quarter. A shake or a tap is also how the Quarter is turned on to begin charging a device it's plugged in to.

PowerDrive Slim Video Review: An External Battery and Hard Drive Combo for iPhone

We went hands-on with Mazzo's PowerDrive Slim, which combines an external battery with a hard drive, to give you extra storage and extra battery life for your iPhone. There's 32GB of storage space for storing files, photos, and videos, plus a 3,000 mAh battery that translates to approximately one full charge for an iPhone 6 Plus. Files can be transferred to the PowerDrive Slim using the accompanying PowerDrive iOS app, and at the same time, it can charge your iPhone. You'll need to supply a Lightning cable for transferring files and for charging your iPhone from the PowerDrive Slim. Size wise, the PowerDrive Slim is thicker than an iPhone 6 Plus, but not quite as wide or tall, so it fits easily enough in a pocket. We liked the portability, and we were impressed with the app, especially when it came to the auto backup feature for photos. The 32GB PowerDrive Slim can be purchased from Amazon for $59.99. Mazzo also sells the device in higher capacities up to 128GB, which will be available for purchase in the near future.

PowerSkin Pop'n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones

There are a lot of battery cases and external battery packs available for Apple's iPhone, but PowerSkin's newest offering, the Pop'n 3, is a fairly unique solution that offers the versatility of an external battery pack with the convenience of a battery case. It's an external battery pack much like the Mophie Powerstation Plus, but it has a suction cup system that allows it to stick to the back of the iPhone, which means the iPhone can still be used as normal for the most part while charging is taking place. We went hands-on with the PowerSkin Pop'n 3 battery pack and we thought the suction cup system was a handy feature. The suction cups themselves were a bit weak, but an added sticky pad in the middle of the battery pack assures that it sticks firmly to the iPhone. We also liked the built-in Lightning cable that's just the right length for charging, and the LED indicator that let us know how much charge was left. The Pop'n 3 works best with an iPhone with no case, but it'll also stick to flat, smooth cases. The Pop'n 3 battery pack has a 4,000 mAh battery inside, which is enough to charge the iPhone 6's 1,810 mAh battery to full twice over, and enough to give the iPhone 6 Plus with its 2,915 mAh battery 1.5 charges. It's only suitable for the iPhone, though -- it won't be enough to fully charge the 7,340 mAh battery of the iPad Air 2. Like most battery packs, the Pop'n 3 charges via micro-USB. Compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Pop'n 3 is not quite as wide, allowing it to fit comfortably on the back of the phones. It's 2.36 inches wide, 4.41 inches

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Kanex Launches GoPower USB-C Battery Pack for MacBook

Kanex has introduced a new GoPower rechargeable 15,000 mAh USB-C battery pack capable of delivering one full charge to the 12-inch Retina MacBook. The slim aluminum battery pack also has a traditional USB port that can provide multiple charges to iPhones, iPads, and other USB devices. USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables are included for charging the GoPower itself. A four-LED status indicator lets users know the power level of the battery pack based on 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent, and 100 percent intervals. Kanex has also included a built-in circuit protection board with priority charging detection technology that enables pass-through charging to plugged in devices when the battery pack itself is plugged into a power source. The battery pack's USB-C output is 5V at 3 Amps, while its USB output is 5V at 2.4 Amps. GoPower retails for $99.95 on Amazon and Kanex's website.

CES 2016: Braven Unveils New Rugged Bluetooth Speakers and Portable Battery for iPhone and iPad

Braven has announced a pair of new Bluetooth speakers and a portable backup battery for iPhone and iPad at CES 2016. The trio of rugged accessories are designed to withstand drops, sand, snow, dirt, dust and water, making them ideal for outdoor activities ranging from camping and hiking to rafting and rock climbing. The Braven BRV-BLADE LE is a rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that features an IPX7 waterproof rating, aircraft-grade aluminum casing, shockproof ABS construction, built-in 4,000mAh power bank, microphone for hands-free calls and more. The speaker will be available for $199.99 in Q2 of 2016. The Braven BRV-XXL is another rugged portable Bluetooth speaker with an IPX 5 waterproof rating and a tank-like design crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and shockproof ABS. The speaker delivers 14 hours of music playback and has a large 15,600mAh built-in battery for charging smartphones and tablets. The BRV-XXL also has NFC, on-board volume and audio controls and a 3.5mm microphone input, and is similarly designed for the outdoors with drop, sand, dirt and dust protection, tie-down loops and a carry strap with a built-in bottle opener. The Braven BRV-XXL will be available for purchase for $349.99 in Q1 of 2016. Braven claims its BRV-BANK PRO LE is the world's first ultra-rugged, smart modular backup battery. The portable charging accessory has an IPX7 waterproof rating and features a built-in 300-lumen LED flashlight, aircraft-grade aluminum housing and Bluetooth SMART support for controlling the battery with Braven's iOS app. The BRV-BANK PRO LE has

LifeProof FRE Power Waterproof Battery Case for iPhone 6 Now Available for Pre-Order

LifeProof today announced that its FRE Power waterproof battery case for iPhone 6 is now available for pre-order through its website, retailing for $129.99 with an estimated shipping date of mid-to-late June. The protective case guards the iPhone 6 against damage from water, drops, dust and snow, and has a 2,600 mAh lithium-ion battery that doubles the smartphone's battery life. FRE Power, available in white, black and blue, features auto-stop charging so that your iPhone automatically stops charging once it reaches 100% capacity. The case also has a built-in scratch protector to protect the iPhone's touchscreen, an anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens and an included Micro USB port and cable for charging and syncing. LED lights on the back of the case indicate the battery pack's level of charge. The case has a waterproof rating of IP-68, the highest possible for solids and liquids, meaning it is able to withstand circulating talc for 8 hours and water immersion up to 6.6 feet or 2 meters for up to 1 hour. The case also has military standard 810G-516.6 drop and shock protection, safeguarding your iPhone against drops, fumbles, vibrations and bumps. FRE Power is available now on LifeProof's website for $129.99. LifeProof originally announced the FRE Power waterproof battery case at CES 2015.