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7 Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases

7 Best iPhone 5 Battery Cases

The iPhone 5, though bigger and more powerful, is a bit lacking in terms of battery life. But really, most phones could do with better battery life. Luckily, the iPhone 5 has a great solution to this problem: the option of a battery case that holds its own battery pack. By attaching one to your phone, you will boost your phone’s battery life.

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find several battery cases for the iPhone 5. But which one should you buy? This article will give you a quick rundown of the best battery cases on the market.

Belkin Grip Power Battery Case ($100)

Grip Power Battery Case for iPhone 5

    This battery case holds a 2000-mAh battery that plugs into your phone through the back. The rest of the case is a thin frame that fits around the front. It is available in several color pairings.

    The added bonus of this battery case is the extra cushioning it provides. If you drop your phone, this case is likely to protect it quite well. The only problem this case could pose is with the headphone jack. Because of the extra cushioning, you may have an issue plugging in your headphones, which is why the battery case comes with a headphone extension cord. Other than that, the phone case button overlays are designed very well.

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    Removing the case is also extremely convenient. A small tab on the right side of the case lets you easily grip and take off the case from the phone.

    Unu DX Protective Series ($80)

    uNu DX Protective Battery Case for iPhone 5

      This battery case is very reminiscent of the previous Belkin case. It uses a 2300-mAh battery and has a cap and base design, which makes removal easy. Like the Belkin case, it comes with a headphone extension cord.

      Instead of a button overlay, though, this case has button cutouts. It works really well, even though you’d expect the ring/silent switch to be difficult to access. This case’s covering of that area is quite thin, making the buttons very accessible.

      Lenmar Meridian ($90)

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      Lenmar Meridian

        This is another two-piece cap-and-base case with a 2300-mAh battery. The thick bottom layer is very much like the Belkin case, but there’s no headphone extension to help you out. Overall, however, this is an excellent case with a great design. I love the LED power indicator and on/off switch for the battery.

        iBattz Mojo Hi5 Power Bank ($79)

        iBattz Mojo Power Bank

          For those of you looking to milk the most out of your phone, this is the case for you. For $79, you get a massive 2500-mAh battery. In recent tests, this phone case beat its competitors in endurance by a long shot — three hours more than the second leading brand. The downside is the weight and thickness: it’s massive. But if you don’t really care about the size and weight, then this case is for you.

          Maxboost Fusion ($69) / Atomic Plus ($79)

          Maxboost Fusion

            Both cases are made by Maxboost. The Fusion offers 2000-mAh of power; the Atomic Plus 3000-mAh. For the money, you’re getting a lot of power. One nice thing about both cases is the myriad of color choices — twenty in all!

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            Mophie Juice Pack (Starting at $79)

            Mophie Juice Pack

              Mophie is currently offering several battery cases:

              • Helium — 1500-mAh — $79
              • Air — 1700-mAh — $99
              • Plus — 2100-mAh — $119

              At a glance, it seems that there’s not much bang for your buck (1500 mAh at $79? Really?) But according to reviews, the Helium is almost as good as the 2000-mAh cases of competitors. I’d still be wary of the endurance of these cases, though.

              Where the Mophie shines is in its sleek, attractive design. It’s easy to put on and take off, and its attention to detail makes it very likeable. The case comes with a headphone extension cord, like other thick-based cases.

              MyCharge Freedom ($79)

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              MyCharge Freedom

                The MyCharge Freedom holds a rubber interior that adds great protection and durability to the phone. It’s packed with a 2000-mAh battery (nine hours of extra usage). You may notice it’s a single snap-fit case, unlike most others, with two-piece cases.

                In terms of design, the side buttons are completely exposed for use, which I like. But the top power button is covered, and it’s very difficult to press and register. What’s really awkward about the case is the cable charge. Basically, to charge, you pull a rubber cable from the bottom with the lightning adapter. It’s a bit weird to see a cable protruding from the phone, but the nice thing about the design is the exposed base, which means you don’t need any sort of headphone extension cables.

                There are plenty of battery cases out there. Those looking for customizability should look at the Maxboost cases, which offer lots of color options. Those looking for pure power should look to the iBattz Mojo Power Bank. Mophie is attractive and eye-catching, but not very powerful. The MyCharge is a bit out of the ordinary, but nonetheless effective. The Belkin and DX are generally great choices with attractive features and a good battery life. But both cases, in my opinion, get edged out by the Lenmar Meridian. This is the best phone case overall, with its intelligent design and powerful boost.

                Any one of these phone cases will give you what you want — better battery life. It’s all a matter of taste and preferences beyond this point.

                Any other cases you think are good? Comment below.

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                19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                1. Todoist

                  Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                  Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                  If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                  Download: Todoist

                  2. 1Password

                    You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                    1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                    You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                    Download: 1Password

                    3. Bear

                      Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                      It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                      Download: Bear

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                      4. Hazel

                        Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                        For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                        Download: noodlesoft

                        5. Alfred

                          Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                          For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                          It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                          Download: Alfred

                          6. TextExpander

                            TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                            For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                            An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                            Download: TextExpander

                            7. Backblaze

                              If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                              Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                              Download: Backblaze

                              8. Keyboard Maestro

                                Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                9. Snagit

                                  There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                  Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                  10. Bartender

                                    Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                    If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                    Download: Bartender

                                    11. Otter

                                    Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                    Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                    Download: Otter

                                    12. Flux

                                      Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                      Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                      Download: Flux

                                      13. PDFpen

                                      If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                      PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                      Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                      14. OmniFocus

                                        OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                        It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                        A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                        Download: OmniFocus

                                        15. Franz

                                          It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                          Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                          Download: Franz

                                          16. MindNode

                                            If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                            The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                            Download: MindNode

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                                            17. Focus

                                              The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                              This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                              Download: Focus

                                              18. CleanMyMac

                                                Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                Download: CleanMyMac

                                                19. Grammarly

                                                  A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                  This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                  A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                  Download: Grammarly

                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                  Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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