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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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                Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

                Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

                There are different reasons why you might need to buy an extra keyboard. Your keyboard may be wearing out and one can only imagine the frustration you get each time you type ‘O’ when you actually wanted to type ‘P’.

                Apart from your keyboard wearing out, desiring more comfort and flexibility and reducing pain in your wrists and fingers as you type might be your main reason. You may also want to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 40cm away from the screen[1] or just want to have some additional functionalities on your keyboard which are not available on most keyboards.

                Whatever the reason, we all want to have the best keyboard that will suit our needs.

                Here are the 10 best keyboards under $99 available on Amazon. They were picked based on their ergonomic design and extra functionalities.

                Why You Should Trust Us

                We checked Amazon to find the keyboards that have multiple functionalities, promises comfort, have received several reviews, and rated at least 4-star from real users. At a price below $100, we believe that you can find the best keyboard for you on this list.

                1. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                4.3-star, 8950 Reviews

                  The Logitech MK 550 keyboard has a constant curve layout and integrated palm rest to reduce stress, eliminate lower wrist fatigue, and help you type more naturally.

                  If you want something that allows easy navigation, then this might be the best keyboard for you. It has 18 programmable keys that you will find pretty useful if you frequently use apps that require rapid navigation.

                  It also has an accompanying precision laser mouse that makes screen navigation much easier and faster than using your touchpad.

                  One of the things that set this keyboard apart from the rest is its long battery life. You can continue to use your keyboard and mouse for 2 years without thinking of changing the battery; the keyboard’s battery can even last up to three years.

                  If you are a programmer, secretary, writer, or you do something that requires typing a lot, this is a product you might want to consider.

                  Pros:

                  • Long battery life
                  • A combination of keyboard and mouse
                  • Wireless keyboard
                  • Integrated palm rest to reduce wrist fatigue

                  Cons:

                  • Only compatible with Windows-based PC. Additional set up might be required to use with Mac or Linux.
                  • The keyboard can be a little noisy when typing

                  You can buy this from Amazon for $46.99.

                  2. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wired Keyboard 4000 for Business

                  4.3-star, 5388 reviews

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                    This is an ergonomic keyboard with a cord (about 6ft long). It has a comfortable design that enhances your natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions when in use. It also has a cushioned palm rest which helps maintain a neutral wrist position, eliminating wrist pain.

                    The keyboard has 5 customizable buttons that you can assign specific commands to make your work easier and faster. This may be the best keyboard for you if you love ergonomic keyboards.

                    Pros

                    • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux
                    • Relatively quiet
                    • Sturdy, doesn’t swivel around

                    Cons

                    • The keyboard is a little bulky
                    • Spacebar might be sticky at first
                    • It doesn’t have a wireless version
                    • Not good for gaming
                    • Some letters and characters might begin to wear off with use

                    You can buy this from Amazon for $59.95.

                    3. Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard

                    4.6-stars, 1442 Reviews

                      If you are looking for a superfast keyboard, the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard is one to consider. Its new Razer Opto-Mechanical switches utilize optical technology for unmatched speed.

                      The keyboard’s Razer Chroma syncs fully with popular games, and its Razer hardware supports 16.8 million colors on backlit keys. It has fully programmable macros that allow for the execution of complex commands through all keys and keypress combinations.

                      This keyboard is originally made for gamers, but many users choose it for its super-fast speed rather than for gaming itself.

                      Pros

                      • Works for Mac and PC
                      • Stiff enough to avoid typos
                      • Superfast and customizable

                      Cons

                      • Because it’s clicky, it might be disturbing in an office environment
                      • The Synapse software is bad and might not install on Windows 10

                      You can buy this from Amazon for $89.99.

                      4. Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

                      4.5-stars, 3115 Reviews

                        This is a membrane keyboard for enhanced performance, whether you are working or gaming. It is designed to give you pleasant gaming experience with three zones of tweakable RGB backlight.

                        One of the features that make the Corsair K55 keyboard stand out is its dust and spill resistance, so you don’t have to worry about wiping off spills. It also has a detachable palm rest to reduce wrist pain when you are gaming or on a prolonged work.

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                        It has multi-key anti-ghosting features so those keypress combinations are executed without hassles. You also have direct control over your audio with the dedicated volume and media control keys.

                        Pros

                        • Competitive at its price
                        • No software needed for RGB lighting
                        • Quiet keys
                        • Programmable keys
                        • Media buttons are included

                        Cons

                        • Caps Lock and Num Lock indicators might stop working intermittently
                        • Game hangs for about 30 – 60 seconds whenever you use a controller

                        You can buy this from Amazon for $49.88.

                        5. Apple Magic Keyboard

                        4.6-stars, 1328 Reviews

                          The most remarkable thing about the Apple Magic keyboard is its rechargeable batteries and the fact that it can be used to enhance your typing experience on smaller devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

                          This keyboard can pair with any apple device that runs on IOS 9.1 and up. Therefore you can use the keyboard to type long text messages and emails on your iPhone. This may be the best keyboard for Mac.

                          Pros

                          • Comes with rechargeable batteries
                          • Though made for Mac, it’s also compatible with PC

                          Cons

                          • The keys are not lit
                          • Some keys, especially the arrow keys are quite small
                          • Be careful, refurbished items might be sold as new

                          You can buy this from Amazon for $94.

                          6. Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                          4.1-stars, 20,735 reviews

                            This is another great product from Logitech, especially for people on a tight budget. Like MK550, this keyboard also comes with a paired mouse and does have a long battery life as well.

                            Although cheap, Logitech still maintained the connectivity signal of 2.4 GHz, so you can use the keyboard within a 10m range and there won’t be dropouts. It also has 8 programmable hotkeys to boost your productivity when you type.

                            Pros

                            • Long battery life: the keyboard battery lasts up to a year while that of the mouse lasts for two years.
                            • Programmable hotkeys to boost productivity
                            • Budget-friendly
                            • Optical mouse included
                            • Wireless keyboard

                            Cons

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                            • Build quality is low
                            • The paired mouse looks cheap
                            • There might be random keystrokes delay

                            You can buy this from Amazon for $24.99.

                            7. Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

                            4.6-stars, 1482 Reviews

                              This is a mechanical anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting and lettering and conflict-free keys (n-key Rollover) to provide ultimate gaming experience.

                              This keyboard has adjustable rear feet to give you a typing angle to work fast and comfortably. It also has 12 multimedia keys to enhance gaming.

                              You won’t have to worry about your keys in tough gaming conditions as this keyboard is built with metal alloy and ABS with plate-mounted clicky mechanical keys and switches. It comes with a high-speed USB cable and a connection to establish a firm connection so you can enjoy gaming without hassles.

                              Pros

                              • Sturdy and compact; saves space on your desktop
                              • It has swappable switches
                              • A good buy for its price

                              Cons

                              • Clicky keys and loud switches. It may not be suitable where some level of silence is required.
                              • Some LEDs might break with continued use
                              • Support for Mac is limited, only Windows PCs are fully supported.

                              You can buy this from Amazon for $44.99.

                              8. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                              4.4-star, 1116 reviews

                                This is an RGB lighting keyboard and mouse. It’s an all-metal panel mechanical keyboard with a floating design. It has 104 keys and each of the keys has individual switches with full n-key rollover.

                                The keyboard is ergonomic and has a detachable wrist rest to reduce stress and pain on your wrist. The mouse is also programmable and has DPI levels adjustable up to 4800 DPI. You can even customize your own lighting layouts on the keyboard and it stores and retains your configurations.

                                This keyboard is compatible with Windows, MAC, and Linux. If you like mechanical keyboards, this might be the best keyboard you’re looking for.

                                Pros

                                • Impressive build quality
                                • Great buy for its price
                                • Universal compatibility

                                Cons

                                • The blue switches in the keys are pretty noisy.
                                • Some keys might begin to malfunction with prolonged use.

                                You can buy this from Amazon for $62.99.

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                                9. Havit Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard Mouse Headset Combo

                                4.4-star, 6772 ratings

                                  This is a complete gaming kit with an RGB lighting keyboard, mouse, and headset, all combined and synced together to give you that ‘rave’ feeling when you are gaming.

                                  The headphone’s breathable soft fabric earpads and memory foam provide exceptional comfort. It also has a 50 mm sound driver and virtual surround sound for precision audio as you game.

                                  Keyboard and mouse are plug and play and has universal compatibility. The headphone is also compatible with different devices and games, such as PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox, Xbox ONE, Nintendo, mobiles, tablets, and laptops.

                                  Although the value for money lies in using it for gaming, it works well for just any other thing that other keyboards can do.

                                  Pros

                                  • The keyboard is well built and looks great
                                  • Keys are solid and clicky
                                  • Bright LEDs are bright and come pre-configured with lots of different lighting patterns.

                                  Cons

                                  • The keys are light but loud
                                  • The headset is a bit bulky

                                  You can buy this from Amazon for $90.99.

                                  10. Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                                  4.2-star, 3101 Reviews

                                    You already know that Logitech produces wireless keyboards and mouse combo with batteries that last up to three years at an estimated two million stroke per year of office use. You also know that their keyboard has a cushion palm rest for the comfort of your wrist.

                                    What you may find interesting in this particular model is its LCD dashboard that displays the icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock all at a glance. This might be the best keyboard and mouse combo by Logitech you can find.

                                    Pros

                                    • The keyboard is sturdy and does not wobble on a work desk.
                                    • Keys are solid and soft, making typing comfortable

                                    Cons

                                    • Letters might start wearing out after some months of use.
                                    • Only compatible with Windows operating systems

                                    You can buy this from Amazon for $49.99.

                                    Bottom Line

                                    You will always find a keyboard with good functionalities for a price of less than $100. It is advisable, however, to choose one that is compatible with different operating systems and can connect to different devices.

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