Incipio OffGRID Backup Battery Case Review for iPhone 5S


If you’re an iPhone user who is often on the go, then you’re probably constantly wondering about where you can charge it next. But wouldn’t it be better if it just had a longer battery life? Well, Apple hasn’t satisfied our need for a longer battery life just yet, but by putting your phone in Incipio’s Offgrid Battery Case, you can have the next best thing.

This case is remarkably thin considering that it’s a portable battery pack too. Thanks to its soft touch finish, it feels great to grip in the hand and has a cool, sleek look. Putting the phone in case couldn’t be easier. Just set the phone into position and then attach the outer piece and it locks into place.

That said, looking at this case, it may remind you of the Mophie Juice Pack Helium. And the look and feel is almost identical. However, the Offgrid Case gives you a much higher capacity battery, 2600 mAh (the Mophie Helium only has a 1500 mAh capacity). It also has easier controls. The battery indicator is on the front and all you need to do start charging the iPhone is to hold your finger down on the button for 3 seconds. Hold down again and you can stop the charge. The LED lights also show you how much power is left in the battery pack.

So does it work? Yes, brilliantly. I was able to go 48 hours without needing to stop and plug in my phone. All the while using it heavily (GPS, calling, app downloads, etc.).

Here’s the rundown: I started with fresh charge in my iPhone on Thursday morning at 8:00 am. By 8:00 pm the phone was nearly dead, so I charged it to 100% using the Offgrid case. The next day (Friday) around 7:00 pm, I had to charge it again with Offgrid case, this time it depleted the battery and got my phone up to 60%. Finally, on the third day (Saturday) at 9:00 am I was down to 10% so I charged the and the case again.

Incipio’s claim is that it will increase your battery capacity by 180%, giving you up to 13 more hours of talk time. From what we’ve seen here, that seems to be accurate, if not more so. The only negative experience we had with the OffGRID is that the case doesn’t snap together tightly at the top. Not that it can open and have your phone fall out, but it is slightly aesthetically annoying.

The OffGRID comes with a micro-usb charging cable and a short extension cable for some headphones. The power and volume buttons are covered but are still easy to access. Also, it is nice to see that the camera opening on the case is designed in such a way so as not to impede the flash. To that effect, pictures using the flash taken with and without the case look identical.

Verdict

Despite some relatively minor issues, the OffGRID is a solid battery pack case that does it’s job extremely well. It currently is available in Black for $79.99.

The Good: Very Slim design with not much added weight. Design does not hinder the flash. Higher capacity than most iPhone battery pack cases.

The Bad: Case should snap together tighter. Must remove case to dock. Requires extension cable for certain headphones.