iKit NuCharge for iPhone 5 Review

Mar 21, 2013
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This week the iKit NuCharge iPhone 5 replaceable battery pack case (complete with Lightning connector) will reach its final few days of stay on Kickstarter - so we thought we'd have a go at working with one for your full preview! What you're seeing here is the first iPhone 5 case that also works with an interchangeable 1900 mAh battery pack. It comes in a variety of colors (eventually) and offers unobstructed view of your camera, microphone, and speakers as well.

You'll be able to work with a clear or tinted case base - that's the part that clamps around your iPhone 5. Then you've got the option of working with a white or black battery pack OR any of a variety of Pantone-colored case covers. This case cover sits on the back of the case while you're not using the battery, if you like: we've opted to keep the battery connected on-the-go.

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The Lightning connector is made with some rather excellent and durable TPE material, being just long enough to fit down into the iPhone 5 without being obtrusive. The battery pack itself is recharged the same way you'd charge any of a number of non-Apple mobile products: with a simple microUSB cord (also included in the pack.)

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Since the case bit of this amalgamation does not obstruct our view or use of any of the buttons or ports on the iPhone itself, it certainly gets a thumbs up from us there. As far as the battery itself goes - it works exactly as you'd expect it to. Charge it up, leave it on the back of your iPhone or in your pocket, and connect it when you need it.

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BONUS: There's a kickstand built-in to the battery pack. This kickstand will be a reinforced aluminum in the final model (ours is an early edition), and you'll find a full list of changes and improvements pre-release right over at the Kickstarter page itself.

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With an additional 1900 mAh of battery power at your disposal you'll have a tough time not getting through the day with your iPhone 5 on the power you've got immediately handy. This case starts at a $59 price point if you're over at Kickstater before the end of the crowdfunding venture, and final case shipments start in early April.


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