UNBOXED: Reviewing Spyder Digital Research’s PowerShadow Battery Case
Despite the interference from my co-host who was hell-bent on reviewing his Dog and Bone Wireless Charging Case and Pad with me, I had a great time diving into the review world of UNBOXED with the Spyder PowerShadow Battery Case.
The case, sent to me from Spyder Digital Research, is meant to double the battery life of your phone. Here we’ll go over the iPhone 6 case I was lucky enough to try out right before my iPhone internally combusted (not related to the PowerShadow case) and I made a very costly upgrade to the 6 Plus.
About the PowerShadow Battery Case
The Spyder PowerShadow Battery case for the iPhone 6 is a minimalist-looking battery case that retails for $99. It claims to provide your phone with over 100% extra battery life, which according to the PowerShadow box, should equate to “10 extra hours of web browsing, 15 extra hours of talk time, 11 extra hours of video time or 50 extra hours of music playback.”
Setup and use for the phone is very basic. The case should be charged via the associated USB power adapter. (It’s recommended you keep your phone in the case in order to have enough weight for it to make a solid connection). While the case charges your iPhone should charge as well.
Once the case and phone are charged, you wait until your battery has dropped to 20% or below, and then press the power button near the bottom of the case. The case will then start to re-charge your phone like a normal charger. The LED battery indicator on the back will show how much battery remains on the case.
Overall, I think this is a great product. At $99, the price is on par with most battery cases and it does what it is supposed to do - extend your phone’s battery life. What stuck out about this case was how light and thin it is, at least by battery case standards. (Keep in mind that most battery cases will run slightly heavier than normal cases).
My favorite aspect of the case is the fact that it will charge both your phone and the case at the same time, giving you extra battery power without any extra work (like the hard labor that comes with plugging in two USB chargers).
There were, however, a few minor shortcomings that should be noted. First, the side buttons on the case require a little more pressure than what you might be used to. Second, while the charge certainly extends the battery life of your phone, it probably won’t double it by 100%.
After charging my phone overnight, my iPhone charge only reached 80% (it reached 100% with the normal iPhone charger).
In the three times I powered my phone up from the battery case, my iPhone only recharged to 100% one time and reached 98% the remaining two times (which is of course, pretty close to 100%).
Overall, I definitely think the case is worth it. While it never quite “doubled” my battery life, it certainly got close enough for me. The buttons took some getting used to, but once I did, it wasn’t a problem and the smaller size and weight of the case impressed me.
All in all, should I ever need to purchase a new case for my new and crazy overpriced iPhone 6 Plus, I would definitely put the Spyder PowerShadow case in the running.