Incipio’s offGRID Express for iPhone 6 is a great battery case for any lifestyle.
It seems like a new battery case comes out every month and with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being relatively new to the party, many companies are starting to catch up and releasing new battery cases for Apple’s flagship phones.
Personally, I love and hate battery cases. In my daily life I can usually make it to the end of day without needing to fully recharge my iPhone 6 because I have a power charger in my vehicle and a charger on both my home and office desks. However, when I travel for business a battery case is not just nice to have, it’s a necessity.
In the past, I have used in a lot of different battery cases and I am very partial to Mophie’s cases in particular. As I already mentioned, I don’t generally use a battery case on a daily basis, only when I travel, however my Mophie Juice Pack Helium was always in my bag just in case my iPhone 5s needed a helping hand for a long day at the office or like last winter that I seemed to spend the entirety of stuck in airports waiting on flight delays.
Incipio has now released an update to their OFFGrid Express series for the iPhone 6 and I was very excited to see how it compared to my old now unused case.
The packaging for this case is minimalistic but nice as you can see the product in its entirety before you even open the box. Once the box has been opened and the battery case removed you are presented with a Micro USB charging cable, 3.5mm headphone jack extension cable and a small paper set of instructions.
When I took the case out of the box, my first thought was that this battery case felt very light compared to my old Mophie Helium. I was pleased when I noticed that the Incipio OffGRID Express boasted A 3000mAh battery instead of the more common 2000mAh. I knew that this would give me a lot of additional talk and data time, but at the same time felt very light! It was nice to see that it is possible to cram more battery power into a case that is still relatively thin. I’m sure the general profile my very thin iPhone 6 played a part in my perceptions having recently left an iPhone 5s with the much heavier Mophie case, but with gadgets sometimes perception is 90% of what makes you love or hate a device.
Experience and Feel:
This case uses a snap lock system that lets you remove that bumper portion of the case in order to insert your phone. There are too small fingernail size slots on each side of the case near the bottom that allow you to apply pressure and remove the front. I found this to be very easy and intuitive.
Once the front is off you just slide your phone down onto the lightning connector and snap the bumper housing back into place to secure your phone. I did notice that this particular case seemed a little loose on the upper right side once I had everything snapped into place. Upon examination I realized that this was likely by design in order to allow enough clearance for the buttons on the battery case to press the buttons on your iPhone 6. At first I was somewhat concerned about this, but after two days of continuous use I did not find it to be a problem and I attribute this mostly to me being too paranoid about dropping and damaging my phone!
I decided to let my iPhone 6 completely run out of battery power before testing the battery function of the case instead focusing on the ergonomics of the case as well as the protection it offers for daily use.
People who are prone to dropping their phone (like me) or people who live on rural properties and like to do adventurous things like ride horses (me too) should pay special attention to this part of the review as it is high compliment when I praise a case for durability. This thing is pretty rugged for a battery case and the curved back and slightly textured material on the back of this case made it easy to get in an out of my front pocket and to hold on to in a variety of conditions. We are in the middle of a pretty wet and messy winter and even with damp hands, I felt confident that I would not drop this thing.
Of course I had to get used to the additional size and weight (anything would make an iPhone 6 seem much bigger), but honestly after a day of use, I really didn’t notice too much. I did drop my phone once and the case did it’s first job like a champion as it protected my phone and did not come unsnapped. I was also pleased to see that the case itself did not show any scratches or dents.
What about battery power? After all, that’s why most people would buy this thing. When my phone reached 5% battery remaining, I happened to be away from home so I decided to turn on the battery to see how the Incipio OffGRID Express performed for its second job.
Turning the power on and off is easy with the button on the lower right-hand side. One nice feature of this case verses my old Mophie is that the power button resets to its neutral position after each press rather than being physically on or off. To check the power level available, just touch the button once
and the five LED lights on the front light up. As the case battery is depleted, the LED’s reduce one at a time until their are none lit. A long press turns on the battery on and another long press turns it off. In my opinion this is one of the best features of this case as I tend to wear out the more mechanical switches through heavy use and from being bounced around in my pocket or my saddle bag depending on the day.
This unit performed great taking less than 3 hours to completely recharge my iPhone 6. I was texting moderately and placed several short phone calls during this time so it possibly could have had some charge to spare had the phone been idle. All in all, the battery performed as advertised and then some.
I found myself trying hard to find something I hated about this case, but honestly the only negative is the overall size which is not Incipio’s fault as I am convinced there is no way they could have made it smaller and the slightly splashy feel of the case snap on the upper right side, but again I think a lot of that perception is me being overly paranoid because of my clumsiness and rural lifestyle.
I would definitely recommend this case to both city dwellers and people with outdoor lifestyles as it is a great case that offers more than acceptable protection for general activities and an excellent and low profile source to double your battery life.
Incipio’s offGRID Express for iPhone 6 is available for $79.99 – a comparable price to other battery cases in the market.
For more information, visit incipio.com.