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Review: Rokit Boost Excess 2400 – A Blend of Power and Protection for The iPhone 5/5s

Rating: 4/5

Posted in iPhone, Reviews on 05/12/2013 by Chris Hauk

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One common complaint of iPhone 5/5s users is the device’s battery life, or lack thereof. Luckily, companies are coming to the rescue for heavy users of the popular device by releasing rechargeable battery cases that allow the device to be both protected, and have its battery life extended. In this review we’ll take a look at the Rokit Boost Excess 2400.

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Overview

The Rokit Boost Excess 2400 contains a 2400mAh battery designed to add about 130% to your iPhone 5/5s battery life, while enclosing it in a tough protective case. The entire case weighs about 3 oz.

Your iPhone slides into the case, connecting to the case’s battery via the built in Lightning connector. (The case has MFi approval from Apple.) The iPhone is held into the case by a bumper that snaps on. My package included 3 bumpers of different colors, even though the box itself only listed 2 bumpers, and the Rokit Boost website advertises 4.

The Excess 2400′s battery is said to offer an extra 255 hours of standby time, 8 hours of talking time, 40 hours of audio listening, 8 hours of browsing the Web, or 10 hours of video-viewing time. In my experiences, the unit performed as advertised. While I am not a heavy talker, I do play games, use apps, and surf the web quite a bit on my iPhone 5s.

As a rule, I usually need to give my phone a charge sometime in the early afternoon. It is usually around 25% by the time I place it in the charging dock. With the Excess 2400, I was able to get an entire 14 hour day out of my iPhone. When my favorite device got down near 25%, I simply pressed the button on the back of the Excess 2400, and my iPhone immediately began charging, and I was able to use it for the rest of the day, well into the night without a visit to my local charging dock.

I found the 2400 to be a durable case, protecting my iPhone well in at least two drops to the pavement while walking through parking lots. In spite of the added thickness, about average in my experience with cases of this type, the 2400 easily slipped in and out of my pants and jeans pockets. Those who wear their jeans a bit tight may find the case + phone combination to be a tight fit in their pockets.

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The case includes a generous opening for the back facing camera and LED flash, and includes an extension for your headphone cables to allow them to reach the earphone port.

One large point in the case’s favor is the fact that the iPhone 5 can be synced to your Mac via the included charging cable while it is still in the case. A feature no charging case manufacturer should omit.

Verdict

I found the Rokit Boost Excess 2400 battery case to work as advertised, and extended my iPhone 5s’s battery life enough to use it an entire day without looking for a charging station. It also protected my iPhone well when I dropped it, with no visible resulting damage.

If you’re looking for a stylish case that both protects your iPhone, and extends its battery life, you would do well to investigate the Rokit Boost Excess 2400.

Rating:4/5

Rating: 4/5

Price: $89.99 - Available in white or black on the Rokit Boost website, or Amazon.com.

Pros:

  • Charges quickly, and supplies power to our iPhone 5/5s for the whole day of heavy use.
  • Allows syncing via the supplied charging/sync cable while the iPhone is still in the case.
  • Protects your iPhone quite well.

Cons:

  • The case/phone combo is definitely thicker than the iPhone 5 by itself. Definitely something to keep in mind if you wear your jeans a bit tight.



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MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 5 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and 2 Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine, and the Internet.

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