We’re always looking for ways to stay charged. My usual preference of extra battery power is a charging block, or charging device. The only reason that I prefer that is because of all the different devices I need to charge.
Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 5/5S
With the iPhone 5 it has been difficult to find a 3rd party charger that works with the lightning dock, so I have been looking for a power case that fits directly on the iPhone. Tylt was nice enough to send me their Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 5/5S.
As one of my main devices, the iPhone 5 does drain pretty quickly. So I was more than happy to try out the Energi Power Case. Leaving it on the phone I wouldn’t have to worry about another device hanging off the phone. It can get annoying.
Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case Design
The Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case is a two-piece unit. First it’s a stylish protective case. It has ridges on the side. The ridges allow you to slide the phone into the second case. It comes with two cases, a blue one and a black one.
The second case has the lightning dock and the backup battery. You can always change the first case, it can have a colored accent (the red you see) or be all black. That’s a nice touch since most battery back cases are all black.
The Energi case leaves the front of the iPhone exposed. It also leaves the top border (where the power/ standby button is) exposed. So there’s a little lack of protection right there.
You don’t have to worry about too much bulk being added to your iPhone. The Tylt Energi Slider offers 2,500 mAh battery. Talk about backup! I think that’s the biggest battery for a case that I’ve seen.
The Energi Slider has a smooth feel to it. It’s comfortable to hold and helps me grip the iPhone well. It doesn’t make the phone too much heavier, but of course you’ll notice the extra weight.
Use and Experience with the Tylt Energi Case
When initially charging the Tylt Energi case, it took 1 hour to charge to capacity which is pretty quick. When it was finally drained, it took a little over 2 hours to charge completely. So far the Energi power case is a winner. If you “know me”, you’re aware how often I am online. It’s easier to count the times that I am not connected. My phones go through the ultimate test of battery life. From checking various email accounts, to my addiction to social media and selfie snapping, I can wear out batteries pretty quickly. The Tylt Energi case kept up with me and let me indulge in my phone addiction.
As you can gather from this review I love having this case around, but there are a few things that could use improvement:
I don’t like how the volume buttons and sound switch aren’t covered by the case. I can access and use the buttons when I use my nails, but others might have trouble. I also don’t like that the top of the iPhone is exposed (the part that has the power button). But that is usually the case with battery pack cases, you trade protection for power.
Some will be bothered by the single button and single LED indicator. But those aren’t deal breakers. However, that can cause confusion regarding your charging needs. For example, you won’t know if the case is fully charged or how much longer you have to go.
I forget about all those things once I start using the battery pack. It feels great not having to worry about the iPhone dying out on me. Greater that I can recharge through Micro USB since my original iPhone 5 charger has been damaged for a while now.
Believe it or not, my favorite thing about the Tylt Energi Slider is just that, the slider option. I don’t always have to carry the battery pack part of the case on the phone. When I need it, just slide the phone right in. I am still impressd at how thin the phone is even with such a big battery pack in the case (2,500 mAh in case you forgot).
I have to remember to be extra careful when using the case though and prevent falls,
At $100 you get more from the Tylt Energi Slider battery pack than any other battery pack out there.