LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – I always pack two cases when I’m about to embark on heavy travel with my iPhone: a battery case and my trusty Incipio Feather Ultralight case. I realize toting extra juice is a necessity I have to live with, but I haven’t yet found a serious battery case with dimensions I can live with — I simply hate the bulkiness. This means I’m often stuck balancing my need for my juice with my want for less bulk by constantly swapping cases, and frankly, it’s a pain in the ass.
Evidently someone at Tylt feels my pain, because they’ve come up with the Energi, a meaty 2,500 mAh battery that slides over a thin-shell case. Presto, no more stupid fiddling.
The Energi Case has all the standard stuff, like a luggage-handle pass through, LED battery indicators and whatnot. There’re two versions, one for the Galaxy S3 and a Lightning version for the iPhone 5.
The other cool thing I found at the Tylt booth was their Energi Backpack, a gadget hauler with a slew of smart features and a removable battery with the juice capacity of an aircraft carrier’s nuclear powerplant. You can use the 10,400 mAh battery’s three outputs to charge tablets, an AT&T store full of phones, or start your truck or whatever.
The bag itself seems able to swallow a ton of stuff, and it’s full of pockets and nifty features like internal cable routing (so your stuff can charge while you’re on the move), a TSA-compliant laptop compartment and a luggage trolley passthrough.
The Energi cases will be available in March for $100; the Energi backpack is also out in March with two versions, one at $200 (the one we’ve pictured) and one with somewhat less-snazzy material at about $40 less.