Running out of battery on your smartphone these days is never a case of “if” but “when” – as phone makers pack even more power-hungry components into the phone, the battery is struggling to keep up.
The good news is that there are now a few models with battery as large as 4,000mAh or even 5,000mAh.
As they are still uncommon, it’s best to resort to a power bank or case to keep your phone alive.
Also, our power case recommendation is only for iPhones as cases are phone specific and there are just too many Android smartphones out there.
But look on the bright side – some Android models offer wireless charging while the iPhone doesn’tFor instance, almost all the new Samsung Galaxy models such as the S6, S6 Edge/Edge+ and Note support wireless charging.
Here are our top picks.
Asus Zenpower 9,600mAh power bank
Asus ZenPower 9,600mAh (RM59)
If your smartphone doesn’t always run out of power then it’s best to go for a compact power bank in case of emergencies.
You also probably don’t want to spend too much, so our recommendation is the ZenPower which is rated at 9,600mAh and will easily fit in your pocket.
Asus says the ZenPower is capable of charging the Zenfone 2 twice or an iPhone 6s as many as six times. However, it only has one USB port so it’s not ideal if you own many devices.
It comes in bright colours such as Pink, Blue and Gold.
Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 16000mAh
Mi Power Bank 16,000mAh (RM89)
If you own multiple devices that have to be charged on the go then your best bet is the Mi Power Bank 16,000mAh which gives you plenty of power without breaking the bank.
The extra power allows the Mi Power Bank to power up most Android phones as many as five times and the iPhone as many as nine times.
As it has two USB slots, you will be able to charge two devices simultaneously which saves time.
Xiaomi’s power bank is a little on the heavy side but it’s very reasonably priced so it’s a good buy, especially if you travel often.
Yoobao S8 Plus 20,000mAh (from RM109)
For users who want extreme power, the Yoobao power bank gives 20,000mAh without you having to lug a power generator.
It is capable of powering up the Samsung Galaxy S6 up to eight times or the Apple iPhone 6s up to 12 times.
The Yoobao is not officially available in Malaysia, so you have to purchase it from one of the online marketplaces such as Lazada or 11Street.
Apple iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case
iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case (RM469)
Apple has made the iPhone thinner and thinner with every new model which hasn’t left much space for the battery. In fact, the iPhone’s battery is much smaller than most Android’s.
Apple has a simple solution – it has released a Smart Battery Case that not only protects the phone but also extends the battery life.
The case has a hump on the back which gives it an odd shape but it’s still a pretty nice case. Apple claims the case will offer up to 25 hours of talk time and 18 hours of surfing the Net on LTE.
You can also easily check the battery status of the case and iPhone on the Lock Screen and Notification Centre.
Unfortunately, only two colours are available – Charcoal Gray and White – and the case doesn’t come cheap.
Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6/6s
Otterbox Resurgence Power Case (RM389)
The Resurgence Power Case from Otterbox is great for anyone who loves the outdoors, as it offers great protection and battery life.
The case is built to military standards for drop resistance and it more than doubles the power of your iPhone 6s. The case is also available for iPhone 5/5s.
It’s available in three colours – Black, Glacier and Mint Ice, and Cardinal – and even has a handy LED status light to show the power status in increments of 25%.
The downside is the hefty price tag but it’s cheaper than Apple’s case.
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad (RM279)
One of the cool features of the new Samsung flagship smartphones is the built-in support for wireless charging.
Wireless charging isn’t new but it hasn’t caught on because users find it slow – Samsung must have been listening as it’s one of the first to roll out rapid wireless charging for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The company claims it’s 1.4x faster and shaves off charging times by up to 50 minutes.
The pad can also be used to charge S6 and S6 Edge, as well as any smartphone that supports the Qi wireless standard, but only at the standard speed.