I find it more difficult each day to remember a time without a smartphone/device. As a Xennial, I have had the luxury of growing up alongside some amazing tech and witnessed some interesting product skirmishes. I have observed the VHS/Betamax brawl, the HD/Blu Ray bouts, the Vinyl versus Cassette versus CD versus Digital media saga and most recently, the clash of the Apple versus Android titans. No matter which side you fall on, there are a plethora of options available to enhance the functionality of our devices. From phone cases to chargers, to cables, to holsters, you can customize your smartphone experience. If you are in need of a wireless charger, a portable battery, and a phone case, look to the EasyAcc Wireless Charging Case for iPhone X. The EasyAcc Charger Case arrived in a textured 6 1/4 inches long by 4 1/8 inches wide by 1 inches thick black cardboard box. I found the packaging rather disappointing because it took quite a bit of effort to figure out what was inside of the box. The top and side panels were completely devoid of writing, and the relatively unadorned cover simply had “EasyAcc” etched in bold. The black-on-black coloration was a little difficult to visualize but did provide a nice tactile feel. The front flap listed “CHARGER CASE CC5 MODEL PB5000CC.” Flipping the packaging over and examining the back, I found the same black-on-black color scheme. Across the top, I found a warning akin to the classic Johnny 5 statement “No Disassemble!” “Do Not dismantle the product by yourself. Do not smash, puncture the product or place into water or on fire to prevent possible hazards (such as leakage or explosion).” I am sure that the lawyers told them to put the cautionary verbiage onto the cover, but it sounded quite extreme. Listed beneath the warning, EasyAcc provided a list of product features. The device was made of durable PC/ABS and TPU materials. It combined type-C I/O input, with wireless charging tech, to allow you to use your lightning port for data transfer/music. Along the bottom of the rear panel, EasyAcc provided a list of the necessary product labels, the company website address and listed a support email address.
Opening the lid of the box, I was greeted with a cardboard cutout of an iPhone X inside of a black plastic shell. I lifted the 145 gram (5.14oz), 5 3/4 inches long by 3 inches wide by 3/4 inches thick iPhone X case out of the packaging. The sides and back were ribbed and provided a great gripping surface. Hidden inside of the phone slot, I found the multilingual instruction manual, single piece of screen protection glass, and a screen protector accessories packet, which contained a microfiber cloth, lint sticker, and alcohol prep pad. To install the iPhone X into the case, simply slide the right side of the phone (volume up/down and volume toggle) into the rubberized frame and then walk your thumbs around the outer edge. If you look at the instruction manual, it tells you to insert the left side of your phone into the battery case and then the right side of your smartphone into the battery case to finish the installation. Confusingly, the instruction manual refers to your visual left/right and not to the actual left/right side of the phone. The case fit very well around the phone. There was no wiggle or shaking of the phone when I shook the case. The first thing that I noted was that the phone/case was quite bulky in size and weight. Despite the heft, I appreciated the sense of protection that the case provided. The rim of the TPU rubberized case jutted above the screen of the iPhone X and promised some protection from glancing blows. Since this is a battery case, we also gain protection for the camera by simple geometry. The cutouts for the volume toggle, lightning port and speakers were well placed and easily accessible. Furthermore, to protect from direct assaults upon the screen, EasyAcc provided a single screen protection panel. Use the alcohol prep pad to wipe down your screen and then use the lint sticker to make sure that there are no stragglers. Pull down the “back” sticker and angle the sticker notch with the notch on the phone. You can then slide the sticker downward as you apply gentle pressure to the screen protector. Similar to a window cling, the device will affix to the glass on your phone.
The case had three major unique features. First, the case itself will wirelessly charge the iPhone X. Before you throw away the black outer packaging, make sure that you retrieve the 39 1/2 inches long USB-A to USB-C cable. You can plug the USB-A end into a laptop power port or a wall outlet and then the USB-C end into the top of the phone case. The USB-C input charged the included 5000 mAh LiPo battery with 5V/2A power. I loved that the device had passthrough charging technology and allowed my iPhone X to charge with the internal battery. To test the rate, I placed my iPhone X onto charge at 11:52 pm with 46% power and rechecked it at 12:08 am with 53% power. I used my MacBook Pro 15″ USB A port and found the device to charge at about 1% every 2 minutes. I plugged a DROK USB C multimeter into my Macbook USB port and found the system to charge at 4.83V/1.23A. Plugging this into an iClever dual port 5V/2.4A wall charger, the phone charged at 5V/1.99A. I started with 57% power at 12:21 am and allowed my phone to charge until 12:37 with 63% power. As an added perk, you can utilize the included LiPo battery as an output source. Plug a USB C into the i/O port and enjoy a portable 5000 mAh battery to charge other devices. Imagine taking your Nintendo switch with you and using your phone case to provide a little extra charge. Additionally, you can use the USB-C port with a USB-C to lightning cable to charge your phone quicker than with the internal wireless tech. The second unique feature of this case was the passthrough wireless charging capability. You can simply place the case/phone combo onto a wireless pad and enjoy 5V/1A charging. The iPhone’s rate of charge was the same regardless of wired/wireless charge. As I found with the USB-C charging, the case wireless charged the iPhone X and the 5000 mAh internal battery. If you turn the case over, you will find a small square button, with a single LED. While charging, the LED will flash yellow (more like orange) to alert you to the <50% status, green to alert you to 50–100% and will remain solid green when fully charged. If you hold the button on the back of the case for 5 seconds, the internal wireless charger will start to slowly charge your phone. The final unique feature of the case was the option to charge the case/phone and still have access to the lightning port for music/data transfers. Amazingly, the case will fully charge via USB-C in 3 hours and charged wirelessly in 5.5–6 hours.
It may seem confusing, but you can place the entire case onto a wireless pad, and this will charge your phone. I was a little disappointed in the 5W wireless charging as the iPhone X was capable of 7.5W wireless charging. The case is essentially a wireless 5V/1A wireless charging pad with two methods of activating the power. Throw in a 5000mAh portable battery with the charging pad, and you have this device. When I took into consideration the ability to charge my phone through four different sources, the slower wireless charge was no longer seen as a negative. 1. Charge your phone using traditional lightning input because the cause leaves the lightning port vacant. 2. Charge the case via USB-C and enjoy wireless iPhone/Battery charging 3. Place the case directly onto a wireless charger and enjoy wireless charging of your iPhone/Case combo 4. Press the button on the back of the case and activate the battery to enjoy wireless charging of your phone. 5. Using Lightning to USB-C, enjoy 7.5W wired charging from the internal battery. Assuming 80% efficiency, we have approximately 4000 mAh of power to charge our devices. You can charge the 2716 mAh battery of the iPhone X, or you can nearly completely charge a 4310 mAh Nintendo switch, or you can charge an iPad Pro 10.5″ to between 40–45%. Removal of the case was just as easy as installation. If you want to remove the screen protector, gently slide a piece of paper/cardboard or the edge of a fingernail under one of the corners and gently lift upward. To remove the phone from the case, start at the left upper corner and roll the rubberized plastic of the phone. The instruction manual recommended pressing the camera, but I did not need to do that, nor did I want to press on my camera’s lens.
The device was rather unique and provided multiple options for charging my iPhone X. My only complaint about the case was that it was incredibly heavy, noticeably heavy. If you are a fan of lightweight devices, this case will not please you. If you have been a fan of Catalyst Cases, Otterbox Cases, or Element style cases, you may not care as much about the weight. If I had a piece of advice, it would be the ability to separate the upper silicone from the lower charging device for portability. Perhaps a locking mechanism or a sliding mechanism could allow the device to combine like the Decepticon Devastator. Harness the perks of this system and gain a bumper style case. My initial impression was that I would not like this device. After two weeks, and the restart of Cub Scout activities, having nearly two more charges for my iPhone X proved more than convenient. This device would be perfect for theme parks, sporting attractions, day trips, hikes and multiple other venues such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Placing my phone into a Nite-Ize XL Sideways Clip Case, I did not even notice the extra weight. The glass was an added convenience and was very easy to install. If you use your phone as much as I do, this case may be a game changer for you. Consider the EasyAcc phone case/charger combo device for your iPhone X.
Originally published at macsources.com on September 4, 2018.