Apple’s iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case is receiving quite a lot of attention right now and, unfortunately, not for all the right reasons. If you ignore the argument that Apple is essentially admitting that its iPhones don’t last long enough on a single charge by releasing a battery case at all, the accessory’s unusual aesthetic is causing quite a stir. In fact, it’s causing quite a furore, with anyone who has a website or a podcast apparently desperate to tell the world how bad it is.

If you agree with them, then you may be on the lookout for an alternative, whether that be because you don’t like how the Smart Battery Case looks, or you think its capacity of 1,877mAh doesn’t cut it for the $99 price, or you simply want something a little cheaper. Whatever the reason for your wandering eye, here are a few alternatives you might want to check out before making your purchase.


Spigen Volt Pack 3100mAh Battery Case ($35.99, usually around $100)


We’re big fans of Spigen accessories, whether they be cases or stands, and the Volt Pack is one case that you might want to consider. With a 3100mAh battery and smart technology to manage it, this could be a bargain at its discounted price.

Buy: Spigen Volt Pack Battery Case from Amazon: $35.99 | original price: $100

Mophie Juice Pack Reserve 1860mAh ($59.95)


With a smaller 1860mAh battery, this case from Mophie may not pack the same punch as some of the other alternatives, but it does look quite elegant. Which of those two tradeoffs is most important is up to you, but Mophie does have a reputation for making high quality and reliable battery cases.

Buy: Mophie Juice Pack Reserve from Amazon: $59.95

Anker Ultra Slim Extended 2850mAh Battery Case ($39.99, usually around $100)


With a 2850mAh battery and a reputation for making some excellent, affordable iPhone and iPad accessories growing by the minute, this Anker battery case is one that you really should at least have on your radar. We’re big fans of Anker, especially their MFI Lightning cables.

Buy: Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case from Amazon: $39.99 | original price: $100

Trianium Atomic S 3100mAH ($35.99, usually around $100)


If Trianium’s claim is to be believed, the massive 3100mAH battery on the Atomic S case will give you nearly twice as much usage time as that offered by battery built into the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. It also packs sync-through capability, which will allow you to connect to your computer and sync with iTunes without having to take the case off.

Buy: Trianium Atomic S from Amazon: $35.99 | original price: $100

Mophie Juice Pack Air 2750mAh ($99.95)


The most expensive of the battery cases on this list, the 2750mAh Juice Pack Air from Mophie is one of the battery cases that have proven popular throughout the different iPhone generations. This iPhone 6 and 6s model is no different, and for your money, you get possibly the best looking battery case around, the highest quality possible, nearly 1000mAh more battery capacity than Apple’s, all for the same price as Apple’s official offering.

Buy: Mophie Juice Pack Air from Amazon: $99.95

When it comes to battery cases for the iPhone, there is no shortage of choice. Which suits you the best will depend on budget, aesthetics, capacity and use case. Do you need capacity at the expense of looks or do you just need a little extra juice without making your iPhone three times its original size? No matter where you fall on that scale, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit.

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