iFixit tears down the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

By , Dec 10, 2015

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It was only a matter of time before the folks over at iFixit got their hands on Apple’s newly-released Smart Battery Case for the proper teardown treatment, and today is the day that we get a peek inside of the case’s innards.

It goes without saying that the $99 Smart Battery Case will score low on iFixit’s repairability scale, as tearing down the case means peeling back the soft lining inside the housing and dealing with lots of sticky adhesive.

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After tearing down the case, iFixit discovered a With 7.13 Whr (1877 mAh at 3.8 V) capacity battery, which should serve to double up the 6.55 Whr capacity of the battery contained in the iPhone 6s.

The highly polarizing case has been the subject of many a debate regarding Apple’s design principals, among other things. I can’t remember the last time that Apple released an accessory that resulted in so much disdain and disrespect. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook felt the need to defend the case’s existence.

Despite the popular opinion, I personally think that the iPhone 6s Smart Case is very well done. In fact, even after my review, I’m still using it, which speaks volumes if you know me and my usage habits. You can watch my full review in the video below:

In the end, iFixit gives the Smart Battery Case a 2/10 repairability score, which pretty much means that the case is not user repairable at all. If it breaks, or has issues, you’ll likely need to outright replace the case instead of hoping to swap out the battery or other parts. Of course, a low repairability score isn’t desirable, but for a case like this, it’s not at all surprising.

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  • Marcus

    If I had an iPhone 6s I would strongly consider buying this case.

    • Elias Chao

      Why would you buy this one over a Mophie one? Serious question, not being troll or something.

      • Imad Ghandour

        I believe this case wasn’t made for keeping on all the time. Apple actually made the case easy to slip on and off for only the times you need to charge the phone; thats what makes the case different than mophie’s where its cumbersome to slip on and take off. Moreover, the case used lightning connector which honestly by itself justifies this case for me, the fact that other cases haven’t done this yet and that you are forced to use a micro-usb is BS.

      • theemptyhead

        Because it has apple logo. lol

      • Not sure about them but I hate the hard plastic cases that slide on and off. Soft cases are far better protection. This case is best of both worlds extra battery and more protection

      • Marcus

        I agree

      • Marcus

        Yes. I think it that it seems better. I don’t mind having a battery that isn’t as good as Mophie. I like the iOS integration with this case and I like how it easily slides on and off.

  • Unknow Unknow

    Apple just sticking one battery in a regular Apple silicone case I will say is a quick buck for Apple if you consider this case is good you are blind and stupid buying this shitte tell to Apple no matter what Apple do you will buy it so they never stop doing it even they can give u a pice of shitte and tell you that is nice and very original this case has no dising no power enough doesn’t has features the makes a better case for the price it can’t be compared with another battery case this one will be lost easy

    • RayRayBeav

      Periods. They are a sentence’s best friend.

  • Case looks downright horrible and I have no idea why they thought that making one with a big lump on it, and the battery indicator on the inside of the case, would ever go without criticism. It’s quite obvious that this case’s predecessor will not be that ugly.
    Also, the lack of any colors that actually match the iPhone is quite weird. You have a good thing going with the Rose Gold color and you don’t make one of these to accompany it?? WTF APPLE!!

    • RayRayBeav

      The battery indicator is okay honestly with being on the inside of the charger case. Once you put your phone in the case you can quickly find the charge of the case in your notification center widgets.

  • Alberto Espinal

    If they would’ve smooth out the edges and spread out that battery hump all the way to the edges maybe it would’ve looked better!

  • Rob Matthews

    Does this case work for the iPhone 6 or 6s exclusively?

    • Rob Matthews

      Never mind, it works for the 6 according to Apple. I figured it would since they have the same specs, but just wanted to confirm.

  • Aqeel Ahmed

    Jeff, could you make a review on this iPhone 6 battery case too and compare it with Apple’s smart battery case. It’s called:

    uNu DX-6 iPhone 6 Charging Case

    • Dan

      Looks like a knock off case I got on ebay back when I had an iPhone 5S. Paid around 20$. It worked well but felt a little cheap. It had a button on the back to activate.

  • Chris

    I would rather carry a power bank and have that thing that looks like a camel on the back of my phone. But a lot of people will disagree with me coz it has a apple logo on it now if it had Samsung on it people would slate it

  • Sleetui

    For those still rocking an iPhone 5S what battery case would you recommend?