Good deal: save 41% on the Extreme Trio battery pack with built-in Lightning and micro USB cables

By iDB Deals on May 15, 2015

Hunting around for a power outlet every time your iPhone runs out of juice? Save yourself the time (and aggravation) and pick up the Extreme Trio 10000 mAh battery pack. At just $49.99 at iDownloadBlog Deals, it’s hard to find a battery pack that delivers this much power at a lower price.

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Apple, A123 Systems settling lawsuit over battery engineer poaching

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015

Apple and A123 Systems, maker of advanced batteries, submitted a court filing this week saying they are nearing a settlement regarding their engineer poaching lawsuit, reports the Boston Globe. They’ve “reached an agreement, signed a term sheet, and are in the process of drafting a final agreement.”

The lawsuit made headlines earlier this year, when A123 claimed that Apple was hiring away its top scientists and engineers to build a competing battery business. The news broke amidst reports that the Cupertino firm had taken an interest in electric cars, and had begun work on larger battery packs. Read More


Good deals: 59% off PowerStand charger and 37% off PowerSkin iPhone 6 battery case

By iDB Deals on May 6, 2015

Free yourself from the dead battery: plug in with our two new charging deals. You can get the minimal and stylish PowerSkin for iPhone 6 at 37% off, or the small and lightweight PowerStand at 59% off. Read More


Mophie introduces new waterproof battery case for iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, California-based accessory maker Mophie announced its first ever waterproof battery cased called the “Juice Pack H2PROTM.” The case is made for the iPhone 6, and features a durable design to protect against drops, dust, dirt and of course, water damage.

The battery pack included in the case is of the 2,750mAh lithium-ion variety, which will allow users to enjoy up to 14 hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of web browsing and 50 hours of music. Mophie says overall, the H2PROTM more than doubles iPhone battery life. Read More


How to see when your Apple Watch was last charged

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Like the iPhone, it’s possible to check when your Apple Watch last received a full charge. Although doing so may not be as straightforward or as obvious as one would expect, it’s still possible.

To check your Apple Watch charge statistics, you’ll need to do so via the Apple Watch companion app running on the paired iPhone. In this post, we’ll explain how to do just that. Read More


How to check remaining battery life on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 3, 2015

Although battery life has been much better than most anticipated with Apple Watch, you should still expect a day or, at tops, a day and a half of battery life after a full charge. For that reason, it’s pretty important to keep a close eye on your Apple Watch battery throughout the day, especially if you decide to use battery hogging functions like phone calls and the workout app.

Fortunately, Apple makes it super easy to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. In fact, it’s more verbose than it is on the iPhone since the watch shows you the full battery percentage by default. Inside, we’ll show you two easy ways to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. Read More


How to save battery on Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Apple designed Apple Watch with a battery life expectancy of 18 hours per day, and from my own experience, I can definitely attest that it usually far exceeds that number. But of course, it all depends on your usage. Depending on what you do with it, you might see better or worse battery life.

Below are some simple tips to extend Apple Watch battery life. Some of them are obvious, some of them are less obvious. Unless you want to be an extreme power saver, it would be silly to implement all these tips at once. My advice is to look at them, and pick and choose which one would allow you to enjoy your Apple Watch to the fullest extent while not compromising on the best features the device has to offer. Read More


April’s best deals from iDownloadBlog Deals

By iDB Deals on Apr 30, 2015

We had a ton of great deals in April. As the month comes to an end, we’ve rounded up our four most popular deals of the month for you – check out our best deals below. Read More


Is Apple Watch draining your iPhone’s battery too fast? This may help

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the Apple Watch has a pretty remarkable battery, a notion driven home by even the toughest of critics and reviewers.

Now that first shipments have arrived into the hands of consumers, and people have spent a day or two with their device, reports are coming in that the wearable device is in some cases dramatically draining the battery of an iPhone it’s paired to.

Our own Oliver Haslam has underscored the phenomenon in his hands-on with the Watch based on his first 24 hours with the device, as did others including former Engadget editor Ryan Block. What gives? Read More


Apple Watch battery retains up to 80% of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2015

The battery inside the Apple Watch will retain up to eighty percent of its original capacity at a full one-thousand charge cycles before its capacity starts depleting further, as revealed on the Batteries section of Apple’s website.

In terms of daily use, the battery of any Apple Watch model will last up to eighteen hours based on mixed usage, as per Apple’s official data.

In addition, you’ll get up to 72 hours on a single charge if you run the device in Power Reserve mode. Pitting the Apple Watch battery against that inside the iPad, iPhone and MacBook reveals quite a technological achievement for such a comparatively small package. Read More


i-Blason UnityPower for iPhone 6 charges while protecting

By Lory Gil on Apr 9, 2015

One thing I always have to remember when heading out for a day trip is to bring an external battery pack. I take a lot of pictures and videos, which always negatively affects the length of time my battery lasts.

The i-Blason UnityPower is a case that houses an external battery, so you can always have an extra charge with you, wherever you go. It is also MFi certified, so it is guaranteed to work with your iPhone 6, even after software updates. Read More


Great deal: massive 22,400 mAh battery pack for $40

By iDB Deals on Apr 9, 2015

Get your hands on the ultra-powerful Innori Portable Battery Pack and never be without a charge ever again. Packing a massive 22,400 mAh capacity and 3 USB ports for simultaneous charging, this is the ultimate battery pack for the man or woman on the move. At just $40, this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a portable battery of this capacity. Read More


Great deal: ZeroLemon Solar Chargeable 10,000 mAh Battery for just $26

By iDB Deals on Apr 4, 2015

After the massive popularity of the 20,000 mAh ZeroLemon SolarJuice battery at iDownloadBlog Deals (which is still available), we’re now happy to offer its lighter, smaller cousin at half the price: the 10,000 mAh SolarJuice battery pack is just $26 at iDB Deals now. Read More


Lithium: theme the battery indicator on iOS 8 sans WinterBoard

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 17, 2015

Lithium is a brand new jailbreak tweak that adds a themed battery indicator to iOS 8. A similar tweak with a similar name, Alkaline, already exists on the Cydia store, and Lithium pretty much replicates the feeling of that tweak.

While some users report that Alkaline works perfectly on their iOS 8 device, it’s never worked without a visual glitch on my iPhone 6 Plus. For that reason, I’d be up for trying Lithium on an extended basis. Read More


Apple confirms Watch battery is replaceable

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Although Apple did not mention it during yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event, the Apple Watch has a completely replaceable battery, an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.

That’s about all we know as the publication couldn’t determine how much it will cost to send in your Watch to Apple and have it returned with a new battery in place. Read More


Apple Watch battery life: here are the official details

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2015

Now that Apple has shared full details concerning its highly-anticipated Watch devices, which goes on sale in the United Stated and eight major international markets on April 24starting at $349, the Cupertino company has posted additional details regarding its “all-day”18-hour battery.

Of course, the advertised battery life depends on how you use your Watch. If you’re just going to do things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps and doing a 30-minute workout, the battery should last up to eighteen hours before needing to be charged again overnight.

Here is what Apple had to say about the Watch’s battery performance. Read More


‘Reserve Strap’ aims to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

One of the biggest public concerns regarding the Apple Watch seems to be its battery life. While other smartwatches, such as the Pebble, claim life of up to 10 days, the Cupertino wearable is said to last for less than 24 hours.

But John Arrow and ex-Nike staffer Lane Musgrave are looking to change that with the ‘Reserve Strap.’ It features embedded lithium polymer cells and an inductive charging cradle to keep your Apple Watch going strong. Read More


Good Deal: Power Vault 18,000 mAh Battery Pack

By iDB Deals on Mar 6, 2015

Running multiple apps, maintaining Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and just staying connected on the move can drain your phone or tablet battery in a few hours. If you ever find yourself struggling for a charge, you need a portable battery pack – the Power Vault from iDownloadBlog Deals is a great option that will give you a ton of power on a tight budget: 18,000 mAh for just $30 (and $35 for international customers). Read More


Even more Apple Watch details revealed in new report

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

You will find yourself using your iPhone a lot less, once you’ve purchased an Apple Watch, according to TechCrunch. The publication has spoken with a number of people who have used the new wearable extensively, and one person even said they “nearly stopped” using their iPhone.

This is because the Apple Watch is built to handle alerts and other matters much more efficiently than your smartphone. Notifications are seen right away and acted on quickly, so they don’t pile up, and apparently they’re auto-disabled when the Watch is removed or reaches 10% battery life. Read More


Apple Watch: new details about battery life, apps, features and more emerge

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the Apple Watch to support 5 hours of heavy application use, reports 9to5Mac. Ahead of Monday’s event, the site has heard this and other previously unknown details from sources who have hands-on experience with the wearable.

The improvement in battery life should ensure that the Watch will last a full day with mixed heavy and passive use. However, the site makes it clear that users will still need to charge the device every night, as the battery is not strong enough to last a full second day without renewal. Read More

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