Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 5/5s Review
I recently received an Otterbox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 5/5S to review and tell you about.
Otterbox Resurgence Power Case is a very robust case, as would be expected from Otterbox. The Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 5/5s is intended to provide protection against drops, bumps and shock (Military-rated drop protection). The interior has high-density foam core cushions. Note: it is not waterproof.
Chances are, most smart phone users have experienced the problem of running out of power while out and about during the day. It seems like it always happens when you really need to use your phone. I use my phone a lot while shopping, etc. and am quite distraught when the battery dies on me. I did some traveling recently and was amazed to see how many electrical outlets are now available at the airport and how many people are tethered to them attempting to get their phones charged before their flight. Otterbox advertises that Resurgence Power Case can deliver 2X your iPhone’s battery power.
The Resurgence Power Case is available in 4 colors:
- Teal Shimmer (aqua/white)
- Satin Rose (gray/glazed pink)
- Glacier (white/gunmetal gray) and… um,
- Black (leaves me wondering why black didn’t get a fancier name).
I have the Glacier color, and, well… I’m a girl, and I like pretty cases (and some might say I’m picky). It’s not quite as cute as I’d usually like in a case. Think I might have liked Satin Rose or Teal Shimmer better. It’s also a bit on the bulky side. It measures 4.3 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces.
My phone fits into the case nicely, but there are a few things I was not crazy about. The case is really hard to take off. I felt like I would break it (or my phone) while pulling it apart. There are two pieces that snap together and you basically have to pry the face piece off the back. You can charge and sync your iPhone with the Resurgence Power Case on, but it will need to be removed if you need access to the Lightning port to connect to car stereo, etc. I also had troubles when opening the case because it gets hooked onto the lock switch. I would not recommend removing your iPhone from this case on a regular basis.
The Resurgence Power Case covers buttons and controls on the device, but does not cover the display screen, it does not interfere with the camera on either side, nor it’s flash. You can check the power level by tapping the case. There are 4 white LEDs (each representing 25% of the total charge) that will blink indicating how much is power is available. I really like the auto-stop charge technology which stops charging when your battery is full, which means it’s saving power for when you need it later. You also have the option to manually turn off the button.
The Resurgence’s extended battery bottom means the 3.5mm audio jack is recessed far up in the case so you’ll need the extender (included) if you want to use headphones. Note: If you were to try and use your Apple ear buds, you’d need something to guide it in with, and would need to pull it out by the cable and that will eventually damage the cable. I thought the headphone plug extender was a bummer…I worry about losing it, and who is going to remember to always bring that with? (Not me). I plan on leaving the extender plugged to my ear buds in hopes of remembering to bring them with.
To charge the case, you must use the included micro USB cable, because you cannot use the Apple’s Lightning cable while the case is on. I do like that it is a standard micro USB cable. It will charge your phone first, and once your iPhone’s battery is full the case will charge. You can sync your iPhone through this micro USB connection, so you don’t need to remove the case. (You will need to remove the case if you have only an Apple Lightning cable available).
I did some testing to check the difference in battery life with and without the case. Here are my results: My 1-year-old iPhone 5S with moderate use during the day currently has a battery life of about 33 hours. I let my battery get down to 5% and then plugged in the case. The Resurgence Power Case definitely gave me more hours of battery life in this scenario. It took just over an hour to charge the phone back up to 70% using just the case, but then it started going back down again. I ended up plugging it back in at the end of the night because it had drained down to 40% and I didn’t want it to be low in the morning. During another test, it made my phone battery last from 7 a.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Thursday (59 hours), which is an increase of approximately 1.8 times compared to without the charging case.
- Robust case with Military-rated drop protection
- Increases battery life
- Auto-stop charge technology
- Charges with standard micro USB cable
- 1 year manufacturers warranty
- Not waterproof (but it’s not advertised as waterproof)
- Case is bit bulky, not “cutesy”
- Hard to remove phone from case
- Audio jack extender is necessary to use Apple ear buds (or any with a regular 3.5 mm jack)
- Currently only available for iPhone 5/5S (not a bad thing if you have an iPhone 5/5s)
The Otterbox Resurgence Phone Case has a one-year manufacturer’s warranty from date of purchase. You need to keep your receipt as proof of purchase. The warranty does not, of course, warranty the item inside the case.
- iPhone 5/5s battery case delivers more than 2X your iPhone’s battery power
- Military-rated drop protection (MIL STD 810G-516.6)
- Slim, premium design for superior protection and sleek style
- Auto-stop charge technology: automatically stops charging once your iPhone 5/5s is fully charged, saving you power for later
- High-speed charging gets your iPhone up and running in a flash
- Front-facing LED displays the case power status in 25% increments for a quick-check power status
- Two-piece fiberglass-filled polycarbonate shell snaps together around the device, protecting it from falls and scratches
- Interior, high-density foam core cushions your iPhone from drops
- Premium soft-touch metallic paint for an elegant finish
Otterbox is a well-known company that was created in 1998. I really liked their mission statement found on their website, it’s as if they wrote it just for people like me: “Our cases are dedicated to all the klutzy, spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have broken a device or valuable due to their active lifestyle and like our customers, we’ve been there too!”
In summary: With my lifestyle, I don’t find myself needing a charge on the fly very often. I plug my phone in every night and it lasts me all day, and then I plug it back in again. Rinse. Repeat. The Otterbox Resurgence Power Case case would come in really handy if you were traveling a lot, or were using your phone heavily. If you’re constantly connecting 3G/4G versus WiFi all the time like I do, your battery would no doubt drain much more quickly than mine does. So, this would be a really awesome case for anyone who needs a little boost in their day and doesn’t want to bother with a lipstick charger or trying to find somewhere to plug in when they’re out and about.