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Anker Ultra-Slim Battery Case for Apple iPhone 6/6S review: Double your iPhone battery life for cheap

The Ultra-Slim Battery Case charges up your iPhone in a pinch, and you don't have to pay a lot of money for it.

Lynn La
Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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The Anker Ultra-Slim Battery Case is one of the cheapest iPhone battery cases you can get without compromising on performance and reliability. Though it has its flaws (which I'll get to later) it's still only $40 (or £30 in the UK and AU$53 in Australia when converted). That's half the cost of the Incipio offGrid Express and a third of the Mophie's Juice Pack Plus $120 price.


Anker Ultra-Slim Battery Case for Apple iPhone 6/6S

The Good

The Anker Ultra-Slim Battery Case fully charges your iPhone for less money than its competitors.

The Bad

The case's indicator light continually stays on while charging, which can be distracting in a dimly-lit room. Some of your phone's buttons will be hard to reach with this case's girthy body wrapped around it.

The Bottom Line

A fast cheap charger, the Anker Ultra Slim is a great iPhone battery case for its price range, despite a few design annoyances.

The accessory features a built-in 2,850mAh battery. In comparison, that's slightly less than the offGrid Express' 3,000mAh battery and the Juice Pack Plus' 3,300mAh charger. Though it won't have as many reserves left over after a full drain compared to the other two, it's still enough to juice up a completely drained iPhone back up to 100 percent.

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The case comes with a Micro-USB charging cord and a headphone extender. Both accessories are pretty common for iPhone battery cases since only Apple's own Smart Battery Case uses the proprietary Lightning port to charge itself. As for the extender, battery cases pack on extra heft around the phone so you'll need to use an extender for your headphones to reach the 3.5mm jack.

From a completely drained battery, the Ultra-Slim Battery Case took about 2 hours and 8 minutes to fully charge an iPhone 6, which was about the same time the Mophie case, while Incipio's case clocked in at 2 hours and 30 minutes -- a tad too long in my opinion.

There were however some standout issues. The case has three cutouts along the edges so I can access the phone's physical control buttons and volume rocker. But due to the slight thickness of the case, it was difficult for my finger to reach these keys. In addition, the charging indicator on the back of the case remains lit while the handset is charging. This isn't a deal breaker, but it's annoying if I'm in a dark room like a movie theater or my own bedroom at night.

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The indicator light on the back of the case will always be on when charging.

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Lastly, the power button rests on the back of the case. Though I personally didn't observe this, a few users online have pointed out on Amazon that this can result in you inadvertently turning it on and off whenever you lay it down against a flat surface. Again, I hadn't run into any problems with this, but it's something to be aware of.

If you plan to use the Anker every day I'd steer clear of it. Its design flaws get annoying over time and it's better to spring for something more expensive like the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, which has a bigger battery and a more sensible design.

But if you're only going to use it periodically for special trips or whatever, then go for it. For $40, it'll do exactly what you need it to -- fully recharge your iPhone on-the-go -- and the price is a drop in the bucket as far as battery cases go.


Anker Ultra-Slim Battery Case for Apple iPhone 6/6S

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 8Performance 9
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