Since I’m currently awaiting the arrival of my iPhone 5s, I’ve also been looking for a snazzy new case. Everyone has their own criteria for the perfect case. Some want whatever Apple designed for them (in this case, the new leather designs). Others want creativity or color, a case with an integrated Etch-A-Sketch, or with bunny ears. Yet another segment of consumers is just looking for protection, which they would find from Speck’s ToughSkin Duo.
What about a case for the practical?
A common complaint with iPhones–and smartphones in general–is that the battery is used up quickly. Every iPhone user has had to ask around the office for a charger or USB cable. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a product that made you more independent?
That’s why we now have the JuiceTank, a case that–with the push of a button–releases two electrical prongs to plug into your wall outlet. Inside, your phone slides onto an internal dock connector. Slide it in. Plug it in. You’re charging.
If you prefer to use your phone while it’s charging, the JuiceTank designers have included a mini USB port on the side for long power adapters. The accessory is made from polycarbonate, making it extremely sturdy and protective of your device. There are even two holes at the bottom to avoid sacrificing the quality of the audio from your speakers. These guys have clearly thought of everything. Lastly–something I always look for in a smartphone case–the front of the JuiceTank has edges that sufficiently protrude past the screen. Too many novelty iPhone skins lack this feature, rendering them useless in saving the screen from cracks.
It is beyond me why Apple hasn’t already developed this idea for its own line of accessories. There are one or two products which utilize a battery pack for charging, but they are more expensive, and leave the user with another device to charge at home.
JuiceTank was successful in raising funds via Kickstarter (they received a $5,000 surplus). No official website exists yet, but there are several mentions throughout the internet. Regardless, the iOS crowd is set to go crazy once word gets around.