Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6

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BuQu Tech’s PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6 ($80) is one of the first battery cases we’ve seen for Apple’s new iPhones. The case features a built-in Lightning charger that can slide up or down to accommodate an iPhone 6, and the 2800 mAh battery offers a full charge. PowerArmour unfortunately lacks button coverage — the sleep/wake button and volume controls are left exposed. A power switch on the back controls the charging, and four LEDs denote how much charge is left within the battery. A headphone adapter and micro-USB cable are also included with the case, the latter for charging the battery, naturally.

Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6


Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6

PowerArmour unfortunately leaves the iPhone 6 buttons and parts of the phone’s sides exposed. We wouldn’t really trust it to protect the phone from a tough drop. It’s a shame, because PowerArmour’s charging implementation is clever. The Lightning connector slides up and down with ease for charging, and the simple power switch is a foolproof way of putting the user in control of the charging. A microfiber backing for the iPhone is a nice touch. PowerArmour isn’t quite as sharp as Tylt’s Energi, but it’s also slightly thinner.

Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6
Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6

We found PowerArmour’s charging performance to be respectable — it recharged an iPhone 6 fully in 2:27, while offering another 8 percent charge after depleting the battery again, for a total of 108 percent. The battery itself recharged in 3:50 using 2A input charging. These won’t be the most impressive numbers we see, but they certainly suffice as a good charging option.

Review: BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case for iPhone 6

While we wish PowerArmour offered a bit more coverage as a case, its battery still makes it worth a look. You get a bit more than a full iPhone 6 recharge for $80; the battery charges the iPhone 6 at a decent clip, and it’s easy to use. PowerArmour isn’t perfect, but if you need a battery case right now and you’re willing to sacrifice protection, you likely won’t be disappointed with this early offering from BuQu Tech.

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Our Rating

B-
Limited Recommendation

Company and Price

Company: BuQu

Model: PowerArmour

Price: $80

Compatible: iPhone 6

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Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.