A week or so ago, I wrote a not so glowing review of the i-Blason Power Slider Rechargeable Battery Case for the iPhone 5.
I basically said that it was a piece of crap.
I’ve blasted other brands before and never heard a peep.
So you can imagine my surprise when someone from i-Blason responded.
Not only did they hit me up, but they were genuinely helpful.
Colin, from i-Blason, offered to exchange my case with another.
Based on his assessment of my situation, he surmised that I had a bum motherboard.
After a few back and forth emails, I received my new case.
Kudos to i-Blason for superb customer service.
I promptly switched out my case, hooked it up to my 8 pin connector and was set to go.
With my new case, I felt confident that I would be able to rock all day with a full charge and my backup.
Needless to say, I was perturbed to see my iPhone at 50% less than an hour later.
I hadn’t thought I had used the phone to that extent.
In fact, I was confident I hadn’t used it at all.
But hey, I had my new handy dandy charging case, so no worries.
At 10% battery, I turned on the i-Blason case hoping to get right.
Once again, I was sorely disappointed.
Before I had anything close to a full charge, there was no more juice.
And the case was hot.
I couldn’t accept that this replacement case was worse than the original.
So I gave it another shot.
Charged my phone (separately).
Charged my case (separately).
Plopped my fully charged phone into my fully charged case.
An hour later, I’ve got a hot case in my pocket.
Why is this stupid thing hot?
Why is my battery on my phone at 50%?
Is this stupid case draining my battery?
I promptly decoupled my precious iPhone from this obviously defective piece of crap.
I turned to the interweb to see if I was alone.
Alas, I was not.
Review after review on sites like Amazon gave the i-Blason poor marks.
Wish I read them sooner.
At this juncture, I can only say, unequivocally, that the i-Blason iPhone 5 charger case is not to be trusted.
If you’re in the market, avoid these overpriced i-Blason products like the plague.