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Your mobile phone’s battery isn’t like a diamond—it’s not designed to last forever. A battery only has a limited amount of charges in it before it succumbs to end up where all good batteries go – in the trash. The hassle comes even before it totally gives out, as cheap batteries tend to start playing up a while before they completely die – sooner or later, you’ll be compelled to buy a new battery for your phone.

Now, the miser in you may take over and lead you to the conclusion that all you really need is a cheap replacement battery. Don’t give in though as cheap batteries are huge no-no. You’ll be risking the efficiency and longevity of your phone—and even your safety—by opting for such. This may sound a tad drastic, but back in 2013, a young girl suffered third-degree burns due to the sudden explosion of her Samsung Galaxy S3 that was lodged in her pocket. After an investigation, it came to light that a substandard battery was the cause. The moral of the story is that being cheap has its costs too.

While the chances of your phone catching fire are unlikely, a lesser-quality replacement would most likely lower the performance of your mobile phone. You can also expect the battery to have a shorter lifespan, with it having only a few charges in it. This is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for.” If you decide to buy cheap replacement batteries, before you know it, you’ll be once again undergoing the pain of purchasing another battery for your phone.

Simply put, a second-rate battery is both a hazard and a temporary solution. To put it more bluntly, it’s a waste of money. Avoid all the risks and issues that a shoddy product brings by opting for a high-quality battery. OEM phone battery replacements are of course preferable, but batteries from reputable sellers such as A1 Battery Pro are also viable alternatives. You’ll probably be surprised that such a replacement isn’t that expensive after all, so there’s no good reason why you should even consider settling for a lesser-quality battery as a replacement.

Yes, exploding phone batteries don’t happen that often. But for your protection and peace of mind, don’t scrimp on your next mobile phone battery. More often than not, it’s not worth it. Getting a top-quality phone battery replacement is your best course of action after your old one has given up.

Best cases to protect your iPhone

by Jeremiah on December 18, 2013

In today’s world, iPhone users depend heavily on this mobile device; not just for making calls, but also for taking photo’s, checking their emails, keeping up to date with the latest news, gaming and connecting with friends and family via social media. It’s become such an integral part of our lives which is why we need to ensure we get the best cases to protect our iphones from unexpected accidents.

Here are five of the best iPhone cases that will definitely protect your phone, no matter what your lifestyle is:

Hitcase

1. Hitcase waterproof iPhone case
If you are into sports, getting a high quality iPhone case is a must. Hitcase’s protective iPhone cases were specifically designed and built for the adventurous. You can now bring your iPhone everywhere with you while you go fishing, surfing, snowboarding, skiing and mountain biking. Transform your iPhone into the ultimate sports action camera with Vidometer an app included with Hitcase that allows users to record high quality video overlaid with data such as speed, elevation and g-force. This protective case also offers the deepest touchscreen capable on the market, securing your phone for up to 10m deep. The Hitcase waterproof iPhone case is available from s3 Performance.

Ballistic-HC1

2. Ballistic Case Hard Core Series case
Ballistic Case’s Hard Core Series case offers five advanced layers of protection to keep your iPhone safe from harm. The screen protector makes up the first layer, followed by a shock absorbent polymer making up the second. The third layer of protection includes the tough impact resistant polycarbonate and the fourth layer is an additional level of shock absorbent polymer material. This is rounded out by the fifth outer layer of silicone to guarantee maximum protection for your device. Additionally, it also comes with a durable rotating holster and water resistant mesh to cover your phone’s speakers. While this case offers maximum protection for your phone, it does come at the cost of it making your device bulkier than usual.

Rainballet

3. The Joy Factory RainBallet iPhone case
RainBallet from The Joy Factory offers top-notch waterproof protection for your iDevice. It is one of the best waterproof cases available on the market. Its IPX7 certification ensures that it can endure up to 30 minutes underwater without any adverse effects on your phone. The case is also shock-resistant and will protect your phone from any accidental falls and scratches. It also features a special technology called Intelli-filter, which blocks the water from entering your phone while still conducting sound waves allowing you to hear your phone even while underwater.

LifeProof

4. LifeProof iPhone case
LifeProof offers heavy duty protection for your phone, but unlike the other models on the market, their cases are slimmer and more stylish. The designers were able to balance toughness and style which can be hard to achieve for cases can protect your device from water, shock, dirt and snow. It also comes in different styles and colours to suit your lifestyle and preferences. The only drawback is that they can be expensive. These are available online as well as from most major electronics stores.

OtterBox iPhone 5

5. OtterBox Defender Series iPhone case
OtterBox is known for making tough iPhone cases, and their Defender Series is one of the best they have released so far. The Defender case offers triple-layer protection including a polycarbonate body to prevent scratches, built-in screen protector and silicone slipcover to protect your phone from shocks and drops. It also adds a bit of style with a rotating belt holster.

Manfrotto KLYP For iPhone

by Johan on October 4, 2012

Manfrotto KLYP For iPhone

The Manfrotto KLYP is the first iPhone 5 case designed specifically to improve your iPhone photos, videos and video calls by letting you attach image-enhancing accessories such as a pocket tripod and a LED video light. The KLYP is currently available for £24.95 ($40). [Manfrotto]

Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 Battery Case

by Johan on September 14, 2012

Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 Battery Case

The Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 battery case will double your iPhone 5’s talk, text and internet surfing time. Available in Rubberized Black, Glossy White and Metallic Red, this battery case features a rechargeable 2200mAh Lithium Polymer battery, a LED power indicator and an on-off power button. The Lenmar Meridian iPhone 5 battery case will be released in December 2012 for $69.99. [Product Page]

PowerSkin Releases NFC-enabled Galaxy S 3 Case

by Johan on September 13, 2012

PowerSkin Releases NFC-enabled Galaxy S 3 Case

PowerSkin has rolled out the NFC-enabled case for the Samsung Galaxy S 3. The case features a 1,500 mAh rechargeable battery which provides up to 2.83-hour of additional talk time and up to 97-hour of additional standby time. The case also has the Smart Power Management feature that shuts the PowerSkin off whenever the Galaxy S3 is fully charged. PowerSkin’s NFC-enabled case for the Samsung Galaxy S 3 retails for $79.99 each. [PowerSkin]

iPhone 4S Dual Sim Card Case

by Johan on September 9, 2012

iPhone 4S Dual Sim Card Case

thumbsUp! UK has launched the new iPhone 4S Dual Sim card case that enables you to use two SIM cards in one iPhone. The case requires no software installation or apps for switching between the two SIM cards. You just need to click a button to switch between the two SIM cards. The iPhone 4S Dual Sim card case is compatible with both standard SIM and Micro SIM cards. [Product Page]

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