Every once and awhile a product comes across our desk that we instantly feel is a novel and innovative idea. The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case was just that with its iPhone 6 case and removable battery case combination. Does it perform and function exactly how it says it’s supposed to? Find out in the full review after the break!
The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case can function as a stand alone slim case or can be slid into its larger battery case (Power Sleeve) when that extra juice is needed during the day. Installation was simple with the slim case as it was just a snap on. The slim case worked well and added minimal bulk while providing decent impact protection. The alignment of ports and button was good with the exception of the bottom lightning port and speakers. No matter how we installed our iPhone 6 it appeared to be slightly misaligned (leaning more towards the front face of the iPhone 6).
The TYLT Energi’s innovative functionality doesn’t really come into play until you use the Power Sleeve which simply slides onto the slim case you already have on your iPhone 6. Ridges on either side of both the slim case and the Power Sleeve kept everything aligned while sliding the battery on. The only problem we faced was that slight misalignment we mentioned earlier which required us to put a small amount of pressure on the bottom of the slim case as it was sliding on, in order to properly plug into the lightning adapter on the TYLT Energi’s Power Sleeve. Not a deal breaker by any means but we felt it was important to mention (as it also could be a quality control issue with our review sample).
Once the TYLT Energi’s Sliding Power Sleeve was installed we were off to being juiced up by a 3200 mAh battery. In our tests we got an entire charge (from full drained to 100%) and then a partial charge after that. The battery indicator on the back of the TYLT Energi provided us with an instant indicator of battery life remaining however we would have liked an on off switch for charging.
The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case also offers charge and sync capability when using the Power Sleeve through the micro USB connector which performs well but we have mentioned in the past that we would have loved to see a lightning connector passthrough instead (one less cable to carry). The 3.5 mm jack opening is a bit snug but, upon request, TYLT can send you a headphone adapter.
From a comfort and usability standpoint, the TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case performed well with the matte finish that avoided wear and tear much easier than high gloss finishes. The Power Sleeve once installed gave us a bit of an awkward feel along the edges of the case. While it may not be as comfortable to hold as some competitor battery cases, the added functionality of being able to remove the Power Sleeve without losing protection is a huge plus. We also experienced zero issues with taking photos while the either the case or the Power Sleeve was installed.
Overall, if you’re looking for a battery case to extend the life of your iPhone 6, you really cannot go wrong with the TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case as it offers the ability to remove the added bulk of a battery when you don’t really need it. There are only a few elements of comfort and some misalignment issues that keeps it from being our top battery case.