Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case review: Pretty good, if you need the boost


The Good Apple"s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR provides solid protection, holds about a full day"s charge on its own, has pass-throughs for Lightning and all buttons and speakers or mikes, can charge on its own via Qi charging and integrates with iOS to show battery status.

The Bad Bulky case feels especially chunky on the XS Max. Price, at $130, is far higher than a regular battery pack that isn"t also a case. It"s not very attractive.

The Bottom Line Apple"s utilitarian battery case for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR offers a key battery boost and isn"t annoying to use. We"ll see if any other battery case ends up doing better.

7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8