PowerBear Battery Case for my LG G5

I'm old enough to remember a time when my phone battery would last the entire day. Seriously! I'd charge it while I slept, wake up with 100% and go to sleep without having to charge it once. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

I always said I'd sacrifice phone size for battery life. Manufacturers are focused on making phones thinner and lighter when I'd gladly double (or triple!) the thickness for a better battery. I've probably said this a dozen times in 2018 and my wife must have taken a note, because for Christmas she got me a PowerBear for my LG G5 phone.


It's essentially a battery case. Yes, it's pretty heavy, and yes, it's at least tripled the thickness of my phone, but I just love it. With this case I never have to worry about my battery dying, and charging the case is effortless because it charges along with the phone when you plug it in.. Yesterday, for example, I rode my bike for two hours while running three battery-chewing apps (MapMyRide, Stitcher and Google Maps) and thanks to PowerBear I arrived home with a full battery.

This isn't a paid endorsement, and my wife paid for the gift, I just like to share when I have a piece of tech that truly improves my daily life. This case is right up there with the best headphones I've ever owned.

I'm still wearing those headphones daily, too...

Update: Got a tweet asking about the price. My wife got mine for $20 on Kijiji but I see on Amazon that my LG G5 model retails for $50 CAD.

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Rob J

This post serves as a fine addendum for Elvis’ complaint in a classic YBS episode: “You know what sucks, Mike? Phone batteries.”

January 6, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Rick C in Oakville

I use a BB Z10, it can make it through the day without recharging (and I get/respond to about 25-30 emails a day). I find turning off WIFI, and limiting the brightness gets me through a day. I don't want anything thicker, I see some people jamming their phones in their pockets, isn't going to happen at 57 years old.

January 6, 2019 @ 4:53 PM

Rob J

On a non-YBS note, I find turning locations services off helps (iphone SE), as well as keeping the battery on 'low power mode' during the day even when it's just been fully charged. I'm outside with it a lot and was originally caught off-guard by how quickly the battery drained even at -1C.

January 6, 2019 @ 5:02 PM

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@Rob J

But I'm addicted to recording all my bike rides with an app that relies on location services!

January 6, 2019 @ 5:05 PM

Rob J

Haha, yeah, i thought of that as I was posting...at least your new battery case will be a huge benefit! I walk for exercise etc instead of biking, and I was mighty miffed when my phone died in hardly-cold weather leaving me with over an hour of silence instead of music and/or podcasts. But my helpful tricks have thus far sufficed. I'd really rather not have to splurge on a battery case, though your positive review may cause a reconsideration.

January 6, 2019 @ 5:38 PM

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