Thanks to longtime case manufacturer OtterBox, iPhone 6 owners no longer have to choose between a protective case or a battery case — they can get both in the new OtterBox Resurgence Battery Case ($99.95, affiliate link).
- Dimensions: 6.0 x 3.0 x .63 inches (15.2 x 7.6 x 1.6 cm)
- Weight: 3.5 ounces (99 grams)
- Battery Capacity: 2,600 mAh
- Rating: MIL STD 810G-516.6 drop protection
- Colors: Black, Glacier (gray/white), Cardinal (metallic red/dark gray), Mint Ice (metallic light green/white)
I have to hand it to OtterBox; they’ve successfully merged two types of cases into one. The Resurgence provides excellent drop protection and enough battery power to fully recharge an iPhone 6.
The protective case uses a tried-and-true two-piece design. The back of the case — in the case of our review item a soft metallic red color — holds the battery and electronics. The front snaps onto the back of the case once you’ve popped the iPhone 6 into it, and it’s held very securely by a number of well-designed snap latches.
All switches (power, mute/orientation lock, volume toggle) covered by pass-through duplicates that keep them full protected from drops. There are a pair of slots on the lower front on the Resurgence to pass along sound from the speakers, as well as a passthrough hole for the headphone jack. An extension cable is provided to make it easy to plug and unplug just about any headphone.
Shoot a lot of photos or videos? There’s a nice port on the back for the camera and flash, surrounded by more of the darker material used on the front of the case to reduce reflection from the flash.
For charging the battery, there’s a covered micro-USB port on one side and the Resurgence comes with a surprisingly long USB to micro-USB cable.
That cover for the charging port is a small irritation for me: it’s made of a different material than the red back of the case, so although they’re both the same color, the cover reflects light differently and looks slightly off.
On the back of the case there’s a single push button that is surrounded by a four-part charge status LED. Press the button for 1 to 3 seconds, and the LED flashes and rotates to let you know that the battery pack is now charging your iPhone 6.
Charging stops automatically when the iPhone 6 reaches 100% charge. This is handy if you decide to top off your iPhone when it’s at 50 percent power or so, as it means that the battery pack always has a bit in reserve.
To see the current charge level of the battery, a quick push of the button reveals one to four segments of a circle, indicating 25, 50, 75 or 100 percent charge. If one segment flashes, that means that the battery level is very low.
When the case is being charged, it charges the iPhone first, then charges the battery pack. OtterBox recommends using a 2 Amp charger (not included) for the fastest charge times.
Since I don’t own an iPhone 6, I was unable to test the charge time for the iPhone and case combo. As usual with OtterBox products, the company offers a full one-year warranty, and their customer service team has always been excellent.
While it’s the same price as the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6, the OtterBox Resurgence case offers MIL STD drop protection that the Mophie just can’t provide. On the other hand, the looks and the slightly greater battery capacity of the Mophie Juice Pack Air give it a slight edge in the aesthetics category.
The Resurgence has some mold lines on the back case that are probably needed for the extra protection and snap-together fit, but they make the case look a bit more “clunky” than the Mophie although the dimensions and weight are almost identical for the two battery cases.
If looks and 150 mAh more capacity are more important to you than really good drop protection, then the Mophie Juice Pack Air is probably what you want. Those who want certified protection from a company known for its rugged cases will want the OtterBox Resurgence.