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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 14, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    Gadget of the week: Case-mate Fuel Lite

    Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re an iPhone user, you’re probably more than a little addicted to the device. But that addiction comes at a price: dwindling battery life. And there’s nothing worse than being stuck somewhere (an airport) without access to a plug or laptop to charge your phone (and general entertainment device).

    Which is why the Case-mate Fuel Lite is so handy. It’s a compact case with a built-in rechargeable battery that will give an extra bit of juice when you need it most.

    Charge the battery up via USB, and when you need it, slip your iPhone into the case and turn it on. On thye back of the case is the power button and indicator lights to show you how much battery is left. As soon as you switch it on, it begins recharging your iPhone.

    The manufacturers’ specs say it will boost your iPhone’s battery life by up to 1.5 times. This means you get an extra 100 hours’ standby, up to five extra hours of music playback, 2.5 extra hours of video, and two hours extra of talk time and internet use.

    It’s also a bit cheaper than some of the other cases out there – €49 – and it doubles as a protective case for your iPhone too.