November 3, 2008 iPow combines a protective case for the the first-gen iPhone with back up battery power that doubles the device's talk, usage and standby time. Recently launched in the UK, the hard-backed leather flip case has an integrated battery along with built-in mini stereo speakers which of course results in a bulkier, heavier (add 98g to the 135g iPhone) and not quite as cool unit, but the promise of half the number of re-charging stops could well be worth the trade-off for those on the road.

Available online at £49.99, the iPow is pitched as an economical and simple integrated solution to extend the standard iPhone stats of up to eight hours talk time, seven hours of video playback, six hours of web access or 24 hours listening time.

The extra lithium ion battery can be simultaneously recharged with the phone and one of the additional advantages is that charging the iPhone’s integrated battery less frequently can also extend its overall life.

The case includes a camera hole and magnetic flip catch. The maker also has plans for a next generation iPow which will be compatible with the iPhone3G and selected iPods.

    In brief:
  • Weight: Approx. 98 grams (without iPhone)
  • Dimensions: 130 x 67.5 x 20 (L x W x D in mm)
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: Approx. 98 grams (without iPhone)
  • Dimensions: 130 x 67.5 x 20 (L x W x D in mm)
  • Compatibility: iPhone First Generation (Original)
  • Battery: Lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 2000 mAh
    • Typical benefit statistics:
  • Up to 250 hours additional standby time
  • Up to 24 hours additional listening time
  • Up to 8 hours additional talk time
  • Up to 7 hours additional video watching time
  • Up to 6 hours additional internet usage time