Guest Post by Joseph Hand.

Since the Apple iPhone was launched is has taken the position of the most successful smartphone on the market and everyone knows it has changed the lives of millions of people worldwide while hastening the fall of Blackberry smartphones. While the Droid platform is catching up, no company has equaled Apple’s iPhone popularity. With all the many things your iPhone does and is there is one problem with it. At the end of the day, when its battery begins to run out, what are you to do? Well, not to worry, here is a list of my five favorite battery backup products for Apple 3GS/4/4s iPhones.

Super Power Bank by Richard Solo


Richard Solo Super Power Bank works with iPad/Pad2; iPhone 2G/3G/3GS/4/4S; iPod; Smartphones and other USB powered devices. This ingenious device charges a pair of USB-connected devices at once and provides up to 6,600 mAh total backup power. Just connect your device to one of the ports on the Super Power Bank and press the power button to begin charging. That’s it. It takes about 2 hours to completely recharge an iPhone or iPod. You can carry it with you to ensure you won’t be without power when you most need it.

iPower 3 and iPower 4 – by MiSuny


The iPower 3 and iPower 4 are in essence charging sleeves that give your iPhone almost 2 full charges before it needs to be charged itself again. And it can be used to charge the iPad. It contains a 2400 mAH lithium polymer battery specified to provide:

  • Up to an extra 5.3 hours of talk time
  • Up to 45 extra hours of music time
  • Up to 15 extra hours of video time (that is not a misprint)
  • Up to 6.5 hours of Internet use

This backup battery charger has a sleeve that slips over your iPhone 3 or 4/4s that, in my opinion, actually enhances the look of your phone. This device is a great way to have your iPhone always ready to work for you whether you are on safari, skiing, or in a business meeting. Note: It has a built in solar powered charger.

Stitchway UltraPower 1900 mAh Backup Battery Charger


Stitchway UltraPower for iPhone 4, 4S, 3GS, 3G, iPod, iTouch; External, Portable, Rechargeable is available for an astonishingly low price! On Amazon brand new is $5.92 (USD) and used $2.50 (USD). This device can fully recharge your iPhone from dead in about 2 hours. It weighs only 2 oz. and plugs directly into your phone. It even has a LED that goes green when it is fully charged. There is only one drawback; this little device lasts 400 cycles before it becomes inoperative. But, hey, at this price, you’re good for a very long time.

The XTG Technology ultra-slim “Solar Portable Battery and Charger”


This is a portable Battery and charger. It charges via solar power or any USB port.

Note: If you use solar power you can only charge your phone up to 50% while the USB port hits 100%.

It features:

  • 1500 mAh battery and USB output
  • Charging and capacity indicator on the back that shows charging status and the remaining power level
  • A mini USB charge cable and 2 window suction cups (to keep attached to your windows & hey it is solar)
  • A built-in twistable LED flashlight that can be positioned to any position

Kensington K39264US Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod Touch


If you are like me, then you will definitely enjoy this battery backup travel charger. This charger has it all. It has built in dock connector and a flip out USB tip to plug into the unit for easy charging. No need for extra cables. Now hear this; it features:

  • Up to 23 hours of music time
  • Up to 7 hours of video
  • Up to 5 hours of talk time
  • A 1 A power for fast charging of your iPhone device

It also has a LED Battery indicator that displays the remaining battery pack level. Just charge the battery pack in advance and when your iPhone gets low, charge it. It takes only about 30 minutes to charge an iPhone to 50% when you’re in a hurry. It can be charged several times on a “full charge” of the battery pack. The best part of this charger: it only weighs 4 ounces and it’s tiny – 1.5 x 2.8 x 6 inches. You can chill on the beach all day while watching videos with this mity mite. This can keep you going for 3 or 4 days before it needs to be charged.

It will be many years before we’ll see battery backup devices with these kind of power reserves built into any iPhone, given the power requirements of display technology and high send/receive power requirements. That pretty much guarantees we’ll continue to buy and appreciate these outboard devices for some time to come.

This was a guest post by Joseph Hand who architects backup and disaster recovery software at AppAssure. He is the Senior Director of Product Strategy, specializing in virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures for Windows Server, Exchange, VMware and Hyper-V backup.

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