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iPhone 5 Battery Cases In Stores as Early as February

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The first batch of iPhone 5 battery cases are on display at CES 2013, offering hours of extra use, but iPhone 5 owners can’t buy an iPhone 5 battery case until February or March.

Accessory makers like Dexim, uNu and MyCharge showed off iPhone 5 battery cases during the first day of CES, ranging from $69.95 to $99.99 with various sizes, colors and finishes.

The iPhone 5 uses a new lightning connector which case makers are working hard to implement into an iPhone 5 battery case, but Apple’s stringent Made For iPhone rules mean we won’t see the cases on store shelves for another month or two.

iPhone 5 Battery Cases

We are still waiting for a Mophie iPhone 5 case, which we expect more details on in the near future. Based on the details revealed by other case makers this could arrive in March as well.

MyCharge Freedom iPhone 5 Battery Case

MyCharge iPhone 5 Battery Case

The MyCharge Freedom iPhone 5 battery cases arrive in March.

The  MyCharge Freedom 1500 and Freedom 2000 iPhone 5 battery cases are coming to Amazon and Best Buy in March for $79 and $99 respectively. The MyCharge Freedom 1500 promises 6 hours of additional talk time and the higher capacity Freedom 2000 delivers 9 hours of additional talk time.

Dexim XPowerSkin for iPhone 5

iPhone 5 Battery Case - 3

The Dexim iPhone 5 battery case arrives in February.

The Dexim XPowerSkin for iPhone 5 is a thin and light iPhone 5 battery case available in a number of colors. This iPhone 5 case features a 2,000 mAh battery and will retail for $69.99 on Amazon on February 1st.

uNu Endliss Hybrid iPhone 5 Battery Case

Unu iPhone 5 battery case

The Unu iPhone 5 battery case packs a USB port to charge other devices.

The uNu Endliss Hybrid iPhone 5 battery case has a 2,000mAh battery that slides off when the phone is fully charged, leaving a slim protective case on the iPhone. This iPhone 5 battery case allows the iPhone 5 to charge via Micro USB. This case also includes a USB port that lets users connect a Lightning cable to charge up an iPad Mini or other device so the battery isn’t limited to just the iPhone 5.

uNu Endliss Smart Case for iPhone 5

Unu Smart Case iPhone 5 battery

The Unu Smart Case includes a battery and an LED array for notifications.

Unu also revealed the Smart Case for iPhone 5, a battery case that puts a multi-colored LED display on the back of the iPhone 5. This case includes a 1,500mAh battery and connects to the iPhone over Bluetooth 4.0 so users can control the display. The display shows graphic alerts for calls and push notifications.

Read: How to Get Better iPhone 5 Battery Life

After third-party case makers gain Apple approval for their Lightning connections, we expect an avalanche of iPhone 5 battery cases. We’ve already heard from several case makers that they plan to show off iPhone 5 battery cases on the show floor and behind closed doors, so short iPhone 5 battery life should end soon.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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