While Apple has made some advances in iPhone battery life, most heavy users of their smartphone will run into that Low Battery warning at some stage of the day. And sadly the same is true of Apple’s latest, greatest iPhone X.
The iPhone X has a Li-Ion battery capacity of 2,716mAh (10.35Wh). According to Apple, this will get you 21 hours of talk time, up to 12 hours browsing the Internet, up to 13 hours watching video, or 60 hours listening to audio – although not all at the same time, of course!
iPhone X battery life is similar to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Apple makes its own Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6/6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus - but not the X. Read our review of the Apple Smart Battery Case, which we loved despite its humpback look and tendency to flake a bit after a year's usage.
It seems to have abandoned users of its later iPhone 8 and iPhone X to third-party battery case manufacturers such as Mophie. But even Mophie doesn't have an iPhone X battery case out (yet). Mophie definitely will at some point (and we'll let you know here first) but as Apple missed the iPhone 8 in its battery-case launches it could be that the X loses out too, which is a shame.
(If you're looking for battery cases for other iPhone models, read our round ups of the best battery cases for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus, the best battery cases for iPhone and 7 Plus, and best battery cases for the iPhone 8).
With limited Apple-certified battery case solution for the iPhone X, users have a choice of just the uncertified Chinese-made battery cases. Other than that you can, of course, buy a no-power protective case - see Macworld's round up of the best iPhone X cases. And don't forget Macworld's great tips on improving iPhone battery life.
Although some claim much higher capacities we found most of these maxed out at a full recharge, so the 3,200mAh case did nearly as well as the 5,000mAh cases tested here.
Remember many of these are not Apple certified. Though we tested some of the products reviewed here and they worked fine, Apple recommends using only accessories that it has certified (MFI) and that come with the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" logo.
Some battery cases include extra features, such as the Audiomod case that includes a handy headphone jack.
Peyou iPhone X Battery Case
While not the largest battery capacity of the iPhone X cases reviewed here, the Peyou iPhone X battery case is one of our favourites and performed just as well as those claiming greater energy capacity.
Its 3,200mAh battery looks puny compared to the 5,200mAh and 6,000mAh power packs, but it gave us about an 80 percent recharge, which should be enough for most people. And even the 5,200mAh battery cases we tested didn't go much further than 100%.
It's not as light as the Betteck case (104g vs 94g), but offers much better protection - and is noticeably less bulky than Moonmini and Cofuture cases.
There are four easy-to-read LED battery indicator lights at the back, next to the button to control charging. Cutouts and button protectors work well.
At around £20 from Amazon or $25.99 from Amazon US it's great value for money, and offers enough battery charge and protection to make it the all-round battery case that I use every day with my iPhone X.
AudioMod Smart Power Reserve
The AudioMod Smart Power Reserve charging case is a battery case for the iPhone X, 7 and 8 that also includes a headphone jack.
Apple did away with the headphone jack when it released the iPhone 7, and many were upset that they were forced to use an ugly adapter in order to keep using their favourite headphones or to buy a set of wireless headphones at great expense.
Audiomod has a solution for wired headphone fans that not only re-introduces the 3.5mm headphone jack but serves as a battery pack that also protects your phone. The headphone port allows for both straight and shorter angled jacks, and works well. It supports the Mic/Volume/Play/Pause/Skip functions.
The case is a two-piece design. You slip the phone into the case and then attach a top part to create the all-round case protection. It feels sturdy and, while not thin, isn't overly bulky. It weighs 115g.
The recharging battery is a decent capacity (4,100Mah) that will boost your fading iPhone by at least a full charge. At the back are the recharge button and a four-LED power indicator. It features the usual cutouts for camera and buttons.
Our only gripe is that the case charges not with a Lightning connector but fiddly MicroUSB, which is a shame as it means keeping a second type of cable with you when you want to charge.
It is available on Amazon UK for around £70, but can be bought from Audiomod direct for $78 plus $8 shipping - around £60. US customers can buy from Audiomod for $78 or at Amazon.com for (at the time of writing) $70.
Cofuture 5000mAh iPhone X Battery Case
This battery case from Cofuture promises an additional 150% battery life to your iPhone X. It has a storage capacity of 5000mAh and is designed to prevent your iPhone from overheating and overcharging. Plus a power indicator at the back of the case lets you know how the charge is faring.
In our tests we got a decent full recharge from the case but not 150%, so the 5,000mAh claim doesn't really add up as we found with other 5,000mAh cases tested here.
This battery case also lets you sync to your MacBook or PC with your lightning connector without the tedious task of removing the case.
The case itself is made of the silicone-like material TPU and the ABS plastic, which can withstand high temperatures and is shock and scratch proof. It also has cutouts for easy access to ports and buttons. But it is quite bulky, especially compared to the Peyou iPhone X Battery Case.
You can find this case in red and yellow, although the "red" is definitely on the "pink" side. There is also a red and a black option that costs £31.99 (UK only) with a kickstand that allows landscape viewing. Cofuture offers a 1-year warranty.
Betteck 5,200mAh Battery Case for iPhone X
This is lighter and brighter than most other iPhone X battery cases, and available in either Black, shiny Red or Rose Gold. It’s also slimmer than the others tested here.
It weighs 94g, compared to the naked iPhone X’s 174g. Apple's Smart Battery Case for older iPhones weighs 101g, so this is a feather in comparison. Its ability to protect a dropped iPhone is probably reduced, though, as it has much less side and front protection. Again, this is a compromise between weight and protection.
Again the 5,200mAh battery capacity suggests multiple recharges but we got just the one full recharge in our tests.
The usual four LED indicator lights are on the back, but seemed to mostly suggest either a near-full or empty power bank. Push the button to restore charge. We did find this case a little flaky in remaining in power mode, and had to push the button a few times during recharge.
Plug in a Lightning cable and you can charge the iPhone in the case and also sync to iTunes, unlike some other cases tested here.
Moonmini 6,000mAh battery case for iPhone x
This iPhone X battery case is decent looking (black only) but adds a lot of bulk to your beautiful iPhone X. That said, once the battery runs out your lovely X is about as useful as a waterproof towel.
It weighs 143g and is quite bulky - so be prepared to compromise on slimness for power and protection. It feels robust and should protect a knocked or dropped iPhone.
It claims a whopping 6,000mAh battery capacity, so theoretically should have enough power to charge up your X at least twice. In reality it will give you about 1.5x a full recharge – although that should be enough for most people.
There are four tiny LED battery indicator lights on the bottom, and you charge up the phone from the case by pushing a button for 1.5 seconds.
It charges via Lightning, which is preferable to those that use the inferior MicroUSB.
It will charge the phone in the case when plugged in, but not sync to iTunes.
Newdry 6000mAh iPhone X Battery Case
If you want something a little more powerful, this 6000mAh capacity battery case from Newdery promises 170% more battery life. It's not compatible with wireless charging however, nor does it have a built-in 3.5 audio input, but it does work with Lightning headphones and Airpod headphones and other Bluetooth headphones.
Like Cofuture's case, Newdery's battery case also lets you sync with other devices, like your MacBook or PC, using your lighting cable.
What we like about this case is that it doesn't extend the phone screen, so your iPhone can stay as close to it's original chin-less splendour. Any additional bulk is behind the phone, which is a small price for all the power this charger packs.
EasyAcc Wireless Battery Case for iPhone X
With a supposed 5,000mAH extra battery capacity, this really is a beast - and is also monstrous in size, adding a lot of bulk to the normally svelte iPhone X.
But despite the reassuring size, this extra battery power managed to recharge a fading iPhone just the once. We could get the same on a much smaller, lighter case such as the Peyou iPhone X battery case; see above.
Interestingly, the EasyAcc is a wireless case, so you don't need to attach a cable to charge the case up, and it also charges the encased iPhone wirelessly, too, unlike any of the other cases reviewed here. This means the Lightning cable is free to use to sync to a computer, or use with headphones (Lightning or via a Lightning adapter, of course) and Apple CarPlay.
The case can also be charged by cable, but a USB-C one rather than a Lightning. Maybe EasyAcc is preparing for a post Lightning world.
With its enormous bulk it should be able to resist a grenade attack, let alone a drop to the floor, so if you are mountaineering without a rope at least your phone should survive. It's the only case that also ships with a tempered glass screen protector, although you can buy an iPhone X screen protector from Amazon pretty cheaply.
It's difficult to recommend the EasyAcc Wireless Battery Case for iPhone X because of its massive bulk and weight (a hefty 145g, which combined adds 85% to the weight of the naked iPhone), and the fact that it doesn’t live up to its claim of a giant battery, except in size.
If you want to charge a battery case wirelessly then this is the one for you, but the size of the thing is extraordinary.
Runsy 5000mAh iPhone X Battery Case
The Runsy battery case packs 5000mAh of power and comes with a nifty power switch that lets you turn the battery on and off as desired.
From a protection standpoint, it has a raised bezel to keep that iPhone X screen scuff and scratch-free. Plus a matte finish adds grip, which is a useful safeguard for unexpected drops.
The Runsy battery case also supports both Apple Lightning wired headphone listening as as well as AirPod wireless listening, which is a nice touch.
BrexLink 6000mAh iPhone X Battery Case
Here's one more 6000mAh battery case that promises to have your iPhone recharged and rejuvenated in up to 4 hours.
It's built similarly to some of the other battery cases on this list, so you can expect the same sense of protection from TPU and high-grade plastic protection. It does not protect your screen however, so you may be better off with a battery case with a bezel edge (or screen protector – see the best ones here).
A neat feature of this case is that you can also charge your phone and the case at the same time. Like Cofuture's case, BrexLink's case is also designed to prevent your iPhone from overheating and overcharging.