• This is the BEST Battery Case for Your iPhone 6,7 or 8

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    For a limited time, we are offering SMRT Bluetooth Ear Buds for FREE with the purchase of every SMRT Magnetic Case.

    There has been a lot written about iPhone Battery Charging cases. Some require a separate cable, some are too heavy, some just won’t charge. Some have a battery that’s just way too small. And it can be tough to find one that performs, AND looks great. Even Apple’s attempt at a battery case, is an expensive design embarrassment.

    Battery cases aren’t for everyone. Yes, they weigh a little more and make your sleek phone a bit thicker, but in my case, they are worth every penny and every ounce. I travel most every week and I refuse to be the guy in the airport tethered to a power outlet, which usually means sitting next to a column on a dirty airport floor. Even on the plane, aisle seats are better (of course) but plugging your phone in on the aisle, means extending a charging cable across the meager amount of space your window seat-mate needs to excuse himself. I would much rather get through a full day of heavy use and simply charge my phone and battery case overnight.

    Let me say that one more time: Even under HEAVY use, I consume a full iPhone battery. When my phone reaches ~10%, I recharge my battery completely, and use another full iPhone battery, and when it reaches 10% again, I charge it with the case for about 30% of an iPhone battery. This easily gets me through pretty much any hard travel day – and I never search for a power outlet until I am safely ensconced in my hotel room. In a small way, this is real freedom.

    Let us introduce the SMRT Magnetic iPhone Battery Charging Case

     

    A battery case for your iPhone 6, 7 or 8 with an amazing set of features

    Beautifully crafted and over-engineered to deliver to quality you expect from TechSMRT – A battery case for your iPhone 6, 7 or 8 with an amazing set of features:

    • Powerful 3000 mAh Battery. Charges your battery 1 ½ times.
    • Built-in lightning port!, no extra USB cord needed.
    • Charges the case and your phone simultaneously.
    • Easy access to ports, and buttons.
    • Easy to use magnetic closure. Protects your iPhone securely.
    • Magnetic top is a built-in kickstand, great for viewing movies and videos.

    Watching Movies & Videos

    This case is designed perfectly for watching movies and videos. Simply pop off the top and it magnetically connects to the back of the case. No extra legs or dongles required. This is the most brilliant design I have seen for quickly and easily watching YouTube or Netflix handsfree. It just works.

    This case is designed perfectly for watching movies and videos.

    Powerful Battery & Fast Charging

    The SMRT Magnetic battery case provides a powerful battery capacity of 3000 mAh battery to recharge your iPhone 6, 7 or 8 by approximately 130% - more than one full charge.

    Extra battery life - the cell phone battery case with a powerful 3000 mAh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, can be fully charged in 3 hours.

    iPhone Battery Capacity Chart - iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8

    Chart of iPhone 6, 7 and 8 battery capacity measured in mAh.

    All this extra power adds up to 60 hours audio, 17 hours 3G talktime, 13 hours video, 12 hours internet or 3 hours 3D gaming. Whatever you love doing, do it for longer.

    Lightweight-ish, comfortable design

    The powerful battery is slim and light. Fits easily in your hand or pocket.

    iPhones straight from the box are notoriously slippery. The design of our new the SMRT Magnetic case adds a bit of helpful size and weight. Thin and light sounds great, but IRL, it’s actually easier (and safer) to hold on to a phone with a little bit more heft.

    iPhone battery charging case

    Shock Absorbing Frame

    The shock-absorbing frame protects your iPhone from impacts even at the corners where your screen is most vulnerable. And, there’s a slight lip around the front to protect your screen when placed facedown on a table. (Of course you should always add a real glass screen protector to your iPhone).  

    iPhone Battery Case - Sock Absorbing Frame

    Know where you stand

    The blue led bar clearly shows the remaining power; 25% for each of 4 light sections. One touch power button on the back to activate your battery case with a built-in smart sensor to prevent overcharging and overheating.

    iPhone Battery Case displays remaining power

    PS, the blue LED lightbar is mellow; unlike other battery cases that put your bedroom into dance-club mode, our indicator lights won’t keep you up at night.

    OK, What’s the Downside?

    This case, like most all battery cases, does not work with lightning headphones. Because, Apple.

    One Lightning cable will charge your case and your phone at the same time, but sync and lightning headphone functions don’t work through the case. That’s why we are offering FREE Bluetooth SMRT Ear Buds with the purchase of every SMRT Magnetic Case.

    SMRT Bluetooth Ear Buds Free with the purchase of a magnetic iPhone battery charging case

    Simply add the SMRT Magnetic to your Cart and we will immediately give you an option to add a pair of SMRT Bluetooth Ear Buds (Normally $49.99, but on sale for $29.99) for FREE. That’s it; literally $0 for a great pair of wireless earbuds!!

     

    FAST & FREE Shipping 

    And because this order is over $50, shipping is FAST & FREE. We are not Amazon, but we still manage to get orders out in 2-3 business days. Standard USPS shipping is Free and Priority USPS is available for only $10.00.

    Fast & Free Shipping on orders over$50

    Final Notes

    This case is designed to fit your iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8. This case is not waterproof. Battery heating, draining quickly or poor overall battery life can (and probably will) happen with aging and typical charging/discharging cycles on most cellphones including iPhone 6 and 6s. A battery case will charge your iPhone but will not improve the iPhone's own battery life. You probably know your iPhone 6 battery could use a replacement… Apple discusses the kerfuffle here: A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance.

    Magnetic Case not for you?

    That’s cool. We have a Full collection of iPhone Battery Charging Cases. Some are super thin, some are on clearance, and some are designed specifically for the iPhone X or the Plus versions of the iPhone 6, 7 or 8. Take a look.

    You Might Also Like: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Keeping Your Phone Battery In Shape

    About the Author:

    TechSMRT was founded by Cameron Christian and Jaimeleigh Christian. We have a passion for technology and a deep desire to deliver the best in iPhone products for our customers. We want you to love your case or charger or screen protector and be proud to show it off. Everything you carry is an expression of your style and we want you to look great. There are thousands of products we could offer, but we would rather bring you a smaller selection of great products that we know and use ourselves.

    You can buy iPhone cases and accessories literally anywhere. So why buy from TechSMRT? We search the accessory universe and hand-pick the best products and the best prices. 100% of TechSMRT products are inventoried and shipped from our warehouse in Hidden Springs, Idaho. NO 3rd party fulfilment or drop-shipping from China. Every order is processed in 1-2 business days and tracking is emailed immediately when your items ship. Order accuracy is more important to us than saving a few hours. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@techsmrt.com

    Photo courtesy Ethan Hoover on Unsplash

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Keeping Your Phone Battery In Shape (Updated)

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    Your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy battery

    Love them or hate them, (well, you probably hate them) batteries power everything we hold close to our hearts, or at least in your front pocket. Maybe you have a brand new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 with a perfectly charged battery or a long-in-the-tooth iPhone 6, whose battery is so shot you need a replacement from Apple (at least it’s discounted). All batteries lose their juice holding power eventually, but here are a few steps you can take to keep them in operating as long as possible.

    Update: iOS 11.3 Battery Health & Performance Throttling 

    To keep your phone battery working at top speed, you’re going to have some homework: And you’re going to have to unlearn some of what you thought you knew about battery maintenance. A lot has changed in just the last few years, and the old rules just don’t work anymore. The newest batteries are all lithium-ion: Rechargeable lithium-ion technology provides the best performance for your device. Compared with older battery types, lithium-ion batteries weigh less, last longer, and charge more efficiently.

    Newish batteries can mostly take care of themselves (our bad habits notwithstanding) as you pay close attention to a few key factors. Here’s how to determine the health of your battery, and how to keep it spewing electrons until it’s time for a new phone.

    Samsung Galaxy Battery

    Watch for Battery Bloat

    If a battery is swollen, even a little bit – consider it an imminent fire hazard. You have probably seen the videos of exploding e-cigarettes, think of that but 100 times more powerful. Don’t even mess around with swollen batteries. Replace it immediately.

    Bloated battery - throw away immediately.

    Batteries Hate Temperature Extremes

    It’s the goldilocks syndrome. Batteries can’t get too hot, or too cold: a battery at the extreme ends of the weather spectrum is an inefficient one. You should try to keep your battery’s temperature between 5 to 45 °C (41 to 113 °F). Heat causes a battery to speed up its chemical reactions, which translates to a battery that drains faster than it should.

    A cold battery is equally inhibited by the frigid weather, and has a lower capacity compared to a room temperature battery. One more thing: avoid charging your battery in below freezing temperatures, as you could permanently damage its capacity.

    Unplugging and Discharging

    Every battery has a lifespan, measured in the number of cycles. A cycle is complete every time the battery is fully recharged, whether all at once or over the course of a few days. A battery charged from 80% to 100% every day will take five days to complete one full charging cycle. Going from completely dead to fully charged is another charging cycle.

    In general, you shouldn’t allow your battery to fall to dangerously low levels, and should start charging your devices when they fall below 20% to avoid placing stress on a battery by charging it from such a low level (charging from extremely low levels ages the battery and reduces cycle count). If you want, you can unplug your device after it’s fully charged, though most devices automatically cease charging when their battery is full, negating the worry of degrading the battery.

    Charging a battery also means you’re expending a charge cycle, so the fewer times you charge it, and the less you charge all at once, the longer it will last. That means battery saving measures like Power Save mode on your devices should be considered when you’re looking to maximize your time up and running.

    Update to the Latest Software

    Saving power is one of the important functions of your operating system. Whether you are on iOS or Android – take the time to stay current, your battery will thank you.

    iOS 11

    Putting your Phone Away for a While? Store it half-charged.

    If you want to store your device long term, two key factors will affect the overall health of your battery: the environmental temperature and the percentage of charge on the battery when it’s powered down for storage. Do not fully charge or fully discharge your device’s battery — charge it to around 50%. If you store a device when its battery is fully discharged, the battery could fall into a deep discharge state, which renders it incapable of holding a charge. Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an extended period of time, the battery may lose some capacity, leading to shorter battery life. Power down the device to avoid additional battery use. Place your device in a cool, moisture-free environment that’s less than 90° F (32° C). If you plan to store your device for longer than six months, charge it to 50% every six months.

    Manage Background App Refresh

    The latest Apple iOS release comes with Background App Refresh enabled. This feature lets all your applications run continuously in the background while you multitask and refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. It's handy if you are addicted to every conceivable notification, but IMHO, not worth the battery life it consumes.

    To disable this feature, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can pick whether you want to turn off the function in general or via an app by app basis. I turn it OFF completely.  

    Turn OFF Parallax

    Some people like how Apple's parallax feature makes it seem like the wallpaper can move behind the apps; Sure, it’s pretty, but after a few minutes it’s really just a novelty. Either way, it's one of the biggest offenders of battery life for iOS 8 and higher. To turn it off, visit Settings > General > Accessibility and switch Reduce Motion to "on."

    You might also like: 6 Ways to Boost the Resale Value of Your Phone

    Monitoring Your Smartphone Battery

    Android: It’s easy to see what’s draining your battery in Android. You can take a look inside Android’s battery settings to see which service or app is using all of your juice, and adjust your habits accordingly.

    On Apple iOS: thanks to Apple’s terrible decision to throttle older iPhones, the battery management service will be updated in the upcoming iOS 11.3 software update. You’ll be able to see the health of your battery as a percentage, and determine whether or not you’re due for a replacement. If you are too impatient to wait, you can always download a battery monitoring app and use it to see how those cells are doing.

    You can also enable Android Doze, which stops apps from running background processes -- constantly stressing your battery life with requests for location data, notifications, and other unseen actions. Want even more info on the health of your battery? Try GSam Battery Monitor, which will display a wealth of data about your battery, including its capacity, cycle count, usage time, and which apps are using the majority of your juice.

    Check out the Full collection of iPhone Battery Charging Cases

    About the Author

    Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, TechSMRT. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with real iPhone accessories that are beautiful and functional. Email us at info@techsmrt.com.

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  • The Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally in the real

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    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally in the real

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally in the real. Pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship phone will be available on March 2. Better get started planning how to upgrade. You have five days to sell your old phone and prepare to purchase the new S9 or S9 Plus.

    No matter how you plan to get rid of your old phone, and whether you want to get the best price, or (like me) you can't stand crapware, your best bet is to buy the Galaxy S9 directly from Samsung.

    Here’s how the pricing breaks down (via USA Today). Samsung is selling an unlocked version of the Galaxy S9 that works with any carrier for $720 (or 24 monthly payments of $30). The super-sized Galaxy S9+ is available for $840 (or $35 per month for two years). On top of that, the company is offering up to $350 off if you trade in an older phone, with the exact discount depending on the model and its current condition.

    By comparison, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are all selling the Galaxy S9 for around $790 and the Galaxy S9+ for anywhere from $910-$930. So you’re essentially paying extra for a phone that’s locked to a specific carrier and comes with a bunch of extra software you probably don’t want. Verizon and Sprint have already confirmed trade-in deals just like Samsung’s, while AT&T hasn’t announced any sort of discount for now.

    If you’re on T-Mobile it’s not quite as bad. The carrier is offering pretty much the exact same pricing as Samsung, along with up to $360 in trade-in discounts. The downside is that your Galaxy S9 will still come loaded with bloatware that takes up storage space and slows down the device.

    If you absolutely need to buy from your carrier do it through Best Buy for an added discount. For most people, though, buying the Galaxy S9 from Samsung is the way to go. You’ll get a solid price without all that xtra annoying software to deal with. Best of all, your new phone won’t be tied to one particular carrier.

    About the Author

    Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, TechSMRT. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with innovative consumer electronics accessories that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@techsmrt.com.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming this Feb

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    Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming this Feb

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have all the bells and whistles. Samsung will hold a launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25, where it’s almost certainly going to reveal the Galaxy S9. They didn’t specifically say it, but given the giant 9 on the invitation, we are pretty confident. March 2 is the date rumored for pre-orders in South Korea, according to ETNews, quoting a senior official at Samsung. Learn more about this phenomenal smartphone.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 is coming this Feb

    Variants

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available in the S9 and S9+. The S9+ model will have a bigger screen and a few other features that the S9 doesn't have. There are predictions that the Samsung Galaxy 9 phone will come with a screen resolution of 5.8- inches. It's highly unlikely that there is going to be any changes in regards to the dimensions of the screen.

    Design

    Samsung phones have always had a streamlined look about them that is very attractive to many smartphone users.

    What to expect

    The Galaxy S7 has an edge that is curved and it is believed that the S9 will also follow this same design. However, the back edge will be curved even more so that it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand.

    Display

    VR or Virtual Reality support is also another expected feature since most of the earlier models also have this feature.

    VR Ready Display- It is believed that the handset for Samsung Galaxy S9 will have a 4k display resolution. This is one of the highest resolutions available, and it is believed that this smartphone will be ahead of its time. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will also keep the 3D touch technology, a feature that Samsung is known for.

    Always On Display- The AOD feature also known as the "Always On Display" will also be another feature of the S9 model. This feature has undergone many upgrades and is expected to be even better in the Galaxy S9.

    Bezel-less Screen- The screen will measure 5.5-inches and will be protected by gorilla glass 4 on the front and backside of the phone. The screen will also be curved and have a three-edge Infinity display.

    Screen Size- It looks like Samsung may keep the same screen that comes with the model S8, which is a 5.77-inch and a 6.2-inch display with an Infinite display.

    Security

    It will also come with a fingerprint scanner that will be embedded in the display. It may also come with iris/facial scanner for added security. It is also believed that both features may be combined to provide additional security.

    What's Beneath the Surface

    Chipset

    It is implied that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will come with a chipset from Qualcomm. The S9+ model smartphone will also come with the latest Exynos chipset by the time of the launch of the handset.

    Storage

    In regards to storage, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is believed to have better RAM than all of its predecessors. Leaked packaging shows, at least, 64 GB. This smartphone will also come with a MicroSD card slot which supports extra storage of up to 256 GB.

    Camera and Video

    It is predicted that the camera will get a major makeover. It is believed that the Galaxy S9 will have a single camera at the rear. The Galaxy S9+ is believed to have a camera with dual lenses. The camera may use an image sensor that helps to take better pictures when there is low light.

    This sensor will also feature a high-tech focus for the dual cameras and "high speed captures at Full HD video." The Samsung S9 is also believed to have a feature that enables users to create super slow motion video. Another special feature that is predicted to change has to do with the "selfie" photo and how it will be upgraded.

    A source speaking to The Korea Herald said the iris camera lens will be increased from 2 megapixels to 3 megapixels for the S9, helping it recognize faces in more challenging environments, and also when the eyes move during scanning or are behind glasses. The improved iris scanning capabilities appear to be confirmed a recent press release from Samsung.

    Battery

    It is suggested that the S9 model will have a more powerful battery that is known as the "Super Capacitor." The special feature of this battery is that it will be fully charged in 2 minutes time.

    Price

    The suggested price for a Galaxy S9 smartphone is slightly higher than the S8 model that is priced between $880 and $920.

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 has many features that make it stand out from its competitors. Not only do you get added security, but an upgrade to your camera and video. You'll also get a phone with a longer lasting battery and a reasonable price for this much hardware.

    In addition to battery cases for the full iPhone line including: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X. We will offer cases for the most popular Samsung Galaxy lineup as well: Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.

    About the Author

    Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, TechSMRT. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with innovative consumer electronics accessories that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@techsmrt.com.

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  • 6 Ways to Boost the Resale Value of Your Phone

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    broken iphone screen - how to maximize the resale value of your phone

    New phones are expensive. Do we even need to talk about the $1000 plus price ta of a new iPhone X. Even the Samsung Galaxy S9 will go for almost $900. But here’s the secret trick – you don’t have to spend full price on a new phone every year, you can get  a new one deeply discounted by trading in your old phone. But this strategy won’t work if your phone is banged up, scratched or otherwise broken. It needs to be in almost pristine condition. So, here are 5 ways to keep your phone looking great – to maximize your resale value:

    Tip 6 – Get a Screen Protector for the Front (and for the Back)

    screen protector - how to maximize the resale value of your phone

    There are plenty of reasonable priced screen protectors available. Make sure you get  a real glass screen protector and not the cheap plastic ones. Many screen protectors come in pack’s of two – perfect for applying the second one to the back of your phone. So what if it has a little hole for the home button – it will still do the job.

    Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6, 7, 8 & 6, 7, 8 Plus

    Tip 5 – Use a Battery Case or Wireless Charging to Protect Your Lightning Port

    Qi wireless charging - how to maximize the resale value of your phone

    There is nothing worse than a broken or damaged lightning port. Pretty much impossible to fix, and the more you use the port (plugging and unplugging charging cables) the more likely you are to break it. A battery charging cases plugs into your lightning port once and stays plugged in. If you do damage the port, it’s the port on the $50 battery case not your $900 iPhone.

    iPhone Battery Charging Cases

    (Upgraded) Galaxy S7 Battery Case, Trianium Atomic Pro Charging Battery Pack for Samsung S7 - 4500mAh Extended Battery Fast Charger [Quick Charge Pass Thru] Protective Case Power Pack Juice Bank

    Don’t like the weight of a battery case but still want to protect your lightning port? Use the wireless charging features now included on many phone models. You will need a newer model iPhone 8, 8P or X or a Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, LG, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, and Motorola phones that support Qi wireless charge standard.

    Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone 8, 8P, X and All Phones that Support Qi

    Tip 4 – Get a Great Case

    This one is a no brainer. You need a great case to protect your phone. Broken screens and busted corners are non-starters if you want to sell your phone for top dollar. Obviously, you have thousands of choices for a new case – I hope you get something with a little style.

    Wooden Slim Cases for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy

    Tip 3 – Keep the Box

    Keep your iphone box and accessories - how to maximize the resale value of your phone

    Don’t throw away the box, the instructions, or the extra charger. Even better, use the charger and headphones you already have – that way the box, accessories and cables will be in pristine condition. Next to the condition of your phone, this one tip will add $100 or more to your resale value.

    Tip 2 – Sell It to Someone You Know

    Forget about E-Bay – way too much hassle to list it and deal with all the fees E-Bay will pile on. Just make a nice Facebook post with lot’s of pictures and sell it to someone you know. Much better, faster and you will probably get paid in cash.

    Tip 1 – Jailbreak Your Phone

    This one is a little tougher, but if you can jailbreak your phone and protect the “unlocked” ability to connect to any carrier, your phone will be worth a premium. Sounds complicated right – it’s really not that hard. Take a look at a couple of guides to easily jailbreak your iPhone:

    How To Jailbreak Your Phone

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    About the Author

    Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, TechSMRT. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with innovative iPhone accessories that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at info@techsmrt.com.

    TAGS:  iPhone battery case, phone cases, phone case, Qi wireless charger, iphone screen protectors, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.

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