Kensington PowerBack Battery Case With Kickstand For The IPad Review

Posted: Nov 9 2010, 2:04pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews


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Kensington case has an internal battery and more


The Kensington PowerBack has an integrated 4400mAh battery. The case also features a kickstand to props the iPad up for watching video and other content on the screen. The battery inside the case and the iPad battery can be charged at once with an integrated USB port that also allows for sync operations. The case can be pre-ordered now for $129.99.

In Use

I have used numerous battery cases for my iPhone to get more runtime from the device so I can use it longer. I have had much better luck with the battery inside my iPad, the thing will run for days no matter how much I use it, and I use the iPad a lot for games and reading each day. The downside to a long battery life is that I often forget to plug the iPad in until it is almost dead. The Kensington PowerBack is a cool case with an internal battery inside that adds a lot more run time to the device.

The case is nice looking and adds a significant amount of bulk to the thin iPad. The case is also heavy at 2 ounces and with the case installed the iPad feels about twice as heavy as it did without the case. The benefits of adding that weigh is that the battery provides an extra five hours of run time to the iPad and the integrated kickstand makes it easy and comfortable to watch video and type on the iPad with an external keyboard.

The case is very well made with a soft touch finish that is black. On the bottom of the case is a button that will show how much power is in the case at the press of a button. The mini USB port integrated into the case will charge both the iPad and the Kensington PowerBack battery at the same time. You can also synchronize the iPad with the USB port without removing the iPad for the case.

The Kensington PowerBack covers the bottom half of the iPad and the only control or port that is covered by the case is that charge port. All of the other controls and buttons are left uncovered. I use a scratch prevention film on my iPad and the Kensington PowerBack didn’t interfere with the film in any way. Some cases like this tend to peel the films off the device or at times, you just can't get your iPad inside the case with the film on.

The Kensington PowerBack is made with a grate near the speaker and the case deflects the sound out to the user. That means you can hear audio from the iPad as clearly with the Kensington PowerBack installed as you can without the case.



  • Protects the iPad
  • Props the iPad up for work and play
  • Five extra hours of runtime


  • Adds significant weight and bulk to the iPad
  • Expensive


The Kensington PowerBack adds lots of bulk and weight to your iPad, but people away from an outlet for long periods will be glad to trade the extra weigh for more run time and protection from drops.


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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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