HITCASE HACKS: How To Keep Your iPhone Battery Alive In The Cold

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You know what it’s like: you wake up early to venture out for a day of skiing, snowboarding, hiking or work and just before you snap that EPIC photo or dial that important call…your phone dies. Total bummer. Not having the ability to capture photos or videos on your latest adventure sucks, but not being able to call or text can also be a massive pain, especially when you’re in the backcountry or at work. At HITCASE we’ve been playing around with how to keep your iPhone battery alive in the cold for a while now, and with these five simple hacks, you’ll be able to keep those mobile juices flowing while you venture out into those frosty environments.

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SCIENCE! WHY YOUR BATTERY DIES 👇🏼

iPhones use a type of battery called Lithium-Ion, and while the battery recharges quickly and doesn’t need to be fully depleted before you plug it in, Lithium-Ion batteries don’t fair so well in the cold.

Cold temperatures increase the internal resistance and diminish the capacity of a Lithium-Ion battery. In laymen’s terms this means your battery is struggling to perform and expends energy quickly in the cold. Global news did an experiment which showed an iPhone left outside dropped 14% in only 30 minutes, while an identical phone left inside dropped only 1%.

So, instead of leaving your battery life up to the elements, here’s five simple hacks to keep your battery alive:

HITCASE HACK #1: PUT A CASE ON YOUR IPHONE

The shell of your iPhone is made out of metals and glass…and if you can think back to your high school science class, both are excellent conductors of hot and cold. While strapping on a case might not be the perfect answer to preserve battery life, it does in fact help your iPhone brave the elements. We recommend the HITCASE PRO or HITCASE SHIELD to provide added protection, both of which are waterproof iPhone cases that are smashproof and durable as well.

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HITCASE HACK # 2: THE RAPID CHARGER

When our team is out filming in cold temperatures, we carry rapid battery chargers. They are small enough to fit into your jacket pocket and can be easily plugged in and attached to your phone while you are braving the elements. Rapid chargers are the sure fire way to boost or maintain battery life over the course of a few days.

Check out Gotta Be Mobile’s post on the Best Quick Charge Portable Battery Chargers to find the best one for you.

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MARTY’S HACK #3: SMELL THE GLOVE

HITCASE Influencer Marty Robertson knows the trials and tribulations of a dead iPhone all too well. His solution: cover your HITCASE with a thin glove and place a pocket warmer into it. The pocket warmer will keep your iPhone battery from dying and will warm you up in the process. SMART.

“Buy yourself the reusable hand warmers that have the little disc inside that you snap, (causes a chemical reaction and heats the pack up). Buy two. When you’re done simply boil them in a cloth over a pan and reuse. I found the HITCASE and the plastic of the actual hand warmers stick well together so the plastic bag isn’t necessary, it just helps keep them together and acts like a jacket. Simply activate the hand warmers and place in the zip lock bags. I’ve also used an old sock or glove to sandwich the HITCASE with hand warmers on either side and cut a hole for the camera lens. Looks ghetto but works. I found iPhones hate the cold and turn off even with full battery without this little hack.”
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HITCASE HACK #4: AIRPLANE MODE

It seems kind of obvious, but switching to airplane mode or low power mode while out in the cold retains far more battery life than operating your phone as usual. Airplane mode will extend your iPhone’s battery life in the cold and we recommend turning it on as soon as you venture out.

HITCASE HACK #5: TURN DOWN THE BRIGHTNESS ON YOUR SCREEN

Our friends over at 9to5mac.com have a great tutorial on how to reduce your screen’s brightness beyond your iPhone’s default settings. However, to reduce your iPhone’s brightness within the default settings, follow these steps:

Go back to the main Accessibility section of the Settings app, and scroll down and select Accessibility Shortcut. Tap Zoom for the Accessibility shortcut to assign a three finger-tap to the Zoom setting. Triple-press the Home button to quickly switch between brightness. BOOM.

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Big Hitters, Hitcase PRO+.

All of our Hitcase PRO+ packages come with our aluminum ShootR pole (selfie stick) bundled for free!

Here is a perfect demo video of Alex Andrews using his Hitcase PRO+ and ShootR pole with an iPhone 5s. So much powder on the east coast!!

Hitcase Featured in the Hypebeast 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Better late than never, right? Men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine HYPEBEAST featured Hitcase in their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! You can check it out here, scroll over to slide 24 to check it out.

The Life Of The Party Is Your Hitcase

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The Hitcase is designed to effectively withstand the punishing elements of nature and the physical abuse of action sports. The potential dangers to mobile devices of these intense activities aren’t that much different from a good party. To iPhones, water sports are like drinking games and dancing is like off-roading.

I used to be one of the directors at New York City’s former greatest nightclub, Sound Factory, and remember the bartenders joking about how many phones they see people ruining by spilled drinks every night. The cleanup crew would even find a few of them sitting in the bottom of toilets or cracked on the dance floor.

That was back in 2001 when mobile phones were rare compared to how it is now. So many Samsungs, HTCs and Nokias destroyed in the name of fun, but no matter. It’s the iPhones that that matter. Sure it’s the best smartphones but it’s still susceptible to breaking and drowning when you’re carelessly partying.

With the new Hitcase Pro +, you’ll get twice the better sound recorded throughout all those ambient party sounds to go along with the super wide angle to get the most party for your shots. Party selfies will never be the same.

Furthermore, you also won’t have to worry about that random drunk person you ask to take a photo of you and your friends. Dropped? No prob. Spilled drink? No prob.

As for myself, I’ve been having lots of fun taking first person view “cheers” shots with my Hitcase.

The Hitcase provides the same epic shots as the GoPro Hero series but with increased durability and the compactness of a pocket camera. But those are additional items you don’t want to be responsible for at a party, especially when you’re going to have your iPhone with you anyways. The only real potential problem left of having an iPhone equipped with a waterproof / shockproof case at a party is losing it. But even that’s been remedied with the included wrist strap, or if at a pool / beach / boat party, you can attach it to the new FloatR strap.

With a Hitcase in-hand, you can party on without a care and enjoy the party, all the while capturing those hazy moments on camera. Carrying an extra camera or a massive SLR while partying doesn’t sound so fun.

True story: Everyone has that friend who likes to throw parties in their own home but freaks out when a drink is on the table without a coaster. Just use a Hitcase. The nice rubber-like grippy texture will firmly hold any drink in place and start some interesting conversations.

If you want to party hard, do it with a Hitcase.

Hell, you can consider the Hitcase party equipment.

Next time you party, don’t drink and drive but do put a Hitcase on that iPhone Five.

Hitcase Introduces The Hitcase Pro+: Interchangeable Lenses, ShockWave Sound

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New TrueLUX Interchangeable Lenses

We’re stoked to launch our new Hitcase Pro+ model that now has our most requested feature, removable lenses! Our 3X SuperWide zoom lens has been totally redesigned from the ground up and improved. Our TrueLUX technology makes the lens sharper and now completely removes vignetting in both photo and video modes, a first for any iPhone lens!

The Hitcase Pro+ has a new front panel with an easy to use “twist on” lens mount that lets you quickly swap lenses on the fly even with gloves on.

The Hitcase Pro+ comes with both the 3X SuperWide zoom lens that’s perfect for action sports and a Flat Lens for a slimmer lens profile and a standard field of view. Both lenses have anti reflective and hard coatings for excellent color and scratch protection.

ShockWave Sound

We improved the sound quality in the Hitcase Pro+ to be 2X better while retaining the same durability and waterproof protection down to 33 feet. Our new ShockWave audio seal gives you iproved clarity and better audio quality for both making calls and recording adventure videos. Capture more detail in your recordings compared to other rugged and waterproof products on the market.

Pro+ Upgrade Kit Available!

Already have a Hitcase Pro 5 but want the improved TrueLUX swappable lenses and ShockWave sound? We have you covered with our Hitcase Pro+ Upgrade kit. The kit comes with a new cover designed for the new lenses, both the TrueLUX 3X SuperWide lens and the flat lens (does not include ShootR monopod). See more details here.

Comes With Our New ShootR Pocketable Monopod

Each Hitcase Pro+ comes with our new ShootR monopod. We designed the ShootR monopod in house because the ones we were using were either too big, too heavy or not waterproof enough for our needs. Lightweight, waterproof, and designed for Hitcase, the ShootR is collapsible down to a 6 inch pistol grip form factor and compact enough to fit into a pocket yet extends to almost 19 inches to capture wide angle selfie shots or get high above the crowd for “bird’s eye view” perspective.

Easy Mounting RailSlide System

Of course the Hitcase Pro+ retains all the best features of earlier versions including complete compatibility to our wide family of easy to use RailSlide mounts. With RailSlide the Hitcases  slide on and off in seconds. A locking mechanism holds the case firmly and steadily. We have mounts for motorcycles, cars, boats, roll cages, surf boards and anything else you can imagine. You can even use our RailSlide® mounts with your GoPro® cameras as all mounts are compatible with GoPro®.

Still Waterproof To 33 Feet

The new lenses and improved audio does not take away from the durability that is a key component of all Hitcases. The Hitcase ShockSeal and ShockPad dual seal system works in tandem to provide maximum water sealing and shock protection. This unique combination allows the Hitcase PRO+ to be waterproof up to 33 feet and lets your iPhone take drops from up to 10 feet.

Compatible With iPhone 5/5s/5c

Hitcase Pro+ works with all versions of iPhone 5.

Hitcase Pro+ is a complete protection and adventure recording system for your iPhone. It’s an enabling device that lets you capture your outdoor adventures for sharing in realtime.

Shoot, send and share amazing footage, whenever, and wherever you are.