HITCASE is fired up to welcome British athlete adventurer and World Record Holder Ross Edgley to the family!! We’re all about supporting individuals who push the limits, and Ross is upping the game, combining extreme endurance World Records with raising awareness for notable causes.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Geoff Brown and his crew of snow gurus ventured out into the mountains in search of deep snow and good times. They headed to zones where cell phones lose service and instead are simply high-priced cameras. All POV footage was shot simply on an iPhone and a HITCASE PRO, our toughest most rugged iPhone case. Shockproof, mountable, waterproof protection for your iPhone.
The Whistler Train Wreck is a hype urban legend around these parts, causing a cluster f%@! of confusion for locals over the question: how did a train end up in the middle of the woods? The wreck, which fell off the rails in the 1950’s, rests far enough away from the track and perfectly scattered between old growth trees, that this rusty gnarled heap of metal must have been relocated somehow. But by whom?
Filmmakers Ryan and Kris Harris from Beacon Media Group have always wanted to utilize the legendary location for a shoot, and considering that no one (at least to any of our knowledge) has ever skied the wreck they wanted to be the first to record it. When they called us over at HITCASE about the concept, it was a no brainer. Filmed entirely with an iPhone and the HITCASE PRO with the Wide Angle TrueLux Lens, this video is far from your average ski edit.
“We hiked to the train wreck a couple summers ago and saw the bike ramps setup,” comments Ryan Harris. “It was hard to imagine but we thought how cool it would be to shoot a little ski video in there. Limited speed, sketchy ramps, loose nails and tight trees it was not an easy one to find a skier for. Dean Bercovitch was keen to give it a go with us, so the madness began… ”
Unknown mountain bikers built the ramps around the wreck, however there isn’t enough vertical for a skier or rider to session the boxcars. The Beacon Boys McGivered a winch out of an old snow-blower, strapped it to a platform, slapped skis on it and pushed it the 4km to the film location in -15C weather. Boom. That’s some Einstein stuff right there folks.
The wreck was a war-zone to ski, with Bercovitch having to dodge rusty-ass metal, nails and trees. “Dean wanted to go even bigger on everything but tiny run-ups didn’t allow for enough speed,” comments Ryan. “The craziest trick was definitely the 360 through the 2 trees. His skis only fit straight so if he spun to slow or fast he was going down hard.” To fit between the trees Dean spun a 270 before threading the needle, with each trick having to be intensely calculated so he didn’t eat it into the train.
So why is there a train in the middle of the woods anyway? Aside from many suspect of X-files ghostery happening in the backwoods, it wasn’t until Rick Valleau came forward in 2013. His father had actually moved the wreck back in 1956 when Pacific Great Eastern Railway contacted him asking for his help, since he was the only person in the area capable of cleaning up the mess. Jimmy rigging his logging equipment, Valleau relocated the boxcars, allowing the track to go through a rebuild.
With the history of the wreck finally debunked, there’s something to be said about the vision of the Beacon Brothers coming to light and having Dean shred the old train. At HITCASE we’re all about supporting those in the pursuit of everyday adventure, and this is most definitely one hell of tale. So cheers to winter 2017 and keep on charging-it out there.
Happy Holidays! It can be difficult to shop for a loved one with a case of wanderlust, since they never seem to stay in one place for long. The MobileSyrup team wants to recommend a few parting Christmas presents that will help make their travels even better.
Whether you’re pal is surfing the wild waves or curling up on the plane with a good book, these tech-savvy presents will help keep them connected and protected, no matter where on the globe they end up.
The traveller in your life probably takes their phone with them on all kinds of adventures. Imagine the peace of mind they’d have knowing that their most precious device was safe from most any water or shock damage?
Hitcase smartphone cases have been rated among the best for rugged or wet environments. With three different kinds of cases offered, including the Hitcase PRO, Hitcase Shield, and Hitcase Snap, you can choose the perfect case for the thrills your pal loves to seek.
The latest Hitcase SHIELD for iPhone 7 is available on the website for $89.99 CAD.
It’s not often that I find add-on products to be really compelling, but Hitcase has been an exception. The Hitcase Snap is an easy-to-add protective case for your phone, that accommodates a variety of accessories. The photos it produces, makes your cellphone more like carrying a big DSLR with interchangeable lenses…but way less bulky.
I’ve recently been using the Hitcase Snap (right) and the Hitcase Shield(left). The Hitcase Shield is the easiest to use waterproof case I’ve ever encountered. And the Snap is a quick-to-put-on case that allows you to add auxiliary lenses, selfie sticks, car mounts, and more.
The Shield is probably the world’s thinnest, MIL-SPEC waterproof case for iPhone, at least, it’s the thinnest I’ve ever seen. Most waterproof cases are complex series of clips and clamps meant to secure rubber O-rings in just the right places. The Shield, in comparison, is simply a very thin, clear plastic skin, held in place by an aluminum frame. Literally, peel off the top, slide in your phone and push the top back into place. You are ready for drops, drips and even a dunking up to 6’ deep on your iPhone6. The case for the iPhone7 is good to 10’ deep.
Pop-out plugs allow you to charge your phone or plug in your headphones without removing the case.
Everybody needs a selfie stick, and the ShootR will hold your Snap case…in a snap. Just slide Snap’s built-in rail into the ShootR and it clicks in place. Pull the trigger on the bottom of the rail, and the phone slides free. Collapsed down, it will fit in a small bag or even your pocket. Extended, you’ve got an 18.5” extension pole to put your phone in the best position for dramatic footage. It’s waterproof, so if underwater adventure is your thing, it’ll go there also.
Ever want to create those sped-up time lapse scenes of your car racing through town? Grab the SuckR Mount for a super-secure grip to your car hood, and your iPhone can create some great Hollywood effects, while holding it securely in place. The double knuckle joints let you position your phone at just the right angle.
But, the most compelling features in my estimation, are the three auxiliary lenses available for the Snap case. Hitcase lenses are available in Wide, Superwide and Macro styles. Each comes with either snap on rubber covers, or you can get the keyring style carrier with rubber caps you can’t lose.
If over-the-top adventure is your thing, you’ll want to check out the Hitcase Pro for maximum durability and interchangeable lens. It’s available now for iPhone 5 and 6. We’ll be looking at their new Pro case for iPhone7 shortly. Stay tuned.
Check out the whole line of Hitcase products — they’ve got your iPhones covered with models for iPhone 5, SE, 6 and 7.
Hate bulky waterproof rugged cases? Hitcase has the thinnest iPhone case built to withstand the elements and your adventures. It’s waterproof and drop-proof up to six feet with a pure aluminum body. It’s particularly unique in the way the top of the case easily peels on and off. No need to carry around that weird key to unlock your waterproof case. The Hitcase Shockseal protects the screen while allowing you to use Touch ID and comes off easily when it’s time to switch cases. I’ve used quite a few Hitcase products in the past, and I expect this case will have the same high level of protection and quality.
A deep snow bank or torrential downpour won’t stop you from catching that shot on your iPhone with the Hitcase Pro, the only case to have when you are inside nature’s washing machine. It’s 100-per-cent waterproof and drop-proof, letting you fearlessly share your life with the world. $99.99; hitcase.com
HIT Technologies Recognized as Tech Innovator by Canadian Innovation Exchange
The Canadian Innovation Exchange has announced its selection of HIT Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE: HIT) as one of 2016’s top 20 most innovative public technology companies in Canada.
The CIX selection committee, made up of technology experts from across the country, evaluated hundreds of small and mid-cap technology companies and made its selection based on a number of key factors including overall innovation, product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.
“Being recognized by the Canadian Innovation Exchange is an honour,” said company founder and CEO Brooks Bergreen. “I’m extremely proud of the work our team has done, not only with our products but also with our marketing approach. I’m looking forward to meeting with Investors in Toronto to show off our next generation lineup.”
HIT’s CEO, Brooks Bergreen, will be presenting at CIX Public Investor Day on the afternoon of November 23 at MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON.
We’re hyped to welcome fellow British Columbian, and pro mountain bike athlete Graham Agassiz to the Hitcase Team, just in time for 11th edition of the Red Bull Rampage hosted in Virgin Utah, October 14th, 2016. Sponsored by Monster Energy, Dakine and Kona Bikes, Graham is one of just 21 invited athletes who participated in the world-class event this past Friday. Make sure to check out the footage of Agassiz and his fellow competitors as they boosted off of the gnarliest and rugged landscape of all time. You won’t be disappointed.
“Graham is a super star athlete and adventurer as well as hugely creative, which is why we wanted to work with him,” said HIT Technologies CEO, Brooks Bergreen. “We are really excited to welcome him to the Hitcase Family, and looking forward to an amazing year for both him and Hitcase.”
Check out Agassiz’s qualifying run at Rampage 2015 below.
View the official press release via Stockhouse HERE.