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.

Mobile Syrup Names The HITCASE SHIELD In Their Top Gifts for Travellers

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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.

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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.

Medium.com Gives The HITCASE SHIELD and SNAP An Outstanding Review: Hitcase Upgrades Your iPhone in A Snap

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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.

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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.

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Pop-out plugs allow you to charge your phone or plug in your headphones without removing the case.

Hitcase Snap

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.

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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.

Find the original article on Medium.com here.

HITCASE Hot Tips: Live Feeds & Stories

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HITCASE Hot Tips: Live Feeds & Stories

Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram Stories:

What do they have in common? HITCASE makes them better.

There are two types of people active on social media these days: Those who are live streaming and sharing stories, and those who are aware of these platforms but are too timid to test the water themselves. It doesn’t matter which category you find yourself in. The party is just getting started. No cares if you’re late, as long as you show up looking good. HITCASE is here to help you.

The HITCASE ecosystem of lenses, mounts, and waterproof case options is the best thing to put on your iPhone before you hit share, send, or broadcast. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you the tools they offer and techniques to make your feed pop.

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The Platforms:

Yes, yes, we know you millennials are seasoned chickens when it comes to the new-new of social media. We break down the platforms and the cases and lenses Hitcase offers to take it to the next level.

Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat:

Watch those fingers, boy. This beef is fire hot. We spent our days tiredly toggling between the same three apps. Then Instagram came and adopted most of the things we loved from Snapchat. Instagram Stories is user-friendly and already connected to your current Instagram and Facebook following. We wait for Snapchat’s next big trick. If you haven’t been brave enough to tackle Snap. Your time has come to produce some kick-ass Instagram Stories with your iPhone and Hitcase. If you were a Snapchat early adopter and sticking with the OG story maker, they’ve got you too.

Tools:

Hitcase Snap equipped with the TrueLUX Wide lens is a must. Show your followers more with 104° field of view. Or get submerged with the fully waterproof HITCASE Pro and stop people dead in their feed. The underwater world is one you’ll want to share. Who has underwater stories? Nobody does. Wait! You do! Slap the HITCASE Pro on your iPhone. Share when you get to the surface and blow minds.

 

 

Story Tip:

Random one-offs can be sweet (we’re not talking about one night stands), but thought out clips and images that engage and carry your audience is where it’s at. Script your followers through your day, event, or epic party. While Instagram Stories and Snapchat are a perfect place to be loose with your curated artistic side. Your followers will appreciate the extra effort you put into telling your tale. 

Pro Tip:

Love your Snapchat filter and want to share it on an Instagram Story? Make your video or photo in Snap. Then, hold the download button (downward arrow on the bottom left hand side). This will save it to your camera roll. While in Instagram Stories swipe down from the top. This will give you access to all of the photos / video you’ve taken in the last 24 hours. Voila, dog-face grams.

 

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Periscope & Facebook Live 

Where are the Tweeters at? We all have our go-to platform for news and communication. If yours is Twitter, dive into Periscope. Interact with your audience while sharing the scene, vibe, and surroundings of your life. Talk to your people, walk with them, shred a mountain or a surf break with all your followers. They’ll be thankful you did.

Facebook is your thing? Your TV audience awaits. Just like you always dreamed of as a kid. The great thing about Facebook is whether you’re a business or socialite; Facebook is not currently limiting how many followers you reach with your streams. Your Facebook friends and their friend’s friends are waiting for you to step up and stream your life. And they will watch. The better it looks the longer they’ll be there. Again, we got you covered.

 

Tools: How pro do you want to go? Sky’s the limit with Hitcase. ShootR pole selfie stick is a must to keep your iPhone at a proper distance. It’s packaged with HITCASE Snap and HITCASE Pro Plus. Their wide lenses (both TrueLUX Wide and Superwide) are key for capturing the bigger picture. Hosting an interview? How to? Cooking show? Wedding, birth, or briss? Stabilize your iPhone hands free with the StickR or TiltR mounts.

 

Tip: 

We get it. Hitting the broadcast button for the first time can be nerve-racking. Don’t be afraid to watch a few Periscope’s and Facebook Live’s first and see what’s working and not for other people. Be yourself and interact with the audience. Don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to jump in.

Pro Tip:

Have a plan. Write a script. You don’t need a speechwriter. A few sticky notes to make sure you hit all of your points may be all you need. And do not get lost in the commentary, stay on task; and don’t forget to smile!

Seems life is always sunshine and lollypops in the world of social media. Pair the live streaming and story making apps with Hitcase for iPhone and it’ll be sweeter than it is already.

 

…More HITCASE products on offer for Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Live Streaming

Lenses, lenses, lenses. Sending the good vibes from where you are isn’t going to translate unless people really see it as it should be seen.

TrueLUX Wide: It is your go-to, must-have, “where have you been all my life” lens. Instantly doubles your field of view without distorting quality. Your world at an arms length just got twice as big.

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TrueLUX Superwide: Oh, yes! Fisheye perspective brings everyone into your world. It’s a no brainer for any action sports. Heck, anything awesome. Pair this one with the HITCASE Pro and get wild. Dive off docks, head into waterfalls, Snapchat your festival experience. It’s all going down.

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TrueLUX Macro: Don’t sleep on the macro. Three times magnification for your story. Go to the garden, or get your beehive on! Stop the scroll-trolls dead in their track and blow their mind. “Honeycomb!? Are you kidding me?!”

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Mounts: OK here’s where it gets real. Set up shop on a StickR mount or run the TiiltR on a tripod. Or rock the ShootR selfie stick and roam your walking and talking monologue while keeping your audience engaged in the action.

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Follow HITCASE on social media for plenty of examples of lenses, mounts, and how to make the most of yours.

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Discovery Channel #SharkWeek 2016

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Discovery Channel Shark Week returns June 26. Shark Week is an annual event that brings you shark-based programming for a whole week.

This year, HITCASE is excited to be part of the week long programming event. HITCASE PRO is a waterproof, mountable, go-anywhere case that will be swimming with the sharks this year!

Stay tuned for more information.

WORLD’S BEST AND MOST VERSATILE WATERPROOF iPHONE CASE

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Take your iPhone anywhere and everywhere. Take photos, videos and even listen to music while underwater. Bring your phone swimming, diving, surfing, running, bike riding, sailing… click here to find the best waterproof case for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 6.

HITCASE is the world’s best waterproof iPhone case for, and it’s Ready for Adventure. HITCASE is great for diving, surfing, snowboarding and any other water related sport.  Hitcase PRO is rated IP68, as defined in International Standard IEC 60529, and is the most rigorous classification. This rating means that HITCASE PRO offers complete dust protection and is waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet) for up to 30 minutes..

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Introducing The Mini SuckR

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How often have you wanted to quickly mount your Hitcase on your car or gear but didn’t want to permanently glue on a mount? We’ve got your solution right here.

The Hitcase Mini SuckR is a tiny suction mount that is both strong and quick mounting. You can suction mount it to your car, boat, window or any flat surface in seconds. A quick snap latch and a unique suction material secures the SuckR to any clean smooth surface.

Andrew Taylor Explores the Tasty Trails of The Dolemites

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Hitcase family member Andrew Taylor just posted episode 4 of Seasons of Shred where he and the Seasons of Shred crew rip down the trails of The Dolomites in Italy. A great variety of terrain from rocky to forest make for a challenging ride. Toss in some awe inspiring scenery and you see why this is a MTB dream spot.