Review: Incipio Offgrid battery case for the Galaxy S6 and Edge

Incipio Offgrid

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are absolutely beautiful phones. Redesigned from the ground up, Samsung took special care to include premium materials like a glass back and a new stronger aluminum for the frame. Unfortunately what they neglected in this gorgeous high end phone is a micro SD card slot or a battery that will last (most people) all day.

This is where the Incipio Offgrid battery case comes in. The Offgrid includes a 3,700 mAh battery in the case that will charge the 2,500 mAh battery in the S6 and 2,600 mAh battery in the S6 edge once and then some. And this case is compatible with both the S6 and S6 edge too. The case comes in two parts. A back which contains the battery and a really thin and light front that snaps to the back. You get two in the package, one for the S6 and one for the S6 edge.

I’m not entirely in love with the design of the case. While I do love having about two days of battery, it does add some weight and a lot of bulk to a phone designed to be slim and sexy. The battery sticks out about half the size of the sim micro sim card in your phone, which is significant. Incipio says it leads the class with the Offgrid only being 9mm but I’d still like to only use this when I have to because of the bulk.

And that brings me to my second problem. It is not easy to get the phone out of the case quickly. The front snaps to the back of the case and it’s a pain to get your finger in between the cases and unsnap all of the seals. While this is good because your case isn’t going to pop open when it’s dropped, it’s not ideal to get the phone out and if you’re anything like me, you’re only going to use this when you have to.

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If you’re not like me and you keep the Offgrid on at all times, Incipio has some really excellent features built into the case. Probably the most headline worthy is that with the flick of a switch, you can read MicroSD cards. There’s a slot on the inside of the back part of the case for you to slip your card into. Again, not easy to get to but unless you’re swapping out micro SD cards a lot, you’re fine here. And it supports up to a 128 GB card so you can keep all of your backed up files with you.

The next group of things I’m going to point out are more like things that the case doesn’t take away from you rather than added features. Normally when you have a case this thick you really have to give up a lot but not in this case. Wireless charging unfortunately doesn’t work in my testing but you will still be able to use Samsung Pay¬†or Google Wallet.

The Offgrid also supports Quick Charge 2.0 charging and passthrough so not only can you charge up the case super fast but also the phone itself at the same time. And speaking of passthrough, when you plug your phone + case into a computer you can also transfer files to both your phone and the micro SD card while it’s still in the case. Very convenient.

The Incipo Offgrid has its downsides. It takes a phone designed to be slim and sexy with a premium design and puts a pretty significant case on it, but the advantages are so good I can forgive them. There are a ton of battery cases out there that do the same thing but the added Micro SD card support in the Offgrid is really excellent. Incipio really made up for where Samsung fell short.

Product Link: Incipio Offgrid Battery Case

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