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Hands-On Look at the Case-Mate Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold
Power user? BlackBerry Bold not making it through the day? You need to pour some FUEL into it! What you're looking at in the photos above is a new carrying / charging solution from the folks at Case-Mate that will power your BlackBerry Bold for a long, long time without adding any size or bulk to the actual smartphone you hold in your hand.
The Case-Mate Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold serves as a protective case, carrying solution and extended battery all in one. The standard BlackBerry Bold battery offers 1550mAh of power, and Fuel adds another 2300mAh of charge, over doubling the OEM capacity.
Case-Mate Features and Specs
- Talk time: up to 7 additional hours beyond standard BlackBerry Bold battery life
- Stand by time: up to 20 additional days beyond standard BlackBerry Bold battery life
- Power on/off button makes more efficient usage of the fuel by only engaging when you decide to
- Fully ratcheting 180-degree belt clip
I've been using Fuel for the past few days and can really appreciate the convenience it offers. For hardcore power users, Fuel will be a much-loved everyday solution. For others, it may not be a daily-use accessory but definitely is one to keep in your accessory drawer as it will come in very handy on occassion. For example, back at WES in Orlando this month I was rocking the Bold and to make it through the day had to carry around a (charged) spare battery at all times (heavy 3G usage was draining my battery quick). And while carrying spare batteries can get a heavy user through the day, it also means buying/carrying around a spare battery charger and remembering to always charge the spare battery. Having dead spare batteries doesn't do one much good (been there, done that). Having Fuel for WES this year simply would have been awesome.
Fuel doesn't have a sleeper magnet, but because it's charging contacts make contact with the Bold's charging contacts it does put the device into standby when in holster. The holster itself really holds onto the Bold securely. All in all, this is a good accessory - one that I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time using (will report back down the road with longer term findings). It's not exactly cheap to buy, but with a retail price of $79.95 (you can get it for less at ShopCrackBerry.com) you technically are getting a spare battery, spare battery charger and a holster which all summed up would be more expensive than Fuel but without the added level of convenience. It's definitely a creative option that true BlackBerry power users will want to check out. If you've already put Fuel to use, be sure to let us know your thoughts of it in the comments!