PADACS EN­DURO

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TABLET com­put­ers are only as good as their bat­ter­ies al­low. Run out of juice and you’ll carry around a shiny brick.

Aus­tralian ac­ces­sory maker Padacs con­sid­ered this when cre­at­ing its new Ap­ple iPad case that not only cov­ers its charge but charges it, too.

While other cases add a key­board, this case of­fers an ex­tra bat­tery.

The En­duro case looks like a stan­dard busi­ness fo­lio thanks to its leather-look ex­te­rior and sub­tle stitch­ing. Front and back cov­ers are held to­gether with a mag­ne­tised flap.

Inside, the En­duro holds an iPad 2 or new iPad in place with a plas­tic mould that grips the four cor­ners of the tablet. It does so firmly, leav­ing users to flip the case about for com­fort­able read­ing or prop­ping it up on a desk. The bat­tery in this case is hid­den inside its top cover, al­low­ing it to be spread thinly over a larger area. It makes it rea­son­ably un­ob­tru­sive

The lithium-ion power source is rated at 6.8 watt hours which, when com­pared with the new iPad’s 42.5 watt-hour bat­tery may not seem much, but it can de­liver a sig­nif­i­cant charge when re­quired.

Padacs claims it can add up to 50 per cent to the new iPad’s bat­tery — though our ex­pe­ri­ence fell well short of that tally— and up to 75 per cent for the iPad 2.

The com­pany pro­vides a sim­ple Mi­cro-to­full-sized-USB ca­ble to which users can con­nect an iPad charger. But any other USB cord can be con­nected to give smart­phones, wi-fi hotspots or cam­eras a bat­tery boost. The En­duro case adds bulk and weight to the iPad, but trav­ellers and hard­core tablet users should ap­pre­ci­ate its qual­ity con­struc­tion and power boost.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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