Padacs, $59.95 padacs.com ★★★★
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.