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The Enduro Mini battery case for the iPad mini is a let down

Lex Friedman | April 1, 2013
The Enduro Mini is a folio-style leather case for the iPad mini that includes a built-in battery for recharging the tablet. But Lex Friedman found that the case's flaws made the whole thing rather disappointing.

The charging setup isn't the only disappointment I encountered with the Enduro Mini: It's also a mediocre case. There's the fussiness of the cover positioning to trigger the sleep/wake feature. Then there's the fact that the case only folds into a single usable angle, one about 20 degrees off vertical--decent for viewing, sure, but no use for typing. And then there's the case's considerable thickness and heft; it's about 1.25 inches thick, 6 inches wide, and 8.25 inches tall, and more than doubles the weight of the iPad mini. (The case weighs 0.93 pounds without the iPad mini, which itself weighs just 0.68 pounds.)

Bottom line

I love battery cases and the extra freedom they afford, particularly when traveling. But the Lightning-less approach employed by the Enduro Mini feels dopey. I don't need more proprietary cables to keep track of, and I don't want to run cables between my iPad mini and its case when the former needs a charge. Couple those issues with the fact that, battery aside, the Enduro Mini is merely an okay case, and it's tough to recommend.


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