I've got to admit that whenever I hear the name "Acme Made", I think of those Acme products in the Road Runner cartoons. But instead of making anvils and other products of questionable utility, San Francisco design house Acme Made produces some very useful protection products for MacBook, iPad, and now iPhone. There's a Kickstarter campaign about to wrap up for Acme Made's Charge Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and I received a pre-production case for review. Let's take a look, and then you can pre-order a Charge Case by becoming a project backer.
iPhone 6 Dimensions: 2.7 x .5 x 5.5 inches (6.9 x 1.2 x 14 cm)
iPhone 6 Weight: 1.5 ounces (42 grams)
iPhone 6 Plus Dimensions: 3.1 x .5 x 6.3 inches (7.9 x 1.2 x 16 cm)
iPhone 6 Plus Weight: (unknown, did not have a sample)
You know how you never seem to be able to find a charge cable for your iPhone when you need it? The big idea behind the Charge Case is that it has a USB to Lightning cable built in, hiding behind a pop-out kickstand.
The Charge Case is made of very tough polycarbonate, and will come in two colors - black or gray with a red kickstand and cable. The polycarbonate is matte on most of the body, but the kickstand is glossy - a nice design touch that really looks good.
Pop the kickstand out and the Lightning cable is tucked away, held in place so that it doesn't flop out. The bottom of the case is wide open for plugging in cables and headphones, and there are cutouts on both sides for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus switches.
OK, I wasn't able to actually test the case fully as I have an iPhone 6 Plus and the sample case was for an iPhone 6. But it definitely stood up properly in both landscape and portrait orientation, the cable came out when pulled and worked properly to charge my 6 Plus, and all in all I think the design will keep your phone well protected.
If you have any problems "picking" the cable out of its secure spot behind the kickstand, Acme Made came up with a solution for that as well. Pop your iPhone out of the case and there's a small square hole that you can push a finger into that will release the Lightning end of the cable. It's a small touch, but it works really well.
Sure, the Acme Made Charge Case isn't waterproof or even water resistant. It doesn't come in paisley prints and you can't have a custom design printed on the outside. But if you want solid protection for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, a nice little kickstand, and a Lightning charge cable at your fingertips all the time, you owe it to yourself to back this project on Kickstarter.
The project is currently 187 percent funded with just three days to go; you can back the project for as little as $35 and get your case in March of 2015.
Rating: 3-1/2 stars out of 4 stars possible