The 8 Best iPhone 7/8 and iPhone 7/8 Plus Cases to Buy in 2017

These top cases are sure to keep your iPhone 7 protected

Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone 8,  iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus are among the best-looking smartphones on the market, and it's important to protect them from scratches, dents and drops (replacing an iPhone usually costs a pretty penny). One of the best ways to keep your phone safe is by adding a case, which is also how you can personalize it and even add extra backup power for when you're running low on battery. So whether you're looking for a stylish case, want one that doubles as a wallet or just need the most durable one out there, these eight cases are sure to provide great protection.

This ultra-slim battery case is available for both the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus in 3200mAh and 4000mAh varieties in black, gold and rose gold. The Alpatronix is designed to be lightweight at just 3.8 ounces (5.6 for iPhone 7 and 8 Plus). There is 360-degree scratch-guard and dual-layer protection to protect against bumps and drops with a hard shell and shock-absorbing rubber. The rear of the battery case offers a LED power meter to identify how much battery is left.

The battery case itself recharges via the included microUSB input port via your MacBook or separate wall charger. Plugging into a laptop will charge both the iPhone and battery case at the same time. Both the iPhone 7 and 8 and iPhone 8 and 7 Plus cases provide well over a 150 percent charge to your device enabling you to get through the day without running on E. With iOS 10 certification, the case works with Apple Pay, but will not work with Apple’s earpods with Lightning connector due to the blocked ports while the iPhone is in the battery case.

Speck Product’s slimmest protective case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, the Presidio Grip, is an exceptional choice for the best overall case. The raised rubber ridges provide a no-slip grip in a design that keeps a slim profile while offering military-grade protection. Speck’s “Impactium Shock Barrier” helps absorb and disperse impact that would be caused by drops or falls. And a patented raised bezel offers increased protection to prevent damage while the iPhone is lying flat against a surface.

At 3.2 ounces, the Presidio Grip provides protection without a lot of increased bulk or weight. Speck is able to claim a high level of quality, thanks to 10-foot drop tests by third-party laboratories to verify its patent-pending protection. Moreover, the Presidio Grip offers 52 percent more shock absorption than a standard rubber case. It's available in six different scratch-resistant color options.

Silk’s Vault 2.1-ounce slim wallet case has long been a favorite of iPhone owners and their newest iteration for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 is no exception. Capable of comfortably fitting three cards (credit cards, IDs, etc.), the ultra-slim design is paired with high-grip textured sides to enhance comfort in the hand and prevent drops. The durable, one-piece construction is designed to provide full-frame protection with a shock-absorbed reinforced ribbed substructure that will disperse the shock from a drop around and away from your iPhone. Additionally, Silk includes a scratch-resistant screen protector with every case to further protect the device, but unfortunately it isn’t tempered glass. The card-carrying case has a tensioning spring that helps securely hold the loaded cards in place just in case you drop the device. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is available in black onyx, blue jade, gunmetal gray and purple orchid.

Otterbox is the premier name in iPhone protection and its Defender series is among the toughest cases on the market. A robust, ultra-tough three-layer polycarbonate protective case and synthetic rubber slipcover with a built-in screen offer premium protection against scratches, drops and bumps. Additionally, port covers help protect against dust and debris. Few companies take testing products as seriously as Otterbox; its “Drop+” protection includes 24+ tests over 238 hours before a case design is certified.

At 4.64 ounces, it’s on the heavy side of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 cases, but that’s due to the ultra-protective nature and rugged build. As an added bonus, Otterbox includes an optional polycarbonate holster that doubles as a belt clip and hands-free kickstand. A one-year warranty from the original purchase date offers a full replacement at no charge for any defects. Colors come in black, blazer blue, tempest blue and rosemarine.

For a field once dominated by third-party brands, Apple’s entrance into the smart battery case race has been a very good thing. While the company's pricing may be higher than the competition, options like intelligent battery display showing on the iPhone lock screen has won over die-hard Apple fans. As a “smart” case, Apple has pre-programmed software that tells the case when to charge and when to turn off, leaving the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 owner at the mercy of the case itself. The soft-touch silicone exterior feels really great in the hand, even if the bump on the backside is awkwardly placed. A soft elastomer hinge will offer easy on and easy off even though the bulgy design will have to grow on you.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 charging case will include 2,365mAh of battery life, compared to 1,877mAh for the iPhone 6S version. Ultimately, that amounts to around talk time of around 26 hours, 22 hours on an LTE network for Internet and even longer audio and video playback times. It’ll come as no surprise that Apple’s own case supports Lightning accessories, such as the Lightning to USB cable, as well as the Lightning dock. At 7.2 ounces, the smart battery case adds a bit of weight to the overall feel in the hand, and while we’d like to manually control the on/off battery, Apple’s own case is a great fit that feels better than it looks.

With a one year worry-free warranty, the ZVOLTZ iPhone 7 battery case is a well-reviewed case that’s half the price of Apple’s official product. According to the manufacturer, the built-in battery will “double the lifespan of your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 battery life.” The ZVOLTZ is MFi-certified, which allows it to support pass-through Lightning charging, or charging both the case and phone from the same power outlet via “sync-through” technology. The standard LED power level indicator is on the rear of the case indicating how much is remaining at any given time. At just 2.9 ounces, it’s among the lightest iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 options currently available. Fortunately, lightweight doesn’t mean vulnerable since a fully protective hardshell offers a removable bumper for easy and quick setup.

While its design may feel uninspired, the Bovon 3200mAh battery charger for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 has plenty going for it. Notably, it distinguishes itself from the pack with a built-in kickstand that’s perfect for watching movies or enjoying FaceTime calls. Additionally, Bovon’s case supports “charge and data-sync,” which allows both the iPhone and battery case to charge at the same time. The 3200mAh battery offers double the battery life of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, which should easily help you get through a day’s worth of browsing the Internet, texting and Instagramming.

Weiging 3.4 ounces, the rear of the product provides a LED strip indicating the remaining power. Fortunately, the case is labeled as “shock resistant,” offering some protection against short drops. As an added bonus, Bovon includes an intelligent protection feature which prevents a short circuit or overcharge from damaging your phone.

The UNU DX-7 iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 charging case offers 3100mAh of juice, which equated to double the battery life of the iPhone. This is equivalent to 14+ hours of talk time or 10+ hours of Internet browsing time. The UNU offers sync-through technology to simultaneously charge both the iPhone and battery case at the same time. The rear of the device offers a LED power indicator to check remaining power levels with the touch of a button. At 3.52 ounces it's slightly heavier than some of the other options on this list, but that’s due to the slightly beefier design to protect against drops and falls. As an added bonus, the case doubles as a case for the iPhone 6/6S due to the open audio hole for a headphone jack and an enlarged camera hole that fits both devices.

The two-piece sliding design features a rugged hard-shell backplate, which helps protect against scratches as well as daily wear and tear. And the front of the case has a raised lip that keeps the display from getting scratched if the phone is flipped over on a table. A one-year warranty is offered to provide a deeper level of buyer protection. Unfortunately, the UNU is not compatible with Apple’s Lightning headphones, which is quickly becoming a common theme with many third-party Apple battery cases.

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