Way, way back when I got my first iPhone, I thought about my case as a utilitarian thing. I figured I just needed one case to protect my phone, and I also thought people that changed out their cases frequently were wasting their money. But the longer I’ve been an iPhone user, the more I’ve come to appreciate the unique abilities of different iPhone cases. These days, I’ve got a stable of different iPhone 6 cases in my gadget drawer, and each case is getting fairly equally time on my phone. Owning more than one iPhone 6 case might seem like overkill, but it’s actually a smart move. Depending on what the day has in store for me, I might need a little extra battery, some serious waterproofing, or a little extra help getting a cell signal. Plus, rotating out your cases on a regular basis means the cases wear down much more slowly. If you’re ready to expand your iPhone 6 case collection, here are five types of phone cases every iPhone 6 owner should have in their arsenal. Getting ready to upgrade to iPhone 7? Check out our guide to the best iPhone 7 cases, or browse our picks for the best new iPhone 7 accessories.
1. A Battery Case Like the Trianium iPhone 6 Battery Case
Sure, you could just carry around an external battery pack, but sometimes you need to travel light. Having a case with a built-in battery supply is great for anyone who travels frequently for business, or anyone who often finds themselves far away from an outlet.
One solid model to consider is the battery case for the iPhone 6 from Trianium. This case includes a 3500mAh battery supply, which means you can fully charge your iPhone 6, and still have some juice left over. The LED indicator makes it easy to see how much of a charge you have left, while the secure locking mechanism keeps your case in place.
Price: $79.99 (38 percent off)
2. A Waterproof Case Like the LifeProof Fre iPhone 6 Case
While most people don’t need a waterproof case on a daily basis, having a waterproof case in your arsenal is great for vacations. If you plan on spending the day near a beach or pool, a waterproof case is a must-have. LifeProof is widely considered to be one of the best waterproof iPhone case brands out there. The LifeProof Fre is also snowproof, dirtproof, and shockproof. These cases will set you back a pretty penny, but it’s worth it to prevent your phone from getting cracked or scratched. Snowproof cases are also great for anyone who lives in a cold climate.
3. A Wallet Case Like the Otterbox Commuter Wallet
Get a closer look at this iPhone 6 case in the video above.
My favorite types of iPhone 6 cases have always been wallet cases. As one of those rare women who hates to carry a purse, it’s super convenient for me to carry my phone and cards in one combined package. Of course, when you have a wallet case, you do need to be careful. If you lose your phone, you’ve lost your cards and ID, too. That being said, these types of cases are great for runners or cyclists who want to keep some cash on them while out and about.
Otterbox makes one of the best wallet-style cases for the iPhone 6 line. The Commuter Wallet case has a slider that makes it easy to access your cards, even with one hand. The compartment for cards will hold two or three cards and a dollar bill fairly easily. If you are wearing an outfit without pockets, a wallet case can help you keep track of your cards, cash, and phone.
Price: $28.37 (37 percent off)
4. A Signal-Boosting Case Like the Pong or Reach79 iPhone 6 Case
Pong is a company that makes iPhone cases with some unique properties. The soft-to-the-touch case is designed to not only limit your exposure to “potentially harmful radiation,” while also transmitting a stronger outbound signal to improve your signal strength. The Sleek model is nice, but there’s also a “Rugged” model if you want something a bit beefier.
Reach79 is a new brand that also makes iPhone 6 cases with a built-in antenna. Reach79 is owned by the same parent company that makes the Pong cases for the iPhone 6. While the Pong case offers a balance of increased signal and decreased radiation going into your head, the Reach79 cases are all about boosting the signal.
If your day will see you traveling through rural areas, riding the subway, or hanging out in building that have notoriously bad reception, a signal-boosting case is an accessory worth investing in.
Price for the Pong case: $49.99
Price for the Reach79 case: $59.99
5. A ‘Special Features’ Case Like the Echo Design iPhone 6 Bottle Opener Case
Last but not least, every iPhone 6 owner really needs a case that suits their hobbies. You should think about what makes you happy, and what you are most passionate about, and then find a case that helps you do that thing better. For example, if you’re really into craft beer, then owning an iPhone 6 case with a built-in bottle opener is a no-brainer.
Other cool cases to consider might be a running armband with built-in key holder, a speaker case for music fans (we like the looks of the new Zagg case displayed at CES), or maybe even an iPhone 6 case with a retractable Kevlar cord for outdoorsmen.