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If you've ever experienced your phone battery dropping from 100 percent to dangerous red-bar territory in what seems like a matter of minutes, you've probably used your phone outside in a Canadian winter.
Many smartphones struggle to maintain their battery life, speed and display functions when dealing with sudden temperature drops. And while one would assume your new phone's $1,000 price tag would ensure some sort of usability in the cold, anyone who has walked their dog at night between November and April will agree that it's a 50/50 gamble whether their batteries will survive.
Since redesigning your phone battery is above our paygrades, we can offer up the next best thing: weather-proof phone cases. For snow, frost, and water protection, check out these Canadian-proof winter-friendly phone cases to keep your phone working exactly as it should.
Prevent your phone from freezing in the cold or overheating in the sun with Phoozy’s insulating phone case. The water-resistant and drop-tested case will extend your battery life up to 3X in cold conditions. The case uses a unique thermal barrier derived from NASA spacesuit technology to prevent permanent temperature-related battery damage.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $50
Zoomhill's stylish phone case protects your device against extreme elements. The nylon pouch is available in five colours and is perfect for winter activities like skiing, hiking, and skating. "Perfect for snow! I love it!" According to one Amazon shopper, "I take it snowboarding and use my phone all the time to take pictures and change music. It did preserve my battery life."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $29 (originally $31)
The Phoozy XP3 Series case provides the ultimate temperature protection against rugged outdoor conditions. Its five-layer barrier can extend battery life up to 4X in cold weather and has drop protection up to nine feet. "This product has saved my life. Seeing more battery life out of my phone has been a lifesaver while out in the hot woods, drops and water," wrote one Amazon user. "This product exceeded expectations. If you don't have one go pick up some for you and your friends. You won't be disappointed."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $73
LifeProof's fully-sealed phone case is snow, water, and ice proof and can stand falls up to two metres. It's "ironclad protection for your phone," according to one user. "Solid protection for my iPhone."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $66
ClimateCase's 800 Series pouch maintains optimal temperature control in frigid conditions. The insulating phone case can revive an already-frozen phone in less than 60 seconds and contains a moisture-free, eight-layer cooling and heating system.
SHOP IT: Climate Case, $35
Yuanzhu's heated phone case connects your cell phone to a charging plug to protect it against automatically shutting down in below-zero temperatures. The case includes a space to keep your hands warm while using your phone in the cold.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $29