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De Rigueur Connected Sleeve looks nicer than Apple’s charging case

If you want a charging case for your iPhone, this is one of the nicer ones around.

There’s no shortage of mobile charging cases, of course. Apple even launched its own recently, though it’s a bit portly for our liking. The Connected Sleeve from new tech/fashion brand De Rigueur, however, is much more up our street.

It’s made of luxurious Italian full-grain calfskin, so it certainly looks the part. And it packs some clever wireless charging tech, too.

To charge your phone, slip it into the sleeve. Or if you’d rather, just place it on top. (This is handy if you want to see the screen, for notifications in meetings, for example.) The sleeve itself can be charged by placing it on a wireless charging pad, or via USB.

The clasp (which houses the USB connection) contains an LED which lights up different colours depending on how much juice the sleeve has. If it’s green, it’s charging and has more than 90 per cent charge left. Red, it’s charging and has less than 90 per cent. And flashing red, it’s not charging and has less than 20 per cent, so you’d better start thinking about juicing it up.

You can also check your sleeve’s charge using the firm’s mobile app.

Read more: Huawei’s new smartphone battery hits 50 per cent charge in just five minutes

It comes in four colours: cognac brown, petrol black, cobalt blue and passion red. And it works with a range of phones, including the iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6S, Samsung Galaxy S6 range, Sony Xperia Z5, Microsoft Lumia 950 and LG Nexus 5.

It’s seeking €50,000 and has 29 days left in the campaign. You can nab one for €99 on an early bird. It’ll ship in July.

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