Battery cases and phone cases customized with photos you have taken are both staples of the phone accessory world. But not a battery case featuring a photo you have taken.
That's where Uncommon comes in. The company claims to make the first battery case for the iPhone 5 that can be imprinted with your own photo -- the Power Gallery.
The case contains a 2,200 milliamp-hour battery, which just about doubles the battery life of an iPhone; the company says it provides an extra 10 hours of talk time.
On the back of the phone goes a photograph that wraps partway up the sides. You can pick a design from Uncommon's gallery or upload a photo of your own. The company said it uses a proprietary method to print the photo on the case so that it resists scratching. In a test it took a gouge to dig under the photo.
To mount the phone in the case you remove a plastic bumper from the edges of the case, slide the phone onto the Lightning connector, then reattach the bumper so that the holes align properly with the phone's buttons and ports.
The case is quite slim and light, and seems to offer some bump-and-scratch protection, but I wouldn't count on it in a 15-foot drop test, like those used for some so-called Mil-Spec, or military specification, protective cases.
Although the case has an Apple Lightning connector inside, it has a USB connector on the outside. Even though the case has a USB jack connection, it can still sync your phone, even when it's in the case.
The Power Gallery is $120 from Uncommon online.
Correction: October 2, 2013, Wednesday
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misstated a feature of the Power Gallery case. A phone can be synced while still in the Power Gallery; it is not the case that the phone must be removed for syncing.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.