Mophie Juice Pack Air – Providing Peace Of Mind

4.5 Overall Score
Usability: 4.5/5
Design: 4.5/5
Duration: 5/5

Supreme balance of power & size | Provides peaces of mind | Provides quality protection too

No removable battery | Does add extra length


Mophie has become synonymous with battery back-up cases for iPhone, and every year they have a new edition. For 2013, their big new release is the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 5/5S. Apple’s new iPhone required some changes by Mophie, but there’s more to the Juice Pack Air. The highlighted claim is to double the iPhone’s battery life thanks to the 1700 mAh battery in the case. The “Air” tag in the name also indicates lightness, which is a definite goal based on battery back-up cases of the past. The question is whether Mophie delivers on their claims?

First off, I have been lucky enough to test the Juice Pack Air over the past two weeks, and it has come through with flying colors. You mostly notice the iPhone battery on days that you use it a lot. A good example is a conference where the phone is on, and off continuously checking in on Calendar, Mail, and Twitter, while continuously sending notifications, and connecting to LTE. To take it a step further, there’s video recording, photos, and some game playing. The iPhone 5 will not make it through the day with that kind of use, and each time I popped it in to the Juice Pack Air, it fully charged my iPhone from zero to full, unless I was using it while charging. One of the best benefits is being able to charge while using the device, and not having to be stuck to a charging cable.

The Mophie Juice Pack Air supplies peace of mind above all else allowing you to use your iPhone how ever you want without having to worry about running out of battery. That means you don’t have to cut out apps that use GPS or are big resource hogs, because you have a full second battery raring to go. No matter what your iPhone is capable of, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t have a charge. For the iPhone 5 in particular, the Juice Pack Air connects via the Lightning connector, and provides access to all ports, and buttons. You can’t sync to iTunes with the case on, but that’s what WiFi sync is for, and you need to use the included dongle for headphone jacks with L shaped connectors.

The benefits of a battery back-up case are clear, but the Juice Pack Air does it in such a svelte package. The case by itself is 2.68 oz, and 0.63” deep, which doesn’t add very much bulk it all to the slim iPhone 5, especially considering you’re doubling the battery life. The case is also designed with a smooth curved back that really fits in your hand, and provides such a solid grip. One of the best features is a subtle lip on the front of the case so the iPhone can rest face down, and not actually touch the surface. The one significant thing the case adds is length with an extra section on the bottom of the case extending below the device, but it’s balanced well with the overall case design, and to fit in your hand.

Mophie has done an excellent job of balancing power, and case size for an extremely valuable package. The more you use your iPhone, the more valuable a battery back-up case is. With that in mind, you don’t want to go attaching a brick to your iPhone for that extra power, and Mophie has slimmed it down to the Juice Pack Air being in essence just the battery, and minimal rubberized shell around it. While the case offers double battery life, it also offers all around protection for your iPhone after snuggle locking the two piece case together, and into the lightning connector. It’s simple enough to put on, and take off your iPhone, and it provides battery, and protection in one case. There’s also an LED indicator on the back to show the remaining charge, and there’s even a switch to active or deactivate charging. The case itself is charged through an included USB cable to make it just as easy to charge as the iPhone itself.

The Mophie Juice Pack Air ($99.99, iPhone 5) delivers in every way for a battery back-up case to provide piece of mind above all else so you will always have enough battery, as well as protection, and all of it in a slim, and smooth package. The Juice Pack Air doubles your iPhone battery life without actually giving you a case that feels like you’re doubling the battery, and it’s quite a feat of engineering. The Mophie Juice Pack Air provides so much value making it a must buy accessory to keep your iPhone going, and going without the usual bulk.


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One Comment on "Mophie Juice Pack Air – Providing Peace Of Mind"

  1. Kenny April 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM -

    I’m going to have to pick one up.

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