For those of you clinging on to your beloved iPhone 5 and not succumbing to the iPhone 5C, it’s time to tackle one perennial problem: battery life. I’m pretty sure at one point you’ve encountered a moment when the battery of your iPhone 5 depleted, and you did not bring along your phone’s USB charger. Thankfully, there are battery juice extender cases available, one of which happens to be the Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5. We were provided a review unit of the new Spectrum Collection color models, and here’s our review.
The first thing I look for in a battery juice extender case is whether it adds bulk to the iPhone’s form factor. My first experience with a Mophie battery juice pack/case was with my iPhone 3GS, and I couldn’t stand the added weight and bulk. So, I was amazed when I found out the Mophie Juice Pack Helium adds only around 2.5 ounces of weight to my iPhone 5. I can live with that. But what I really like about it is the fact that it didn’t make my iPhone 5 appear to thick. That’s a big plus.
You’ll also appreciate the design and craftmanship Mophie has put into the Helium Juice Pack. It has that elegant and sophisticated look that will make your iPhone 5 even more enticing to the eyes. The tones of the new color models are very well selected, and the case does not appear too “plasticky.” It follows the elegant aesthetics of the iPhone 5.
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium is made of two parts which you snap on together to encase the iPhone 5. The lower part of the case has the large opening for the headphone jack and the USB port. The case charges via this microUSB port. Take note, however, that the supplied iPhone 5 Lightning charge cable won’t fit into this port. Mophie has supplied a cable with a special microUSB port that fits into the openings of the case. The same is true of the headphone jack.
At the back of the case you’ll find four power indicator LEDs and a tiny button for turning on/off the battery juice pack.
How about performance? Well, Mophie promises more than 6 hours of extra battery juice, and they are not lying about this. The Mophie Juice Pack Helium is equipped with 1500 mAh battery which works best if you turn on while your iPhone 5 only has 20% battery charge.
Overall, the Mophie Juice Pack Helium is a highly recommended accessory for your iPhone 5, especially if you’re a power-user. The case is hard enough to provide protection for your iPhone, and if the 6 hours added battery life is not enough to convince you to get this case, you might want to check it still, as I’m pretty certain its looks will definitely make you go for it.
Provides: Scratch and scuff protection, up to 6 hours of extra battery life
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5