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Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 5 Review

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The Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 5 is Mophie’s third iPhone 5 battery case, and boasts the largest external battery Mophie offers.

The Mophie Juice Pack Plus holds a 1200 mAh battery gives users an extra 120 percent battery life according to Mophie. In practice it’s hard to say it can give a full 120 percent more battery life, but it does make the iPhone 5 last quite a long time.

Charging from a dead battery the Mophie Juice Pack Plus is able to bring an iPhone 5 back up to 100 percent battery after two hours with a tiny bit of juice left. What’s left it just enough to raise the battery percentage by a few points, but it’s still quite impressive.

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However, Mophie recommends that users turn the battery case on when their iPhone 5′s battery reaches 20 percent and turn it off when the phone reaches 80 percent. In practice it was hard to stop exactly at 80 percent without constant monitoring, but that method was able to charge the iPhone 5 twice. The second charge brought the battery percentage to about 65 percent.

With moderate phone use (web browsing, checking Twitter, taking photos and playing casual games) the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 5 can get through most of a three-day weekend. Over Memorial day weekend I didn’t have to plug in my iPhone 5 until mid-afternoon on Monday.

The case itself is very similar to the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5. It’s a few millimeters taller and wider, but it’s only noticeable when the two cases are side-by-side.

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The only big difference is the strip around the sides of the device. On the Juice Pack Air the strip is all metal, while the Juice Pack Plus’ strip has a sort of rubberized grip. It feels strange at first, but soon starts to feel natural.

For $119.95 the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 5 is the best battery case Mophie makes for the iPhone 5. It might be the best iPhone 5 battery case available at the moment.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

2 Comments

  1. Kuchlenz

    07/03/2013 at 4:14 pm

    If it’s working for you, god bless. I’ve had the Mophie battery case for the iPhone 3 and the iPhone 4. Loved them. The Mophie for the iphone 5 is a disaster. Perhaps it’s Apples new charging plug, but the Mophie design is flawed. I’m now on my 2nd one is less than a month. The first one stopped charging the phone after a few days (It went through a period of charging/not charging, back and forth and making that buzz sound over and over again.) I sent it back and got a replacement. This one is now just outside my two week return window and has stopped charging at all. It never gets past the first light on the back of the pack. It’s use now is only as a case – a very expensive case.

    Additionally, unlike the versions for the iPhones 3 and 4, this Mophie cannot sync through its plug. The case has to be removed and the Apple plug used.

  2. Jam Fernandez

    09/02/2013 at 7:08 am

    That is what happened to me. After 2days of use. Unluckily, i couldn’t have it replaced cause i got mine in Singapore and lost the receipt. I am now back here in the Philippines. The upper cover and the lower cover must be loose or something. And you’re right. Now, it’s just a case. A very expensive case. What a joke!

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