If the iPhone 5 has one glaring flaw, it’s it’s less than awesome battery life. It’s not so bad if all you do is talk on the phone and jam out to show tunes, but once you start doing that and using apps and playing games, you can kiss your precious battery life good-bye. While you could carry around a lightning cable and plug all day, searching for power outlets when necessary, there’s a better solution: the Mophie iPhone 5 Juice Pack Helium Battery Case (try to say that five times fast). Unlike your typical iPhone cases that offer protection against accidental (or intentional) spills, this case does that and promises to double your iPhone’s battery life. Once your iPhone is slipped into the case, a simple flip of a switch on the back will give your phone more power when you need it. And if you need to know just how much battery life is left in your case, you can tap a button and see for yourself based on how many of the cases LED lights are illuminated.
There’s a couple of drawbacks, though. The case adds a wee bit of length to your iPhone, and if you aren’t using the stock iPhone earbuds you’ll have to use the included 3.55 meter headphone extension as your headphones will be useless otherwise. Oh, and you’ll want to think about syncing your iPhone via Wi-Fi as pass through data sync (via the lightning cable) is a no go.
The Helium is now available in Mophie’s online store in dark or metallic silver for $80.
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