1. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Greetings iMore users!

    After a short break away from the forums I'm back and looking for some wisdom from the members here! I think I want to pick up a Mophie case. I've been using my phone a lot more on the weekends and have been draining the battery pretty quick (plus it will definitely come in handy if I have plans after work). My questions are:

    1) What size should I get? I don't know if the Helium will be enough power or if I should just get the Air? I'm not crazy about the exposed buttons because I have bigger hands and trying to get in that groove might be hard.

    2) Are these cases pretty durable? I probably won't leave it on as my daily case and just use it when I want some extra power. I don't want to pay $75-$100 for a case that's going to break/wear out within a couple months.

    Thanks all!!

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    02-03-2014 10:53 AM
  2. zerog46's Avatar
    Great to have you aboard the Mophie Case band wagon, lol. I have my share of them, currently 6. I use the helium usually on the weekends. It's a bit lighter and I'm usually home or by a charger. Now during the week I use the Plus, not that much bigger but it gives me a lot more battery time. With all of them I use the case first, always last longer, takes more power to charge the phone than to use it.

    As for durability, I have dropped mine numerous times along with my children and my wife, they can take a pretty good beating. If you have an issue with the, they are great to deal with I had an issue with one charging and returned it with no issues. One of my co-workers returned on that was over a year old and they sent him a new one. There are ones cheaper but I have a 64 G iPhone 5S, I'm not going to cheap out on a battery case.
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    02-03-2014 11:05 AM
  3. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I purchased two Mophie Air (black and white) for my wife and I, and I couldn't be happier with the extra battery/case. They have come in handy quite a few times and the durability is great. My wife uses her Mophie Air for a everyday case because she talks A LOT on the phone ...SMILE
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    02-03-2014 11:13 AM
  4. iEd's Avatar
    I have Mophie Helium for my 5S I get a extra 80% from it. Never dropped my 5S in the Mophie but I also had one for my 4S and I dropped that quite a few times in the Mophie and it kept my 4S pristine.
    The one you get should be based on how much extra juice you want.
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    02-03-2014 11:23 AM
  5. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Thanks for the input gentlemen. iEd - do you know what the difference is between the helium and air?

    Also, do either of you habitually take the case on/off? Wondering how it'll hold up if I switch cases for the weekend.

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    02-03-2014 12:51 PM
  6. iEd's Avatar
    Helium is 1500 mAh

    Air is 1700

    Plus is 2100

    Helium I believe is thinner than the Air.

    I take the Helium on and off all the time. I use it mostly when traveling or out and about a won't be able to find a outlet.
    I had the Air on the 4S Helium on my 5S. I was surprised at the thinness of the Helium when I got it.
    02-03-2014 12:58 PM
  7. zerog46's Avatar
    I switch case almost daily or every other day. No issues. As far as the Helium's I like the ones Apple sells, they are the clip in type, which is different from the slide in ones that Mophie has, they are made just for Apple. These are just the helium's, they seem to be more secure in the case.
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    02-03-2014 01:42 PM
  8. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I remove cases on a weekly basis, sometimes on a daily basis and the Mophie Air is holding up great.
    02-03-2014 01:58 PM
  9. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Thanks everyone and sorry I previously missed your post Zerog (I was trying to use Tapatalk while at work and it just wasn't updating properly - didn't see your posts until after I replied/after the fact).

    I think I'm probably going to end up with an Air. I like the style better (with the button covers) and I think the added battery power can't hurt. The tipping point for me was definitely the durability and being able to easily switch out the case. There have been too many times when I've gone to a concert, been on vacation or even just out with friends and my phone has died (I ever start out the night with practically 100% battery). Zero - good preemptive comment about starting with the battery pack on. BrindaWithAnI used to always swear that using the mophie first greatly extended the life of the phone.
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    02-03-2014 06:32 PM
  10. 0pusX's Avatar
    For what it's worth.... With my Air for my iphone 5s, when I'm down to about 5% battery left in my phone, I turn on the air and it only charges my phone back up to about 75% full.

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    02-03-2014 10:38 PM
  11. zerog46's Avatar
    They say to charge your
    Phone when it gets to 20% if your going to use it that way.
    02-03-2014 11:32 PM
  12. 0pusX's Avatar
    So after unplugging the case/phone from the charger, the case should be turned "on"? I've been keeping it off, then turning it on when I need to recharge.

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    02-05-2014 01:50 PM
  13. zerog46's Avatar
    Yes if you keep it on after charging you will get way better battery life as opposed to charging it with the case.
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    02-05-2014 01:54 PM
  14. 0pusX's Avatar
    Good to know, THANKS!!!

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    02-06-2014 12:05 AM
  15. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who benefitted from this topic! I'm going to try and make it out this weekend to get my Mophie. I live in Pittsburgh and we got a ton of snow Tuesday into yesterday. Can't wait for the Spring (and golf season). Thanks again everyone!!

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    Last edited by iLive an iLife; 02-06-2014 at 06:33 PM.
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    02-06-2014 09:47 AM
  16. nikkisharif's Avatar
    I have a Mophie Helium for my 5S and a Mophie Juicepack Plus for my 4S and I love them both. The Plus is extremely durable. I've dropped that thing a million times and it still works and protects my phone very well. I've only dropped the helium once but so far so good!
    02-06-2014 09:52 PM
  17. TurboTiger's Avatar
    I agave the Morphie Helium for my 5S.
    I keep the case on all the time. Fortunately, I have enough USB Micro cables to charge the device with the case on in my house as well as my car.
    Good Luck
    02-06-2014 10:13 PM
  18. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Just wanted to say thanks again everyone. I am now the proud owner of a Mophie Juice Pack Air (Black)! I have a feeling this is really going to come in handy a lot (especially over the summer).

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    02-09-2014 12:00 PM
  19. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    So I've used my Mophie Juice Pack Air a few times this week. Each day I started with the case turned on, using that power first, then used my phone battery. Today, when the case got low, my phone kept beeping like it was being plugged in repeatedly. Once I realized what was happening, I noticed that the charging lightning bolt was flickering on/off. The first day I used this Juice Pack, I was at work and it was on silent all day (so I guess it might've done this before - I just didn't know since it was on silent). Is that something I should worry about? Wasn't sure if they get finicky whenever the case gets low? Thanks, guys!
    02-15-2014 08:58 PM
  20. zerog46's Avatar
    No it should not. I would return it. Mophie is great about that.
    02-15-2014 09:01 PM
  21. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    No it should not. I would return it. Mophie is great about that.

    Thanks, Zero. I'm going to give it another try tomorrow and see what happens. I bought it at the Verizon store last weekend, if it acts up again I'll exchange it this week.
    02-15-2014 09:05 PM
  22. zerog46's Avatar
    Yeah I had an issue and they took mine back no questions asked and swapped it out. I can't do without my Mophine anymore.
    02-15-2014 09:23 PM
  23. Johnly's Avatar
    Just wanted to say thanks again everyone. I am now the proud owner of a Mophie Juice Pack Air (Black)! I have a feeling this is really going to come in handy a lot (especially over the summer).

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    I went with a jet black air case. I think it is a good balance between reserve and bulk.... This case phone combo will be good for a long time I believe.

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    02-16-2014 10:23 AM
  24. 0pusX's Avatar
    Ive been using my Juice Pack Air as mentioned in this thread (turned on all the time) and Im getting nearly days days worth of usage out of my phone before having to plug it in. Ive been unplugged since 3am today, phone is still at 100% and I have one light still lit on my Mophie!!

    Thanks for the GREAT tip!!!
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    02-17-2014 05:09 PM
  25. 0pusX's Avatar
    So I got my Juice Pack Plus for my iPhone 5s today..... Let me just say I like it 100 times better than the Air for one reason....the plus has a band around it that is "sticky" as compared to the smooth slippery band that is around the Air model.

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    TurboTiger likes this.
    02-22-2014 03:28 AM
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