Mophie Juice Pack Air – Long Term Test

During CES 2014, Gizmo Scoop was provided samples of Mophie Juice Pack Air for review.

Mobile is a very crowded and competitive space to introduce a new product. At CES 2014, no less than 10 different manufacturers were hawking iPhone battery cases. The designs were unique but they all provided one common feature. Extra battery life.

Mophie, is one of the larger manufacturers in this space. Having been to the market first with their iPhone battery cases. The Juice Pack line includes the Helium (80% battery life), Air Mophie_JuicePack_Air_Red(100% battery life) and Plus (120% battery life). Each of the products within the line provide extra talk time (or game time) when running low.

The Juice Pack Air that was provided to Gizmo Scoop was noted to be very well designed. Unlike the Juice Pack Helium, which is coated with a slightly slippery plastic, the Juice Pack Air is coated with a slightly rubberized and snug fitting exterior. One cant help see how much more well engineered the Juice Pack Air is to the Juice Pack Helium. The differences between the two models extend beyond the battery life. The Juice Pack Air has enclosed buttons versus the exposed buttons on the Juice Pack Helium.

Gizmo Scoop editors ended up buying a Juice Pack Helium for comparison A-B testing. Our long term test has proved that the Juice Pack Helium cannot hold up to the Juice Pack Air in durability and toughness. When accidental dropped, our iPhones protected by the Juice Pack Air held up much better than the Helium. Both devices protected the phone very well, neither iPhone had a broken screen. But the damage on the external case revealed which was tougher.

On the positive side the case is perfect for a klutz like me. On the downside the case does require thinner headphone connectors to work. The iPhone headset would barely fit, and necessiated the use of the headphone jack extension that Mophie provides.

The Mophie case worked great, and continues to work. Though its battery life after close to 16 months of use has reduced by half. The phone is heavily used and the fact that it still operates in late 2015 is amazing. Needless to say this editor of Gizmo Scoop just placed an order for a new Mophie Juice Pack Air for his aging iPhone5s.

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PhoneSuit Iphone 5/5s Battery Case – Long Term Review

PhoneSuit_Iphone_CaseIn the crowded mobile battery case market PhoneSuit is probably a brand you would not readily recognize. In CES 2014, Gizmo Scoop was given a tester PhoneSuit Elite iPhone 5/5s battery case.

This is the same year that Gizmo Scoop received the Mophie Juice Pack Air and the EnerPlex Surfr phone battery cases. Among the three mobile battery cases received, PhoneSuit was probably the most underwhelming to look at. Its matte black case made it really stylish and yet hard to find in the center console of a car with black interior.

GizmoScoop found the case very well made. Each of the manufacturers provided a different form factor to inserting the phone. Of the three, PhoneSuit was the easier to get in and out. It also was the easiest to connect an headphone to. The design is so simple that we were surprised that the other manufactures had not considered it.

PhoneSuit’s case is extremely simple to operate. All the buttons are fully exposed (unlike the Mophie Juice Pack Air and the EnerPlex Surfr) like the Mophie Juice Pack Helium. The battery system could be turned on and off by a simple button on the back. The sleek looks
PhoneSuit_Iphone_Case2 made its way to operations too. PhoneSuit had a 80% battery life, meaning your iDevice could be recharged from 20% to full. The overall life of the battery was good, but it seemed the overly heavy use by this editors girlfriend drained its lifespan by half. By October of 2014, the battery was down to roughly 50% of life. By February of 2015, the battery in the PhoneSuit was down to 25%.

The battery life may be an statistical outlier, as this editors girlfriend is a huge candy crush addict. So much so that the battery would get charged individually when drained. One thing we noticed was the way PhoneSuit charged the phone vs. other manufacturer’s whose products were tested at the same time. The PhoneSuit case would charge itself first before charging the phone. EnerPlex and Mophie charged the phone first before the case.  This meant that the PhoneSuit case was faster to charge separately from the phone than charged together with a 2 amp charger.