“Keep your iPhone 5 ALIVE (without charging) all day long.”
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5 is a great slim case. The most important feature of this case is the 1500mAh (miliamps hour) battery. We rated the case using our Eh? Rating System to be 4 Eh? out of 5. This case provides great protection from scratches, for the back and the sides of the iPhone 5.
ABOUT THE CASE MANUFACTURER
Mophie produced the first certified by Apple portable battery case and Mophie is also a manufacturer of “mobile intelligent devices and accessories.” Some of their products include: battery cases, universal batteries, accessories such as belt clips, holsters and cables. Mophie makes three juice pack cases that fit the iPhone 5: helium, pack air and pack plus. The company also has outdoor edition cases that provide military grade protection along with battery life.
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5 is a slim case that comes in two pieces, that when installed together fit seamlessly around the iPhone. The first part of the case is installed around the iPhone. The battery plugin part is then attached to the bottom part of the iPhone where the lightning jack port is located. The 1500mAh battery hidden within the case will provide up to 80% extra battery life. The entire case is smooth but not slippery, making it easy to carry in your hands. The case edges are raised about 2mm providing a bit of protection to the front face of the iPhone 5. Just like for most slim cases, there is no screen protector provided.
The case comes with two additional cables:
– a micro USB cord and
– headphone adapter
There are seven different colours to chose from.
In the Design category through our Eh? Rating System we scored the Mophie Juice pack Helium case at 3.5 Eh out of 5. The case feels very nice in your hand, and the materials seem solid and of good quality.
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for iPhone 5 is very light even though it has a battery component embedded into the case. The case does add a bit of bulk to the iPhone 5, yet Mophie distributed the bulk created by the addition of the battery cleverly. The battery bulk is added evenly throughout the back of the case, minimizing the added thickness.
The case was extended in length and in depth making the width of the case as slim as possible. It is very smooth, but not slippery and it will not slide on a table top or from your hand. The slim design also enables the case to fit easy into a shirt or pant pocket. Overall the Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5 is solid, well built and well designed. The two pieces of the case fit together perfectly and are very easy to install.
In regards to slim cases we do not expect them to protect from extreme impacts, or drops, but mostly from small scratches and small accidental drops. This case does provide all around protection for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S from scratches and small bumps.
We have used this case extensively and there are small scratches visible on the case but they are very small. Given that this case has been on 4 weeks of vacation, we can say that the material found in this case is quite resilient. There is no screen protector, and the edges are raised only a couple of millimetres. Therefore very little protection is provided for the front face of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S does not interfere with any native functions. All of the ports and buttons are uncovered making them easily accessible. Since there is no screen protector, the front side of the iPhone is fully usable which makes it compatible with the iPhone 5S’s, Touch ID feature. The case does not affecting the touch-ability of the screen. It fits easily in your hand, it is also very easy to install and uninstall.
This case handles very well. The power button, the mute switch, and the volume (plus and minus buttons) are all uncovered and easily accessed. The mic and speaker ports are covered by the case but there is no interference to the volume level and there is no noticeable difference in the sound coming from the speaker. The lightning charge port is completely covered by the case. This piece of the case is easily removable so you could access the ports at the bottom of the case directly without having to uninstall the entire case.
The bottom piece of the case also contains an open outlet for the headphone jack. Headphones that have a thicker plugin will not fit through this opening but Mophie gas provided an headphone jack extension cord that solves this problem.
The touch-ability of the screen is not altered since there in no screen protector. As mentioned before the case edges are minimally raised and they do not interfere with the functionality of the iPhone 5 front screen. To make sure that these small raised edges do not interfere at all, we used the Adonit Jot pro stylus and a paint application to draw as close to the edge as possible and we were able to do so easily.
We will consider the battery as an enhancement for the Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5. Mophie claims that the battery adds 80% more life to the iPhone 5. We are inclined to believe this claim. During a summer road trip the battery performed extremely well. Being the typical tourist, taking videos, pictures all day in addition to normal use of the iPhone the battery stayed at 100%. The Mophie case battery lasted all day, leaving the iPhone battery still to be used.
Another feature to the battery component is a flip, stand-by switch on the back of the case. The LED lights indicate battery levels and you can decide whether you are ready to use the battery pack by flipping the switch. The iPhone 5 battery can be charged at the same time as the case battery using the micro-USB cable that is included with the case.
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for the iPhone 5 is a slim, protective case that is designed with the purpose of keeping your iPhone 5/iPhone 5S alive all day and night. It fits easily into a pocket, your hand or handbag. The clean, smooth design fits snuggly around the iPhone 5 leaving all iPhone functions easily accessible. We highly recommend this case when you will not have access to an electric outlet for quite some time to recharge your phone.