Reviews Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5
RCT SCORE 7.5 / 10

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Between our near constant email checking, Twittering, mapping, music playing, video taking, gaming and 4G web-surfing, the battery on the iPhone 5 gets put through the ringer. If you're perpetually running low on juice, Mophie's aptly named Juice Pack Helium can help. It's an accessory battery charger that slips on, case-like, to the iPhone 5 to give you added battery life.

The $80 Juice Pack Helium roughly doubles the thickness of the slender iPhone 5, which may be a turnoff, but most reviewers claimed it added almost 60 percent or more battery charge to the iPhone in a short period of time (under an hour). Mophie claims it gives you at least six more hours of 4G web surfing vs. just the iPhone 5 battery alone. The Juice Pack can be recharged simultaneously with the iPhone 5 when connected to a computer via its micro USB output.

There are currently no accessory charging cases for the iPhone 5 on the market, so Mophie won high praise almost by default. Still, reviewers were mostly happy with its style and impact on battery life. If you need the juice and can deal with the added heft it will add to your phone, it looks like a winner.

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Juicing Is a Good Thing
If you like the thinness of the iPhone 5 and don't want to add extra size to it, you probably won't like the helium. If that doesn't bother you, then go right ahead and fork over $80.
A Long-awaited Charge
Once you get used to the extra bulk of the case the Mophie Juice Pack Helium becomes a true friend to the active iPhone battery user.
A High Bar
One of the first iPhone 5 battery cases to hit the market, Mophie's Juice Pack Helium sets the bar high, with a sleek, lightweight design that delivers hours of added talk time.
Only Useful In Some Cases
While we can't see the Helium changing our life, it has proven useful on a couple of occasions when a little extra juice has come in useful.
Best Available
The Mophie Juice Pack Helium for the iPhone 5 is the best iPhone 5 battery case available, but it's the first certified iPhone 5 battery case, so there isn't much competition yet.
Gotta Be
Hit a Home Run
Mophie has once again hit the ball out of the park with the Juice Pack Helium. The company was a pioneer in battery cases for iPhones and has done six years of research and development...
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