Review: Best battery cases for the iPhone 5
Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:42 AM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:45 AM
That'll happen to me sometimes too. I thought it was the "charge" switch being flakey. Switching the charge switch off and back on helped.
The mophie mute switch overlay sometimes won't catch the phone's switch, which made for a very embarrassing moment when I couldn't quickly mute my phone in a meeting.
Most of the time the mophie plus just works. It does get really hot when charging. I don't like to have it charging if the phone is in my pocket.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:09 AM
The only problem I've had with either one's functionality was when the connector that you plug into to charge the Mophie broke on the pack for my iPhone 4. It was nearly a year after I had purchased it. I called Mophie prepared to try to fight for a replacement, but the guy apologized and asked for my address so he could send me a replacement.
The batteries do get quite warm when the phone is being charged, but I've always assumed that was the case with all battery packs, since you're layering one battery over the other.
Thanks for such a detailed review! I had no idea there were so many options out there.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:37 PM
Neither of those battery packs offer adequate protection - I'm using Griffin Survivor...
To get extra power, just pack one of external batteries - you can keep phone protected, charge it when needed from the external juice pack with way more capacity than your average battery case, and use your regular usb cable.
A side note - if you'rein the wild, chances are there's no 3G coverage, no wifi and BT, so switch that off.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:26 AM
Tekserve, Best Buy, and iMore all seem to have the real thing.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:44 AM
So now I'm removing the bottom half of the case so I can plug in my headphones. I don't know if that is the cause of the second issue. The second issue is that the case does not alway seem to realize that both pieces are together. When I've tried charging my phone the case doesn't always start charging I have to push the pieces together very tightly or slightly twist it to get the case to start charging or to charge the case itself.
This doesn't happen all the time but enough where it's annoyance. When I get my next phone I doubt I'll be getting a Mophie case unless these issues are fixed.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 05:43 AM
The Atomic Air is a two-piece hard case with a colorful trim strip that resembles a bumper case. There are button overlays for the sleep/wake button and the volume buttons. The mute rocker switch is (like many of the cases in this review) left to its own defenses and you have to access it through a recess in the case. A headphone jack adapter is included for use with headphones/peripherals that are larger than the Apple headphones plug. The case charges with an included micro USB cord through a jack unobtrusively integrated into the bottom of the case, where the battery status lights and the on/off switch are also located.
Overall I love this case and it has more than lived up to the manufacturer's claims. And the best part is, it's been on sale for months now for only $69.95, and Maxboost sells them through Amazon!
Posted 31 July 2013 - 07:21 AM