So who uses a battery case?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vietalogy, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. vietalogy macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    For some reason I get one and then end up returning it. I guess the bulkiness bothers me after awhile. I just got a mophie apple edition today going to see how long I can keep it.
  2. lionqueen macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    Moi. Having bad luck with them though :/ I got the white Mophie air to go with my white 4S, cos I just couldn't deal with the bad battery (waiting on a fix from Apple in the next few weeks before I try swapping phones). The first one chipped like a mofo - just putting it on and taking it off once I had several bad chips on the front inside lip - it's like everytime I put the case on, it scraped more white paint off, and it was black underneath. I tried to just keep the case on, but a week later I needed to take it off, and again, major chippage. It was starting to look like crap, which is unacceptable - my bf's employee has had one for ages and it doesnt look like that, so I returned it yesterday.

    Now the new one, the bottom part won't click in securely - if I merely bump it or hold it wrong it'll slide off. *sigh* back to the Apple store...

    The battery power itself tho is great, from ten percent left on my phone, when I turn on my Mophie, even with some usage I can get up to 85-90%. Good enough for me.
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    No way, phone is bulky enough I don't even use a non-battery case (Go naked!)

    But, I do have ProClip charging cradles in both cars, whenever I'm in the car the phone goes in the cradle. So battery life is not an issue.
  4. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I just bought one. but I will only use it when I need it so most of the time it won't be on the phone. don't care if it looks bad. better then my good one with a separate cord that is always coming out.
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I guess if I needed one it would be situational. I would never use one because of the bulk it adds
  6. jplusc macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    I have a juice pack plus as a backup but I can't deal with the bulkiness daily.
  7. Minarets macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2011
    Since mine will be a work phone I am considering one of these when I get my iPhone. Not sure if it will be a phonesuit or mophie or one of the others yet.
  8. c14nhl macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2008
    I just received my Mophie Juice Pack Plus this morning.

    Going to use it for a few days. Give it a few charge cycles. Once I've done so I'll be keeping it for when I'm out at weekends or travelling. Don't need it for normal daily use.

    Anyone have any idea if leaving it off for a period of time without charging it could damage the health of the battery?
  9. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    North Carolina
    I am thinking of getting one, especially for when I go into the field for an FTX and we don't come in for a couple days. Would be nice to have my phone last.
  10. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    I could see it for special use, but it would be a deal breaker for everyday use for me.
  11. Minarets macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2011
    Phonesuit elite and exogear exolife have me more intrigued than the mophie, honestly.
  12. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
  13. cfairbank macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2006
    I am torn between the mophie juice pack plus and the phonesuit elite. Don't want it as an everyday case but as a backup.
  14. ckurt25 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    Grand Rapids, MI
    A friend showed my his JuicePack Air (the red one) and I ended up getting a white one to match my white IP4S. Was kinda disappointed that its a very slick back compared to the red and I'm assuming black that have a grip feel to them.

    I do hate the bulkiness of them. I've only had it a week and I must not have plugged it in correctly Sunday night as it wasn't charged in the morning so I left it at home yesterday and ran naked (I used a white Speck CandyShell prior to the Mophie) and I have to say I absolutely loved the feel of the iPhone sans case. If Apple had a battery that lasted 2X as long as the current battery I'd pay 2X as much for the phone.

    I don't use the phone much throughout the day - maybe read & send a total 20-30 emails, browse on Safari for less than 5 minutes, less than 10 sms, a couple of apps for maybe 5-10 minutes total that might use a little bit of data and I drop roughly 5-6% an hour. Unplugging my phone at 6:30 AM and not returning home til 7:00 PM and I'd be around 30%. On days where I do use it more than normal, it's almost dead by the time I get home. If I don't go straight home or on the rare occasion I do go to the gym after work then its even a bigger issue.

    I have a Kensington battery pack that I used in the past when I'd go on vacation. I have a car charger that can be utilized that probably would solve my battery usage issue 99% of the time but I like to be ready for that 1%. I have a 4 day trip to Vegas coming up. Also, when I go to sporting events and there are 100,000 people using the cell towers in my area the battery drains even quicker when trying to send a text or jump on Facebook. I really feel like I need something for that 1% of the time. Having a Mophie just sitting around 99% of the time feels like a waste of money.

    I have another week to make up my mind and return my Juice Pack if I decide to go it without that case.
  15. antman2295 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    My mom has the White Mophie, and she loves it, she doesn't use her speck canyshell anymore, and she loves the fact that she rarely has to find a charger. Plus its nice for me, if my battery ever dies i can borrow it... except the last time i tried, and as soon as i put it on the external battery was dead! LOL.
  16. ToddH macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    Why don't you guys just use the mophie juice pack?

    Instead of a case, use the juice pack, I do, it's great. It will provide at least two full charges for your 4s before having to charge it again. Here is a link:

    I have a small shoulder day bag I bought from REI that I carry my phone cases, pouches , and juice pack in, & lasers in. Perfect accessory bag.
  17. vaugha macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2011
    I've used phonesuit elite for months since 4 and so far it has served its purpose. I've noticed elite's battery drains faster on 4s, hence it became doubly important in my daily use. But due to its bulky exterior which is really a shame considering how pretty naked 4s looks, I'm in the process of transitioning to getting a bumper and a portable battery to boast 4s' sexy look and offset the lack of additional battery w/ an external one.

    As for the phonesuit elite, I think it's a pretty decent one and does exactly what it advertises it will do. Truly doubles the battery life on 4 (haven't tested on 4s) and is relatively thin for a battery case.
  18. Wrathwitch, Nov 8, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2011

    Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Have used one for 2 years. (Mophie)

    Love it.

    Yeah its bulky but my phone survived my first ever drop onto concrete, it even bounced and still works. Gouged the case and cracked near the port. Still charges.

    I don't feel that I have to handle it with kid gloves with the pack on. However I am still always amazed at how sexy it looks (phone4) when I take it out of the pack to clean the speaker ports and check the phone.

    I like that the speaker on the phone sounds MUCH louder with the pack and I don't muffle the sound of it by holding it to text in portrait mode.

  19. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    I had a uNu case, worked well, but couldn't stand the bulkiness after a few days. Gave it away to a relative, keeping phone naked.
  20. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    I got the mophie juice pack plus since day of my 4s. Its awesome.At first It was really bulky. But after while I actaully prefer the overall feel and weight of the case, because it made the iPhone fit better in my hand and feel is much better than the ackward square shape of the iphone 4s. I got mine for $50, and that was worth the price.
  21. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    where did you find it for $50? I see some on ebay for that price, but I hear those are knock-offs....
  22. lionqueen macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    Just thoughtbI'd add that one reason I bought the Mophie is my bf's employee dropped his Mophie-clad iPhone and DROVE OVER IT, and the phone still works fine. I wouldn't suggest doing that, but it's nice to know it's that tough!
  23. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    Amazon, but theyre sold out at that price. I was trying to get one for my brother too. If you're looking to buy an alternative, look up boostcase on Amazon. THat was my second option.

    Btw for anyone trying to get a mophie juice pack, be ccareful about the case you are trying to buy because there are two versions of it. There's the older ATT version with the mute button in a different from the Verizon/4s verizion.
  24. kvizzel macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
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    When I used the 3G I used mophie

    Now I can't stand any case. Naked!
  25. vietalogy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    Used the case for a full day and the bulk didn't bother me much this time and loving the extra juice.

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