For the Serious Adventurer Only: Mophie’s New Military-Spec Battery Case

For the Serious Adventurer Only: Mophie’s New Military-Spec Battery Case

My first decision is easy when heading out on an outdoor adventure: Take the iPhone with me? Oh, you betcha. The next one is much more difficult. Since the iPhone requires a boost in both protection and juice when playing Indiana Jones, I’m forced to choose between slipping on a battery case and worrying about my iPhone shattering on a rock, or (painstakingly) wrapping it in a rubber case and hoping it doesn’t run out of power.

But Mophie’s new $130 iPhone 4/S battery pack — sort of a cross between a tank and a tanker — says “COMPROMISE IS FOR THE WEAK.” And also, the poor.

The Mophie Juice Pack Pro is a really big battery pack wrapped in a really tough case equipped with a belt clip. On paper, its 2500 mAh battery — easily one of the largest we’ve ever seen on an iPhone battery case — has enough juice to fill the iPhone 4’s 1420 mAh battery almost twice. The case “exceeds MIL-STD 810G” standards, which probably means it’ll protect the iPhone against beatings and moisture, but probably isn’t for underwater demolition use.

The downside? Well, there’s the price tag; and the thing probably handles like a pig. But for those ‘core enough about their adventures, the price and bulk might be easily justified. Right?

  • Ignacio Rosenberg

    Its like a Hummer…for your phone.  Actually it looks like you’d need a Hummer to move it around.

  • Asko Karhunen

    I actually prefer my Lifeproof case as it saved my phone after a 4 story drop down an elevator shaft and it is still completely waterproof.

  • certified_dan

    I’m going to wait out for something better! this still isn’t WATERPROOF!

    The LifeProof case looks nice but it seems to lack serious shock protection.
  • sushanthamin

    Steve wont like this casing for IPHONE.

  • joewaylo

    Steve wont like this casing for IPHONE.

    I don’t think they’re looking for fashion in this case. More like you’re in the wilderness, drop the phone on a rock or a boulder and the glass doesn’t shatter. And you still have a double life battery pack. But if I was an outdoorsman I probably would have went for mophie juice pack plus® outdoor edition instead that has trail GPS built into it.

  • elimilchman

    @Asko: The LifeProof case is nice (and waterproof), but has no battery.

    @joewaylo: Actually, except for color, the Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition is identical to that of every other Juice Pack Plus. The only difference is that it comes bundled with software — specifically, a serious GPS app (that can also be purchased separately).

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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