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

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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?