You know how when the iPhone first came out and people were all complaining about how you couldn’t take out the battery? I know, right? The market swiftly moved in to solve the “problem” by supplying battery packs that could be added only when you needed them, and without rebooting the phone to swap them, and in whichever sizes you needed.
Now we have come full circle, as they say, with the Mojo Refuel for iPhone 5. It’s an external battery pack which — get this — has its own removable battery.
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As befits a pack that needs to fit another neatly-shaped box inside, the Mojo Refuel is thick (it’s also ugly, but that feature was likely just added on the designer’s whim). It also “features” a microUSB port for charging, foregoing Apple’s wonderful Lightning connector for the only connector harder to insert than the old 30-pin plug.
All of this is rather unfair, as the pack is actually rather practical. You see, it runs on I9300 battery packs, which are used in several smartphones, including Samsung’s Galaxy series. The li-ion packs can be picked up from Amazon for well under $10. (Even the official version is just $9 right now, letting you stock up on a whole stack of them, and even keeping them in handy spots like your car’s glove compartment, right next to your gloves.)
The runtime will depend on which battery you buy, but the one supplied with the case is a 2,200mAh model, which should be good for one and a bit charges of the iPhone 5’s ~1,400mAh battery.
Available now for $90.