Mophie today unveiled a new portable charging device for the iPhone 5, dubbed the Mophie Juice Pack Helium.
The $79.95 charger is the “thinnest, lightest juice pack we’ve ever made,” Mophie said. The dark metallic version starts shipping Feb. 14 and the silver option will be available at the beginning of March.
The edge-to-edge design makes the Helium look like the average iPhone case, but it will help boost your iPhone’s battery life by up to 80 percent, Mophie said. An included micro-USB cable, meanwhile, will simultaneously charge your iPhone and juice pack at the same time.
An LED indicator will help you keep tabs on battery levels; flip the standby switch to tap into the juice pack’s battery.
“The mophie juice pack has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery inside. When you slide your phone into the case, a connector at the base plugs into the port at the bottom of phone,” Mophie said in its website. “Flip the standby switch on the back from red to green to start charging your phone. After using up all the power in the juice pack, just recharge it with the included micro USB cable for more on-the-go power.”
The Helium includes a 1500 mAh battery, and comes in at 2.49 x 5.49 x 0.59 inches. Mophie said the Helium can provide up to six additional hours of Internet time on 4G LTE and seven hours on Wi-Fi. It’s good for more than 500 full charging cycles, the company said.
Mophie said it recommends waiting until your iPhone is at 20 percent before tapping into the Helium. “The iPhone requires more power to charge past 80 percent, so if you want to get the greatest battery boost from the juice pack, we suggest flipping back to standby mode until your phone battery is low again,” Mophie said.
Mophie said the Helium will not interfere with antenna performance or block any ports. “In fact, the juice pack is designed to act as a virtual speaker box,” the company said. “Sound is redirected from the bottom of the phone to the front resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality.”
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag