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The best case/battery charger for the iphone4,
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Yes, I name this case the absolute BEST battery-case for the iphone 4.
Why? Well, first of all, it offers great drop-protection on 3 sides. The screen isn't protected but that's ok. In my opinion, the iphone4's marvelous screen should never be covered-up. Owners must simply over-compensate by handling their phones more carefully. My previous case was a Otterbox and it covered every centimeter of the iphone4 but also covered it's beauty to the point where I would remove it from that case for cleaning and was always surprised at how light and thin the phone is.
The front camera, rear camera, and it's flash are not covered. The power and volume buttons are covered but the mute switch and headphone jack aren't and I prefer it that way; since I use headphones and mute switch daily. And of course the bottom of the phone is covered completely but there are openings on the front side for the microphone and speaker. The phone and case charge at the same time with the included mini-USB cord.
Finally we get to the battery. I always wait until the phone's battery completely runs out before I start charging it via the battery case so that I can see how much charge the case provides. Well, the first couple of times it charged my phone from 0 to 100% but on the 3rd charge it only went up to 97% and that dropped to 95% on the 4th recharge. If it can charge me up to 80% in its first year of use, I will consider it money well spent.
The case consists of two parts which slide together around the phone and its made of sturdy plastic which is easy to grip but at the same time easy to pull out of your jacket pocket. (unlike the otterbox which was a lint magnet)
Oh, and there is a small non-protruding button on the bottom of the case which you can push to see approx. how much power is left, via 4 LED lights.
Hope I didn't miss anything.
I must add that the re-charge has improved. Just yesterday I did a recharge from 0% and the Mophie charged me back up to 100% in an hour and 15 minutes. I now believe that in order to get the full charge, this mophie case should be charged until all 4 LEDs light up (steady). Before I used to charge until 3 were lit and the fourth was blinking.
All good things must come to an end. My Mophie only charges my phone up to 20-25% these days. At this capacity it is simply not using and so I gave it away to a co-worker. I removed one star from it's rating because I feel that it should have lasted longer.
I have moved on to similar battery case, the Spyder i4 Power Shadow. So far I've no complaints about it. The case is rectangular so it can stand on its own and it even comes with a charging stand so you can use it while charging.
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Initial post: Apr 29, 2011 11:30:59 AM PDT
Besides the reason you mentioned is there any other reason why I should wait till the battery is completely runs out before charging it?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2011 1:42:01 PM PDT
Abe Vigoda says:
Yeah CBGB, Apple reccomends that the battery be drained at least once a month. It keeps the battery "conditioned". I won't get into the specifics because the technicalities would blow your mind, CBGB.
Suffice to say that draining the battery keeps it in top shape.
In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2011 8:25:16 AM PDT
Thanks for your statistics , a drop of 5% in phone recharge rate with only 4 charges of the mophie juice pack , I find to be a bit troubling and I feel I should reconsider whether or not to purchase this item.
In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2011 6:40:06 PM PDT
Abe Vigoda says:
UPDATE--- I just got a full charge from the mophie, months after usng it. Apparently I was not charging it to full capacity. Now I charge it until all 4 lights light up steady.
Posted on Dec 18, 2011 12:37:04 AM PST
Do you have a 4, or a 4s?
Posted on Feb 5, 2012 6:26:55 AM PST
Abe... Thanks for the review... I bought one of these at Best Buy. I was in a hurry, and I wish I would have purchased mine form Amazon.
I'd like to add that I have found the 4 LED lights on the bottom come in handy for me when I use it as a flashlight... They are bright enough for illuminating key-holes and when looking into a glove box...
I had a LifeProof case for my iPhone 4S, but it was so bad, I went with the Mophie (you should read my review about the LifeProof .... arghhhhh!)
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2012 12:30:41 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 27, 2012 12:32:22 PM PST
Actor woman says:
Abe Vigoda - any difference between juice pack plus and juice pack air
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 8:21:15 PM PST
B. Weismann says:
The Air has a smaller capacity battery (1500 mAh) compared to the plus at 2000 mAh. The air also does not cover up the volume buttons
Posted on Mar 14, 2012 7:55:39 AM PDT
Hmmm. Maybe my Juice Pack Plus is a later version (purchased from AT&T in March, 2012) but it does have volume controls on the Morphie. Volume is an issue for me, so I really need to be able to make it louder if I can't hear. Just an FYI for anyone reading the comments in 2012.
BTW, thanks for a great review. I bought my Morphie before reading your review and especially appreciate your advice about draining the iP4's battery once a month. At first I was concerned that the Morphie kept the iP4 charged constantly, which I know is bad for any battery. I'm sure the information is somewhere regarding this but your review reassured me on an important point.