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  • InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ]
    [ Congrats to user ZOMGVTEK on winning the case! ]

    With the release of the new iPhone 3GS and the continuation of the iPhone 3G, battery life still seems to be an issue (even with the improved battery life of the 3GS) with the iPhone. Maybe its 'cause its so connected to everything online...

    Incase and Mophie both have made way to solve this recurring problem - the Incase Power Slider, and the Mophie Juice Pack Air (you may remember our review on the Air's big brother, the Mophie Juice Pack).

    We'll chat about the differences.

    Both cases run $79.95. Grab the Mophie Juice Pack Air from their site, or the Incase Power Slider from Apple.

    Incase states the Power Slider extends battery life up to 5 hours on Internet use, 5 hours on 3G talk time. It is quite impressive, and Incase is spot on with their facts. The Juice Pack Air, on the other hand, extends 4.5 hours on both, which also wound up being a pretty accurate spec.

    The Juice Pack Air takes a hint from the MacBook Pro batteries, and has 4 bright blue lights on the back telling you your current charge level. Nicely enough, it came FULLY CHARGED - the Incase Power Slider had a pretty sticker letting me know I had better fully charge it before using. Win, Mophie.

    Incase's 5 indication lights show the current charge as well, and are a little better hidden as well (only visible when lit) - and another perk is an indicator that tells you when to plug the case in during a sync. Its the little things that make life sweet.

    Both cases come with a mini USB slot along with a standard USB to mini cable. EDIT, my bad - as readers pointed out, the Mophie is in fact MICRO-USB, not Mini. Thanks, guy. This allows you to charge or update it your phone without having to remove it from the case.

    Mophie Juice Pack Air

    Incase Power Slider (btw, that does close flush, I just hadn't pressed it together completely in this photo)

    The Incase is pretty darn bulky (with dimensions of 5.1x2.6x0.86 this case almost doubles your iPhones depth), although for being large it feels quite good in the hand. The Juice Pack Air measures in at 4.90x 2.59x 0.75 - 0.32 thinner all around then the Power Slider. Interestingly, the Mophie is 0.1lb heavier then the Power Slider.

    As far as feel, the Incase wins hands down for me. The edges are curved so it feels more natural and the case covers the entire exterior of the phone. There is a hard but semi "grippy" exterior which makes it good for grip - but not one of those annoying cases that gets stuck in you pocket (I had one of those Incase rubber protective covers and it just didnt do it for me). It also seems much more flush with the iPhone, making it look more like a single unit than a phone wearing a backpack.

    Another thing Incase does right is they put rubber protectors in the back of the case. This helps to ensure protection for your phone if dropped from direct contact to the plastic or even those ugly scratches that you get from the normal wear and tear in a plastic case like the Agent18 ClearShield.

    Mophie's Juice Pack Air is shiny, which shows a heck of a lot more fingerprints. It definitely slides in and out of the pocket better, and it's smaller as well, as noted before. The part of the Juice Pack Air where the bottom of the iPhone sites also has a small gap which throws me off a bit.

    A very cool part of the Juice Pack Air is the on/off switch at the bottom. I wish the Power Slider has something like it. If you'd prefer to have the iPhone in the case but NOT be charging at the moment, simpmly flip the switch, and you've just got a big ol' case.

    But the Air's biggest flaw? Getting the thing off the iPhone. The top part is thin and attached to two long bits that go down the whole case - and it attaches REALLY tightly. I had a hard time getting the two pieces apart every time I tried, and the 5th or 6th time the top part actually snapped in half while trying to remove it. The thing still works - it connects nicely on the bottom and charges fine, but now it doesn't look complete.

    By contrast, the Power Slider slides off and on smoothly, yet fits together just as seamlessly (in fact, it looks a little more seamless).

    EDIT: Its worth noting (as a user pointed out as well) that the Incase DID give us an intermittent signal drop of about a bar. If I had 3 bars or more I was unaffected, but I noticed if I was in a place where I'd normally have only 1 bar (certain rooms in buildings, etc) I was more likely to drop a call with the Incase on than without it. I did NOT notice this with the Mophie, although some have said they notice it. This didn't really affect my love for the Power Slider, though, as the added power was much more beneficial than the signal in low signal areas - I just pulled off the case to make a call there.

    If you are craving a little more power and got an extra 80 bucks laying around and dont mind a slightly larger case, Id say grab the Incase Power Slider. The Mophie isn't bad, but getting the thing apart really is more difficult than it should be, and the design isn't quite as "pretty" as Incase's.

    Of course, if you dont have 80 bucks laying around but still would like a Power Slider - we are giving one away. Just let us know you'd like one by starting your comment with "P- " and then anything you would like to say about the case. EDIT - I'll announce a winner Wednesday July 15th. US only, sorry folks.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ] started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 958 Comments
    1. foureight84's Avatar
      foureight84 -
      P- This looks like an awesome case. ME WANT!

    1. vuglll's Avatar
      vuglll -
      P- Both of then looks great. Too bad they are not available here in Serbia and I must stick to iPhone battery itslef
    1. R32kid's Avatar
      R32kid -
      P- I wish I didn't have to charge my phone EVERYday.... my car charger gets a good workout though!
    1. danielbonnells's Avatar
      danielbonnells -
      P- I'm in need of more power since 3.0 lol so this would be good
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      P- I sure could use one of these for plane trips. Looks like a great balance of form and function.
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      P - Damn those are really sexy, and they're definitely useful fo sho. I end up with like 20% charge halfway through the day. ><
    1. Paccoco's Avatar
      Paccoco -
      P- Looks pretty slick, More power with out a bulky battery is nice
    1. gatorslax20's Avatar
      gatorslax20 -
      P- both of the cases look sweet. Its smart cus i can tel my battery isn;t the best on my new iPhone 3G [S].
      Thanks for all the iphone news everyday
    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      P- definitely a must have iphone accessory, i cant stand my 3G dying, and the dramatic decrease in battery life ever since 3.0!
    1. RandomAlec's Avatar
      RandomAlec -

      I've been thinking about getting the InCase Power Slider; it's a shame that apparently the 3GS has a better battery but I've never seen a phone die so quick, not even my original iPhone (2G). I even tried running my iPhone 3GS a whole day with the 3G turned off and it appeared to drain out even quicker. It just doesn't make sense to me.

      Hopefully this giveaway will reward me something I definitely need.

      Thanks for the review, I didn't even know "Mophie" made a power case, so that was a nice thing to see in this review, a new product I didn't even know about yet. My vote still goes with the InCase Power Slider.
    1. dh96's Avatar
      dh96 -
      P- I saw the incase on another site and was happy to see you guys reviewed it (and that it was recommended over the competition). I have just a regular incase and love it, but I think some extra power would definitely be a plus for extended usage.
    1. spiderniki's Avatar
      spiderniki -
      P- pretty cool case. If you need your iPhone to whole day and use it hard this is a must have.
    1. ricm68's Avatar
      ricm68 -
      P- I would like the incase power slider, I like all their products. I have many cases from them !!! I gotta have one...
    1. sonupwr's Avatar
      sonupwr -
      P- case looks sweet
    1. ufc21's Avatar
      ufc21 -
      P- the mophie juice pack air is slimmer and i think it would be a better choice so i go with the mophie juice pack air
    1. Criss's Avatar
      Criss -
      P- The one thing these reviews never seem to cover is the impact on your cell signal. I had a Mophie for a week and took it back. Having the dense cells of a battery covering up your antenna drastically effects the signal quality.

      So as an FYI, if you don't have full 3G everywhere you go, one of these probably isn't the best idea. But if you live somewhere that AT&T decided to overdose on towers then by all means grab one of these cases.
    1. iphowned's Avatar
      iphowned -
      P- I could definitely use one of these battery extenders as I do travel quite a bit and my 3g keeps me very well connected with quite a number of business-related issues.

      I hate having to constantly locate outlets to charge my 3g when on the move.
    1. strix66's Avatar
      strix66 -
      I can need one of them, i use my phone at the office also, and the battery needs to be loaded often.

      Thanks a lot!!!
    1. snoze88's Avatar
      snoze88 -

      seems to be very useful...my 3g battery doesn't reach 5 hours of usage -.-'

      p.s.: do you also ship to italy, or it's a contest for american users?
    1. btownxtreme's Avatar
      btownxtreme -
      p- I"m always finding myself carrying a spare cable when i go out just incase becuase by day end I'm usually getting the pop up sayin less then 10% battery :s