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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. Electrodaktylus's Avatar
      Electrodaktylus -
      P- a little bit more life is always welcome, like the hidden Magic Mushroom !!
    1. gmacdo1's Avatar
      gmacdo1 -
      P-having a full charge for a whole day would be da bomb. Especially for us Pandora lovers.
    1. Pcpro745's Avatar
      Pcpro745 -
      P- Would be nice to get to use my iPhone all day instead of charging halfway through the day
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      P- i really felt like i would win the last give away...time to redeem myself
    1. Mastroz's Avatar
      Mastroz -
      P- Great looking case! I would love to have one
    1. cedwards0823's Avatar
      cedwards0823 -
      P- i'm diggin it. form and functionality....
    1. HayWire's Avatar
      HayWire -
      P- I've been debating about getting either one of these for my 3G for a few weeks now, I just recently ordered a Rebel Seperent case though, however I would like something with an extra battery life. I do dock mine for most of my day at work but when I party hard afteward sometimes my batter flat out fails by the time i get home or on the way there ( not good for me)
    1. rbjscv's Avatar
      rbjscv -
      P- please, oh please let it be mine, all mine.
    1. minoba82's Avatar
      minoba82 -
      P- I would love to win one of these cases. It would definitely come in handy on those days I neglect to charge my phone.
    1. pyranderson's Avatar
      pyranderson -
      P- i would really like to try one of these really hope i win
    1. Dmoney10's Avatar
      Dmoney10 -
      P- i need one of these badboys all my other cases break on me
    1. izeman's Avatar
      izeman -
      "P"- Great case. It would definetly help while watching slingplayer mobile, really drains the battery quick. Good luck to all!!!!
    1. dangerousandre's Avatar
      dangerousandre -
      P- It looks pretty sweet... Will i ever win? haha
    1. keepit4real's Avatar
      keepit4real -
      P- come on man... hook me up with one... can't buy it myself.. got laid off.. this economy is hurting.
    1. chaingang54's Avatar
      chaingang54 -
      P - This looks like an amazing case, wouldn't have to charge as much anymore!
    1. Bassoonist23's Avatar
      Bassoonist23 -
      P- this could really help me out. im always looking for a plug when im out and about
    1. frankydabull's Avatar
      frankydabull -
      P- Dont you wish they made them in different colors? But the miniUSB is the COOLEST part.for time where you do have to charge, and dont have a sync cable. Everyone in the world has a phone that is miniUSB. Definitely well thought out
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      P- I have owned and used BOTH cases before, and sold my Incase away for the Mophie. I can't stand the "soft-touch" grip, I didn't like the idea of holding in the one button to put it into "sync mode," it ruined the speaker sound too much, and was just plain too big. Mophie fixed all of these issues with the Air case, and although I never use the power switch on it, it is overall a better case. It even IMPROVES the iPhones sound by "cupping" the speaker towards you.

      My phone has never died in either case, but I have come VERY close (2%). Yes, I use my iPhone a LOT (and I don't even have 3G!). I would suggest the Mophie to anyone, but I still wouldn't mind getting my hands on another Power Slider to make a quick $60 on eBay.

      Thanks guys

      OH BTW GUYS P.S. - The Mophie DOES NOT have mini USB! It uses MICRO USB. (The Incase does have it though.)
    1. lord ryttingham's Avatar
      lord ryttingham -
      I've been wanting to get a battery pack for a while. I'm a biker and like to use the GPS on my phone to keep track of my speed, distance, time, and track my path as well as listen to music during my ride. The problem is that doing this wipes out the battery and so I'm limited in how long I can use my phone to track myself. That is why I need one of these battery packs.
    1. watzup's Avatar
      watzup -
      p- yeah