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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. phaith's Avatar
      phaith -
      P- I'd love things that make my pants pocket bulge out. Please send me one!
    1. aerosolfaith's Avatar
      aerosolfaith -
      P - ME WANT, on/off switch is promising!! BTW just got my White 16GB iPhone 3GS YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      P- they both look sweet and wouldnt mind having one of them
    1. russianberry's Avatar
      russianberry -
      P- Could do with more power at work. I am stuck with no power outlet or anything sucks!
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      P- This would be great to have , either one of these would suit my purpose . Good luck to all .
    1. thxride's Avatar
      thxride -
      P- like the way it was designed
    1. mr_mango's Avatar
      mr_mango -
      P- looks like pretty cool case.
    1. Trent J.'s Avatar
      Trent J. -
      P- I would love to win this incase power slider because my best friend has one and I cant afford one.. his seems awesome and incase is one of the best companies ever when it comes to iphone cases...

      I hope I win!!
    1. rjmann's Avatar
      rjmann -
      P- ModMyi is the best!! You keep us informed and now you are giving away a Power Slider! Great battery pack from a great site....thanx! Would love to have one.
    1. MPig's Avatar
      MPig -
      P- What an awesome review. I was actually planning on buying the Mophie pack -- thanks for stopping me! The InCase looks so much better. I run out of battery so fast, this would be extremely helpful.
    1. Nickfranco5's Avatar
      Nickfranco5 -
      P- Battery problems no more
    1. sirluis94's Avatar
      sirluis94 -
      P- both cases look awesome, and power slider case can become very helpful, if you're always using your iphone. lol
    1. Rolokid's Avatar
      Rolokid -
      P- Thanks informative comparison. I only wish they also had a pass through dock connector so I could still connect the iPhone with my car stereo.
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      P- this is definatley what i need for when im out in the field training
    1. KelvinalF's Avatar
      KelvinalF -
      P-lease I just got my 3GS and need a new case! lol
    1. iMike's Avatar
      iMike -
      P- I have been wanting one but didn't want to shell out $80. A win would be nice!!
    1. 05murphym's Avatar
      05murphym -
      P - pretty cool case and really sexy
    1. dpulley8's Avatar
      dpulley8 -
      P-
      i would love to have one of these, looks like a great product!
    1. arcadiazeon's Avatar
      arcadiazeon -
      P- I would like the incase power slider, I could use the extra power.
    1. bugjar's Avatar
      bugjar -
      P- Either case looks great to me. A little more power would go a long way!