With Belkin launching the Grip Power iPhone 5 battery case, it's time to compete with the leader of the pack: Mophie Juice Pack Plus. If you're looking to buy a powerful battery case for your iPhone 5 – a case that will protect your iPhone 5 from bumps, scratches etc. and also make sure the iPhone 5 lasts at least twice as long as it normally does – you've got two solid options now.
Don't forget that if you're not particular about brand (but are interested in functionality), check out our earlier coverage on the best 5 iPhone 5 battery cases.
Mophie has already established itself in the realm of juice packs for iPhone and other smartphones. It's like they're locked down in their focus and they're doing a pretty good job. In fact, they're the leaders in this segment.
Belkin has a glorious run as one of the leading mobile-related accessory makers (particularly Apple-related). Their entry into this segment of juice packs is not surprising but definitely interesting and worth watching.
Now that there are two top-tier brands that are at it, let's take a look at how each compares to the other.
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Juice: How Much Power Does It Pack?
Mophie: 2100 mAh
Belkin: 2000 mAh
By sheer numbers, Mophie's Juice Pack Plus takes the lead. A difference of 100 mAh isn't really large comparing to the overall charge that these hold. But if you're a stickler to the numbers game, Mophie obviously wins. But we'll see that this comes at a cost.
Mophie's comparable Juice Pack Plus does pack 2100 mAh of capacity but it comes at a cost. On a price-comparable note, Mophie's Juice Pack costs $99.95 but it falls short of Belkin's 2000 mAh capacity by 300 mAh (giving you 1700 mAh, still doubling the battery time for iPhone 5).
Both the cases are quite slim (or acceptably thick). Belkin's made a smarter move by adding a ring for the iPhone 5. It's detached from the main case containing the battery/charger. Mophie, on the other hand, has a particularly unibody design so it looks and feels a little tighter and thinner. It in fact is.
Belkin's focus – though primarily on the battery aspect – does fall on the case too. So they've made sure the case is durable, tough and strong enough to resist impacts. I'm not saying Mophie's is weaker in comparison but they've got their priorities set straight.
Belkin: 4 options (purple, civic blue, whiteout, gravel)
Mophie: 3 options (black, white, red)
Apparently, Belkin's got more options to choose from and they're quite colorful. Mophie's product red, at the time of this writing, will ship later this month.