I’ve tried a good handful of battery packs/charger for both for my old iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. They come in all shapes and sizes, and it generally takes a couple of unique features to get me using one as my main backup for emergencies. And I must say, iBattz’ Mojo Refuel has some very nice touches indeed.
Design wise, on first looks, it doesn’t look much different to anything else on the market. That’s not to say it isn’t nice. The outer shell has a comfortable gentle curve finished with a soft matte coating. Unlike Mophie’s Juice Packs, instead of having a bottom edge that detaches, iBattz went for a removable bumper (available in a few different colors), which makes putting it on a breeze.
One design choice I particularly liked – purely from am aesthetic standpoint – was the battery level indicator lights. Instead of having four tiny LEDs in a row horizontally as is normally the case, iBattz opted for a vertical row, all within one rectangular cutouts. It looks fantastic, and the choice of light blue LEDs fit my appreciation for all things science-fictiony down to the ground.
Feature wise, we should cover the normal stuff first. Checking the battery level is as easy as clicking the only button on the case, conveniently placed on the side. Long-pressing activates and de-activates the charging. Refuelling the case is done by using a micro-USB cable (included) and listening to music needs a 3.5mm adapter since the bottom of the case does restrict access to the entire bottom edge of the phone.
Now that’s out the way. Let’s get on to what makes it different.
Underneath the outer shell, on the back, is a removable battery. Unlike the Incipio OffGRID Pro for iPhone 4/4S, you don’t need to take your phone out to replace the battery. You slide the entire back shell up and away to reveal the standard 2,200mAh i9300 cell. (On that note, the case ships with a spare.) One minor inconvenience is that if you want to recharge the spares, they need to be put back in and plugged in to a power source. There’s no separate charging cradle.
Each 2,200mAh battery will easily give your iPhone a full recharge and them some, depending on your usage. And, it doesn’t take too long to charge either. So as a backup battery, it does its job very well.
Another unique aspect is that it’s also available as the Mojo Armor. It’s the same basic charger case, but with a stronger, more durable front cover (with built in screen protector) and a thick silicone/rubber exterior. It essentially turns your iBattz case in to an Otterbox battery pack.
One criticism I do reserve is that with the iPhone 5 being longer than the iPhone 4/4S, the types of battery pack that cover your bottom edge do feel too large and bulky. It’s true of the iBattz, and likewise most other cases of a similar style.
Price wise, you’re looking at something of a bargain considering the spare battery and performance. At just $89.99 for the Refuel, you pay a similar amount as you would a top-brand alternative with lower capacity and without interchangeable batteries. For $10 more, you can add some extra protection and go for the Otterbo-style Armor.
All in all, the iBattz Mojo is a fantastic battery backup and should be considered by anyone looking for something with a little more ‘oomph’ than a Mophie and with more versatility. You can order both the Mojo Refuel and Mojo Refuel Armor from iBattz direct.
TiP Rating – 8/10