Mophie juices iPhone 5 batteries as new Belkin keyboard turns iPad mini into notebook

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Apple's iPhone 5 and iPad mini saw new additions to the ranks of their accessories recently, as mophie and Belkin rolled out new additions that extend the battery life of one and the functionality of the other.

iDevice accessory maker mophie announced on Wednesday that its juice pack helium iPhone 5 case was available for pre-sale.

Mophie's juice pack helium is an ultra-thin battery case, 13 percent thinner than any of the company's previous battery packs. It provides up to 80 percent more battery life for the iPhone 5, bringing total battery capacity for phone and juice pack to nearly 3000mAh.

It also features an LED power indicator and a standby switch, and its microUSB charging port allows users to charge both the juice pack and the iPhone 5.

The juice pack helium is available for pre-sale now for $80. Mophie says the dark metallic version will begin shipping on February 25, while the silver model will ship in the beginning of March.

Belkin's FastFit keyboard case for iPad mini

Belkin on Wednesday introduced its new FastFit Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Case for the iPad mini. The FastFit keyboard cover measures 7mm thick, thinner than the iPad mini itself. It also features Belkin's TruType keyboard, which Belkin says makes for faster and more accurate typing thanks to its well-spaced keys with built-in spring mechanisms.


The FastFit case relies on Bluetooth 3.0 and a 200mAh battery, with battery life estimates of up to 155 hours of active use between charges. The case also implements "auto-wake," allowing users to wake their devices or put them to sleep just by opening and closing the cover.

The FastFit keyboard case for iPad mini will be available for preorder soon at Belkin's site. It will retail for $80.