Dropping $200+ on a GPS watch can be a deterring experience. And that probably explains why a large number of runners and hikers hit the trail with their iPhone in hand. The handset, with the right app running, can track distance, pace and more. A large caveat to this practice, though, is the tax on your iPhone’s battery life and the possibility of dropping it. Like a shark to blood, Mophie has sniffed out these short coming and has rejiggered their battery pack in the form of an Juice Pack Plus Outdoor Edition.
It’s effectively the same device as the Juice Pack Plus, but seems to include more protection in the form of a rubberized band that runs the edge of the battery pack. 2000mAh means that you should be able to double the battery life of Apple’s device, though that will vary widely depending on if you’re running their free GPS app.
The app itself is just 19mb in size, but what really makes it so attractive is that you can download offline maps in select areas if you happen to be travelling to a location that isn’t covered by your carrier. When a trail is completed, which can be found using their database of more than 1 million points of interest, the app will spit out a statistics page that can be shared via email or Facebook and accompanied by geo tagged photos.
The Mophie Juice Pack Outdoor Edition is available now for $119.99 – a $20 premium over their Juice Pack Plus, but as mentioned this version includes some added protection.