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Backpacker Magazine – June 2013

Do It: Make the Most of Your Phone

Pick the right case to shield your device, never lose touch, boost your juice, and conserve battery power with these tips and tricks.

by: Billy Brown

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Protect Your Phone
Pick the right case to shield your device from falls, rain, and dirt, whether you’re a...

Weekend warrior LifeProof cases (iPhone 5: $80, 1 oz.; iPad: $100, 11.6 oz.; lifeproof .com) are waterproof (up to 6 feet for 30 minutes), shockproof (up to a 6-foot drop onto concrete), and dustproof. The slim profile makes the phone case easy to stash in a pocket, and the responsive touchscreen helped it earn a 2013 Editors’ Choice Award.

Gear abuser Otterbox’s Armor Case ($100, 3.9 oz. for iPhone 5; $100, 4.8 oz. for Galaxy S3; uses heavy-duty plastic to protect from submersion (6 feet for 30 minutes), drops (up to 10 feet), and pressure (4,000 pounds).

Power user The Mophie Juice Pack PRO Outdoor Edition case ($120; 2.5 oz.; iPhone 4/4s; is splashproof (not submergible), dustproof, and shockproof, plus it includes a rechargeable integrated battery pack that can store 1.5 iPhone charges. A standby switch lets you control when the juice is on.

Never Lose Touch
Roughly the size of a beefy smartphone case with an antenna, the Thuraya SatSleeve ($499 for iPhone 4/4s, $599 for iPhone 5; turns your iPhone into a satellite phone at a fraction of the price of many traditional sat phones. (We can’t wait to field-test one.)

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