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Mophie Juice Pack Air 2

Posted by DarrenG on August 15, 2009

mophieI love my iPhone but even with the improved battery life of the 3GS it is still a struggle to survive a full day away from power.

There have been external battery pack ‘backpacks’ before but most were fugly and there is no greater crime than to spoil the fine lines of an iPhone.  And so it was with much hope that I ordered a Mophie Juice Pack Air.

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Designed as a very svelte and slim case for your iPhone, the Juice Pack Air doubles the battery power of your iPhone whilst adding only a little bulk.  The case is so well designed that it could easily be mistaken as a standard case.

On the back is a small button and four LEDs to indicate the charge level of the battery pack.  On the bottom is the new micro-USB connector that is used to charge the battery and that of the iPhone if connected. It can also be synced via this connector and the requisite micro-USB lead is supplied.  A small switch allows to to switch the battery pack on/off as desired.  When on it will power the iPhone and charge the battery.

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It all works beautifully and allows me to use the iPhone as heavily as I wish, watch video and listen to music to my hearts content.

mophie-cl1The only criticism that I could make is that the fit of some of the parts isn’t perfect, the shut-line of the top half of the case is a little rough in areas but this is me being finnicky.  The image on the left shows some of the small gaps that appear in some places. I’m sure better quality control could resolve these?

One other unexpected benefit is the case design redirects the speaker output forward via the two sculpted vents either side of the dock connector.  If you play games you’ll find this a great help as many landscape oriented games result in your hands obstructing the speakers.

Not cheap at £69.95 but ticks all the boxes, works superbly.  The Juice Pack Air is available in white, black and purple and is suitable for 3G and 3GS iPhones.

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  1. Ian Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:05:55 UTC

    I like the idea of this as my iPhone rarely makes it from morning to late afternoon without requiring a charge, but it spends a lot of time in the cradle in the car and is charged overnight in my Sony clock radio. How quickly can it be removed from the iPhone so it will fit into these?

  2. DarrenG Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:11:20 UTC

    It was stiff at first but ow it takes two seconds to whip the top half of the Mophie case shell off and then pop the iPhone out. I do the same, exchanging the Mophie for a Griffin case for some occasions and for use in my desk charger.

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