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Mophie Juice Pack (Apple iPhone 3G)
Apple and Macintosh | First Looks
Tue 20 Jan 2009

Mighty Mophin' Power Juice Pack

By Aloysius Low

The one major complaint from many Apple 3G iPhones users is the relatively short battery life that barely lasts you a day from running the apps, games and just your basic phone usage. So if you're feeling the lack of juice, well, there's the Mophie Juice Pack, which serves to recharge your battery and double your usage while simultaneously offering some protection like a casing.

Juice Juice Juice

Mophie claims that its juice pack is capable of tacking on another day of usage and our field tests showed that this was true. Making calls, playing with our apps and games normally would have drained our phone in just a day but using the juice pack extended that for about another day. When the battery pack is in use, the phone will rely on the external power source first (the Mophie) before resorting to the phone's own internal battery.

You'll also get a good indication of when this is going to happen when your main screen changes from the charging battery indicator to your usual wallpaper. If you prefer your original wallpaper, well you're so out of luck while the juice pack is attached. Besides looking at the front screen to find out when the Mophie is running low, you can also check the back of the Mophie, where a LED charge indicator is located.

Juice Protection

While it's not compatible with existing cases, the Mophie by itself serves as a protective casing. You'll note that the battery pack is shaped to fit the iPhone 3G exactly, and protects the rear from scratches. It also provides a heftier grip to the slippery iPhone but does add some substantial bulk and weight to the phone.

Lastly, the Mophie doesn't use the standard 30-pin connector that's used with Apple products - instead, you'll find a mini-USB port that works with any USB cable, allowing for your iPhone to sync with iTunes while it's being charged. This is a nifty feature for those always looking to charge their iPhones and face it, mini-USB cables are definitely much cheaper than the Apple cables if you happen to lose your original mini-USB cable.

Juicy Delight

There's really nothing not to like about the Mophie Juice Pack, though at S$138, it may seem a little costly at first, but like all good things, the cost does factor into the value you get from the Mophie Juice Pack. If you find your iPhone 3G inadequate in the battery life department, well, this may just be the solution to your woes.

Product Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 63.5mm x 120.6mm x 19mm
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45kg
  • Compatibility: Apple iPhone 3G
  • Standby Time: Up to additional 350 hours
  • Talk Time: Up to additional 6 hours on 3G, Up to additional 12 hours on 2G
  • Internet Use: Up to additional 6 hours on 3G, Up to additional 7 hours on WiFi
  • Audio Playback: Up to additional 28 hours
  • Video Playback: Up to additional 8 hours