mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone X – Review

I have been expecting this case for well over nine months now and finally, it has arrived.

In the past, mophie has released their Juice Pack battery case for new iPhones within three months or so of the newest iPhone’s launch. The iPhone X Juice Pack launch went a little different.

A year later, it is finally available. You may see posts that say that mophie released a product that is already discontinued, and yes, while this is true, this battery case will also fit your new iPhone Xs. So it’s not for nothing. Let’s check this thing out.

Size

I will come right out and say it, this is the best size battery case that I have used on the iPhone X/Xs. It is slimmer than any I have used before and fits in the hand perfectly. I can’t promise that it is the slimmest case on the market but compared to those that I have used, it is a welcoming size in the battery case world.

Performance

This case has a 1,720 mAh battery capacity. What that means is that it should charge your iPhone X around 63% and your iPhone Xs – 64%. Of course, this is in a perfect world. After doing that math, I really thought I would get at least 60% extra battery by charging from 20% to 80%. I did my test and in just over in an hour, with my phone connected to wifi and not being used during that time, my phone charged from 24% to 64%. 40% is all that I got out of this case. Frustrated, I completed another test. This time I got from 20% to 64%. So it wasn’t a fluke.

Compared to other cases on the market, a mere 40% is ridiculous. Unless my case is a dud, I can confidently say you will only get 40% extra charge with this case.

Charging

The Juice Pack can charge two ways, through QI wireless charging and Micro-USB. Yes, unfortunately, Micro-USB is still a thing. I thought by this time, mophie would have switched all of their cases to USB-C. I am thankful that you can charge this case wirelessly as that is how I primarily charge my iPhone these days.

The other thing to think about is if you use Apple CarPlay. Since you can’t use Apple’s lightning cable with this case, you have to rely on a Micro-USB cable in the car. Fortunately, CarPlay does work when the case is on your phone. This is a big win because the only other Apple certified battery case, from Moment, does not work with CarPlay.

Price

The mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone X is $99.99.  The case comes in black and blue.

Like Apple products, mophie is a premium brand with premium prices. I am not saying they are perfect but I have never had any quality issues with mophie in the past. They are a brand that you can trust.  How you spend your money is up to you, all I can tell you is that this case works as advertised. Is the $100 price tag a bit much? In my opinion, yes. But this has been mophie’s going price for these devices for as long as I have known about them.

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iPhone X mophie 7/13 release?

Update 7/4/2018: The website linked in this article has been updated with a date of 9/28/2018 as a release date. I guess this got someone’s attention at mophie.

Always on the lookout for new accessories from mophie, I stumbled across this Australian retail page showing a possible release date of 7/13/2018 for an iPhone X mophie Juice Pack Air.

I am not sure how reputable this site is but this could be an indication that we will see the new case from mophie this month.

I will update this as I find out more.

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Review: mophie wireless charging base

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are capable of charging wirelessly.

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This is a welcomed feature to iOS users because Android phones have been able to do this for years.

This wireless charging base from mophie, is one of two wireless chargers that Apple recommends. The other is the Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad. Not only does Apple recommend these but they are also two of the few chargers that wireless charge your iPhone faster than the normal wall charger that comes in the iPhone box. Your tiny charging brick, that comes packaged with your phone, charges at a maximum of 5 watts. With mophie’s wireless charging base it will max out at 7.5 watts. That is definitely a plus over using any other wireless chargers on the market.

It does what it’s supposed to do. I won’t argue with that, one bit. It is very convenient to throw it down on the pad and not have to fiddle with cables.

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It’s not perfect though.

In order to get your phone charging, it has to sit on the pad at the correct angle. It will not charge if it is too far to the side.  My fiancé and I have run into this multiple times and have woken up with near depleted batteries. You will run into this with any wireless charger you come across but it is still something I wish I didn’t have to worry about when paying $60 for a charger. Maybe within the next couple of years we will have true wireless charging, through the air.

My only other gripe is if you want to charge your phone while using it,  good luck. Unless you hover over the device, while it is sitting on the charger, you will not be able to use your phone and charge it at the same time. And that is a little too inconvenient for me.

Verdict

mophie did it right when it comes to wireless charging. It charges fast and is extremely easy. But for $60, you will have to make the decision if the price is worth the simplicity of wireless charging.

Me? I will definitely keep it around the house for those times when I don’t even have to think about charging. It will be a convenient gadget to have laying around to use as needed.

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