Mophie Juice Pack Battery charger for the 3G: quick thoughts
My Mophie juice charger came in the mail today. Some random thoughts:
-Definitely not the most sleek or elegant looking device. It adds some bulk, weight and size to the iPhone. I felt like I was carrying my old Treo 700p around again. It's great as a standalone charger but it'll never replace my gorgeous (and functional) black Speck grip case.
-I noticed when I put my iPhone in the Mophie charger, the home button DOES NOT WORK. To wake up my iPhone, I have to hit the on/off button at the top of the phone. Also, when using any apps, you won't be able to return to the homescreen because the home button stops working. Has anyone else had this problem?
-I don't like how hard it is to get the iPhone OUT of the charger. I realize the idea is to get it to fasten securely but there should have been some mechanism that makes it easy to take the phone out of the charger.
Overall, I see my Mophie charger as strictly an emergency use type of device (like when there are no wall outlets available, or when I'm hiking or camping, etc) - IMO, it's definitely not a replacement for a bodycase for the iPhone when it comes to everyday functional use (ie: Speck, etc.).
- 11-08-2008, 01:29 AM #2
- 11-08-2008, 09:02 AM #3
- 11-08-2008, 08:08 PM #4
I can't remember where I saw it, but I thought Mophie themselves were saying something to the effect that "there's never a reason to take the iPhone out of the charger case," in effect promoting it as a dual charger/ body case - but I'm not completely sure of that.
At any rate, it's too brick-like to be a good functional case, IMO. Lemme know what you think when you get it.
- 11-09-2008, 05:55 PM #6
- 11-09-2008, 07:44 PM #7
Have you had a chance to put it to the test as far as extending the battery life? That's my main concern. I probably will go caseless most of the time, but if I know I'm going to be stuck somewhere and want to play games to kill time or for trips to NYC wandering around all day with the GPS and subway map going it will def. be along for the ride
It's definitely nice to have both the wall-charger and the Mophie in my backpack just in case.
*ADDENDUM: One thing I need to reiterate is that once you plug your iPhone into the Mophie charger, the 'Home button' STOPS WORKING. At least for me that was the case. So if you plan on using the mophie extensively, be aware of this one caveat. Probably the one true criticism I have of it...
Last edited by Tunnelrunner; 11-10-2008 at 07:29 AM.
- 11-10-2008, 09:16 AM #9
- 11-10-2008, 11:14 AM #10
- 11-10-2008, 12:12 PM #11
Ok, I've had 5 mins to play with the mophie and here are a few quick things.
* The home button does work
* The phone didn't slide out that easy, but after about 30 secs I figured it out. You just grip the phone on the sides below the volume button and just pull and it comes out pretty easy.
The biggest downside for me is I was hoping it would be thinner, but it about doubles the thickness of the iPhone which makes it a bit large in my jeans front pocket. So this won't be an everyday thing to have b/c of this. The size isn't that bad considering the alternative. One time in NYC I was carrying around my NFT guide my iPod and my SLVR. So with this now I can cut that down to just the iPhone and mophie. This week is kind of hetic for me and I'm leaving saturday morning for philly, but hopefully by about wednesday of next week I can have a full review done. And Philly should be a good test for me and my mophie.
- 11-10-2008, 02:55 PM #13
- 11-11-2008, 10:00 AM #15
- 11-11-2008, 11:31 PM #17
Ok, well I did my first round of testing today and was pretty impressed.
About 2 hours of phone calls, 45 mins of iPod, about 5-10 mins of web browsing, and light email (2 push account (Exchange / Ymail) and 1 manual gmail) usage throughout the day, mostly just reading emails.
I took it off the charger at about 9.30 AM EST and it died shortly before 12:30 AM EST. So basically I made it through the whole day without using my iPhone battery at all!
UPDATE: Got my Mophie replacement today. Not only does the Home button work fine but it's VERY easy to slide the iPhone out of the charger if I want, so I'm quite sure that my original Mophie charger was defective.
Overall, good device for what it's supposed to do, but still bulky.
- 11-30-2008, 10:08 PM #19
my juice pack 3g review
Well I finally got some time and finished up my review of the new mophie juice pack 3g. In short I would recommend it even with its $99.95 price tag because it works well and still keeps the iPhone looking slick!
[review] mophie juice pack 3g for iPhone 3g | When Will Apple?
- 03-03-2010, 10:43 PM #21
- 03-22-2010, 10:34 AM #22
- 03-23-2010, 07:25 PM #23
For those in Canada....
SIG Electronics has this @ $64.99 (or 'make an offer' - but that seems to think that even $64.99 won't happen lol) whereas FS/BB have it at $99.99.
SOO $99.99 - $64.99 = $35.00, so 10% is $3.5 soo ~$61.49 for the unit.
This will DEFINITELY be YMMV as they'll try to charge shipping/whatnot but I've PMed SIG often (and I'm like 75km away from one lol).
Just thought I'd share if anyone was interested.
- 04-02-2010, 02:41 AM #24
- 04-04-2010, 07:47 PM #25