1. C6TX6's Avatar
    I have one of these and thought the bulk would be meh but actually I like the fit and the extra battery capacity!

    The question I have is with general use, I've been leaving the switch in the 'ON' position (green dot visible) and letting the onboard battery keep the phone charged and running. I check the external battery charge periodically through the day and find that it will last most of the day unless I'm using the phone a lot.

    Before retiring at night, I connect my charger and it recharges the pack.

    I've read that you should leave the case switch in the 'OFF' position (red dot visible) and allow the phone battery to drain down, then move the case switch over to the 'ON' position so the case battery drains and charges the phone battery back up.

    Is using the case battery all the time and keeping the phone charged 100% most of the time more detrimental to the phone battery, aka like leaving a laptop plugged in?

    Of course full cycles, the Mophie is supposed to last at least 500 cycles. That's longer than I keep most devices so I have no problem with that.

    Or would it be better to balance it out, start with both at 100% and flick the switch on when the phone is around 50% so by the end of the day when I charge them up both are depleted more evenly? (Actually what would probably happen is the mophie would be dead and the phone close to 100% so in essence the mophie is getting a full cycle and the phone half a cycle, etc.

    Or does it really matter at all?

    Given, I'm sort of a gadget freak and rarely use a device more than six months before handing it to someone else for something new!
    06-13-2014 09:22 AM
  2. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    The iPhone battery can keep receiving charges for 30days and nights non stop. It will not harm your battery, however, it's advice that during these 30 days, the battery should complete a full cycle. What does this mean: it simply means that you can keep the iPhone in charge for 30days and nights, or in other words, you can keep the battery at 100% of charges for 30 days and nights, but the 31 day, you should use the iPhone battery until it reach 0% and recharge it until it reach 100%. Alternatively, you can chose to use the phone and each time it use 20% you top up back to 100% if you use 20% of the battery each day and top it back to 100% each day, after 5days you will complete a full cycle.
    So coming back to mophie, you can leave it on so that it charges the iPhone all the time, and at the end of the month, you just use the phone until it hit 0 before you recharge it. This way of doing have a benefit for your iPhone battery in the long run, it prevent you to kill faster the number of cycle design for the battery. If the iPhone 5s battery is designed with 500 cycles and assume you recharge it each day from 0 to 100% because of heavy usage, at the end of the year you will have killed only 365 to 366 cycles, so your battery, probably can hold full charges for over a year but not 2 years. But with mophie keeping your iPhone battery full charge all the time and where you only complete a full cycle once a month, you will need 500 months before you iPhone battery will lose 100% of charges to 80 or less.
    Alternatively, you can simply use the phone without carrying about the batteries mophie and iPhone and just charge it when ever you can do that.

    But eventually, either either your mophie battery or your iPhone battery will wear out over time, use it or not, so as long as you are satisfy with the time the combo takes before hit 0% and will need charge, there is nothing to worry about! that what I do with my iPhone 4S and my mophie juice pack plus. I just charge both of them over night then use it until both a empty and then recharge it again over night. My mophie is turned on all the time and never remember that I can even turn it off. It always keeps my phone charge and when it run out of energy, the iPhone battery takes over until it also runs out and then I recharge the set without pulling out the iPhone from thee mophie.
    Over all it doesn't mater how you use it, just make sure that in case you never let the iPhone battery drop from 100% you should complete a cycle at least once in a month to keep the battery exercising at least once in a month like recommended by Apple.


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    06-13-2014 09:52 AM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Personally, I just keep the Mophie set to off until I need to use it. I don't really want to start getting the juice out of the Mophie if my phone is already fully charged. Once I get to 30% or below, I just switch it on.
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    06-13-2014 04:13 PM
  4. Jemjee's Avatar
    Personally, I just keep the Mophie set to off until I need to use it. I don't really want to start getting the juice out of the Mophie if my phone is already fully charged. Once I get to 30% or below, I just switch it on.
    I do the same thing. There's something comforting about knowing that I have backup battery available if my phone battery gets too low.
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    06-13-2014 04:30 PM
  5. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    Personally, I just keep the Mophie set to off until I need to use it. I don't really want to start getting the juice out of the Mophie if my phone is already fully charged. Once I get to 30% or below, I just switch it on.
    That's the point of the case. That's how I use it too.
    06-13-2014 04:47 PM
  6. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I have to agree with Heisenberg, Jemlee and EmceeGeek, this is also how I use my Mophie Juice Pack.
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    06-13-2014 05:16 PM
  7. phreddyl's Avatar
    Personally, I just keep the Mophie set to off until I need to use it. I don't really want to start getting the juice out of the Mophie if my phone is already fully charged. Once I get to 30% or below, I just switch it on.
    I think it has to work harder this way. When I use mine I use it more of a trickle charger. I did it this way couple weeks ago when I went to Yankee game. Two hour train ride each way streaming podcasts and other stuff and still had battery almost full when I got home.
    06-13-2014 05:17 PM
  8. zerog46's Avatar
    I use mine all week. I take it off icon the weekends. During the week I just leave the case on. I have the plus. By the time I get home it's just about ready to use my iPhone battery so if I want to got out I just pop the case off and I have a fully charged phone.
    06-13-2014 06:34 PM
  9. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I think it has to work harder this way. When I use mine I use it more of a trickle charger. I did it this way couple weeks ago when I went to Yankee game. Two hour train ride each way streaming podcasts and other stuff and still had battery almost full when I got home.
    Yeah, I mean, in reality there probably isn't really a wrong way to use it. Only if you're charging the phone and case at the same time with the micro-usb, one should keep the switch to red (off). Really the only wrong thing you can do with it.
    06-13-2014 07:57 PM
  10. phreddyl's Avatar
    I use mine all week. I take it off icon the weekends. During the week I just leave the case on. I have the plus. By the time I get home it's just about ready to use my iPhone battery so if I want to got out I just pop the case off and I have a fully charged phone.
    I learned it from you
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    06-13-2014 07:59 PM
  11. i7guy's Avatar
    I have a juice pack air. Mophie recommends charging the phone at 40% and stopping at 80. Take it for what it's worth.


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    06-14-2014 12:54 AM
  12. zerog46's Avatar
    If you use the case first they both last longer and the phone doesn't get hot like it does when you charge it from the case.
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    06-14-2014 11:08 AM
  13. rayz336's Avatar
    If you use the case first they both last longer and the phone doesn't get hot like it does when you charge it from the case.
    This is good to know, that heat can be intense when it's charging from a case
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    06-14-2014 02:27 PM
  14. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    If you use the case first they both last longer and the phone doesn't get hot like it does when you charge it from the case.
    This is good to know, that heat can be intense when it's charging from a case
    That's a very good point. The phone does get hot from the case at times while charging. Mostly when you're really using the phone a lot.
    06-14-2014 02:35 PM
  15. TurboTiger's Avatar
    I have a Mophie Helium
    Mon - Sat I start the day using the Mophie charger.
    If it runs out then my iPhone 5s is on it's own.
    No issues with it running hot while using the Mophie.
    On Sundays, I use the iPhone battery.
    My case has been on since the day I bought the phone.

    Good Luck


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    06-14-2014 10:06 PM
  16. Frehley's Avatar
    Personally, I just keep the Mophie set to off until I need to use it. I don't really want to start getting the juice out of the Mophie if my phone is already fully charged. Once I get to 30% or below, I just switch it on.
    I do the same thing, just turn it on when my gold 5s needs a charge.
    06-18-2014 06:36 PM
  17. Jemjee's Avatar
    For kicks, I decided to try leaving my juice pack switched on all day, and I have to tell you I'm pleased with how it went. I used my phone quite a bit today, and after 12 hours I still have 25% battery left. I liked that it didn't get hot. Usually, I would just switch it on when my battery got low and it would charge, but get pretty hot. I think I like this way better.
    06-18-2014 09:17 PM
  18. zerog46's Avatar
    Definitely get more juice out of it using the Mophie first.
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    06-18-2014 10:40 PM
  19. nikkisharif's Avatar
    If you use the case first they both last longer and the phone doesn't get hot like it does when you charge it from the case.
    Never thought about it like this. I'll have to try it.
    06-19-2014 12:42 AM
  20. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I've never had one of these. I think I might just get one!


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    06-25-2014 02:41 PM
  21. rward01's Avatar
    Starting off the day using the mophie first has resulted in longer battery life for me as well.


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    06-25-2014 05:56 PM
  22. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    Interesting development; thanks for the info, everyone. I may pick up one of these bad boys for the times I am out of my house for a couple of days and nowhere near a charging point.
    06-25-2014 06:08 PM
  23. alex.shimp's Avatar
    Per Mophie you get more battery life per charge out of the pack by leaving it off until you need it. As it take more power to keep the phone at 100%. I have been keeping mine off until I need it, however the little switch on mine keeps getting turned on in my pocket
    06-26-2014 08:58 AM
  24. rward01's Avatar
    I've tried it both ways. Mophie actually says to turn it on when the battery decreases to 20%. When I did that the mophie only managed to bring me back to 75%. When I start off the day using the mophie, the case actually manages to stay on for almost 24 hours, which of course keeps the iPhone at 100%. This way also seems to not generate as much heat in my experience. My routine is to use the case for the first day and then use the internal battery the second day before recharging.


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    06-26-2014 10:30 AM
  25. serglb's Avatar
    I've tried it both ways. Mophie actually says to turn it on when the battery decreases to 20%. When I did that the mophie only managed to bring me back to 75%. When I start off the day using the mophie, the case actually manages to stay on for almost 24 hours, which of course keeps the iPhone at 100%. This way also seems to not generate as much heat in my experience. My routine is to use the case for the first day and then use the internal battery the second day before recharging.


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    I just read this on their site so I'm going to follow their directions, but it also did the same thing with me - brig my battery up to 77% (Juice Pack Air).


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    06-26-2014 09:25 PM
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