On this site I sometimes will do a technical heavy post/review and other times I don’t because I don’t feel its an important aspect of what a normal user would want to know. This is not going to be a technically heavy post because well, I don’t want to take away from the absolute greatness that I feel this product offers. So if you’re looking for measurements or how much extra weight the case adds to the phone, or what the battery specs are (rechargeable 1200mAh) you need to move along to another site. If however you’re curious as to how the product preformed for me and my reactions to it, then please, continue!
Juice Pack Air – iPhone 3G & 3GS from Mophie $49.95
- Doubles as a protective case
- Doubles your battery life
- uses micro-USB port
- status LEDs are unreliable for accuracy.
Up front, I’ll admit I was hesitant regarding Mophie’s Juice Pack Air. My iPhone 3G is on its last legs of life. Battery lasts absolutely no time at all anymore (we’re talking 100% down to 20% in a matter of hours) especially with my heaving texting/email/Twitter lifestyle. I’m just fortunate I spend a lot of time traveling and able to keep my phone on charge during those times on the road or I would really being hurting. I can say that after the very first day of using the Juice Pack Air, I was sold! I went from my phone only lasting a few hours with normal use (Email, Twitter, Facebook, Texting, phone calls) to lasting the entire day, and I pushed it hard too. So everything you read is true, the Mophie Juice Pack Air does double your battery life, no matter how bad off your battery is. It nearly tripled my battery life, its like I have a new phone again.
Now just a hint of the technical: The Juice Pack Air has a rechargeable 1200mAh battery, is made from matte plastic that makes it a successful and attractive protective case as well. The case is divided into top and bottom sections that, when enclosed around the phone, forms a seamless and snug hold that can quickly be taken apart if need be.
On the back of the Juice Pack Air, there are four blue LEDs used to indicate the power that’s left in the battery. Although it didn’t always seem to be completely accurate, its still nice to have so you have a general idea. Along with the LEDs you have a on/off switch on the bottom of the case, which gives you the option to use the Juice Pack Air as an extended power supply, or simply as a protective case.
Using the included cable (a micro-USB) you can connect the Juice Pack Air to your computer just like you would your typical iPhone USB cable, through the USB port, letting you charge the case and sync the iPhone simultaneously.
If you’re like me, still sucking the life out of your iPhone 3G or 3GS and want to give the old work horse an extra kick, at $50 you can’t pass up the Juice Pack Air. It does what it promises to do, lives up to the expectations, and you’ll never look back. Give your iPhone some new life!