As a hardcore iPhone user, constantly texting, tweeting or streaming from my shiny device I’m a big fan of battery packs. Much as I miss the days of being able to run a phone for days on a single charge, the multifunctional magic of the iPhone (or any modern smartphone) makes it hard to go back. So I was keen to try out mophie’s new juice pack air.
mophie’s juice pack air is on its ninth iteration, so they’ve had a lot of experience in beefing up power on iPhones. Whilst anyone can strap a massive battery onto the side of an iPhone, retaining a degree of protection and style takes practice and it’s something the mophie team have a fair degree of experience in.
Packing a 1500mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery, the juice pack air snap delivers: up to an additional 6 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on 2G, of talk time; up to an additional 36 hours of audio playback or; up to an additional 9 hours video playback.
But how about the case itself? The soft-touch rubber finish prevents slipping and the additional bulk, whilst evident isn’t distractingly large and remains pocket friendly. A clear highlight is the bottom cap snap design, which allows for easy access to the 30 pin connector – handy if you wanted to pop the iPhone into a dock of some description. Of course the case allows for pass-through USB charging and syncing so if you want to you can hook up with iTunes, although the coming iOS 5 update should allow for joyous wireless synching.
The open top supports a variety of headphone audio jack plug ins and easy access to power button, whilst cut out features provide convenient access to volume buttons and mute switch. The case design also acts as a virtual speaker box, redirecting sound from the bottom of the iPhone 4 to the front, resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality. Basically this juice pack air won’t be getting in between you and your iPhone.