mophie juice pack air iPhone 4 battery pack review

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.

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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.

The juice pack air snap is £59.95 from mophie.com or Apple.com

The Juice Pack Plus – Squeezing every last millimetre of ‘juice’ out of an iPhone 4

The slightly nauseating Americanism, of referring to putting petrol in a car as ‘juice’, has now moved into mobile phone technology, thanks to Mophie, the California-based designer and manufacturer of mobile intelligent devices and accessories. Aiming to provide iPhones with an extra boost of power and protection, Mophie launched a ‘juice pack’, which actually won awards for its originality and design. Taking the juice pack line even further, Mophie have now announced the ‘Juice Pack Plus’ for iPhone 4, a battery case designed to improve the aptitude and capabilities of the iPhone 4.

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This ultra-light and stylish battery case will only put an extra 1mm of thickness to an iPhone, and, by including a dual injected rubber grip, provides users will extra grip to clutch their beloved iPhone extra tightly. The Juice Pack Plus more than doubles the battery life of an iPhone 4, meaning users will have an additional hours of talk time on 3G and 16 hours on 2G, up to 7 more hours of internet use on 3G and 11 additional hours WiFi, as well as whopping 11 extra hours of video playback.

Not only is the Juice Pack Plus the biggest juice pack case produced thus far, enabling devout iPhone users to squeeze every inch of potential battery life out of their fave gadget, but Mophie’s latest invention also acts as a virtual speaker box, which by redirecting sound from the bottom of the iPhone to the front, results in a richer, deeper and more fuller quality of sound.

Having become fond of their new sleek and stylish iPhone case, which, BTW is available in black, magenta, yellow and cyan, users will be likely to be reluctant to remove their iPhone capacity booster to charge or sync their device to iTunes. Fear not, as a pass-through USB cable included, enables users to simultaneously charge and sync their iPhone without having to remove it from the Juice Pack Plus.

Similar to a car’s fuel gauge, which tells you exactly how much “juice” is left in your vehicle, an integrated 4 light LED battery status indicator tells you how much “juice” is left inside the Juice Pack Plus.

If you think stretching your iPhone’s original battery life further, which, has incidentally been described as being “outstanding” and apparently exceeded Apple’s expectations for longevity during testing, it may prove provident to fork out £89.95 for a Mophie Juice Pack Plus.

Ready for a summer of love? Latest Gadgets look at some Festival Gadgets

The festival season has opened, so if you’re about to pack up your wellies, tent and sleeping bag, here’s a few more stylish gadgets you might like to take with you.

Okay, so you’re on site, you’ve lost your mate somewhere between the massage tent and the neverending queue for the ladies… and your mobile has died. Never fear, this Energenie Hand Charger for Mobile Phones with flashlight and FM radio (£12.99) will reward you with between one and four minutes of conversation for two minutes of handle rotating. Rotate the handle for just one minute and the flashlight will last for 30 minutes – fantastic for finding your way back to your tent, from, er, someone else’s tent. www.energenie4u.co.uk

iPhone users, meanwhile, who are wondering how the notoriously power-hungry device is going to get through a weekend away from home using a satnav app, the net and calling mates, might like to splash out on the mophie Juice Pack Air. It has an integrated rechargeable 1200 mAH battery, which is designed to almost double the battery life of the iPhone 3G/3GS. We know how important style can be at festivals (even if you are covered in mud) so it comes in black, white, purple and red – but will set you back £69.95 from www.store.apple.com/uk.

Of course, “alternative” thinking is big at festivals, so if you want to keep in with the green crowd, you should be charging your devices with solar power (when you see any sun that is). The Scosche solBAT ll clips onto a rucksack, so that it can pick up energy at all times – if need be, it can be charged via the USB port on a computer – and can store enough power to fully charge an iPod, iPhone and other USB devices at least twice. Find out more at www.eoutlet.co.uk

Wave your arms if you’re a fan of the silent rave tent –the Etymotic hf2 headset with Custom-fits is your essential piece of kit. The noise-isolating hf2 headset has an integrated microphone with music controls for seamless voice calls, and comes with a redeemable voucher to have your own custom-made earpieces moulded. All this perfection comes at a price though – £99.95 or £180 custom fit. Find out more at www.etymotic.com.

Once the music has stopped, you can keep the sounds coming with the GEAR4 Street Party 4, a compact speaker that folds-up behind a protective grill, and can be used with your iPod or iPhone. £49.99 from www.gear4store.com. Try not to annoy the neighbours though!

Or, if you want to get away from the music with a good book, you could tuck the BeBook Neo into your bag. Dubbed the fastest eReader on the market, it supports a number of popular eBook formats, including ePub, pdf and JPEG, but you might baulk at the £279.99 price tag (from www.bebook.com) if you’ve already splashed out for a weekend festival ticket.