Review: Mophie Juice Pack for Apple iPhone 3G – highly recommended

The all-new mophie “Juice Pack 3G” is designed to more than double the time you can listen, watch, talk, surf and send with your iPhone 3G.

We’ve been testing the mophie “Juice Pack 3G” with an Apple iPhone 3G 16GB and can recommend it highly.

The Juice Pack is a rechargeable lithium polymer battery in the form of a non-slip, soft grip case. It extends the time that you can use your iPhone 3G thusly:

• Standby Time – Up to 350 hours
• Talk Time – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 12 hours on 2G
• Internet Use – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 7 hours on Wi-Fi
• Audio Playback – Up to 28 hours
• Video Playback – Up to 8 hours

The Juice Pack connects to the iPhone 3G via the dock connector. The iPhone slides into the soft grip case, which hugs the sides and bottom of the iPhone while leaving the Multi-Touch™ screen, buttons, and camera properly exposed for use. The Juice Pack charges via an included USB cable. A button on the back illuminates four cool blue lights (also on the back) to show the battery’s charge level. Basically, the Juice Pack sends its power to the iPhone, keeping the iPhone fully charged for as long as it can; and it can chug along for quite some time as seen above.

The Juice Pack weighs 3 ounces and matches the iPhone’s shape nicely. The device not only doubles your power, it also doubles as a case. Its pass-thru USB allows you to hook the Juice Pack to your Mac or power adapter with a USB port and will allow you to sync your iPhone without removing it from the Juice Pack.

In a nice touch, the Juice Pack comes “all juiced up,” so it can be used immediately.

If you find yourself constantly bumping up against iPhone’s battery limits, we highly recommend mophie’s “Juice Pack 3G.” It works as advertised, fits the iPhone well, and it looks cool, too. See more images of the product here.

The mophie juice pack for iPhone 3G retails for US$99.95 and is scheduled to start shipment on October 30th, 2008.

mophie also makes a wide variety of Juice Packs and cases for iPods, including iPod touch and also the first-gen iPhone.

Learn more about the mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G here.

14 Comments

  1. This looks like a way better product than the other lame battery pack that just hangs off the bottom of the iPhone. This one clearly is designed and integrated with the iPhone.

    The other one doesn’t look at all like the iPhone, isn’t shaped similar to the iPhone, and appears to be connected in a way that makes it prone to breaking the connector in the iPhone.

  2. is this the “brick” that apple was talking about? why don’t we all just go back to the old cell phone days of carrying around the briefcase phones? it’s absurd a product like this is even necessary.

  3. @Crazylegs
    If you turned everything off and just used it as a phone, then you could greatly extend the iPhone battery life. But it is a portable computer, not just a phone, and the additional processing power, big display and extra functions require juice.

    All things considered, Apple did a great job. And SJ was smart (as usual) to delay 3G until Apple could supply that functionality with decent battery life. Besides, the AT&T 3G network was not ready for prime time last year. Perhaps Apple should have made it a little bigger/heavier and added more battery, but I would say that they made a pretty good set of compromises.

    Seen anything better?

  4. But my phone should still work, right? I mean, it was only on the dash in my car for 10 hours and the heat index only went to 110! I even cooled it down in the water fountain! I hope Apple treats me better than they did that time my cat laid down and fell asleep on my laptop! How was I to know she was covering the exhaust vents? Heck, you can’t even see those things up there be the screen thingy!. They should put the heat exhaust where you can see it, maybe in a row along the bottom of the keyboard!. That way they will keep my hands warm next time I take the laptop ice fishing! Maybe I will have more luck keeping the condensation from forming, like last time. Apple was awful that time too. I wish ms made an Iphone, then I wouldn’t have these problems!

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