I met up with Mophie representatives at CES 2015 and has some great discussion about charging phones and devices on the go. It’s becoming harder to stay connected as we live increasingly mobile lives. Mophie offers a variety of options for those looking to stay charged when they’re out and about, including their popular Juice Pack for a variety of phones.
Let’s look at whether the Mophie Juice Pack has what it takes to keep you charged whether you need a quick charge or something to last you throughout the day.
Mophie Juice Pack Review
I’ll be testing the Mophie Juice Pack with my Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Mophie Juice Pack is a mobile phone case that doubles as battery pack. It’s big, it’s bulky, and it’s not for everyone. However, it’s stylish and comes in a variety of colors to match any look you’re going for. The case itself is sleek, smooth and feels good to hold in your hands.
The built-in battery pack is smaller than some you’d carry in a purse or backpack and adds an additional 3000 mAh battery to your phone’s own. On the back, you’ll find four lights and a switch. The lights indicate how much juice the pack still has, along with allowing you to turn the battery pack portion on and off as necessary.
The Juice Pack utilizes the same charging cable that comes with the Galaxy S5, offering a quicker charge whether you’re charging your phone or Juice Pack. It also allows you to connect to a PC with its pass thru micro USB functionality.
Overall Impressions of the Mophie Juice Pack
Honestly, out of the box, the juice pack was much bigger than I anticipated. It’s a bit bulkier than I normally like for my cases, except for when I break out my Otterbox Defender Series for football season. However, when you use the case simply for functionality, it’s more than worth the size whether you carry it in your back pocket, backpack or purse.
I found that in a 24-hour period of time, I could rely on my phone’s internal battery and the Juice Pack to keep my phone going all day long. Whether I was gaming, on long business calls, Skyping or something else, my Galaxy S5 lasted for over 24 hours when both batteries worked together to stay powered up.
One of the downfalls of the Mophie Juice Pack with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the way you have to keep the charging port open when in use. The charging port on the S5 is problematic and easily breaks, which we’ve covered before. While mine hasn’t broken yet, I won’t be surprised when it does in the near future due to the wear and tear the Juice Pack puts on it each time I use it.
Another issue is that the Juice Pack covers the entirety of the back speaker on the phone. This cuts down your volume whether you’re getting calls, notifications or listening to media. This, to me, is the second biggest design flaw issue with the Juice Pack. While I understand why it may not be possible to keep the speaker uncovered, there has to be a way to do it and retain charging functionality.
The biggest design flaw issue with the Mophie Juice Pack is that it offers no real protection for your phone, especially the screen. Most other cases have a noticeable lip that if your phone falls completely flat, your screen might be saved from the worst of cracks. With the Juice Pack, you barely have one. When you combine that with the size of the unit, you’re setting yourself up for potential disaster if you drop the phone. Due to its sleek design, you have to get used to holding it and using your phone with the extra bulk which makes it easier to slip.
For the value, and the design, the Mophie is good for emergencies. Depending on how you use your phone, you may find standalone battery packs a better option, especially if you’re a media-dependent phone user. If you’re looking for a way to keep your phone going all day long, this Juice Pack offers it by sacrificing other perks of owning a mobile phone and using a standard case. Once you get used to the Juice Pack, it works well; if you don’t get used to it, you’re better off with a standalone battery pack and plugging in to keep juiced.
Learn more about the Mophie Juice Pack by visiting their web site.
Disclaimer: The above company sent us the product for testing. However, that has not swayed my opinion of their product one way or another. All conclusions are based on at least a week of careful testing.