Mophie Juice Pack Air = great!

tboooe

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I recently got the Juice Pack Air for both my wife and I (we have the 3gs). After almost 2 weeks, we have absolutely no complaints. The fit and finish is great. I have a BSE on my phone and while the fit is snug, I was able to get the Juice Pack on with a bit of pushing. It does add a bit of heft but I actually like this. My phone feels solid and substantial. As a case the Juice Pack Air works fine. It protects the iphone as well as any other case though because of the space on the bottom for the speakers I imagine dirt would get in and maybe scratch the phone. For this reason, I have the BSE on.

The extra power comes in very handy. Now we can use our phones as much as we like instead of rationing our usage in order to conserve the battery. Overall, I would recommend this product.

BTW, I guess my only complaint is that it is a bit slick so I need to be careful not to drop it.
 
thanks for that review...

i've been thinking about pulling the trigger on that one..... how's the top of the case fairing? i've heard they like to break (ie they sell them separately on the site i noticed)

what kind of life do you get out of it? a solid whole day? do you think the case gives drop protection? any problems with syncing with the case on?

thanks
 

tboooe

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thanks for that review...

i've been thinking about pulling the trigger on that one..... how's the top of the case fairing? i've heard they like to break (ie they sell them separately on the site i noticed)

what kind of life do you get out of it? a solid whole day? do you think the case gives drop protection? any problems with syncing with the case on?

thanks
I have removed the top of the case multiple times and have not any issues nor do I sense that it is fragile. In fact, since I have the BSE on mine, I had to push down pretty hard to make it slide down to the bottom half. No issues thus far.

As for life, the Juice Pack pretty much is capable of recharging my iphone so that I will get double the usage. I tend to be a pretty heavy user. In the past, a single charge would only last about half the day for me so with the Juice Pack I get a solid day now.

The case is just made up of solid plastic so it will definitely protect the phone from scratches and drops. There is less of a lip around the bezel than other cases so placing the phone face down is not good idea unless you have a screen protector.

Finally, synching is not a problem. The case comes with a micro USB cable which also can be used with the Apple wall plug in thing.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
 

hsk

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When I first got my 3GS I was looking at one of these, but the reviews at the time where somewhat negative due to the Juice Pack interfering with signal strength (or at least people perceived it to interfere). Do you find that your signal strength is less while you are using the Juice Pack?
 

tboooe

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When I first got my 3GS I was looking at one of these, but the reviews at the time where somewhat negative due to the Juice Pack interfering with signal strength (or at least people perceived it to interfere). Do you find that your signal strength is less while you are using the Juice Pack?
I have not noticed anything change in signal strength. In fact, right now I am showing 4 out of 5 bars which is normal for where I am. Wifi strength is good too.
 

Outrigger

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This is a nice case/extra power I'm looking into but for the next gen iphone which hopefully, there will be a similar case for. They have a new reddish color that has the rubber finish now instead of the slick glossy finish.
 

fishmd

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For those who have this case, does the white or black colors tend to scratch easily or no. I picked up the red soft touch one today from Apple, but am not sure that I like the color. I don't really want to get the black or white one though if it scratches easily like so many of the shiny finish cases do.

Any input is helpful.


Also, FYI, Mophie is having a Cyber Monday sale as well with free shipping and the Juice Pack Air for 68$. :)
 

Resist

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For those who have this case, does the white or black colors tend to scratch easily or no. I picked up the red soft touch one today from Apple, but am not sure that I like the color.
Lighter colors tend not to show scratches as easy as darker colors. Also glossy colors will show scratches easier than flat or matte colors. Mophie needs to release the juice air in more soft touch colors than just the red. I think the soft touch line will be a big hit just because it won't show scratches. If they had it in black I would have already placed my order, until then I will hold off buying it.
 

tboooe

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For those who have this case, does the white or black colors tend to scratch easily or no. I picked up the red soft touch one today from Apple, but am not sure that I like the color. I don't really want to get the black or white one though if it scratches easily like so many of the shiny finish cases do.

Any input is helpful.


Also, FYI, Mophie is having a Cyber Monday sale as well with free shipping and the Juice Pack Air for 68$. :)
I have the black one and my wife has the white one. Both seem to hold up to scratches just fine. I can only really see the scratches on my black case when I hold it against the light just right. Other than that, I think these cases are great.
 

fishmd

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Ok, one more question for those who have this...I picked up a black one today to try at the Apple Store. I noticed that along the top of the phone, there is a visible gap between the top of the phone and the case. Basically, it is like the case is too big for the phone. I am going to take it back to Apple to exchange it and try another one. I am just wondering how your guys cases fit? Is this gap there normally? If so, this is pretty poor design cause it is another area where dust can enter, not to mention I have to press my finger down really hard to get the sleep/wake button pressed. :mad:
 

tboooe

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Ok, one more question for those who have this...I picked up a black one today to try at the Apple Store. I noticed that along the top of the phone, there is a visible gap between the top of the phone and the case. Basically, it is like the case is too big for the phone. I am going to take it back to Apple to exchange it and try another one. I am just wondering how your guys cases fit? Is this gap there normally? If so, this is pretty poor design cause it is another area where dust can enter, not to mention I have to press my finger down really hard to get the sleep/wake button pressed. :mad:
We do not have this problem with the 2 Mophie's we own.
 

lavrishevo

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Maybe to accurately test 3G interference, if any, one of you wouldn't mind going into field test mode with the case off and then putting the case on to see what the difference is?

Type: *3001#12345#* followed by a tap of the Call button. This brings up Field Test mode. The signal strength bars in the upper left are replaced by a negative number. The less negative the number, the better your signal strength.
 

zaki67

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I have this case and I had no problems with the signal or the top being brocken,or difficulty removing the phone from the case
 

fishmd

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Maybe to accurately test 3G interference, if any, one of you wouldn't mind going into field test mode with the case off and then putting the case on to see what the difference is?

Type: *3001#12345#* followed by a tap of the Call button. This brings up Field Test mode. The signal strength bars in the upper left are replaced by a negative number. The less negative the number, the better your signal strength.
I did a field test in my office yesterday where I notoriously have bad reception anyways. I did it there because a lot of people were saying they noticed issues the most in poor reception areas. I can tell you that with the case on/off, the signal was the same number. There was no significant difference noted.

Now, I also have one of the brand new red ones, so I don't know if this may be slightly different from the old ones that most of the reviewers are using. Maybe. Who knows.
 
Maybe to accurately test 3G interference, if any, one of you wouldn't mind going into field test mode with the case off and then putting the case on to see what the difference is?

Type: *3001#12345#* followed by a tap of the Call button. This brings up Field Test mode. The signal strength bars in the upper left are replaced by a negative number. The less negative the number, the better your signal strength.
how do you get it back from "field test mode" and set it to "normal" mode.... (does it hurt anything if i leave it in FTM?)
 

zdblue11

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i remember seeing a youtube review about this battery pack. i am attempted to get one myself but its a bit pricey for what it does.
 

mister880

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I love it...

I bought in CVG Airport before boarding my US Airways flight to SXM! Great way to extend the battery! Case feels solid and well fit. Haven't noticed a decline in signal strength but it would make sense there would be a small decline.

Top piece has been really solid and doesn't feel bad in the hand. Overall I would say this is a great device. Honestly Apple should have just designed the iPhone to be slightly thicker with a better battery. Apple always has to be sexy and not worried about battery life as much as looks... I will take battery life over sex appeal any day.

Kevin Leidecker
 

wingnut8

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I tried several of them and they all wouldn't let me charge the case and the phone at the same time. Went to the apple store and the guy working tried it with his phone and had the same result. I really wanted it to work.
 

fishmd

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I tried several of them and they all wouldn't let me charge the case and the phone at the same time. Went to the apple store and the guy working tried it with his phone and had the same result. I really wanted it to work.
hum...very odd. It works perfect for me with the 3GS. Basically it charges the phone battery first and then the battery pack. Of course, I guess that is not charging them at "the same time", but you can charge both without having to remove the phone from the case which is nice.
 

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