[Review] Mophie juice pack plus

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  1. gjb11, Feb 15, 2012
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    gjb11 macrumors regular

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    Today i'll be reviewing an amazing battery pack case made by mophie called the juice pack plus (PRODUCT) RED. Before I go on with my review, I just wanted to point out that (PRODUCT) RED items donate 5% of the net profits to the global fund to help eliminate aids. Not to mention this case just plain looks coo.

    The fit of this phone is absolutely perfect, one of the best fitting cases I own. I use it with front and back screen shields from SGP but it doesn't fit correctly with side skins so I had to remove mine which makes the fit perfect. This case is made of a soft touch black material on the front and back with a plastic red side band. All of the seams and edges/corners are nice and smooth which makes the case extremely comfortable to hold.

    The sleep/wake button as well as the volume buttons are covered leaving the headphone port and silent switch open. The charging port is on the bottom right and the on/off switch for the battery is on the bottom left. The bottom of the case (where the 30 pin is) contains a button to illuminate the 4 white lights next to it which display the amount of battery power remaining. The only issue I see with these lights is that if you charge your phone near you when sleeping at night, the lights are very bright. My solution to this is leaving the phone on the floor next to my bed or you can stand the phone up so the lights are in the carpet. I'd like to see these lights integrated on the back of the case similar to the phone suit case. The case does offer lay-on-the-table design on the front so you can safely place your phone upside down and not have to worry about your glass screen touching.

    The case packs a 2000 mAh battery On to my power usage experience, with my phone powered on, email pushing to 1 account and no user usage, I was able to take my iPhone 4S from 0% - 94%. I have not tested it charging from 0% with the phone off but I would presume it would charge to 100% or very close to it. Bottom line is that this is more than enough power for almost every iPhone user out there; effectively giving you 2 full batteries to last you through your day.

    I would highly highly highly recommend this battery case to anybody in the market. I rate it an A+ and it is worth every penny. It retails for $99.95.

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  2. chrislaw macrumors 6502a

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    Nice review. The guy that sits next to me has one for his 4 which I can see this one has fixed what I see as an issue on his. His on/off button on top sits down into the case very far, it's kind of a pain to use it. I've been looking at these as my hands are large and the small size of the 4S is uncomfortable. It charges by mini USB? So the car charger I have for my iPhone wouldn't work for this?
     
  3. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    the mophie case uses micro usb as its port, so if your car charger is the 30 pin connector, it won't work.
     
  4. chrislaw macrumors 6502a

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    I see, thanks.
     
  5. gjb11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If your car chargers cable is removable, you can use the one mophie provides since it has a USB on one end.
     
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  7. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

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    Nice review! I've had the MJPP for a few weeks now and here's a couple things I'd like to add:

    1) For your convenience, the case comes off really easily! I like to use the battery case when I'm at school or out in the field, but when I'm in the gym I like to use a simple rubber case. With that in mind, I switch cases a few times a day so it's nice to know that (a) it comes off easily and (b) it doesn't feel like the attachments will wear out after repeated removing.

    2) I'd like to confirm that along with using the micro-USB to sync and charge with your computer, the USB connector in my 2011 Honda Civic also recognizes the micro-USB. I was kind of afraid of that for some reason, but it works absolutely fine.

    3) My Sprint micro-USB car charger works with the MJPP.

    Two minor gripes:

    1) The casing doesn't allow much room for a larger headphone jack. If you're an audiophile and your set of headphones has a fat jack, then they may not fit in the headphone jack opening of the MJPP.

    2) the placement of the micro-USB port. It's on the bottom of the phone facing to the right. That means, the micro-USB cable sticks out straight and to the right, making a 90 degree angle between the phone and the USB cable. It makes it really awkward to hold when charging and on the phone and typing with two hands.
     
  8. Indecisi0n macrumors regular

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    I use this pack for work and can say it is worth its weight in gold. Does using that line make me come off as being old?
     
  9. gjb11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree with ya! Thanks for the kind words guys.
     
  10. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Nice review, I recently bought the Mophie Juice Pack Air and it works great!
     
  11. xdbuix macrumors 6502

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    I love my Mophie juice pack plus, but the con about it for me is that the case causes white washed photos. I have to either take the case off or not use flash on my camera.
     
  12. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed this, too. I don't take photos often in really dark places (i.e., dim-lit restaurants, clubs, etc.), but I found the "flash" filter in Camera+ helps brighten up the pictures that would've need flash without looking fake.
     
  13. gjb11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've also experienced the washout. I don't think you can fix that without making a huge cutout with this thick of a case.
     
  14. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    The Mophie Juice Pack Air doesn't seem to have this problem like the plus version.
     
  15. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

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    I have the black one. I love mine for the times I need it as well, especially at work. Nice review.
     
  16. Shamrock13 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for posting some user reviews. I'm looking to get a battery case for my new iPhone, but I can't decide what I want to get. This thread is definitely helping me with these postings.
     
  17. Jmacman78 macrumors 6502

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    I've got a Mophie Juice Pack Plus in black and I love it. I don't use it every day, but on days where I know I'll be using my phone a lot and won't be near a charger it's definitely worth it.
     
  18. gjb11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No problem, I know there are a lot of battery cases on the market and this one tops them all! Highly recommend going with a Mophie product.

    Same here, I use it the same way. It's not overly bulky either if you wanted to use it daily.
     
  19. bigsexyy81 macrumors 6502a

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    Just traded in my Air for the Plus. Much better. The sleep and volume buttons are much nicer and the texture on the case makes it easier to hold than the Air. I also got a complete recharge out of the Plus. Usually got about 70-80% out of the Air.
     
  20. jblock macrumors regular

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    I just got the outdoor edition. Yes it's bulky but you get used to it quick. I used to charge up every couple of days, now I can get 4-5 days out of it. I use the Mophie once the phone gets around 60% a ned I can get two charges out of the Plus.

    Question for others with the Plus. Mine has a slight gap where the two pieces come together. It seems they are all like this?
     
  21. LisaMaree macrumors member

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    What's the difference between the outdoor edition and the regular? It looks to be the same exact case, functionality, battery life, everything - just different color? So you're essentially just paying for the color difference? It says you can use the outdoor iphone app with it but can't you just use the app with your iphone without the outdoor edition case? Does the app somehow recognize you're not connected to the outdoor edition case?
     
  22. jblock macrumors regular

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    Just the color and a year's subscription to the outdoor app, which doesn't have anything to do with the case. I got this case on sale for less than the regular plus, which is the only reason I bought it.
     
  23. ahfu25 macrumors 6502a

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    Only gripe with this case I have is that just like any slider case, if you don't take it off regularly to clean the inside it will scratch the bezel of your phone. I bought the morphie juice boost pack and use a bumper!!
     
  24. sharkarm macrumors newbie

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    My Mophie stopped working after I updated to ios 5.1. It now says "charging not supported with this accessory". Prior to that it was great, except I had to remove the top and pull the phone out a little in order to take decent pictures, otherwise there would be a white haze from the flash. Hopefully next iOS uodate be compatible with Mophie.
     
  25. gmoney1987 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone had issues with their juice packs not charging? I think I should've did a better job of making sure it was fully charged before I used it instead of just popping it out and using it immediately.
     

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