Why are Mophie external battery packs more expensive than the rest?

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  1. e5volcano macrumors regular

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    For example, the Mophie packs of same capacity are significantly more expensive than the ones from Anker, RAVpower, Jackery, etc.

    Are mophie packs better and in what way than the others?
     
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    They're the best-known brand, and due to brand recognition they can charge more. People know they make high quality products and stand by them.

    Sure, battery packs by an unknown company MIGHT have the same quality, but you can't really be sure of that. Mophie knows that, and charges more because of it.

    It sucks, but that's the way things roll.
     
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    Why are Mophie external battery packs more expensive than the rest?


    Mophie is the main power on the go company. It is sold in apple stores so it can be sold for much more. Anker, RAVpower, Aukey and Lenmar, ect. are my favorite battery pack companies. I am a tech reviewer on amazon and I get so many battery packs. There are many companies that I think are better than mophie. uNu makes better battery cases IMO.
    What makes others better than others is the quality, reliability and conversion rate.
    I can help answer any other questions you may have. I have lots of experience with battery packs and battery cases,
     
  4. Sparxxx macrumors regular

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    So which Battery Pack would you recommend? At least which company.
    My needs:
    2 ports (should charge an Iphone 5S and Ipad Air at the same time)
    size: about the size of an Iphoine 5S (thickness maybe 2-3 times the Iphone)
    bonus: if it has passthorugh.
    Thanks
     
  5. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    [Upgraded Version & All Smart Port] Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12000mAh ... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CEZBKTO/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_wy4Ztb08ZQTYJ
    I'm not sure if this has a pass through.

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  6. maflynn Moderator

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    You're paying for the name. The same reason why Apple products are significantly more expensive or Nike Sneakers are. You become a market leader or trail blazer, the consumer will be spending more for it.
     
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    Except Apple products run an operating system that cannot be found on other comparable devices.

    Nike Sneakers are also more comfortable and better for running than the cheaper brands.

    Do Mophie products have advantages than Anker, Jackery?
     
  9. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    The only advantage I find is that they are more known. Anker and Jackery are excellent battery pack companies that are much more affordable than mophie IMO, they just need more exposure I think.
     
  10. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    The Nike and Apple analogy not a good one. lol Those companies use quality materials.


    If you have a product, basically you can set it a price. If your product is in a store, a part of that sell goes to the store, the distributor, and then to the company(owner). I've found Mophie stuff in Marshall's/TJ MAxx along with Incase, Belkin, Duracell, etc.

    It really boils down to how much you want to spend. Do your own shopping. I've noticed that in Best Buy their prices don't reflect the products online.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    And Mophie uses quality materials...
     
  12. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Its a battery not a computer. Overpriced battery. I said I don't think the Apple and Nike was a good analogy because of the rep and quality. Wasn't saying anything about Mophie quality but explain the logistic of selling a product. I didn't mention, too, that since Apple came out with the ipHone a lot of accessories are overpriced. Before iPhone evolution I could find a aux cable or anything that transfers music/info for $1-3.

    But its just a battery.
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Shoes are shoes but slap a Nike logo and they are suddenly more expensive shoes. Seems like a fairly applicable analogy.
     
  14. aawil macrumors 6502a

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    I've had a Jackery bar for over a year and it still works fine. I don't use it everyday though.
     
  15. SimonBS macrumors regular

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    I hope it's alright that I borrow this thread to ask a question to you, Zmanbaseball2.
    I'll be traveling next week and have been looking for a good external battery to bring with me. I would prefer one that fits into the pockets of a pair of pants. Can you recommend a battery pack that fits into a pocket?

    I'll primarily be using it for my iPhone but it's an advantage if it can also give my iPad Mini a couple of extra hours.
    I've been looking at the Mophie Powerstation (the regular one, not the Mini and not the Duo) as it can charge both the iPhone and the iPad Mini and it seems small enough to fit into a pocket. Mophie even have an image on the website of a guy putting the battery pack into his pocket.
     
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    I can run windows on both a Mac and PC - The PC is cheaper.
    I can run OS X on a Mac and a PC - The PC is cheaper.

    Again, you're paying for the name. I'm not bashing apple, I think they bring more intangibles to the table, but the fact remains the so called apple-tax is valid.

    Not by a long shot I run (a lot and do races) and in my opinion Nike sneakers are not good for running. Also Air Jordans are outrageously expensive and you're only paying for the name.
     
  17. Zmanbaseball2, Jul 24, 2014
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    Why are Mophie external battery packs more expensive than the rest?


    I'm first going to say, stay away from mophie if you are on a budget.
    I recommend this:
    Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger External Battery Pack with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Galaxy Tab 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), MOTO X, G, LG Optimus, PS Vita and other Smartphones and Tablets
    http://amzn.com/B00EF1OGOG
     
  18. kilcher macrumors 65816

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    Fairly confident in saying it's the name. It's certainly not the quality materials they use.
     
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    Why are Mophie external battery packs more expensive than the rest?


    I'm not sure but every 6 months charge it to keep it charged. I'm sure you will use it at least one every 6 months and charge it during that time. Most lithium battery's loose some charge after about 6 months of no use.
     
  21. estoydadude macrumors newbie

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    It is all about the brand, if you look at other companies, you probably find cases with better specs and quality.

    but with such big name in the market, they are expected to have good quality (which they will fulfill this promise in order to stay on top) and enough ads to stay in throne.

    meanwhile, you will find a lot of "knockoffs", especially on Amazon, which you can see there are so many sellers on their listing, bringing the price down (clearance or really knockoffs?) This is a questionable part..

    overall, Mophie does make good cases, but the price is too high in my opinion..
     
  22. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Like any other consumer product, it's just about marketing and distribution. Do you really think $300 Beats headphones are actually that much better than cheaper alternatives? Of course not. but people know about Beats and Beats can be bought so many places. Same with Mophie. I've never used an Anker battery case, but I would wager that its quality is on part with the Mophie, just because I've used other Anker products in the past and they've all been solid. They just don't have the marketing prowess of Mophie and so they charge less.
     
  23. jsalicru macrumors regular

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    If you'd like an overpriced battery with an easy to scratch finish, this is the one for you.

    It does work very well at charging the phone, and I'm glad that I got it with my AT&T Premier discount... but yea, I wouldn't pay full price.
     
  24. longthizzz macrumors regular

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    You are buying the name
    I myself have the morphie battery for my iPhone 4s and 5 completely love it . But there are other non brand names out there , that still deliver the same battery charge but less expensive
     
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    I have to say that I was very hesitant to spend the money on a mophie case. But I have to admit my daily driver is the juice pack plus. I even purchased the dock and love it.
     

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