We started 2020 with some amazing giveaways, and we don’t see any reason to slow down now. Today’s giveaway is the mophie juice pack access for the iPhone 11 Pro, a battery case that adds and up to 13 hours of audio or 5 hours of video; mophie’s latest offering is just $79.95 and can be yours.
Mophie has been making batteries and battery cases since the iPhone pretty much came on the market. Over time they have refined their designs, and, in our experience, what where initially great products have only gotten better over time. They describe the juice pack access this way:
Power and protection that gets you through the day. Never worry about your phone shutting down before you do with the juice pack access. This protective case with a built-in battery helps extend the life of your iPhone, all while maintaining full access to its Lightning port.
Inside the box, you get the mophie juice pack access, a USB-C charging cable, and a quick-start guide. That’s all you need to keep your iPhone 11 Pro protected AND charged.
The battery case comes in three colors and packs a 2200mAh battery inside. It looks a bit bulky but doesn’t add too much weight to the phone. No, this isn’t the minimalist case I tend to prefer, but it’s not unwieldy.
The case has two parts, with the upper third easily separating from the main portion of the battery case.
Once the top portion is removed, setting things up is as easy as sliding your-how into the lower portion and then replacing the top “cap.”
High-Impact Protection: When it comes to protection, juice pack access battery case is no lightweight. The internal rubberized support pads protect your phone from drops and falls, and the raised corners help prevent scratched and cracked screens.
The result is excellent back, side, and corner protection. The power and volume buttons are covered but work as they normally do.
The Mute Toggle is left open and accessible. Because there is now a case over it, however, accessing it is a bit trickier than normal. A fingernail is all it takes to silence or unsilence the phone, though.
Full Port Access: The juice pack access’ unique design maintains full access to the Lightning port on your iPhone. Plug in you EarPods or wired headphones and listen to music while the juice pack access charges your iPhone.
The bottom of the case protects the corners but leaves the speakers and Lightning connector open and accessible.
Around the back, you will find the large cutout that is not required to allow the various lenses, the flash, and the microphone to do their thing.
The mophie name is embossed just below the camera opening. It’s small and not overly pronounced. I like and appreciate that.
At the bottom, there is a power button and four LEDs. These let you know how much power remains in the case. Since knowledge is power, knowing when you need to recharge the battery is important. This arrangement makes that possible.
When you first take the battery case from its box, there is a decal running across the back. It indicates the “sweet spot” for wireless charging. That’s right, not only will the battery case protect and charge your iPhone, but it also has wireless charging so you’ll never need to plug the phone or the case in.
But wait, there’s more.
Two Ways to Recharge: Wireless and USB-C: You can recharge the juice pack access battery case simply by dropping it on any Qi wireless charging pad or by plugging the included charging cable into the USB-C port.
At the bottom of the case, there is a USB-C port that lets you recharge the battery more quickly than you will find with wireless charging. This is great in its own right, but it also is one small step toward the iPhone finally getting USB-C. Considering Apple’s move to USB-C on the iPad Pro, it makes little sense that they are sticking with Lighting for the iPhone. They are so until they make the move, this is the best we are going to get.
Go Beyond the Day with Extra Battery: Stay powered past sunset with juice pack access. This protective case with a built-in battery helps extend the life of your iPhone, all while maintaining full access to its ports. Featuring on-demand battery with just a push of a button, the juice pack access tops off your phone’s battery when you need it most. Send more messages or stream more videos without worrying about your battery going into the red.
On-demand Power: With up to an additional 13 hours of audio or 5 additional hours of video, the juice pack access easily keeps your iPhone powered so you can keep enjoying your day.
As previously noted, the battery delivers an additional 13 hours of audio or 5 hours of video. That may sound a bit limited, but the new iPhone actually gets decent battery life. Adding just a bit to what the internal battery can do is enough to get you thought a day of heavy usage or a long day of business travel during which you won’t have access to an outlet. In other words, consider the mophie juice pack access an insurance policy against your phone shutting down when you still have a few hours left in the day.
Priority+ Charge: When plugged in, the juice pack access battery case directs power to the iPhone first before recharging itself. The juice pack battery case can also be wirelessly charged independently of the iPhone.
There is, however, more to the battery case than meets the eye. Not only does it protect your iPhone, supply an additional 2200mAh battery and pack two options for charging — wireless or wireless — but it also brings intelligent charging to the party. The battery knows that it is more important to have a full phone than battery so, when plugged in or set upon a Qi-compatible charger, the phone gets charged before the battery. Its a smart approach and something that happens without users needing to give it a thought.
Compact Design: This compact case is so comfortable in your hand, you’ll forget it has a built-in battery.
This last “claim” is the only one where I would disagree with mophie. The battery case is fairly thin and light, but it by no means disappears. For a while, it doesn’t add much weight; the battery requires the case to have a fairly thick profile. The soft-touch material covering the case and the gentle curves make it easy to hold, but let’s not kid ourselves, this battery case makes the thin iPhone feel far more “brackish” than Apple intended. Then again, a thin and light iPhone whose battery has run down is called a paperweight. A little extra weight and bulk are a small price to pay for being able to keep working, keep in contact, or finish your current round of Tune Blast.
The mophie juice pack access for the iPhone 11 Pro retails for $79.95 and it is available directly from the manufacturer and from other retailers.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Well made; Protects the iPhone quite well; Can be charged in two different ways; Has a USB-C port; Indicator lights let you know how much battery remains; Gives priority to the phone before charging the battery
What Needs Improvement: Has “just” a 2200mAh battery; Adds a bit of weight and more than a bit of bulk