Compared to its predecessors, the iPhone 4 comes fitted with battery of a larger capacity. With moderate usage, the battery on a full charge should last you over 2 days. But if you’re a heavy duty user and rely on your iPhone for practically every activity day-to-day (Facebook, Twitter, emailing and web-surfing come to mind!), you may find your iPhone 4 requiring a complete recharge by the end of the second day, or maybe even the first. If you’re a frequent traveller or out of office most of the time, a power solution is almost a must.
Comes mophie juice pack air to the rescue! Mophie have been creating solutions for Apple products since the iPhone 3G and they are, to quote, “a California-based, award-winning designer and manufacturer of mobile intelligent devices and accessories”.
Mophie came out with the Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G some time in March 2009, and over the years they have kept a close following on the design updates of the iPod and iPhone (and now, iPad too!) by creating products that not only match and work seamlessly, but look good at the same time!
The juice pack air for iPhone 4 is Mophie’s answer to iPhone 4 users who need additional power on the go.
The juice pack air is a lightweight and ultra-thin casing with an attached external 1500 mAh battery pack cleverly concealed behind and within the casing itself, giving your iPhone 4 almost double the time to perform mobile-related activities. This gives your iPhone 4 the following additional power time (default Apple-rated hours in brackets):
- standby time: up to +270 hours (300 hours)
- 2G/EDGE talk time: up to +12 hours (14 hours)
3G talk time: up to +6 hours (7 hours)
- wifi internet surfing: up to +9 hours (10 hours)
3G internet surfing: up to +5 hours (6 hours)
- audio playback: up to +36 hours (40 hours)
- video playback: up to +9 hours (10 hours)
Compared to the default rated hours in brackets above, the juice pack air truly brings more power to your daily usage. The two-tone metallic casing is available in black, white and red.
The mophie juice pack air, which received the CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award, utilises a rechargeable Smart Battery technology which instructs the iPhone to first drain its battery, before consuming the built-in battery in the iPhone 4. This effectively extends the charging cycle lifespan of your iPhone battery, since your iPhone battery would be recharged less often that way.
The casing itself comes with a port, allowing you to charge AND sync to iTunes on your computer without the need to first remove the casing.
With its form-fitting design factor, the mophie juice pack air keeps your iPhone 4 protected from minor bumps and impacts.
A built-in LED status indicator reveals the amount of power left (and charging status) at a push of a button. This is similarly found on MacBooks, bringing this same cool feature to an unsuspecting and innocent-looking mobile device casing.
The mophie juice pack air is also designed to enhance the sound of the speakers coming from the bottom end of the iPhone 4. This acoustic enhancement seals the bottom up and redirects the sound to the front, rendering a fuller sound quality, a solution for those who often find themselves cupping that region with their palms in order to achieve the same effect (myself included!).
The mophie juice pack air comes complete with USB charge/sync cable and user manual at USD79.95 RRP, and can be purchased from the mophie website at www.mophie.com or at any Apple Premium Reseller.
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