Mophie Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, Juice Packs for Galaxy S8: hands-on


Android telephones have had wi-fi charging functionality for years and indications are that Apple could lastly be including it to the subsequent iPhone. Mophie delivers merchandise that add wi-fi charging functionality to iPhones and the newest instances I examined are designed to be paired with a small battery pack for cellular wi-fi charging.

Mophie additionally continues to launch its conventional Juice Pack merchandise, this time for the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, and Google Pixel XL. As the battery lifetime of cellular units improves, there may be much less of a purpose for these battery packs. However, there are nonetheless occasions, actions, and durations of time once you want prolonged battery life to get work finished and Mophie provides a few other ways that can assist you prime off on the go.

Apple iPhone 7 and seven Plus Charge Force Case and Powerstation Mini

Android smartphones have had wi-fi charging functionality of their telephones for years. Rumors of the subsequent iPhone present that it might additionally add wi-fi charging this yr, seemingly with Apple labeling it as some new know-how it invented.

Mophie despatched alongside its new Charge Force case for the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 case is tan and black whereas the 7 Plus case is black. Mophie provides every in 5 colour variations; black leather-based/black, tan leather-based/black, brown leather-based/black, purple leather-based/black, and blue leather-based/black.

The again and half manner down the edges is tender leather-based cloth that appears good and provides a texture for straightforward holding. The remainder of the case is difficult black plastic.

This Charge Force case is designed so as to add wi-fi charging to the Apple iPhone. It does this by means of the Lightning port so there’s a small Lightning plug on the underside that’s connected to a wi-fi coil piece that collectively slide up and down within the again inside of the case.

The backside of the entrance of the case has openings for the speaker and mic. Thus, the underside speaker is redirected in direction of the entrance of the iPhone so that you get a bit higher sound directed at you. There are ample openings for the digicam, flash, and ringer change with raised quantity and energy buttons.

Secure your iPhone into the shell case after which slide the Lightning port attachment up and into the Lightning port to allow the wi-fi charging performance. If you wish to use your Lightning port for headphones or exterior charging, you may preserve your iPhone within the case and slide out the attachment for the reason that coil patch slides up and down inside a monitor contained in the case. You can join what you want after which safe the underside when you’re finished to allow wi-fi charging once more.

Wireless charging works by way of the Qi commonplace so you may hook up with Mophie charging equipment or different Qi-enabled chargers. Coil to coil alignment is important for optimum charging. If the case isn’t optimally aligned with the charger, charging could begin, however then cease or could not begin in any respect. If the charging system has a cost indicator mild, the sunshine must be stable when charging. If it’s blinking, there might be an alignment concern.

The magnets within the Charge Force case and Mophie-branded charging pads guarantee optimum alignment between the case and pad. The addition of the magnets within the Charge Force case additionally allow connection to a Charge Force Powerstation Mini. This is a small three,000 mAh battery pack that secures to the again of the Charge Force case to wirelessly cost up your iPhone.

The cool factor in regards to the Powerstation Mini is that you could slap it on once you want a cost just by setting it towards the again of the case and the magnets maintain it very securely. It fees by way of a microUSB port and weighs in at 90 grams.

The Charge Force case is priced at $59.95 whereas the Powerstation Mini is $49.95. You don’t want a Powerstation Mini to make use of a Charge Force case, however perceive the Charge Force case doesn’t have any form of battery capability in it. The case is designed so as to add wi-fi charging functionality, together with some safety on your iPhone again and sides. The case feels good within the hand and weighs in at 48 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Charge Force Case and Powerstation Mini

Mophie additionally despatched alongside Charge Force instances for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. You could also be considering, as I used to be, why you would wish a case on a telephone that already has wi-fi charging know-how built-in into the telephone with a few wi-fi charging requirements. The Charge Force case for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is designed to offer some safety on your Galaxy smartphone whereas including assist for Mophie charging options, such because the Powerstation Mini, Powerstation, vent mount, desk mount, and wi-fi charging base.

This implies that the Charge Force case contains magnets on the again for optimum alingment to those Mophie charging equipment. You may use the Galaxy Charge Force case with any present Samsung or different wi-fi charging answer you have already got.

The Charge Force Case is $49.95, the identical because the optionally available Powerstation Mini three,000 mAh battery pack. The case weighs in at simply 28 grams and positively enhances your means to carry onto your Galaxy smartphone. The black leather-based cloth, there is just one colour choice obtainable, feels nice in your hand and retains the Galaxy from sliding round on a desk.

There are giant openings for the digicam, fingerprint sensor, headphone jack, and USB Type-C port. The good factor in regards to the headphone jack is that you don’t want to make use of any form of dongle cable to hook up with your headphones whereas utilizing this case.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Juice Pack

Mophie might be most well-known for its Juice Pack batteries that act as an exterior battery and case in a single. I’ve bought a few these at airports across the nation once I wanted so as to add battery life to my smartphones and had no choice to cost by way of an exterior energy supply.

The Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus can be found now for $99.95.

The Juice Pack provides a three,300 mAh battery to the S8 Plus and a 2,950 mAh battery to the S8. These are rated to offer 39 hours of speak time to the S8 Plus and 33 hours to the S8.

The Juice Pack is a two piece system the place the highest sixth or so of the case is eliminated to slip your Galaxy smartphone down and onto the built-in USB Type-C port. Soft contact materials traces the within and outdoors of the case to guard your telephone and make it simpler to carry onto.

As with most Juice Pack instances, you seemingly want to make use of the included headphone dongle to make use of the three.5mm headset jack for the reason that backside piece is deep and never many headsets have such a protracted connector to make use of them with out the extension cable. You can use your commonplace USB Type-C plug to cost the case and your telephone by means of the case although.

The case doesn’t hamper your means to make use of the sting display screen panels in your Galaxy. Raised corners of the case do supply some drop safety although, which is commonly the worst space to drop your telephone.

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