There was some confusion when the Juice Pack Join was introduced final week. I admit I used to be a bit confused, too. It was, little question, the proximity to Apple’s iPhone 12 launch that lead many to (understandably) assume that the brand new tackle Mophie’s case is predicated on the handset’s new MagSafe tech.
Whereas it appears possible that some future model of the accent will sport that performance, reality is there are two major applied sciences on the coronary heart of the newer, extra modular battery pack: wi-fi charging and good old school adhesive. Meaning, amongst different issues, that the system successfully works with any handset that helps Qi wi-fi charging.
In reality, the system is definitely fairly naked bones by design. There’s not even a case included within the field. You’ve acquired to provide your individual. As an alternative, the system ships with the battery pack, a grip/stand and, helpfully, two adapters. That final bit is good in case you want a do-over or plan sharing the battery with another person.
Set up is fairly easy. There’s even somewhat cardboard information to insure you heart it correctly, à la the form of body you’d get to put in a display screen protector. You may set up it straight onto the again of the cellphone, as nicely, however I desire to remain noncommittal with my equipment if potential. That stated, you’ll have to dwell with the little adapter nub on the rear of your gadget when different equipment aren’t hooked up.
The equipment slide onto the anchor from the facet. The battery pack is definitely the nicest-looking a part of the entire rig — and the one that the majority intently retains the design language of the unique Juice Packs. The ring/stand is a bit cheaper-feeling and seems like a little bit of an afterthought to occupy the system when not charging. One of many large trade-offs is that the extra compact battery design means a smaller capability; 5,000mAh isn’t unhealthy, however yow will discover the next capability case for cheaper.
The opposite trade-off you most likely already know, which is that wi-fi charging is slower than the wired form. For that motive, the system is healthier tailored to protecting your gadget alive for lengthy stretches, somewhat than quick charging. That stated, should you’re actually in a pinch and have the fitting cables helpful, you may cost your cellphone up quicker by way of the USB-C port (which can also be used to high off the battery).
The Join Stand is serviceable. It serves higher as a stand than a grip. It will be helpful if the corporate provided one thing extra like a Pop Socket for a extra strong grip. That’s the great factor about modularity, although — they will all the time add extra equipment. At $80, it’s not low-cost, however, then Mophie merchandise by no means actually are.