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 doubt, 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 probably that some future model of the accent will sport that performance, fact is there are two main applied sciences on the coronary heart of the newer, extra modular battery pack: wi-fi charging and good old style adhesive. Which means, amongst different issues, that the system successfully works with any handset that helps Qi wi-fi charging.
In actual fact, the system is definitely fairly naked bones by design. There’s not even a case included within the field. You’ve received 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 a little bit cardboard information to insure you middle it correctly, à la the form of body you’d get to put in a display protector. You may set up it immediately onto the again of the cellphone, as properly, however I choose to remain noncommittal with my equipment if attainable. That mentioned, you’ll have to stay with the little adapter nub on the rear of your gadget when different equipment aren’t connected.
The equipment slide onto the anchor from the facet. The battery pack is well the nicest-looking a part of the entire rig — and the one that the majority carefully retains the design language of the unique Juice Packs. The ring/stand is a bit cheaper-feeling and appears like a little bit of an afterthought to occupy the system when not charging. One of many massive trade-offs is that the extra compact battery design means a smaller capability; 5,000mAh isn’t dangerous, however you will discover the next capability case for cheaper.
The opposite trade-off you in all probability already know, which is that wi-fi charging is slower than the wired variety. For that cause, the system is healthier tailored to conserving your gadget alive for lengthy stretches, somewhat than quick charging. That mentioned, in case you’re actually in a pinch and have the proper cables helpful, you’ll be able to cost your cellphone up quicker through 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 could be helpful if the corporate provided one thing extra like a Pop Socket for a extra stable grip. That’s the good factor about modularity, although — they will at all times add extra equipment. At $80, it’s not low cost, however, then Mophie merchandise by no means actually are.