Incipio offGRID Power Pack review: Easily add extra battery life to your Moto Z

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The Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mods gives you an extra 2220mAh of battery for your Moto Z family smartphone.

One of the biggest complaints with smartphones these days is about insufficient battery life. With the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, you can easily add an extra 2220 mAh of battery power to your Moto Z smartphone, helping you to get through a busy day or even the weekend.

Our Incipio offGRID Power Pack review takes a look at one of four current mods available for the Moto Z smartphones, allowing consumers an easy way to add extra battery life to their phone. In case you missed them, be sure to check out our Moto Z and Moto Z Play review, as well as our Hasselblad True Zoom, Hasselblad True Zoom, JBL SoundBoost Speaker, and Moto Insta-Share Projector reviews.

Specifications

The Incpio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod has the following features and specifications:

  • Sleek, integrated design
  • Efficiency Mode for more power
  • Designer editions
  • Wireless charging option
  • Battery size: 2220 mAh
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours
  • Charge rate to phone: 4-6W varies based on phone battery level
  • Charge rate from phone via wall charger: 2.2A, 11
  • Wireless charging (exclusive to wireless charging version): Qi 1.2.1, PMA 3.0
  • Wireless charging rate (exclusive to wireless charging version): 5W
  • Dimensions: 152.7 x 73.5 x 6.2mm
  • Weight: 79 g, 85 g (wireless charging version)

What’s in the Box

  • 1x Incipio offGRID Power Pack
  • 1x User guide

Design

The design of the Incipio offGRID Power Pack fits the Moto Z perfectly. The edges are rounded inward, with a cutout for the Moto Z/Moto Z Play camera. The lower right-hand corner has the Incipio logo embossed into the battery pack. When attached to your phone, it just makes your phone look thicker (just over double the thickness for the Moto Z, and not quite double the thickness for the Moto Z Play) without detracting from the overall look of the Moto Z product line. On the side of the battery pack that attaches to your phone, the contact plate sits near the bottom and just above that is a button which you can press to see how much charge is remaining (green for 51-99%, orange for 16-50%, and red for 6-15% battery life remaining). Near the bottom, on the outside edge, is a cutout notch which allows you to remove the power pack from your phone when you’re not using it.

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The Incipio offGRID Power Pack roughly doubles the thickness of the Moto Z (top) and Moto Z Play (bottom).

One key (potential) issue with the offGRID Power Pack is that you can only recharge it while it is attached to your phone. When charging your phone with the battery pack attached, both your phone and the the battery pack will charge simultaneously. It’d be nice to see future power packs have a way to charge them without having to be attached to your Moto Z or Moto Z Play.

Available in black or white, you can also get a kate spade black stripe or TUMI metallic black version for an additional cost.

Ease of Use

As with all the Moto Mods, the Incipio Power Pack is as easy as aligning the contacts and placing it on the back of your phone. The first time you attach it to your phone, you’ll be shown a screen which lets you choose from two options. The first option keeps your phone charged to 100%, the second — and more efficient — choice keeps your phone charged to 80%. You can always change this setting by going into the Apps > Settings > Moto Mods section on your Moto Z family smartphone.

When your phone is being charged by the Power Pack, the battery plus icon (a battery icon with a plus symbol in it) will be displayed on your phone.

Battery Life

The Incipio offGRID Power Pack is only a 2220mAh battery, so smaller than the 2600 mAh battery of the Moto Z or the 3510 mAh battery in the Moto Z Play. While it won’t fully recharge your phone, depending on your activities it will nearly double the battery life of the Moto Z or increase the battery life in the Moto Z Play by roughly two-thirds.

Price/Value

The Incipio offGRID Power Pack starts at $59.99USD ($89CAD) and $69.99USD for the wireless charging version (only available in the U.S. at the moment). The designer versions will set you back $79.99USD for the non-wireless charging and $89.99 for the wireless charging versions (also only available in the U.S. at the moment).

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While there are plenty of cheaper, larger capacity options available, the Incipio offGRID Power Pack fits nicely on the Moto Z family of phones.

Wrap-up

With the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, there’s really no need to carry around a portable battery pack to keep your phone topped up throughout the day. There are plenty of other options available in this price range that offer up to 20,000mAh or more of backup battery power, but they don’t slap onto your Moto Z for a single more-or-less contained unit.

Incipio offGRID Power Pack
4.6 Out of 5
Nailed it
Easy to use, fits nicely with the design of the Moto Z.
Needs Work
Can only be recharged when attached to the phone. Would like to see higher capacities offered in the future. Other options in the same price range that offer more backup battery.
Bottom Line
With the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, there's really no need to carry around a portable battery pack to keep your phone topped up throughout the day.
Design5.00
Ease of Use5.00
Battery Life4.25
Price/Value4.25
*We were sent a demo unit of the Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod for the purposes of this review.
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