It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed and used a battery case for any phone. Battery cases are great for those who just can’t seem to get enough juice out of their phones for the day. Thankfully, the iPhone XS Max has a pretty decent battery life out of the box. But some might still find the battery life lacking and that’s where the mophie juice pack access comes into play.
I recently switched to the Google Pixel 3 XL but I did use the mophie juice pack access while I had my iPhone XS Max. The juice pack has since been giving to my wife to use on her iPhone XS Max. Read on for the full review and find out what we thought of this latest battery case from mophie.
The mophie juice pack access comes with the following features and specifications:
- Battery Capacity: 2,200mAh
- Weight: 3.74oz (106g)
- Dimensions: 3.19 x 6.33 x 0.71 in (81.02 x 160.80 x 17.99mm)
- Warranty: 2-year
What’s In The Box
- mophie juice pack access
- USB-C to USB-A charging cable
- Manual and documentation
Battery case design is generally the same across the board. Most battery cases are basic looking cases with a large hump that houses the battery. The mophie juice pack access is pretty much just that.
It has a matte finish to it, which, in the black color, collects a lot of fingerprints, and is pretty plain. The finish is soft to the touch and feels comfortable in the hand. On the back, you have the mophie branding and a button with 4 LEDs which you can use to check how much juice you have in the pack.
The front of the case has a decent lip on it to protect the front glass from some drops as well as laying it face down. The case portion of this case does provide some decent protection.
At the bottom of the case is the USB-C port used for charging the case and the iPhone XS Max. mophie did leave full access to your Lightning Port just in case you need to use headphones or a dongle. The buttons for the volume and power are also very tactile with good feedback. Overall, this design is a basic battery case design. It’s made to be basic and appealing to most with no crazy design cues.
Ease of Use
Using this battery pack is simple. First, be sure to charge it up to full before using it. Then just slip the top portion of the case off, slide your iPhone XS Max into the bottom portion and slide the top back on. When your iPhone is nearly depleted and you want to use the juice pack, just push the button on the back and it will start charging.
To charge the battery pack you can plug it in using the USB-C cable or drop it on any wireless charging pad. You should be aware that mophie’s Priority+ Charging will charge the iPhone first and then charge the battery pack. Wireless charging isn’t the fastest here so plugging it in will get you topped up faster. Wireless charging is great for bedtime, just drop it on a pad and go to sleep. Both the phone and juice pack will be full in the morning.
Overall, this is a very simple device to use. No setup involved and super simple to get on your phone.
The 2,200mAh battery should nearly double the life of your iPhone, but of course, that is dependent on how you use it. It would have been nice if the battery was 4,000mAh or even 3,500mAh but I understand that mophie wanted to make this a bit slimmer so opted for a smaller battery. Still, the extra battery combined with the iPhone battery should be more than enough for most people to get through the day.
Overall, this is a decent battery but could have been slightly larger. I think it might have added a bit of bulk but I don’t think most would have minded that.
Priced at US$99.95 the mophie juice pack access is pricey. I have read some reviews complaining about the price for a 2,200mAh battery pack. But we do have to take into account the wireless charging capability. I think mophie could position this product better just by dropping the price to US$89.95. I do think there is value here but there is a premium on this product.
The mophie juice pack access is an excellent charging case for the iPhone XS Max that also features USB-C and wireless charging. While I do think the price is probably US$10 too much, it still is worth it if you’re needing a well made and reliable battery case for your iPhone XS Max.
*We received a sample of the mophie juice pack access for the purposes of this review.
mophie juice pack accessUS$99.95
- Good design, doesn't add too much bulk
- Easy to use
- Decent battery life
- USB-C charging and wireless charging
- Picks up fingerprints easy
- It's a bit pricey
- It would have been nice if this was 4,000mAh