TouchMyApps » Power http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:47:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 VentureCraft GoDAP in Review – audio and power for the people! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/02/venturecraft-godap-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/02/venturecraft-godap-in-review/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:10:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44041 Firstly, I’m not dead. Now with that out of the way: What do you get when you combine the audiophile heart of the iPhone with a juiced-up ad-hoc power supply? Or, perhaps I should ask it this way: what made VentureCraft, maker of car-mounted cameras and creative telegrams, shoot for the moon and create an … Read more]]>

Firstly, I’m not dead. Now with that out of the way:

What do you get when you combine the audiophile heart of the iPhone with a juiced-up ad-hoc power supply? Or, perhaps I should ask it this way: what made VentureCraft, maker of car-mounted cameras and creative telegrams, shoot for the moon and create an audiophile iPhone battery jacket? My guess is a pioneer spirit. VentureCraft are the first company to build such a combination. As off-beat as the GoDAP battery jacket and headphone amp combo unit may sound for a company like VentureCraft, it is certainly worth the raised eyebrows and facepalms. It’s just so ingenious and geekily disturbing that it’s worth a perfectly long review!

Feel free to discuss VentureCraft’s GoDAP in our forums.

Specifications
Output Power: 300mW (16Ω)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 95dB
Klirr Factor: <0.009% (10mW)
Frequency Response 10Hz – 120KHz
Impedance: 16Ω – 300Ω
Output Terminal: Headphone Output (3,5mm)

Battery Specifications
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Capacity: 1450mAH

Ergonomics
VentureCraft obviously made the GoDAP for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Both fit snug as a bug in a rug, sliding smoothly into place. This perfect fit means that the 30-pin dock remains stress-free, something that no other line-out or sync dock can boast. Now, I borrowed iPhones for this review, but in the main, stuck it out with my iPod touch 2G. Of course, not made for the iPod, I had to add a whack load of electric tape and velcro. The end result? Nothing strikingly attractive, but a fine compromise that oozes my inner audiophile geek. This brings me to the major drawback with VentureCraft’s design: it can only be used perfectly with outgoing iPhone models. The next iteration is scheduled for Spring 2011, but again, for the iPhone 4, which will head out of Apple’s current product portfolio just a few months later.

What would be nice is VentureCraft made swappable plates that snapped into place at the base of the GoDAP so that any iPod/iPhone could be used comfortably. As it is, just about any 30-pin iPod/iPhone works – Hell, even the iPad works with an extension cable -, but each require creative workarounds.

The GoDAP is a fine enough unit that I would love to use it with my other iPods. Considering that audiophiles can forgo expensive and awkward third-party line out cables and get a great amp thrown in with battery power, the GoDAP is the most cost effective method to increasing sound enjoyment with an iPod or iPhone. In fact, when out with Nick Cave or The Cure, I simply can’t part with the GoDAP. Ho hum.

Build Quality
Overall, VentureCraft have struck a fine position between affordability and quality. The amp is sandwiched between a plastic sync butt and a cute control head in a metal case that doesn’t seem to pick up outside interference.

The headphone out port is metal and grips headphones firmly. The volume pot, too is metal. On the butt, ports for the speakers are cut so that you can get that call. Overall, the GoDAP is a well-made device despite creaking a bit here and there. Considering its competition (none at all), the GoDAP is riding very high.

VentureCraft packed their first iPhone accessory with another trump: iTunes sync. Plugging the mini USB into the GoDAP’s butt and switching to ‘sync’ allows your iPhone/iPod to download and sync with iTunes. Great, so this battery jacket/headphone amplifier is also an iPhone/iPod dock, you say? Yes, and it is pretty good at it, too. Actually, syncing from power accessories is vital considering that the 30-pin port is the most prone part of the iDevice.

As a battery pack
Most evidence points to Apple’s portable audiophile market shrinking. The iPod is no longer the market leader; iOS has replaced it. The iPod touch is as close to the old iPod as we get in this new age, and that market is driven not by music playback, but by apps. So, while the GoDAP may be a fine audiophile product, the fact that it has a decent battery packed in feels sort of like a backup plan.

As a battery jacket, it does thing well – enough. There are three settings selectable by the top-mounted translucent toggle: off, charge-i, and sync. OFF charges the GoDAP’s internal battery. Sync extends your iPhone’s battery and allows you to sync it with your computer. Charge expends the GoDAP’s battery to charge your iPhone.

Using sync or charge can extend your iPhone’s battery by up to ten hours of music and little less for video. Not bad, but considering that even my abused 2G iPod touch still gets over a day of music playback, it feels chintzy. The reason for this is that the GoDAP’s internal headphone amplifier is constantly engaged. In some ways, this limits the functionality of the unit. On the other hand, it proves that VentueCraft had the movie/music lover in mind when creating the GoDAP.

Ten hours is still a long time. You can get through several movies and more music than it took to split the skulls of zombie neighbours in Sean of the Dead. And, when the GoDAP finally gives up the ghost, your iPhone is still ready to go. Speaking of which, you should be able to extend your iPhone’s talk time by up to about 5 hours with the GoDAP attached.

The problem with using it as an add-on battery, of course, is that it is bulky. Thankfully, VentureCraft cut out a nice spot for the iPhone’s camera for high quality images.

As a headphone amp
Being an unerringly silly audiophile, the GoDAP’s integrated headphone amp intrigued me from the first. I constantly have my iPod connected to a computer downloading new music, or transferring notes, so battery life isn’t a problem for me.

What is a problem is my favourite earphones, the Audio Technica CK10, accurate little buggers that never leave my ears. Well, their linear playback combined with the neutral/accurate signature of the iPod doesn’t always make for friendly bedfellows. Rather, the two roll around a bit and discover that neither wants to give up the comfy pillow.

Enter the GoDAP headphone amplifier. While not overly warm, it certainly adds a wonderful sheen to certain parts of the audible spectrum. The lower midrange in particular, is smoother and more pleasing than the stock iPod sound particularly with accurate/sharp earphones like the CK10.

In fact, with a smooth flowing from under the bonnet, I’ve found that a lot of my old acoustic favourites – David Bowie, Iggy Pop, the Eagles, Van Halen, Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode (the list of embarrassing pre-emo music goes on), has taken centre stage. The iPod touch is a fine sounding device, but when vocals cut into the music, I often reach for another player.

Vocals and percussion are ‘better’ textured. Characteristic tinniness from the CK10 is traded for emotion and shoulder-shrugging groove. The changes aren’t entirely dramatic, though. But they are enough to bring me out of my trance (snigger snigger), which I think is a good thing – especially when talking with other audiophiles who, for some reason, are as stuffy as Olde English libraries about things like rock and jazz music.

No, we can go gaga googoo about age-old music on the bleedingest edge of portable technology. Technically, the GoDAP doesn’t outperform the internal iPhone/iPod touch amplifier, it just sounds ‘better’ for a number of genres. There is slightly more distortion in the signal and less stereo separation: no wonder it sounds great with acoustic music. With fast, deep genres such as trance and metal, the GoDAP stays sure-footed, but its midrange sweetness borders on too sweet. Not sappy, mind you, but just soft enough to wisp me out of my hard, metallic trance.

Hiss levels are just above that of an iPhone 3GS or iPod touch, which means that you can plug in just about any earphone without annoyance. And, if you have hungry monster headphones like my lovely Beyerdynamic DT880 600Ω, you’ll still be able to split your eardrums past 80dB at perfect definition through the frequency spectrum. Right, read below for a disclaimer on that front!

Now, VentureCraft have engineered the GoDAP with a high pass filter in the signal. It is not a load-induced signal roll off – it is an intentional high-pass filter. The net effect is that bass-monster headphones are tamed, slightly, and that bass-shy headphones enjoy new severity, though again, only slightly. My lovely Audio Technica ES7 is such an example. Its throaty nature is even and clean with the GoDAP, but can be a bit too intense with a stock iPod touch and sounds absolutely confused with the Hifiman. The purist in me hates the idea of a high pass filter, but the GoDAP implementation doesn’t degrade the signal, and in fact, mates lovelily with about 95% of the music I listen to.

Now, if VentureCraft hadn’t engineered the GoDAP with a built-in high pass filter, I’d be miffed. If it was a load-induced roll-off, I’d deride this ‘headphone amp’ as shortsighted, much like HiSound’s AMP3 Pro 2 portable headphone amp/music player. The truth is that the GoDAP has no more trouble driving a 16 ohm load than it has driving a 100 ohm load.

I suppose the proof is in the pudding, and since my Windows is broken, I’ll have to publish the RMAA results in a few days. Scientific tests aside, though, the GoDAP sounds fine – very fine. I don’t listen to a naked iPod touch anymore. The good ol’ midrange, perfect percussions, and smooth vocals are just so much more emotive. Like the iPod touch sound I do, but I relegate its use to hard electronic and trance. The GoDAP has me reliving my latter teenage years, and then the first couple years of university. Considering that I just ‘celebrated’ my 31st birthday, I consider that a good thing!

Conclusion
I’d love to award the GoDAP with a perfect kiss. It sounds great with a large variety of music and pairs well with my favourite headphones. It’s also helped put old purchases back in the listening queue. But, there are a few short sights that have gotten in the way. Namely, the fact that the iPhone 4 and a range of iPods can’t be used without a lot of brutal masking, and the fact that there doesn’t appear to be a way to use the GoDAP battery without the internal amp blazing away. Still, the GoDAP flies above all my expectations as a cost-saving, space-saving hybrid device. It will find a lot more use than other dedicated amps. All in all, the GoDAP is worth every single penny of its 199$ price.

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The Icon Battery pack for iPhone – EL guapo http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/11/the-icon-battery-pack-for-iphone-el-guapo/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/11/the-icon-battery-pack-for-iphone-el-guapo/#comments Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:15:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34408 Essential tpe’s Icon Battery pack for iPhone is a freakin’ battery icon-looking battery… for the iPhone! It’s a tongue twister to say, and thanks to a lot of extra juice flowing in its veins, it’ll let you twist your tongue for another 3 hours in 3G mode, or 7 in 2G. Don’t care to talk? … Read more]]>

Essential tpe’s Icon Battery pack for iPhone is a freakin’ battery icon-looking battery… for the iPhone! It’s a tongue twister to say, and thanks to a lot of extra juice flowing in its veins, it’ll let you twist your tongue for another 3 hours in 3G mode, or 7 in 2G. Don’t care to talk? Icon’ll grant you music magic for 18 hours, or for the real geek, another 5,5 hours of Wifi internet usage. Granted, it ain’t the most mobile-looking of battery packs, nor as do-it-all as EMVY’s case or Mophie’s Juice, but it’s bootylicious, especially toting the world’s first EL film display for a mobile phone.

“the icon”, was inspired according to the battery icon on iPhone, is designed specifically for the iPhone backup power solution. From “the icon” unique outlook, and able to extend your iPhone talk time up to 3 hours and audio play back up to 18 hours, it will be your best choice for the battery solution, not only outside appearance, but functionally solve the power problem with daily use of the iPhone. Moreover, “the icon” has an innovative design which is using EL film on its front panel to display its power status clearly, which also the world’s first one who use EL lighting film as power indicator. The easy operation is another aspect of “the icon” even though there is no extra button on it. “the icon” would charge your iPhone once you connect to the iPhone, and it will show you the remaining power while you remove it from your iPhone.

The Icon Battery pack isn’t for sale on Amazon (yet), but if you happen to be hopping around Asia, you might find one. Essential tpe store locator.

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EMVY Iphone 3G/3GS Battery/Flash Case – the only case MacGyver would use http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/emvy-iphone-3g3gs-batteryflash-case/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/emvy-iphone-3g3gs-batteryflash-case/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:06:49 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33960 I stole the tagline from EMVY just to see what sort of reception this badboy would get from TMA readers. I mean, this iPhone case is packed: juice, flash, protection – what more do you need from a ~65$ iPhone case? And since it’s all in one package, it might even trump Morphie’s Juice Pack. … Read more]]>

I stole the tagline from EMVY just to see what sort of reception this badboy would get from TMA readers. I mean, this iPhone case is packed: juice, flash, protection – what more do you need from a ~65$ iPhone case? And since it’s all in one package, it might even trump Morphie’s Juice Pack. What’s the catch? Well, the EMVY case looks to still be on pre-order on one hand, and it targets the outgoing 3G/3GS on the other. It may be late to the game, but its specs are fine looking to say the least:

-More then 1x your iPhone battery
-On/Off switch for on the spot charging
-Flash LED light for low light camera use or emergency light
-Sleek rubber type surface (not too slippery, not too sticky)
-Specially designed to fit your hand comfortably (tested)
-Mini USC cable included, charges both iPhone and case, syncs to itunes
-Integrated 3 battery light indicator
-iPhone protection

-Increases standby time by 240 hours!
-Up to 4+ hours of continuous additional 3G talk and data time
-Capacity 1300mAh
-Cell type: Li-Polymer battery
-Dimension: 126x65x20(mm)

More info at EMVY

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Five Useful Gadgets For Your iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/25/five-useful-gadgets-for-your-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/25/five-useful-gadgets-for-your-iphone/#comments Tue, 25 May 2010 19:31:00 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33456 Most people seem to have an iPhone lately; I used to quite enjoy seeing the look of jealousy on people’s faces when they saw my iPhone (although admittedly I always thought I was going to get mugged) but now everyone’s got one. So with that in mind I thought I’d have a look at some … Read more]]>

Most people seem to have an iPhone lately; I used to quite enjoy seeing the look of jealousy on people’s faces when they saw my iPhone (although admittedly I always thought I was going to get mugged) but now everyone’s got one. So with that in mind I thought I’d have a look at some fun and useful little gadgets designed to make your relationship with your iPhone that little bit better.

MiLi Pro iPhone Projector

The MiLi Pro iPhone Projector is an awesome little piece of kit; it allows you to project your videos, photos, podcasts (and anything else visual) from your phone onto any convenient wall. The maximum projection is 70 inches, which is bigger than most household TV’s and it comes with integrated speakers and an ultra-slim remote control.

It’s great fun to use and impress your mates with, but it is quite expensive; retailing at the $399 mark (MSRP). If you’ve got apps like Stream to Me and Air Video that stream movies/tv shows from your desktop to your iPhone (provided you have wireless internet at home), it may be worth the investment. And it’s still cheaper than a decent 30 inch TV.

Sony ICF-CL75iP Clock Radio Speaker

I am such a sucker for these kind of gimmicks, but it looks cool, it works really well and it’s Sony – so I couldn’t help but pick one up for myself. The Sony ICF-CL75iP is basically an alarm clock / radio and allows you to wake up to your iPod or iPhone music, video and photos on a large LCD display.

The system has a docking point for your iPhone, which will also charge it, and comes with a built in FM/AM tuner and digital tuning with a 30 station preset.

MiLi Power Skin

The MiLi Power Skin, the world’s thinnest iPhone battery case, is a slim and gorgeous iPhone charger that is genuinely unobtrusive. Whereas most portable chargers on the market are chunky and dramatically increase the size and/or weight of your iPhone, the MiLi Powerskin is light and and no more distracting than most iPhone cases or covers. In fact, it looks just like a protective iPhone case and and you’ll barely even notice it.

The Powerskin offers up to 230 hours standby time, 3.9 hours talk time, 3.9 hours internet use (on 3G) and 19 hours of audio playback.

MoviePeg

Before I had the iPhone Projector, the MoviePeg was my favourite iPhone gadget; incredibly simple in its’ design, the MoviePeg is a hands-free stand which allows you to prop up you iPhone in either portrait or landscape positions, meaning you can watch videos on your phone without the inconvenience of trying to prop it up against a wall or something similar. Anyone who’s tried to watch a video on their iPhone without a proper stand will know how frustrating an experience it can be.

So stop faffing around trying to balance your iThingy on the desk and dropping it in your tea –  just buy a Moviepeg, they’re only £4.99.

Messless Gadget Charge Kit

Although not an iPhone specific product, the Messless Gadget Charge Kit does work with the iPhone and iPod and is a fantastic piece of design. It allows you to charge up to four gadgets simultaneously and removes the need for several cables and clutter. In essence, it’s one charger with a variety of different adapters that allow you to plug in a myriad of gadgets and devices. It works brilliantly and the design of the product is excellent, meaning it wouldn’t look out of place in even the most stylish of homes. The gadgets all stand vertically on a glass disc and really make add to the chic design of the product.

Admittedly the charge kit isn’t cheap, retailing at around £49.99 (roughly $72 USD) but it’s definitely the best (and most stylish) multi-product charger I’ve come across.

John lives on the South coast of England and works for an online company specialising in gadgets and toys. He’s a child at heart and loves having a job where he can spend his days playing with new toys, games and gadgets.

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Philips Power2GO SCE4430 – A car battery in your pocket http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/24/philips-power2go-sce4430-a-car-battery-in-your-pocket/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/24/philips-power2go-sce4430-a-car-battery-in-your-pocket/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:35:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20445 Hola folks! Ever had your phone run out of juice at the moment it’s needed the most? I have, especially on those long flights. Now why haven’t they figured out that each seat HAS to be equipped with a powered USB jack? Well, no matter, we can take our lives (and phones) into our own … Read more]]>

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Hola folks! Ever had your phone run out of juice at the moment it’s needed the most? I have, especially on those long flights. Now why haven’t they figured out that each seat HAS to be equipped with a powered USB jack? Well, no matter, we can take our lives (and phones) into our own hands!

Today I’m writing about a little miracle piece of technology called the Philips Power2GO SCE4430 which charges all your mobile devices (including your iPhones and iPods)! Well, nix the laptop, but that’s outside our scope anyway, right? Nearly all modern devices on the market are covered: Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson – the list goes on and on. It also has a powered USB AND miniUSB connectors so you can power almost any device imaginable – it even supports the Nintendo DS!

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The Power2Go’s exterior is very nice with great, stylish package which is among the best on the market. It’s a mix of white and black polished plastic adorned with a bright blue LED indicators to signal the charge level. The Power2GO comes complete with a suede carrying bag, a retractable connector cable, and a number of adaptors which plug into the cable. A handy band which holds all the adapters is also included.

The black plastic is quite easy to smudge, but it’s a small price to pay for the great LOOK – you’ll never feel embarrassed pulling this baby out. The plug is also made of the same black plastic and is equipped with a USB connection on one side, so you don’t have to use the battery if you have access to power; rather you can just plug the cable directly into the plug.

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This baby packs a 2000mAh Li-Polymer battery (compared to 1150mAh in 3G or 1219mAh in 3GS) which basically means that it can keep the Jesus phone running about 3x longer than usual. The drawback is that this much juice requires time to charge. I estimated about 8 hours from zero to full charge using the included plug.

The maximum output current is only 350mA (compared to 500mA in USB or 1000mA in Apple chargers) which leads the iPhone 3G to not recognize it correctly if the phone is down to approximately 80% or less of the battery. And yes, I HAVE tried the included special adapter for the iPhones. On the other hand, if you plug it in before that happens, it’ll charge the iPhone and keep it running fine while connected and until the Power2Go’s battery is drained. The latest iPhones 3GS and iPod touch models are not supposed to have this problem, but I am unable to verify it. Apart from this hiccough, every other item I have charges properly

To sum it all up, the Power2GO SCE4430 is an incredibly useful device. The stylish look really sets it apart on the market and the reasonable capacity and included adapters make it an invaluable too for the travelling iPhoner. On the other hand, it requires a work around solution for 3G users. Still, I would recommend the powerpack to any traveller: just remember than in order for Apple’s device to subvert you further,  you must keep your iPhone plugged in at all times.

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App Summary
Title: Power2GO SCE4430 Developer: Philips
Price: ~$55-65 USD
  • Supports all modern portable devices
  • Good capacity
  • stylish looking
  • Rather low output current
  • Doesn’t work correctly with iPhone 3G

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Mophie Juice Pack 3G in Review

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Mophie Juice Pack 3G in Review – Double your iPhone fun http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/01/mophie-juice-pack-3g-in-review-double-your-iphone-fun/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/03/01/mophie-juice-pack-3g-in-review-double-your-iphone-fun/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2009 03:51:01 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5649 One of the biggest gripes with the iPhone 3G (aside from the lack of native copy & paste and running apps in the background) is its relatively poor battery life. Hardcore users who surf, make calls, check emails, listen to music and play one or more of the zillion app store games can hardly get … Read more]]>

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One of the biggest gripes with the iPhone 3G (aside from the lack of native copy & paste and running apps in the background) is its relatively poor battery life. Hardcore users who surf, make calls, check emails, listen to music and play one or more of the zillion app store games can hardly get through a day without first worrying about how much “juice” is left on the phone. It’s no wonder then that Mophie, one of the leaders in iPhone/iPod accessories, has stepped up to the plate with the very popular Juice Pack 3G.

juicepack4There are essentially two main types of external battery packs for the iPhone, the backpack type that slides onto your iDevice like a glove (as they say, no glove no love) and the extender kind that sticks out at the end of your phone. With the Juice Pack, Mophie has created a soft rubberized shell that houses an impressive 1800mAh lithium polymer battery. When attached to the iPhone 3G, the Juice Pack indeed fits like a tight glove, leaving no wiggle room for the casing to accidentally slip off.

juicepack2On the back of the Juice Pack 3G, you will find 4 LED status indicators that tell you how much battery is left. Simply hold down the test button and the LED will light up blue, revealing roughly the amount of  juice left. Using the provided mini-USB cable, you are able to simultaneously charge both the iPhone and Juice Pack. The Juice Pack 3G also features a pass-through USB, thereby allowing you to sync to iTunes while charging. Those always on the go and pressed for time will appreciate being able to install and transfer apps/video/music while filling up the tank. It should also be noted that with Mophie’s Intelligent Power Distribution, the battery is “smart” enough to first discharge the Juice Pack before draining the iPhone’s battery.

juicepack7As a case, the Juice Pack 3G actually works quite well. Weighing in at 3 oz, it does make your iPhone 3G heavier (4.6 oz), but not necessarily in a bad way. The added thickness (essential double) makes the iPhone sturdier and at times easier to hold, especially once you get used to it. The non-slip grips  on the sides and the overall feel of the rubbery shell gives a great finish to the product. On more than one occassion whilst gaming with the battery attached, I found myself digging the case even more. The extra bulk and rubber strips made the iPhone feel more like a mobile gaming device. Of course, the down side to the battery doubling as a case is that the top half of the iPhone remains unprotected.

juicepack5Lets have a look at the Juice Pack 3G Specifications:

  • Standby Time – Up to 350 hours
  • Talk Time – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 12 hours on 2G
  • Internet Use – Up to 6 hours on 3G | Up to 7 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Audio Playback – Up to 28 hours
  • Video Playback – Up to 8 hours

If my math serves me well, 350hrs is about 14-15 days of stand by time! While I can’t vouch for this claim (I didn’t leave my my iPhone/Juice Pack combo intact for 2 weeks without using it one bit), I can say that Mophie’s Juice Pack 3G really does double the battery life of the iPhone. Prior to trying out Mophie’s battery pack, a fully charged iPhone would basically get me through till 6-8pm in the evening (could be less if I end up testing a bunch of games/apps during the day). With a fully charged juice pack and iPhone attached, I didn’t run out of gas till the very next day. Sweet.

juicepack9For those who prefer to use the battery pack solely as an external charger and not as a case (thereby only making use of it when needed), the Juice Pack’s performance is just as impressive. Running my iPhone’s battery below 20%, the Juice Pack was able to fully charge the phone in about 2 hours. At this point, the LED indicator still had between 2 to 3 lights (out of 4). With the iPhone’s juice falling below 20% once again, the Juice Pack didn’t disappoint and was able to recharge it once more (though just barely). With the ability to juice up the iPhone 3G twice over, the Juice Pack is a godsend for hardcore users and those not satisfied with the 3G’s battery life .

While the Juice Pack 3G isn’t perfect (doesn’t provide 100% protection, no way to “turn off” the battery when using it as a case – it continues to charge even when the iPhone is in sleep mode), Mophie has given us a battery pack that works as advertised and one that looks and feels good to boot. Aside from the fact that it doubles as a pretty solid case, not having to constantly worry about when to charge my iPhone next is simply fantastic. The $99 dollars price tag may scare off potential users, but considering what you get in return, the Juice Pack 3G works like a charm and shouldn’t be missed by those who like using their iPhones to the max.

Get your Mophie Juice Pack 3G here

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Summary
Product: Mophie Juice Pack 3G Company: Mophie
Price: $89.95 App Size: 4.0 mb
  • Doubles iPhone battery life
  • Works as a case
  • Speakers not affected when juice pack attached
  • No-slip grip and soft touch rubberized finish feels good in hand
  • Apple certified “Works With iPhone 3G”
  • Case doesn’t enclose iPhone 100%, leaving the top end vulnerable.
  • No way to prevent external battery from charging when iPhone in sleep mode
  • $99 price tag

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