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 relies on the handset’s new MagSafe tech.

Whereas it appears doubtless 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 school adhesive. Which means, amongst different issues, that the system successfully works with any handset that helps Qi wi-fi charging.

Actually, 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 personal. As a substitute, 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.

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Set up is fairly easy. There’s even slightly cardboard information to insure you middle it correctly, à la the type of body you’d get to put in a display protector. You may set up it straight onto the again of the cellphone, as properly, however I choose to remain noncommittal with my equipment if attainable. That mentioned, you’ll must reside with the little adapter nub on the rear of your system when different equipment aren’t hooked up.

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 almost all 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 huge 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.

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The opposite trade-off you in all probability already know, which is that wi-fi charging is slower than the wired form. For that purpose, the system is healthier tailored to maintaining your system alive for lengthy stretches, relatively than quick charging. That mentioned, should you’re actually in a pinch and have the precise cables useful, you’ll be able to cost your cellphone up sooner through the USB-C port (which can 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 supplied one thing extra like a Pop Socket for a extra strong grip. That’s the good factor about modularity, although — they’ll at all times add extra equipment. At $80, it’s not low-cost, however, then Mophie merchandise by no means actually are.

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