Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Mini
Compact design; very lightweight; fully charges iPhone.
Less practical than case-style battery
US$59.95 + shipping
In the same way that it only rains when you’ve gone out without your umbrella, the iPhone’s battery seems to have a knack of running dry just when you can’t get to a power outlet. And it’s times like these when having some additional power stored up can be priceless, especially when it comes in as small a package as the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Mini.
Weighing in at just 80g, it packs a 2,500mAh battery into a compact case around the size of a credit card, and a few mm thicker than the iPhone 4/4S. The top and bottom are made of a rubberised (and reasonably scratch-resistant) material, while the metal band around the sides looks similar to the iPhone 4/4S’s.
The Mini’s small size means it’ll easily slip into a pocket or bag – though remember you’ll need your iPhone or iPod touch’s USB lead as well (it won’t charge the iPad), plus the included microUSB cable if you’re planning to recharge the Mini.
In our tests, it charged a dead iPhone 4S to 100% in two and a half hours and still had a very small amount of charge left. Charging the Mini itself from a 500mA USB port took a little over five hours. A four-light indicator shows how full the Mini is.
The only thing that prevents us from wholeheartedly recommending the Mini is that it isn’t quite as practical for iPhone owners when you’re on the go as a case-style battery pack – unless you really don’t like adding bulk to your device. For example, Mophie’s excellent 2,000mAh Juice Pack Plus costs and weighs about the same as the Mini, but it’s that bit more practical in that you can leave it clipped to your device.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice
There’s a lot we like about the Mini, most notably that it packs a full iPhone recharge into a compact and lightweight little box, making it a good compromise between the smaller but low-capacity batteries, and the higher-capacity but larger and heavier variants on the market. On the go, though, it’s a tad less practical than a case battery.