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GadgeTell Review: Mophie Juicepack Powerstation

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Gadgets are great. We can do so much with them. Which is one of their problems. The more we do with them, the more power we use, and when the battery is dead, well, no more device fun.

Heavy phone users often buy a combination battery pack and case, which can help get through a long day. But what about someone who has multiple devices and wants a single battery extender for all of them? That’s where the Mophie Juicepack Powerstation comes in.

It’s a good size for portability, a bit smaller than my iPhone 4S, but thicker, as you can see from the two pictures.

Mophie and iPhone top down

Mophie and iPhone thickness

That’s plenty small enough to fit in a purse, messenger bag or backpack pocket. It comes with a standard micro-USB to charge the device, but I tend to just use my Nexus 7 cable. It’s taken me about 4 hours or so to fully charge the Powerstation.

Its battery is 4000 mAh, which is a decent size. I haven’t charged a fully discharged device on it yet, but it took my iPhone from about 50% to full while only using about a 1/4 of its charge. That means it should charge a phone 2 times.

What about an iPad? I got about 1/3 of a charge for my iPad 2 from a fully charged Powerstation. That’s enough to finish out a day, but don’t look for more than that. I got between 1/3 and 1/2 charge on my Nexus 7.

The Powerstation is rated for 500 charging cycles, which is excellent performance for a Li-on battery.

It’s not going keep power hungry devices going forever, but it’s enough for topping off devices at the end of a day or during a long plane flight. And if you keep it charged, it’ll certainly come in handy during storm-related power outages.

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