External Battery for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Mayank on January 11, 2013 in Gadgets

The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro is an external battery made for smart phones and tablets, especially those who are always on the go and those who do most of their work over phone. With the powerstation PRO, you will have confidence that you’ll have all the power you need when and where you need it. With an impact & splash resistant design and 6000 mAh capacity – you can be assured that no matter how extreme your weekend gets, all your gear will have the power it needs come Monday.

Because the powerstation is universal and will work with most USB devices, it’s hard to be specific about how much additional power you will get – it depends on what kind of battery you are charging and what you’re using it for. But at 6000 mAh, rest assured that this thing will keep you going for days.

To check compatavility of your smart phone or tablet with this external battery, click here.

mophie_juice_pack_powerstation_PROWe at Survival Guide reviewed Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro. The first impression was that it feels very solid, really really solid. The exposed aluminum is solid and the rubber is soft and feels pretty durable. The rubber also isn’t a dust magnet.

The operation is pretty simple and straight forward – there’s only one button on the side. When nothing is plugged in, the button simply lights up the charge indicator LEDs. If an iPhone or another device is plugged in, the button shows the charge level, and then starts to charge the connected device.

The Powerstation Pro has an IP-65 Ingress Protection rating. This means that it’s completely protected from dust/small solid particles (that’s what the 6 means), and it’s reasonably water tight (that’s the 5 part). The water test means that the unit can survive a water jet sprayed from a 6.3 mm nozzle from any direction for at least 3 minutes (Water volume: 12.5 litres per minute; Pressure: 30 kN/m² at distance of 3m). The product page on the Mophie website shows the Powerstation Pro being completely submerged in water for a short time. Will the unit survive this kind of accident? Probably. But the IP-65 rating suggests that your luck will vary if you take your Powerstation Pro for a swim. Don’t submerge it if you can avoid it.

The Powerstation Pro has a total internal battery capacity of 6,000  mAh. It can supply enough current for both standard and high-power USB devices (up to 10W). Although the newest iPad comes with a 12W USB power adapter, the 10W current supplied by the Powerstation Pro will not damage the iPad – or any
of the latest-generation iOS devices.

For reference, here’s a list of some popular devices and their battery capacities:
ASUS Transformer Infinity TF 700 – 3,380 mAh
Google Nexus 7 – 4,326 mAh
iPhone 5 – 1,440 mAh
iPhone 4S – 1,432 mAh.
iPad (4th Generation) – 11,560 mAh
iPad (3rd Generation) 11,560 mAh
iPad 2 – 6,930 mAh
iPad (Original) – 6,614 mAh
Microsoft Surface (with Windows RT) – ~4256 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S III – 2,100 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 1,750 mAh

So, while you will get almost 4 times the charge on iPhone 4S, you’ll get a little less than half a charge on an iPad 3 or iPad 4.

Bottom line:

The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro is an excellent portable battery for adventurous, power-hungry gadgeteers. I feel that it is best suited for smart phones, rather than tablets as it can charge smart phones for 3-4 days, but hardly provide a full charge for tablets. You will need 2 of such devices for a full recharge of iPads. The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro can be considered to be expensive, but it’s a high-quality  product.

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