Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Battery Sucking Siege That Is The iPhone 4s...

I am a member of an extraordinarily large club.

I have an iPhone:

My iPhone 4s, with a Mophie battery pack...

While I've not completely finished my glass of Apple Kool-Aid, I must admit to being a fan. I probably exploit only a fraction of what the iPhone is capable of, though. Hell, I don't even know how to download music into the iPod app. But that's okay.

I guess.

When I got my phone, of course, I had to get the latest and greatest. The iPhone 4, you see, simply would not do. I would need the iPhone 4s. After all, it had an "s", so it must be better.

Right?

Well, maybe.

My biggest issue with the iPhone 4s is the battery life. While the iPhone 4 I had would, seemingly, last forever, the battery on the iPhone 4s would start to drain if you looked at it funny. This one thing was a source of great distress, and one which I vowed to overcome.

Enter the Mophie Juice Pack Air.

Basically, it's an extended battery for the iPhone 4s, and it's all but solved my problem. As you can see in the photo above, the battery pack sits on the bottom, and the rest of the unit serves as a case for the phone.

The Mophie has its power indicators on the bottom. Simply press the button and up to four LED's will illuminate to let you know how much juice you've got:

Power indicator on the Mophie Juice Pack Air...

The operation is simple. Assuming you've got a full charge (which, clearly, I'm not enjoying in the photo above), your iPhone will operate off its own internal battery when the Mophie is in the standby mode:

The Mophie Juice Pack Air in standby mode...

In the standby mode, the battery indicator on your phone will appear like this:

The iPhone 4s power indicator when the Mophie is in standby mode...

Flip the switch, and your phone uses the, well, "juice" from the Juice Pack Air:

The Mophie Juice Pack Air in the "on" position...

The iPhone 4s battery indicator with the Mophie in the "on" position...

I'm not a big techno-geek, so I usually don't get excited about techno-geek things. While I'm not excited, per se, I do have to say that I'm a fan of the Mophie Juice Pack Air. It does what it claims to do. Without it, I was getting between three and four hours out of my iPhone, with what would be considered "normal" usage. With the Mophie, though, I'm seeing between six and nine hours.

This pleases me.

The cost? It was about $80.00, which was a lot less than I could've gotten it online with shipping. That actually kinda' shocked me. Usually you find stuff cheaper on the web. You don't expect the lowest price to be at the Apple Store, which is where I got this.

So, if you're struggling with battery life on your iPhone, check out the Mophie Juice Pack Air. It'll cure what ails ya'...

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