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Mophie Space Pack is available in 16GB or 32GB sizes

Mophie is a known quantity in the iPhone accessory market thanks to its Juice Packs, which are cases that feature an integrated battery. The company is now adding storage to the mix with the new Space Pack.
 
The Space Pack, like the existing Juice Pack models, features an integrated 1700 mAh battery which doubles the battery life of an attached iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s. However, it also features either 16GB or 32GB of storage onboard. Given Apple’s refusal to provide a microSD slot for storage expansion on its iPhone models, the Space Pack offers a relatively elegant solution for users that need to add more space (and battery life).

 
The Space Pack can accommodate any file type, while the appropriately named “Space” app can directly access and play movies, music, and pictures.
 

The 16GB and 32GB Space Packs will begin shipping March 14 for $149.95 and $179.95 respectively.

Source: Mophie



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Woah!
By amanojaku on 1/7/2014 1:37:32 PM , Rating: -1
The case is barely larger than the iPhone! The implications are astounding. If the iPhone was slightly larger, it could double battery life for just $100 more. Doubling the size of the built-in battery would likely be less expensive than purchasing a phone and case separately, as well as being smaller in volume.

Assuming this could be done with ALL smartphones, we should have smartphones that could provide a full day's worth of calls on a single charge TODAY. What's shocking is that this isn't new tech; clearly, 24 hours of talk time is something we should have without needing an extra case. Obviously, the biggest power draw is the screen (unless you're running something processor-intensive), so texting, reading, video, etc... will also benefit, although to a lesser degree. Either way, I'm looking forward to +3000mAh batteries built-in.




RE: Woah!
By Owls on 1/7/2014 1:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
Barely? It's nearly twice as thick! It's the main reason I decided not to get it.


RE: Woah!
By amanojaku on 1/7/2014 2:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it's twice as thick: it's holding a phone AND a battery inside. And it sacrificed depth to save on height and width. Get rid of the plastic and I'm willing to bet the battery will be half as deep as the iPhone. Embedding the battery as-is into the iPhone would then increase its depth by 50%. However, if the two batteries were one, and the battery taller and wider to fit the phone, it would likely only increase depth by 25%-35%.

I think there's a huge market for a smartphone that can last a day, while being only slightly deeper. Again, this isn't limited to Apple; all smartphones should have this as an option. You want a slim phone? Smaller battery. Better to have a thicker phone than a pocket full of chargers.


RE: Woah!
By troysavary on 1/9/2014 3:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
If people didn't have this inexplicable hard-on for thinness, battery life wouldn't be an issue. Would current smartphones really be unusable at 50% or so greater thickness?


RE: Woah!
By ritualm on 1/7/2014 7:17:03 PM , Rating: 1
It doesn't matter if your phone is stylish and thin, because it's useless when its battery has no power left.

My extended S4 is twice as thick as an iPhone, at the same time the battery life is anywhere between 12 hours with everything turned on, and 12-18 days idle. It also lasts at least twice as long in active use between charges. Weight isn't even an issue - a 4AA searchlight is heavier than my S4.


RE: Woah!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/7/2014 1:42:15 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
24 hours of talk time is something we should have without needing an extra case


People actually TALK on cell phones? What is this, 2000? ;)


RE: Woah!
By purerice on 1/7/2014 2:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
If you've ever been on a rescue mission in the mountains with awful reception you would cherish every second of battery life you get.

In daily life situations as you know there are charge cycles and the longer the battery life you have the fewer charge cycles you use, the longer your battery lasts. Then again, most people change out cell phones every couple of years anyway, sigh.


RE: Woah!
By Bubbacub on 1/7/2014 2:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
you would rely on a iphone(or equivalent) on a rescue mission in the mountains?

seriously, when i go and do something silly in the mountains i either rent a sat phone (if I know i'm going way way out of range of transmitter masts - the Alps are pretty good though so its not an issue in europe really) or take a dumb old indestructible nokia (which have much more reliable 'phone' functions and reception range than any smart phone)


RE: Woah!
By Flunk on 1/7/2014 2:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Lithium-ion batteries age even if you don't use them. Charge cycles are important but when the battery hits > 5 years it's going to be degraded either way.


RE: Woah!
By phatboye on 1/7/2014 5:12:28 PM , Rating: 2
The point is that smartphones have the capability to increase the battery's energy storage capacity with technology in use right now by only increasing the overall size of the entire device by a small amount. Because as it stands right now the energy storage Capacity of batteries in most smartphones leaves much to be desired.


RE: Woah!
By SPOOFE on 1/7/2014 6:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
This guy's on to something! If you put more battery in something you get more battery for that something! Revolutionary!!


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