Since the day I bought it, the iPhone 11 Pro Max battery has been amazing. Apple provides audio playback up to 80 hours and video playback up to 20 hours. The technical specs page of Apple says it will last up to five hours longer than the XS Max iPhone. Is a battery case still needed with this increase in battery life? For the past few weeks, I’ve been using the Mophie juice pack access (including my JNUC 2019 trip), so I wanted to share my thoughts.
I have never ever used a battery case. My biggest gripe with a lot of them is that they limit access to the Lightning port. I missed the XS phone generation, so last year I’ve never been tempted by the official Apple models. I realized I was coming up with some travel, so I was excited to try Mophie’s battery case take. At first glance, there are a few things to like about the access to the Mophie juice pack.
The case uses Qi charging to charge the phone, so the Lightning port is accessed. A Qi charger can charge the case or use the included USB C to USB A. While I’m using AirPods Pro as my daily headphones, keeping the Lightning port open would allow me to use EarPods if necessary. When the case is plugged in, your iPhone will be charged first and the second case. To charge them separately as well, you can easily pop the case off. If you wanted to use Apple’s 18W charger for a quick charge (up to 50% charge in about 30 minutes with 18W) the main reason you might want to do that. Mophie’s juice pack access features a 2,200mAh battery that will give you 15 hours of audio playback or 5 hours of video playback extra.
So how is it in daily use? I believe this product has been nailed by Mophie. It does just what it says it’s going to do. I didn’t even think of charging when I traveled to JNUC. I was listening to podcasts, watching some AppleTV+ shows, and remaining on top of my email. I decided to go ahead and turn on the battery (using the button on the back) when I got down to less than 40%. It gave my phone an additional charge of 25% when listening to some Apple Music music (until the case was dead).
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll know how a 20–25% additional battery life could make a difference in finishing the day with a bit of battery left vs. a dead iPhone. If traveling regularly using Apple Pay, Apple Maps, and ride-sharing services such as Lyft, you know that keeping a spare battery is not a luxury if traveling.
The case is quite compact, but it will be thicker than a standard case. If you’re the type person who leaves your iPhone on a charger at night, keeps it on the charger in the car and then leaves it on a charger at your office, you’re not going to have access to the juice pack.
But if you’re on the go a lot (travel, for your job in the field, etc.), I strongly recommend that you buy this case. For the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro lineups, Apple hasn’t released an official battery case yet, so Mophie’s case is probably the best on the market. When traveling to JNUC 2019, I enjoyed having it during the conference.
Even if you don’t use the day on a daily basis, it’s a great case to stay in and out of airports, office, etc. for days. You can buy access to the juice pack for $79.95 in three colors (red, black, and pink). Mophie also sells iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 models Amazon also offers access to the Mophie juice pack, but at the moment it is somewhat more expensive.