Mophie Brings Juice Pack Air Case/Charger To iPod Touch

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News Posted: Sat, Apr 10 2010 11:46 PM
We don't exactly get along with batteries very often here atHotHardware. Most of 'em tend to underwhelm us, and the one's thatimpress us (Apple's iPad rings a bell) are few and far between. Mophieloves the fact that most handheld devices have paltry battery liferesults, because that very problem encourages consumers to seek outsolutions for extending the life of their favorite gadgets.

The company has become somewhat of an icon in the iPhone chargingspace, with their Juice Pack Air amongst the most highly regarded inthe industry. For those who somehow don't have a problem with thebattery life of their iPhone (or who just don't own one at all), theJuice Pack Air is a slide-on case that serves two purposes: it keepsthe phone safe from bumps and drops, and it provides an additionalbattery that can be switched on at any time. When used, it can providemultiple hours of additional talk time, and while the extra bulge isnoticeable, it's not terribly awful given the benefit of extra life.

Today, Mophie is launching into another market with thesixth-generation Juice Pack Air. This one, however, is made for Apple'siPod touch, which just so happens to own a lion's share of the mobilemedia player market. The device will fit onto the rear of the iPodtouch in the same manner as described above for the iPhone, and it willprovide 7 extra hours of battery life. It will ship in red, blue orblack colors, and it will also act as a protective case and include apass-through USB cable that enables users to simultaneously charge andsync an iPod touch to iTunes without having to remove it from the JuicePack Air.

It's available now for the latest generation of iPod touch handhelds for $79.95.

Key features and benefits include:

    • Battery Extender and Case in One – the juice pack offers the convenience of an extended battery life and the protection of a case, all with an ergonomically designed, soft-touch, non-slip rubberized finish.
    • Pass-through USB – Included USB cable enables you to simultaneously charge and sync your iPod touch to iTunes without having to remove it from the juice pack air.
    • Advanced Battery Technology – Intelligent power distribution instructs the iPod touch to always drain out the juice pack first. When you're done with the juice pack air for iPod touch, simply detach the case and you will still have a fully charged iPod touch. Highly condensed lithium polymer battery delivers an incredible amount of juice in a small form factor and features built in overcharge, short circuit and temperature protection.
    • Four Light LED Battery Status Indicator – An Integrated LED status indicator tells you exactly how much “juice” is left and also displays how much time remains during the charging process.
    • Twice the Power – a full charged juice pack air gives users:
      • Up to additional 30 hours of Audio Playback
      • Up to additional 7 hours Video Playback

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greyad replied on Sun, Apr 11 2010 12:44 AM

I have to say i am impressed with this battery case..

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I find it interesting that the title states made for ipod touch, but both pictures show an iphone inside the case. If I recall correctly, the iphone and ipod touch are two completely different thicknesses. So, in theory, an ipod touch case would be to small for an iphone and an iphone case would be to big for an ipod touch. Also the headphone jacks are in to different places on both devices, as well as volume controls. And the iphone has a mute switch as well, whereas the ipod touch does not. If this product is really a one fit all, thats another huge plus for the company. Cost less on manufacturing the product if you can support more than one device on the unit than having to make two completely different devices.

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This would probably take off better if they geared it towards the older generation IPod's.

Everyone I know who owns an IPhone, never really seems to have an issue with battery life. I guess you would if you kept on it 24/7?

Juicing up the older IPods would be a better market. Yet if they did that, then no one would upgrade to the new ones?

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Inspector replied on Sun, Apr 11 2010 5:19 PM

I do :P, i charge my iphone every 2 days when it runs to below 5% so sometimes it runs out half way though a day and i would love to have one.

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