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Mophie Juice Pack for HTC One Review

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While the HTC One is a beautiful phone, it doesn’t exactly have the best battery life, which is why Mophie create the Juice Pack for HTC One.

The Mophie Juice Pack for HTC One is an external battery case for HTC’s flagship phone that does its best to keep the design of the phone intact while offering plenty of extra battery life. Unfortunately, the Juice Pack is made of plastic instead of metal like the phone itself, but the basic shape is still there.

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Mophie’s HTC One battery case adds a bit of bulk to the Android smartphone, making it harder to fit in a pocket than usual, though not impossible. The case doesn’t add much weight, but it does make the HTC One about twice as thick and adds about a centimeter to the bottom of the phone. The size make the phone a bit unwieldy at first, but after keeping the case on for a few days it wasn’t a problem.

Because of the front-facing BoomSound speakers on the HTC One, the Mophie Juice Pack doesn’t block any sound coming out of the device, though it does have holes for microphones. The case has a black plastic piece covering the power button which lets IR signals through for those who use the feature.

As a case the Mophie Juice Pack is serviceable, but it works very well as a battery. Mophie claims the battery can double the user’s battery life if they follow specific guidelines. In our testing the Mophie Juice Pack was able to carry the HTC One through a full weekend of moderate use that included browsing the web, checking Twitter, taking photos and reading in the Amazon Kindle app.

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For those who prefer to run their battery down, the Mophie Juice Pack for HTC One was able to bring the HTC One from zero to 78 percent battery. Not quite double, but it takes more power to charge from a dead battery than it does to recharge a battery that’s at about 20 percent or more.

For $99.99 the Mophie Juice Pack for HTC One is a bit expensive for some, but it’s a worthwhile investment for those who find their phone being too quickly and who don’t mind some extra bulk.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

2 Comments

  1. Daniel Brooker

    06/02/2013 at 9:44 pm

    Maybe I have a defective Mophie…. You state in your review that you were able to charge the HTC One from zero to 78%. I have the silver mophie juice pack for my HTC One and the very first time I used it to recharge my phone, I made sure the Mophie was completely fully charged, I switched it on when my phone got down to 37% battery life left and it only took my phone back up to 79% before the battery in the mophie was drained… Second time I used it to charge my phone, again I made sure the mophie was fully charged, this time I turned it on when my phone got down to 35% battery left and it only took my phone up to 71% before the mophie was drained!! Both times I did not use the phone at all while it was charging, the screen was off the entire time and I kept a close eye on the phone so I knew right when it stopped charging. There is nothing running on my phone that drains battery quickly and I know this for sure because I am able to get 33 hours off the charger with 4 and a half hours of screen on time.

    • Daniel Brooker

      06/02/2013 at 9:52 pm

      And when I say 33 hours off the charger with 4 and a half hours of screen on time, that is entirely off the HTC One’s battery, no juice-ups from a charger or battery pack/case.

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