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Mophie Juice Pack for iPod Touch (1st gen)
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Reviewed by Jennifer Shelamer, September 22, 2008
All those cool new apps on the iPod Touch have led to increased usage and decreased battery life as I use the WiFi connection more often, play games, and even keep it on for hours watching the progress of baseball games in real time. An external battery can make all the difference when the battery level is dropping and it’s not convenient to charge the iPod, so I eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Mophie Juice Pack.
The Juice Pack claims to “more than double” the battery life without making the iPod Touch bulky, and it mostly succeeds on both counts.
The Juice Pack comes with a USB-to-Mini-USB cable that can be used to charge the Juice Pack or to connect the iPod to the PC while it is still in the Juice Pack. This allows you to sync the iPod Touch with iTunes without removing it from the Juice Pack.
It comes fully charged, which is very nice, and takes 3-4 hours to charge after it runs down.
It is important to note that the Juice Pack will not charge the iPod Touch’s battery (although Mophie’s site still mentions charging the iPod, I found that it didn’t, and Mophie said that was correct and they would update their documentation). When I tried to use the Juice Pack on an iPod with a fully-discharged battery, the iPod kept “chirping” through the speakers, so I quickly gave up. However, if the iPod Touch is charged at all, the iPod will use the Juice Pack battery completely before using any of its internal battery.
To test it, I played music on the iPod Touch with the screen on (so I would know when it stopped playing). The iPod Touch, on its own, ran down in about 5 hours. I then tested with a fully-charged iPod Touch and fully-charged Juice Pack. The Juice Pack provided power for about 8 hours, and the Touch lasted another 5 on its own battery power, for a total of 13 hours, which was indeed more than double the iPod’s battery life.
The Juice Pack has four lights on the back and a small button. When you press the button, the lights show the charge level. This is great for checking the charge level before using it, while charging, or during use.