Mophie Space Pack

Mophie Space Pack: iPhone battery case plus extra storage a killer combo (hands-on)

The two biggest problems plaguing most iPhone owners are the twin desires for more battery life and more storage space -- at least, those are my top two. What if you could kill both birds with one not-too-heavy accessory?

The Mophie Space Pack does, indeed, offer up both: a full-charge battery case, with 16 or 32GB of extra flash storage thrown right in. Sound like the best iPhone-as-camera accessory ever made? It very nearly is, if you can accept a high price and some limitations.

The Space Pack looks like and performs like Mophie's other iPhone 5/5S battery-pack cases: it's a bit thicker than the Juice Pack Air, but has the same 1,700mAh battery. Stick some extra storage in there, and you have the idea. At $149.99 for the 16GB Space Pack or $179.99 for the 32GB model, it's a pretty expensive iPhone case, but it amounts to either $50 or $80 more than what the $99 Juice Pack Air costs anyway. Expanding your iPhone's storage from 16 to 32GB costs $100 anyway, so $149.99 for a battery pack and 16GB isn't such a bad proposition, even if Android owners with microSD cards end up laughing. If I were buying one, I'd pony up the extra $30 for 32GB. The Space Pack comes in black or white. My review unit, a 16GB model, is white: it's glossy, and snapped on the iPhone easily, but like other Juice Pack cases you need to run a headphone jack extender to listen to music while using it.

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