Useful new iPhone battery case still allows Lightning port access


Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone battery pack comes in a variety of colors.
Mophie Juice Pack Access iPhone battery pack comes in a variety of colors.
Photo: Mophie

CES 2019 bugThe Mophie Juice Pack Access extends the battery life of the newest iPhone models while still allowing the Lightning port to be used.

Even better, the iPhone can still be wirelessly charged while in this battery case.

Earlier Mophie cases with built-in batteries needed to use the Lightning port, preventing users from  plugging in other accessories.

“The juice pack access battery case addresses a very specific customer pain point,” said Robert Johnson, general manager for Mophie, in a statement. “For the first time, the juice pack access leaves the iPhone Lightning port exposed to allow users to plug in wired headphones.”

Mophie Juice Pack Access sports wireless charging

The latest Juice Pack includes a built-in wireless receiver and transmitter, allowing the iPhone to get power from any Qi-enabled wireless charger. That’s the same wireless standard Apple uses for its handsets.

YThe case also has built-in USB-C port for wired charging. This can only be used the charge the Juice Pack.

Mophie didn’t reveal exactly how much power its new battery case stores. Instead, the company promises “the Mophie Juice Pack Access for the iPhone XS/X provides up to 25 hours of total talk time, while the Juice Pack Access for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR provides up to 31 hours of total talk time.”

Coming soon

The Mophie Juice Pack Access will be available before the end of March. The price is $119.95.

There will be a variety of color options, including black, stone, gold, and dark red for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS/X, while iPhone XR users will be able to choose from black, blue, and red.

Battery packs are generally bulky. Mophie says the latest Juice Pack Access “features a reduced height profile with dimensions more like a traditional case.”

The announcement of this product was made at the Consumer Electronics Show, going on now in Las Vegas.