Mophie 10,000 mAh MagSafe battery is ideal for video creators [Review]

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Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand review
The Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand looks good on a desk but is ready for on the go, including as part of a video setup.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand offers 10,000 mAh — enough to come close to recharging an iPhone 13 twice. It uses MagSafe so handset and charger cling together. And it has a kickstand, making it useful even when your handset is fully charged. If all that wasn’t enough, a tripod socket lets you make this power bank part of your video setup.

I tested all the features of the external battery to be sure there’re ready for real-world use. Here’s how this accessory stood up.

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand review

iPhone 13 has outstanding battery life, but it can always be better. Adding 10,000 mAh to the capacity will certainly do that.

The stand that gives the power bank part of its name makes this well suited for use on your desk. You can easily make FaceTime calls or watch video. Or just check your texts, hands free.

And if you’re a video creator, this might be an ideal accessory for you. Screw your tripod into the Snap+ Powerstation Stand then connect your iPhone and you’ve nearly tripled the length of recording time without needed a recharge.

Hardware and design

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand isn’t exactly svelte.
Flip up the stand and the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand is ready to be used.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The accessory takes advantage of the MagSafe system built into the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series so the handset and charger cling together magnetically. Some MagSafe batteries are intended to be used while you’re holding your phone. Not the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand — it’s best on a desktop or connected to a tripod.

That’s because it’s chunky: 5.1 inches by 2.7 inches by 0.8 inches thick, and 0.6 pounds (270g). That’s not criticism — it’s not possible to fit 10,000 mAh into a svelte shape. But the heft is something to be aware of.

The black exterior is covered with a faux fabric. It looks professional, and the texture means you’re less likely to drop the device.

A button on the left edge activates the charging coil. Next to this is a series of four white LEDs to indicate battery level. My tests show these are reasonably accurate at showing the remaining power.

Stand

Built into the back of the Snap+ Powerstation Stand is a handy kickstand. This allows you to prop up the accessory and the iPhone attached to it at a range of angles. It can go from leaning backward 20 degrees past vertical to leaning backward 35 degrees. Not a huge range, but it helps when pointing the front-facing camera toward your face.

And the bottom of the external battery is flat, so you can theoretically point the handset straight forward. Just be careful, as this isn’t particularly stable.

Speaking of flexibility, the MagSafe system will hold the handset at any orientation from portrait to landscape and power will still flow.

When attached to an iPhone, some of the bottom of the Snap+ Powerstation Stand extends below the bottom edge of the handset. This puts the display as high up as possible.

Consider using this accessory as your desktop stand all the time. You can leave it propped up, plugged in and charging your phone, then grab one or both when you’re heading out.

Tripod socket

If you need the iPhone screen or camera higher up, or at a different angle, you can attach Mophie’s power bank to a tripod. It has a standard ¼ inch, 20 threads per square inch tripod socket.

I tested this with my tripod and it fit perfectly. It can make the stand a bit top heavy, of course, so compensate by widening out the “feet.”

It’s clear that Mophie expects video creators to make the Snap+ Powerstation Stand a semi-permanent part of their tripod. The iPhone can be easily attached or removed but whenever it’s on the tripod it’s getting re-charged by the external battery.

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand fits fine in my tripod.
Thanks to its Tripod socket, the Snap+ Powerstation Stand fits fine in my tripod.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

USB-C port

The Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand recharges via a USB-C port. From fully empty to completely full takes around 3 hours. The accessory comes with a short USB-C charging cable.

The port can be used to power up other devices as well, with the right cable. I successfully used the port to charge iPhone, AirPods and even an iPad Pro.

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand performance

I tested the power bank in the simplest way possible: I had it recharge an iPhone 13 multiple times until the external battery was empty. Over a couple of days, the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand was able to increase the battery level on a 6.1-inch iPhone 13 “standard” by 179%.

That’s not two full recharges, but it’s close. If you typically recharge your iPhone when the battery level hits 20%, then you will get more than two recharges out if this external battery.

That said, exactly how much of a battery bump you get depends on your device. The Pro Max models have significantly larger built-in batteries and so this power bank is relatively smaller. It’s still the same amount of power, though.

Charging is fairly quick, though not as quick as possible. In my tests, putting the iPhone 13 on the power bank for 30 minutes increases its battery level by 24%. Just be aware that charging slows down significantly as the battery level approaches 100%.

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand final thoughts

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand has a standard tripod socket
The tripod socket really helps set the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand apart.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Any iPhone users who regularly find themselves away from easy access to electricity for a couple of days might benefit from the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand. Start off with a full charge and you could go as much as three days of reasonable use without needing a wall socket.

Or attach it to a camera tripod and get a full day of filming with an iPhone.

Just be aware that you’re not going to slip this power bank in your pocket and forget about it. It’s thick and weighs more than your iPhone. But it’s worth it if you need lots of power storage.

Pricing

The official price for the Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand is $69.95 on the Zagg website. (Mophie is a Zagg subsidiary.)

Alternatively, the Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini is a much smaller option that holds 5000 mAh.

Comparable products

The MyCharge Mag-Lock 9000 mAh is similar to Mophie’s offering. It’s not quite as hefty but then it doesn’t store as much power, either. And it doesn’t include a built-in stand. Read my review for more details.

The Intelli ScoutPro is a truly mondo option. It’s a MagSafe-compatible battery with a whopping 24,000 mAh capacity. And it can charge an Apple Watch and other devices, too.

Zagg provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out other in-depth reviews of Apple-related items.