External Battery Pack: HyperJuice vs Mophie (review)
While devices are getting more powerful batteries aren’t getting any bigger, and thus battery life for numerous devices such as phones and tablets, is not as long as it used to be in the pre-smartphone era. With phones barely lasting a day; an external battery is a must for long trips. The two leading external batteries at the moment are the: HyperJuice Micro and the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation. So here they are face to face. Which one is better? There’s only one way to find out!!
The devices both attempt to looks Appley, with the Mophie looking like an enlarged iPhone 4 and the HyperJuice packaging looking like Apple’s packaging from yester year, much like the current iPod Touch packaging! While the Hyper juice is not ugly it feels cheap compared to the mophie with it’s aluminium and matte black finish.
Both of the batteries are extremely practical but the smaller Mophie Juice Pack definitely is easier to find a place for. Furthermore the Mophie uses a conventional Micro USB to charge, so you can use your phone charger for multiple devices, whereas the Hyperjuice uses the now extinct miniUSB.
But the fact is both are very practical for travelling or camping, but not needed for day to day work, unless you travel or camp for a living. For example external batteries are invaluable in Ariports or on airplanes, or at a music festival.
To test the batteries we charged an iPad from flat until the external battery ran out , while using X-Plane 9 on the iPad, with Wifi turned on with full brightness. The batteries were both adequate, with the Mophie charging the iPad up to a 28% level which is very impressive. To put that into perspective that’s around 3 iPhones worth of power.
While the HyperJuice’s battery is 400mAh smaller it also performed admirably with 22%, however it was not quite as good as the Mophie’s.
Value for money
The Mophie is more expensive by £10, but is definitely better value for money when you consider the aesthetics, the battery life and also the practicality.
Not everybody needs an external battery, mostly just frequent travellers or festival goers because of the fact of the usefulness of charging when not in range of mains. But with the availability of mains power increasing on planes and at festivals these are becoming less necessary.
However departing from these points, the external battery is still extremely useful. In fact personally I use external batteries when covering events.
HyperJuice Pros: Cons
- Cheaper than Mophie Not as good looking
- Good battery life Larger than Mophie
Mophie Pros Cons
- Best battery life Costs more than HyperJuice
- Good value
- Excellent aesthetics
While the HyperJuice is cheaper the negatives compared to the Mophie definitely counteract the small positive of the £10 saved. If you must get an external battery then the Mophie is definitely the one to get.
HyperJuice Score: 3.0/5.0 £59.99 from PurelyGadgets
Mophie Score: 4.1/5.0 £65.00 from PurelyGadgets