Rather than launch another portable battery pack or charging case, smartphone accessory maker Mophie is taking a different approach to the concept of charging your smartphone with the ‘Juice Pack Connect.
The battery pack clips directly to the back of your smartphone and charges it wirelessly. Mophie says the Juice pack Connect works with any smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging, including the recently released iPhone 12 series.
The accessory’s suction cup clip mechanism even allows you to charge your smartphone on the go, although it seems like this would be a bit awkward. Given the thickness of the battery a smartphone has, most people probably can’t even slide the phone into their pocket easily.
Along with the battery, Mophie also includes a PockSocket phone grip-shaped holder attached to the case portion of the accessory.
The battery pack comes in at 5,000 mAh and features USB-C and Qi wireless charging support. Both charging methods can be used to charge the battery or another device.
What is still unclear about this interesting accessory is what it offers in terms of Qi and wired charging speeds. The Juice Pack Connect costs $ 79.95 USD (approximately $ 105 CAD).
It appears that Apple’s new MagSafe ecosystem has encouraged smartphone accessory makers to start creating their own cohesive clip-on accessory ecosystems.
For example, Peak Design, a company better known for its camera accessories than its smartphone products, recently launched its own line of magnetic phone cases and accessories called ‘Mobile.