IOS Cen­tral Re­views

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - BY JA­SON CIPRIANI

Mo­phie made a name for it­self with its bat­tery-pack cases for smart­phones years ago. As the com­pany grew, so did its prod­uct line. Por­ta­ble bat­ter­ies are a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of Mo­phies prod­uct of­fer­ing. We tested the Powerstati­on Plus XL, a 12,000mah (46.056Wh), light­weight bat­tery pack. The $99 pack in­cludes a ca­ble that’s dual pur­pose, with a re­mov­able Light­ning adapter for Ap­ple de­vices and a Mi­cro-usb adapter for ev­ery­thing else. There’s also a stan­dard USB-A port on the pack.

The built-in ca­ble tucks into the edge of the pack, wrap­ping around roughly half of its perime­ter. Re­mov­ing the Light­ning adapter to con­vert to Mi­cro-usb is a breeze. A sin­gle Mi­cro-usb port on the op­po­site end of the ca­ble is used to charge the pack it­self.

A power but­ton and four in­di­ca­tor lights make it easy to quickly check on the charge level of the pack, and see how far along it is when be­ing charged it­self.

In­cluded in the box is the bat­tery pack and a short Mi­cro-usb ca­ble you can use to charge an­other de­vice via the stan­dard USB port, or charge the bat­tery pack.

Us­ing our test­ing pro­ce­dure, we found the Powerstati­on Plus

XL to have an amaz­ing 93.41 per­cent ef­fi­ciency rat­ing. This is the high­est rat­ing we’ve seen on any of the bat­tery packs we’ve tested. We were able to ver­ify the 5V/2.1A out­put with test­ing equip­ment.

You won’t find of­fi­cial

Qual­comm Quickcharg­e 2.0 or 3.0 sup­port, sadly.

The down­side is that our test­ing re­vealed a pack that doesn’t al­ways charge at its ad­ver­tised 5V/1.8A rate. In­stead, the unit we tested charged at 5V/0.8A, tak­ing a to­tal of 12 hours to reach ca­pac­ity. For a pack of this ca­pac­ity, it shouldn’t take that long to re­fill. A sec­ondary test showed the pack charged at the ad­ver­tised rate, cut­ting charge time in half.

BOT­TOM LINE

At $99, the Mo­phie Powerstati­on Plus XL isn’t the least ex­pen­sive bat­tery pack we tested, and slow charg­ing of the pack it­self is dis­ap­point­ing. But it’s the most ef­fi­cient pack we’ve ever tested. ■

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