We mentioned the Mophie Juice Pack Air in February, but somehow I missed all of the reviews between then and now. Our friend Dave Zatz just took a cross-Atlantic roundtrip and dropped $90 on a Juice Pack Air just before leaving. His hands-on photos really demonstrate how much –or how little — bulk this external battery / case adds to Apple’s iPhone. There’s no question you’ll end up with a thicker and heavier handset, but the design seems like a fair trade-off for getting another full charge on the run. Dave wasn’t too thrilled about the seams of the Juice Pack Air, but they don’t bother me from an aesthetic standpoint.
Like the original Juice Pack, you can flip a switch to enable charging. It turns out that Dave really didn’t need to flip that switch though — on the flights he was able to watch videos and read e-books on a half charge. Sounds like he’s going to sell that Juice Pack Air at a discount, so hit him up if you’re interested! As for me, my cheapie, $15 external batteries for my iPhone 3GS are shipping today so I’ll have a follow up next week. Unless the low-priced batteries blow up, that is. ;)