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At one point in the last couple of years, I was using an iPhone extensively and was also traveling out on the road. I picked up a Mophie Juice Pack at the travel accessory store in the airport terminal, and was satisfied with my ability to use my phone during long, 16-hour days onsite. I was very pleased, and a bit surprised, to see Mophie launch its Juice Pack for the HTC One so quickly after the launch of the device.
The black Juice Pack is available now for $99.95, with a silver-colored one set for release within the next week or two. I have the silver HTC One, but was sent a black Juice Pack to test out.
The HTC One Mophie Juice Pack is large, just as it is for the iPhone and Galaxy S III. When you add an extra 2,500mAh external battery (the HTC One has an integrated 2,300mAh battery), it is going to add bulk to the device. The battery dimensions are 6.06x2.88x0.67 inches and 5.05 ounces. This means you end up with a longer and thicker overall package. The added thickness doesn't bother me much, though, and actually gives the HTC One a rather substantial feel in the hand. I could see people using this as a daily case to help ensure that they go at least a day with the HTC One.
The Mophie Juice Pack retail package includes the battery case, USB cable, and a small Quick Start Guide. The Quick Start Guide consists of a single page with a sketch showing the four steps to using the battery case, along with a number of pages of warranty details in various languages.
I see some people always carrying their device in a Mophie, but I would use it for the HTC One as a travel companion. I have been using the HTC One for well over a month, and am able to go a full day when I charge it up at the office. However, when I do not have access to a charger, I can use something like the Mophie Juice Pack or HTC Battery Bar.
The Mophie Juice Pack comes in two pieces: A primary lower piece, and a smaller cap piece that fits over the top and around the camera and flash. You simply slide your HTC One down into the main part of the Juice Pack, and then slide on the top until it snaps securely into place.
Walking around the case, you can find a black, glossy button for the power button that is designed to still allow full IR functionality. There is an opening for the headset jack in the top piece. The top has a cutout for the camera and flash, with a small opening for the upper microphone.
On the back is a button that shows you bright white LEDs for battery status. There are four lights when it is full. There is also a on/off switch that you slide to charge up your device or turn off the charging capability.
The Mophie Juice Pack is a nicely designed package that matches the high-quality design of the HTC One. An integrated battery and case is more convenient than an external battery and cable.
Both front stereo speakers are fully accessible when in the Mophie Juice Pack. The battery case is also quite protective, and offers edge and back protection. I really like the black soft-touch material that the entire case is made of, as it makes it easier to hold onto the HTC One.
Looking at the lower half of the Juice Pack, you will find buttons for the volume controls on the upper right side. A micro-USB port is on the bottom, matching the micro-USB port on the HTC One.
If your HTC One is in the case when you plug it in, then you will see that both the HTC One and Mophie charge up. There are also four metal contacts on the bottom, and I understand this is for a possible desktop dock launching in the future.
The Mophie Juice Pack for the HTC One is an attractive, well-designed case and external battery solution. Road warriors will enjoy the added power and convenience provided, and I imagine these will sell well at airports. I look forward to checking out the silver model to see what looks best with my HTC One and plan to pick one up for myself so I can rest assured I will always have available charge on my HTC One.