Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL

I would have wanted to buy the iPhone XS Max Smart Battery case. However, when the wife and I and a friend went to the Apple Park Visitor Center, there wasn’t any unit available. Actually, as I write this (July 31, 2019) the soonest that a Smart Battery Case would be available is on September 3. 2019! Apple needs to step up its supply chain game when it comes to the Smart Battery Case!

So, I decided to look for something else, something that will extend the battery life of my iPhone XS Max without the need for a wall outlet.

I looked for a similar thing, a battery case that can attach to my iPhone. However, there wasn’t one that was able to satisfy completely what I was looking for. And also, I had to consider the fact that I have other devices that I have to charge, not just my iPhone XS Max!

So, I decided to get a power bank instead, one that will be able to charge my iPhone, but also my other devices as well.

I decided to get the Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL.

The Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL has a rating of 10,000 mAh. This means it can theoretically charge my iPhone XS Max less than three times over from empty. However, real-world usage for me meant that I can charge my iPhone at the most 2 to 2.5 times.

As the name implies, this battery pack can charge my iPhone and a lot of newer Android phones wirelessly. It is a convenience that I have grown to love ever since I owned my iPhone XS Max. I rarely charge my phone via wires these days.

However, wireless charging is still a really slow process so, if I want to charge my iPhone quickly, I had to rely on the 2.1A USB port. The good thing? I can actually do wireless charging and wired charging via USB at the same time! This is a boon if you drain two devices at the same time, albeit the wireless charging will be slower…

The Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL can roughly charge my iPhone XS Max wirelessly 25% after an hour of charging with the screen turned off. If the screen is turned on while it is charging, the process will be significantly slower. A small LED light turns on to tell you that your device is charging. Four LED lights also tell you how much power is left in the battery - four LED lights will tell you that the battery is full, while one LED light means there is only 25% power left.

The Mophie Powerstation Wireless XL has a pretty design and it feels hefty in the hand. However, the plastic that coats the housing of the battery pack tends to attract a lot of lint. This can be a distraction if you are bothered by such things. Well, I am. A bit. Ok, not a bit…

The battery pack can be fast-charged via USB C. And the good thing, it can bypass charging the battery pack if you have something charging on it - this means that, say you are charging the battery pack while you are charging your Android phone on it, the battery pack will charge the phone fully first before it charges the battery pack. This can save you having to look for another socket while you charge two devices!

I made a great choice when I went with this battery pack.

The Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless XL is Highly Recommended!

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