Magicstick Powerbank 2800
Model number: PS-PR-1A
Manufacturer: Powerocks
MSRP: $49.95

Ever been on a long plane trip and reluctantly felt you had to turn off your iDevice to conserve your battery? There are several iPhone cases with built-in batteries available but they are expensive and add bulk to your phone. Powerocks now offers an attractive alternative: Magicstick.


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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Two iPhone/iPod Touch Battery Packs

On December 29, 2009, in iPhone, Review, by Rich Lefko

If you are constantly running out of power when using your iPhone or iPod touch, these two chargers may help. Both Kensington and Dexim offer a clock app from the App Store so you can use these devices as a travel clock.

Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod touch
Company: Kensington

Price: $69.99 US

The Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod touch (TBP) weighs in at only 0.5 lbs. and is small enough to fit easily in a small travel bag. There are no cables to pack and it even doubles as a kickstand for hands free landscape viewing of video.

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About Rich Lefko

Rich Lefko has been a Mac enthusiast for many years and is always seeking out the most innovative applications, Apps, gadgets and hardware to tell us about. He uses his Mac expertise for video editing, record-keeping, business needs and in the management of a weather website ( his true passion in life. A native New Yorker, Rich lives in New Hampshire with his exceptionally beautiful wife and three perfect sons. Rich joined as a writer after winning a contest he heard on the podcast. As a result, Rich no longer enters contests. Rich accepts email at

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Juice Pack for iPhone

On July 2, 2008, in Battery Packs, iPhone, iPhone Cases, Review, by David Weeks

Juice Pack for iPhone
Company: Mophie Inc.
US $ 99.95

I was a Day One iPhone adopter, and can easily say that I’d buy one again, even though the first generation iPhone is clearly not perfect.

My main complaint with the iPhone is the battery life. Compared to other cellphones, the iPhone’s battery life can best be described as “barely adequate.” Only my long-discontinued Samsung phone/Palm device (don’t ask me the model number, as I’ve repressed all the bad memories of that gadget) had worse battery life. To be sure, the iPhone is smarter than any other cellphone, and all that intelligence needs electricity to feed it.

iPhone battery life is highly variable. If you surf wildly all day, check email every five minutes, and run the iPod at the same time, you’ll be lucky to finish the average day without eating up your battery. If you use just the phone, and don’t use the Internet, email or iPod, the battery will likely last a couple of days.

My usage patterns fall right in the middle, and I normally have about 25% capacity left at the end of the day. So, each night, I charge the battery.

mophie (no, there’s no capital “M“) sent me a review unit of the mophie Juice Pack for iPhone. Juice Pack is an external battery for for iPhone that seamlessly supplements the internal battery. After using Juice Pack for a few weeks, I am highly impressed with it.

Juice Pack is a lithium-polymer battery embedded in a sleeve. The iPhone slides neatly into the sleeve, which grips the iPhone tightly enough so the phone won’t easily slide out. At the base of the Juice Pack is a standard iPhone connector, albeit reversed. When charged, the dock connector at the base of the iPhone mates with the connector at the base of the Juice Pack. With the Pack connected, the Pack powers the iPhone until the Juice Pack is discharged, and only then is the iPhone internal battery used. It’s slick engineering, and works perfectly; no muss, no fuss.

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