Earlier this month, Mophie unveiled its new wireless charging case and accessories line for iPhone 7/Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8/Plus. At the heart of the new system is the charge force case which allows your iPhone/Android device to connect with a series of add-on accessories for wireless charging and more. This is the first time the company has removed the battery from the actual case to provide fully wireless charging via a simple magnet system. Head below for some quick hands-on impressions of the iPhone version of the charge force case and the charge force powerstation mini…
This is a pretty simple setup. Drop your phone into the charge force case and connect the built-in Lightning connector to your device. On the inside of the case there is a very thin magnetic panel that will allow for wireless charging through any of the charge force power accessories. In this instance, we have the charge force powerstation mini, which is a simple power bank like battery that snaps to the back of the charge force case via the magic of magnets. Needless to say, being able to just drop it on the back of the case and have it start charging your phone without any cables needed is great.
In my experience, the phone slid right into the charge force case nicely. Mophie has implemented a Lightning connector here that will sit flush with the outside of the case when connected to your iPhone. While Mophie has made it easy to get your fingers in there to both connect and disconnect the Lighting jack, it does slightly break the smooth, solid look of the exterior of the case to a small degree. I personally would have preferred less of a lip on the Lighting connection port, but I can see how some might really appreciate this particular feature.
On that note, it is possible, because of the almost plug-like design of the Lightning connector here, to access the port without actually removing your iPhone from the charge force case. This is a really nice touch on Mophie’s part. That battery case you’re using right now mostly likely can’t do that, never mind charge your iPhone wirelessly.
It’s definitely not as thin as your typical iPhone 7 wrap, but it is also much smaller than any of the battery cases I have used in recent years. There are 5 different colorways available in what Mophie refers to as a premium leather material. It is very thin and reminds me of my Apple leather case in terms of texture with a slightly more tumbled look in the all-black color variant.
The charge force case starts at $59.95 and is my personal top pick for iPhone 7/Plus users looking for wireless charging. I might suggest the initial investment is even more worth it if you plan on dropping the extra coin for the accessories as well. And Mophie has said, while I was unable to personally test this, the charge force case will work with other other Qi accessories.
The charge force powerstation mini starts at $49.95. While it does come with a charging cable and works great as an on-the-go powerbank, by simply adding a longer USB cable on your own it can also double as a charging base for your desk when needs be. However, Mophie does have a series of other accessories available including the desk mount, vent vehicle mount and a wireless charging base specifically for your desktop. You can learn more about them here. And if you’re still using an iPhone 6/Plus, here is our hands-on review of the previous gen charge force gear.
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