May 24, 2022

The mophie powerstation USB-C XXL is a brand new battery pack designed to cost MacBooks on the go. At $149, it’s costly, however Apple followers used to paying a premium will probably snap them up.

A mophie consultant dropped off a powerstation USB-C XXL for me to strive a few weeks in the past and I’ve been more than happy with it up to now and might absolutely advocate it to MacBook and MacBook Professional customers.  I’ve used it with my MacBook, MacBook Professional, iPad Professional, iPhone 7 Plus, and Sony RX100 V digicam as I journey by means of the final weeks of summer season.

It appears just like batteries designed to cost telephones and tablets, however it’s far more versatile and is really an all-in-one answer for MacBook customers.

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The mophie powerstation USB-C XXL is offered completely at Apple shops, Apple.com and mophie.com. As you may see within the above picture, the battery pack’s material exterior blends in properly with Apple’s MacBooks. At first I believed it was odd that mophie wrapped the battery within the gentle materials, however it’s truly helpful because it grips easy surfaces to maintain it from sliding off desks.

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The battery can output as much as 30W to a MacBook,  which suggests it expenses simply as rapidly as when it’s plugged into the wall.  It will probably additionally cost a MacBook Execs, although it is going to achieve this at a slower charge than wall chargers. It doesn’t have sufficient juice to completely recharge a MacBook Professional, however it’s nonetheless lots higher than carrying round a lifeless pc. On a latest flight from San Francisco to Seattle, I opened my 15″ MacBook Professional to search out that it solely had a 12% cost. My MacBook Professional’s AC adapter was in my checked baggage, however I used to be capable of get alongside simply wonderful for the two-hour flight due to the mophie battery.

There are 4 LEDs that point out how a lot vitality the powerstation USB-C XXL has left. There’s additionally a small button that prompts charging. Urgent and holding the button reverses the move of present in case you should cost the battery from a pc fairly than an influence adapter.

The battery has about the identical footprint because the iPhone 7 Plus, however it is a bit more than twice as thick. It’s somewhat too huge to place in my pant’s pocket, which suggests I’ve saved it in my backpack and sweatshirt pocket.

The mophie powerstation USB-C XXL has about 125% of the capability of the brand new MacBook’s battery. Meaning I can cost my MacBook as soon as and have sufficient energy leftover to cost my iPhone 7 Plus a few occasions. In different phrases, it’s far more battery than most individuals will want on most days.

One factor I actually like in regards to the mophie powerstation USB-C XXL is that it doesn’t require a second charger after I’m touring. I merely plug the MacBook’s adapter into the battery, then join the battery to my MacBook by way of an included USB-A to USB-C adapter. The battery is sensible sufficient to cross vitality by means of to the MacBook first earlier than charging the battery cells. After I get up within the morning, my MacBook is absolutely charged and I by no means have to fret about working out of juice.  Apple states that the MacBook can run for as much as 10 hours on a single cost, however I usually must recharge after wherever from 5 to eight hours, relying on my workflow.  Carrying the mophie powerstation USB-C XXL’s gotten rid of my battery nervousness when utilizing my MacBook for productiveness and helps me stretch my MacBook Professional’s battery sufficient that I don’t should suppose twice about utilizing power-hungry purposes on the go.

As with numerous merchandise bought at Apple shops, the mophie powerstation USB-C XXL is a premium product and the value level displays that. It’s clearly designed and marketed to Apple customers that don’t outfit MacBooks with a whole lot of {dollars} price of dongles, circumstances and different equipment.  Go to Apple.com or mophie.com to order the mophie powerstation USB-C XXL.

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USB C to Lightning Cable
$19.00 from B&H Picture

In terms of connecting your iPhone to your MacBook Professional, the best choice is to purchase a USB C to Lightning cable as an alternative of utilizing an adapter that’s extra prone to get misplaced or left at dwelling. Certain, an adapter would double as a USB adapter for different gadgets, however we’re trying to take away adapters as attainable.

I personal two of those cables and I like them. Not solely can I join my iPhone on to the Mac, but when I plug this cable into my MacBook Professional charger I can quick cost my iPhone X. This additionally works for the iPhone 8 and eight Plus. When quick charging the iPhone expenses as much as 50% in half-hour.

Apple sells two official USB C to Lightning cables.

You should utilize this to cost your iPhone or iPad, sync to iTunes and even to make use of with Duet to make use of your iPad as a second show to your MacBook Professional.

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