by Gary Woods
Probably the biggest problem with the iPhone is that people love to use them. You just can't get them to shut them down so consequently they run out of battery life somewhere during the day.
There are some battery extenders however including the Mophie Juice Pack (www.mophie.com) which I looked at. The Juice Pack claims to provide up to 350 minutes of standby time, 6 hours and 12 hours of talk time on 3G and 2G networks respectively. The Pack slides on to the back of the iPhone leaving the top of the phone exposed. It makes the phone slightly thicker and longer but the styling and portability look and feel good. With the Juice Pack attached, you can power/charge your iPhone and sync simultaneously or you can charge the device separately. The Mophie Juice Pack retails for $99.95.
The other unit I saw was the Incase Power Slider (www.goincase.com). The Power Slider is a case-style pack that claims to add 330 minutes of standby time, 5 hours talk time on 3G and 10 hours on 2G networks. While in use the Power Slider acts as a full case, covering the iPhone completely but leaving the screen exposed. It adds some thickness and weight but overall the feel and look are good. Just like the Juice Pack, the Power Slider retails for $99.95.
There are other units like the Tekkeon myPower for iPhone 3G (www.tekkeon.com) which retails for $69.95 and feels like a leather case and the 3G Juice DeLuxe (www.3gjuice.com) which retails for $53.95. So if your iPhone is running out of juice in the middle of the day check one of the solutions out.
If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or see my column on the Internet at http://www.santabarbaraproperties.com or call me at (805) 729-0910
Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc