In case you follow our articles than you probably know about a company called Mobee and products like Magic Feet and Magic Charger, which we’ve reviewed both. These products are designed to enable effortless inductive (wireless) charging to Apple-made peripherals. Both of these products are very nicely designed and they present futuristic concept, and in most cases they work great. If you look around the web you’ll also see a portion of users who are complaining about performance issues and who returned their products to Mobee.
In today’s article we’ll take a look at the newest product by Mobee, which is made to work with inductive chargers made by this company. This product is called the Mobee Magic Juice and this is a 5200mAh portable battery pack. It’s priced at $79.
On a first look there’s nothing original about Magic Juice, which means that it looks like just about any external battery pack. It’s rectangular and cubic, and comes with glossy white plastic finish. Two end caps are a bit greyish, and they feature one micro-USB port, one full sized USB port, and there’s also the power button. As you can see, you can recharge it simply by connecting it to any USB port, but there’s also option for wireless charging. In case you own Mobee’s Magic Feet or Magic Charger you can simply place it on top of these chargers, and the process will automatically begin. Once it’s fully charged you can use it like any other external battery pack, so you can connect it to your iPhone via Lightning cable that you already own.
On a first sight this product sounds perfect, and even more than perfect in case you already own one of Mobee’s products. It’s also nice to know that 5200mAh battery will provide plenty of additional power to your iPhone, which can be charged more than two full times. But in reality things are not that smooth, and I am disappointed to say that Mobee Juice didn’t live up to my expectations.
Even though I haven’t had any issues with other Mobee products, this is the first one which didn’t work as promised. I needed to check the official website more than two times to check if there’s really 5200mAh battery inside, because this is not what I’ve experienced. I expected to charge my iPhone 5 more than two full times, but Magic Juice depleted in the middle of this process. I was able to charge my phone up to 98% and then it showed me that there’s no power left. I repeated this process and I’ve got slightly better results, but they were very far from the promised ones.
I am not sure where the real problem with the Mobee Magic Juice is. Perhaps the problem is with the included battery or with those USB connections (I’ve changed several cables during charging to see if the problem is on my end). At the end, I’ve returned this product.
Mobee is known for products which tend to vary in quality, so my experience may be different from yours. However, this only means that you should be well aware of this situation, since this can save you a lot of time and money.