@CatsAreGods@Stallion Bingo. It’s way easier to pocket one of the recently-available Mophie slim power banks than any 10-20 Ah brick. If you need that capacity, then sure, you’ll have to toss it in a backpack or something, but if 3-6 Ah will work for keeping your phone topped off during the day then these are extremely convenient!
@caffeine_dude I was thinking the same thing. A few months ago there was a similar powerbank that could charge itself wirelessly (i.e., you drop it onto a wireless charger and it will charge itself, albeit slowly.) But that one couldn’t charge your device wirelessly.
This one appears to be the opposite. It will charge your device wirelessly but can’t charge itself that way. On the other hand, charging via the USB-C input from a good source will definitely let it charge up more quickly. But ideally wireless in/out would be ideal. it could then “sandwich” below your device on a wireless charger. I just realize that maybe this isn’t technically feasible since they both use electromagnetic fields; it might not be possible to have a device do both at the same time. So maybe there is some logic behind these being this way.
When the charge stream powerstation wireless portable battery is plugged into a power source (like a wall socket), it will send power to any device that it’s wirelessly charging first (like your phone) before recharging itself. (Requires a 5V / 2.1.A wall charger.)
@mwarren I don’t know where that gif is from, but I’ve seen giant piles of plastic when I was deployed to Africa.
It was common for people to throw their trash in the gutter/ditch on the side of the road. Anything that was paper/cardboard was picked out to use as fuel for cooking/heat by the less fortunate. The plastic was left in the ditch because they knew it wouldn’t work for what they needed.
Eventually the piles of plastic got too big, or a rare rain storm would carry it all to a choke point in the ditch. Instead of picking it up, the locals would just light it on fire. (Sometimes on purpose, sometimes an errant cigarette butt). You could see black plumes of smoke all over the horizon as the sun set.
These people didn’t really have environmentalism in mind. They just needed to get rid of the trash.
@ellett True, but I’d rather have that USB-C port there for recharging this device than, say, microUSB or worse, a proprietary connector. You can still recharge your Type-C phone or whatever via the included USB-A-to-C cable plugged into this thing’s Type-A port.
@Atomizer@ellett Now I’m hearing that usb-c connectors are even more fragile than micro-b. I have micro-b now and it is flaky as hell and I’d been looking forward to getting a usb-c phone with power delivery, but now it sounds even worse. Wireless seems like the way to go. Bah. Anyway no wireless powerbanks for me until I get a phone that can use it. These things are somewhat heavier than non-wireless of same capacity, and maybe the size is a bit awkward. Either you want a tiny carry-everywhere one that can keep you going in a pinch, or a big not-so-portable one that you can use around the house or office. Middle size = disadvantages of both.
@ellett@troy USB-C to USB-C is clearly what will be happening in the future more and more. I already do it that way for some of my chargers/devices, and it’s clearly the best choice. In recent years almost all the new chargers (home and car 12V) have had at least one USB-C charge port.
But, yes, due to almost everyone still having lots of “legacy” micro-USB everywhere, you’re right that at the moment, people still use the inferior USB-A to USB-C method. Very possibly that’s why these were sent to the “clearance” bin, i.e. sold on Meh!
@Fuzzalini Hmm that’s good to hear. Is wireless as great as it sounds? I’ve had so many bad experiences with charging cables that wireless charging sounds like a dream by comparison. But the phones that I otherwise like the most (e.g. Pixel 4A) don’t have it so I don’t know whether to hold out for it.
@phr Can’t help you there. Here’s my concern about wireless charging. When my phone is dead and I still want to use it, I still have to plug it in. Maybe it would make me use my phone less, but I constantly use my phone while it’s also charging.
@Fuzzalini wait what, you mean using a wireless charger requires your phone to have enough power to get its wireless charging circuitry going, so you can’t do it if the phone is dead? Or do you mean that it’s practical to talk on your phone while it has a charging cord plugged in, and less so while it’s sitting on top of a wireless pad?
If the latter, yeah, I understand, though maybe you could hold the wireless Mophie pack and the phone at the same time. If the Mophie pack had a clip to attach it to the phone that would make it easier, or there could be a phone pouch that held both the phone and the pack.
@phr No, I mean I play a couple of games that drain my battery like crazy, and I also do most of my internet surfing on my phone. I have fast charging, but I still use my phone while it’s plugged in a great deal.
If I had wireless charging on my phone, I still think I’d be plugging it in quite a bit.
@richrauch I believe that’s actually the intended use of this so it should be fine. As someone noted earlier, this one is a bit thicker and heavier due to including the wireless charge system, so therefore it’s a bit less easy to carry around.
I already have a whole herd of Mophies I’ve bought from this site, but not this one. I did consider getting it as a wireless charge “base.” One nice thing is that it’ll always have a ready charge, and for example, in case of power outage, this will keep you going for quite a while. So think of it like a “UPS for your phone.”
I am surprised that it has USB-C that is input-only (according to an earlier post.) I’m not sure that’s true but it seems like a big limitation if that’s true. I have another Mophie I got here recently, and it has USB-C in/out (it says so on the box.) But no wireless…
@richrauch@pmarin For that approach I’d want to use a much bigger power bank, like 20ah or 30ah, since it doesn’t have to be pocketable (a 30ah one would weigh about a pound). You’d then be able to run your phone a long time, or charge quite a few phones, in the event of a power outage. It would also be good to have 10W instead of 5W of wireless charging power.
Wireless charging is a lot less efficient than wired. Wired is something like 85% of the power gets to the phone, and wireless is 75% when setup optimally. Add in a phone case and unless you align the thing perfectly this is more like a 4,000 mAh battery.
@mthlmw makes sense, but in exchange it’s less wear and tear on the connection port, especially when picking up the phone and forgetting it’s plugged in, and it gets yanked out of your hand, falls the the floor, and shatters the screen.
Yeah. It’s an efficiency loss that is made up elsewhere.
Got mine yesterday (OK technically today at 1am when I got home from work).
Brought one with me to work this afternoon and my phone is sitting on it as I type. It charged to 100% wirelessly with no issue, and now the powerbank itself is charging. REALLY like the fact it does pass thru charging of the phone first, then kicks into charging the brick once the phone is full.
Yep, my thought entirely. I usually use a Qi pad and have several (including these) around the house and at work. I figure I will sub this out for one of them so I will always have a ‘grab-n-go’ bank charged and ready. The other will be in my travel stuff for our next trip away from home. Plus mophie is a pretty reputable supplier.