Mogix dared us to test out their new external batteries for six months, and then tell the world how we felt. Believing that motorcyclists should always have a charged phone on them at all times, if only in case of emergency, we accepted. But is the Mogix external battery charger a worthy option for motorcyclists? Adrian and Patrick find out.
Mogix External Battery – 1st Review – Adrian
I’m Adrian, and I’ll be the main author of this review. I work in marketing in the auto industry and moonlight as YouMotorcycle’s founder. I ride a 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M50 and other motorcycles that I review for this site. I take my cell phone and Surface Pro 3 on the road with me daily, and bring a camera with me too on occasion. After several months with the Mogix, here are my thoughts:
There are a hundred worse ways for a motorcyclist to spend $22 than on an external battery. I think all riders can immediately appreciate the value and importance of an external battery charger on long days or long rides. A good ride will take you far from home, sometimes for days at a time. Our vehicles don’t have the same luxuries as their four-wheel counterparts, and our cell phone batteries don’t last.
To make matters worse, a cell phone isn’t just a cell phone to a motorcyclist, is it? To riders, a cell phone is a life line. It’s our GPS, it’s our 911 call, it’s our connection back to our friends, or to our shop when we’re stranded on the side of the road. A motorcyclist’s cell phone is the link back to the pretty girl (or boy) waiting to hear that we’re okay, while we’re out risking our necks to catch some wind in our hair.
The Mogix can be charged via a USB cord to its 2 amp input port. Only a USB cord is included with the battery however, no wall adapter, though it does work with typical iPhone and Android wall adapters. Output options come in both 2.1 amp and 2.5 amp options, meaning you can charge at a fast, or faster speed, or charge two devices simultaneously.
The Mogix scores major points for portability. Is it bigger than other external batteries? Absolutely. But it will recharge your phone up to 5x, rather than just once or twice. If you’re looking for something that will get you through a long weekend of extensive use, this is it. It easily fits in your back right pocket, even in short shorts.
The four-LED indicator shows you how fully charged your Mogix is, giving you a heads up of how much juice the system has before you count it. So far this indicator has proven itself accurate and consistent. I find it most helpful when the system starts to deplete, as an early-warning that I’ll need to charge the Mogix. Usually by that point there is still more than enough juice to get me through the day should I need it, and I can charge the Mogix external battery overnight.
When plugged in, the Mogix external battery will indicate that it is currently being charged, and what the charge level is currently at.
Mogix will also tell you its level of battery charge available simply by taping on the button. iPhone 5S shown for perspective.
Mogix External Battery Charger – 2nd Review – Pat
Patrick (Pat) is our second reviewer. Pat rides a 2009 Yamaha FZ6R and owns a forward thinking start-up accounting firm that embraces technology. He and his team are always on the go, taking care of the financial/accounting needs of small businesses and clients all over the city. On any given day Pat will have with him his cell phone, ultrabook, and bluetooth headset, at a minimum. Here are his thoughts:
With two USB ports, instead one, the charging combinations are endless! I can charge anything from my cell phone and headset, to my girlfriend’s iPhone 6 and even a Microsoft Surface 3. On a camping trip I even charged a Bluetooth speaker and cranked tunes all weekend! The Mogix external battery gets high praise because no matter what it is, if it takes USB, it can charge it.
The size is, in my opinion, perfect. For a 10,400mAh battery it’s very slim, light and not that much bigger than my current 8,000mAh, with only a single USB port power bank. This power bank is very close in size to my Samsung Galaxy S7. Though the Mogix is a little thicker, it’s shorter than the GS7. Which means, it fits comfortably anywhere, in a front or back pocket, tank bag, gym bag, laptop bag or backpack.
It’s been a daily companion since getting it, carrying it around with me in the car or on my motorcycle, to nights out on the town or for work and it’s never let me down. I’ve also let others use it, all coming back with the same consensus: its fast charging and so slim that it easily fits in any pocket or bag without much added weight or discomfort.
For someone looking to carry around more juice, without sacrificing size and weight, this power bank is a great option.
This summer we made a lot of use of the Mogix external battery charger. It continues to prove it’s worth to us both as motorcyclists and as everyday people on the move. The device seems to happily do it’s job and rarely needs charging. The sleek look and size just make it that much more appealing. Combined with a long standby time, ability to withstand the cold, and a battery level indicator, for $22 on Amazon, you really can’t go wrong. Simply outstanding.