Mophie’s Palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

The Palm phone is not a good phone. It is not a good replacement for a phone. But now it's a phone to join an amazing weird club: now it has a Mophie Juice Pack battery case for $ 59.95, so it's the only device to get a custom case from the accessory company that is not for an Apple phone or Samsung.

Now I understand why someone who actually bought a Palm phone would want a Mophie case for a Palm phone – the device in yes it only has a battery of 800 mAh, that offers a useful life of the battery that my colleague Dieter Bohn described as "frankly atrocious". At 900 mAh, the Mophie Juice Pack for the Palm phone is actually bigger than the phone, so it should help with that, and it adds wireless charging support, which the regular phone does not have.

But I can not, for the life of me, understand why Mophie would take all the time, effort and money to design, design, manufacture, market and sell such a device. Is it possible that there are so many owners of Verizon's exclusive Palm that it's worth repairing, for example, a case for an LG or OnePlus phone?

Add an insult to the injury is the price: at $ 60 for a 900mAh battery, you're paying an outrageous premium for the design convenience, even for the already expensive Mophie packages. (For comparison, RavPower offers a 22,000 mAh USB-C battery pack with 27.5 times what the Mophie package offers for $ 40).

mophies palm battery pack may be the most niche charging accessory ever made

Mophie Powerstation Keychain
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Along with what may be the largest niche battery In existence, Mophie also announced a new Powerstation keychain, which offers a 1,200 mAh battery with a USB cable. C integrated into a convenient keychain shape factor. It is also quite expensive for the amount of cargo it receives, but the small form factor, the integrated cable and the carabiner could be enough to make the balance swing in your favor. If nothing else, at $ 39.95 (for more battery), it's at least a better offer than the Palm phone case.

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