moto mods

While we’ve seen many smartphone makers try and fail to sell smartphones with “modular” hardware features, Motorola seems to have been the most successful with its Moto Mods. Okay, they may not technically be “modular” accessories since they attach to the back of Moto Z phones via magnets, but it’s the next best thing, and these Moto Mods work really well.

The nicest thing about Moto Mods is that a number of them are available to buy right now for devices in Motorola’s Moto Z lineup, and even more are on the way. Here’s a quick look at all of the mods, including the new Moto Mods you can buy, along with the older ones, and a few that are scheduled to be released in the very near future.

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Which phones work with Moto Mods?

At the moment, there are actually seven handsets that support Moto Mods:

That’s a pretty solid base, consisting of phones released in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

List of currently available Moto Mods

5G Moto Mod

5G Moto Mod

Verizon has just started to turn on its 5G network, and it’s also begun to sell the 5G Moto Mod add-on that’s compatible with the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4. If you already own one of these phones, you can just purchase the add-on and, if you are lucky enough to live in Verizon’s 5G network, claim to be one of the first to own a 5G smartphone (sort of).

This Moto Mod incorporates the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem for the 5G network connection and it also has its own 2,000mAh battery inside. Normally the accessory is priced $349.99 but Verizon is currently selling it for just $199.99. Verizon does require that customers have a Moto Z3/Z4 on their account before they will sell them the 5G Moto Mod. Verizon only turned on its 5G network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, but more cities will be added in 2019.

Moto Insta-Share Projector

Moto Mod Insta-Share projector

The Moto Insta-Share Projector is perfect for business users who may want to show a presentation on the road without the need for a standalone projector or PC. The projector contains a 100mAh battery and a 50-lumen projector that should last about an hour on a full charge. It also comes with a stiff folding stand that allows the image coming from the projector to be placed on any surface.

The image projected by the Moto Mod can go up to 70 inches at a 480p resolution on a wall. Amazon is currently selling this Moto Mod for $90.

JBL SoundBoost Speaker Moto Mod

JBL SoundBoost

As the name suggests, the JBL Moto Mod offers a much better speaker experience compared to what you get with the Moto Z series out of the box. This accessory has a 1,000mAh battery that will allow the speaker to run for up to 10 hours on a single charge, along with a handy kickstand. This is perfect for people who don’t want to mess with setting up a wireless Bluetooth speaker for their phone.

You can get the JBL Moto Mod speaker on Amazon for as low as $50 in white or black.

Get it at Amazon

JBL SoundBoost 2 Speaker Moto Mod

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The 2017 successor to the original JBL Moto Mod Speaker, this new version comes in two different colors (red and blue) and has a more rounded shape compared to the 2016 edition. Aside from that, the speaker still has a 1,000mAh battery, which should allow it to last up to 10 hours, and a built-in kickstand.

You can buy the JBL Moto Mod speaker on Amazon for the price of $45.

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Hasselblad True Zoom Camera

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera

This Moto Mod camera is made for people who want to own a smartphone, but also want some features that are normally not included in mobile phone cameras. The Hasselblad True Zoom Camera‘s biggest feature is its 10x optical zoom. It also has OIS for photos, EIS for video, two microphones, a Xenon flash, and much more.

You can currently buy this Moto Mod camera on Amazon for $125.

Incipio Vehicle Dock Moto Mod

Moto Mod vehicle Dock

There are tons of smartphone dashboard mounts out there, but the Incipio Vehicle Dock Mount Moto Mod was created specifically for Moto Z devices. The mount itself is made to attach to one of your car’s air vents, and the magnetic back should be secure enough to keep the phone from moving.

You can get this mount on Amazon for $35.

Get it at Amazon

Mophie Juice Pack Moto Mod

Mophie Juice Pack

There are plenty of battery Moto Mods available for Moto Z phones, but the best one is made by Mophie, which has gained fame for a number of battery cases made for other phones. In this case, the Mophie Juice Pack Battery Moto Mod includes a big 3,000mAh battery that is supposed to add up to 60 percent more battery life to the phones. You can snag it at Amazon for $70.

Kate Spade New York Power Pack Battery Moto Mod

Kate Spade Power Pack

Kate Spade, which also makes a number of stylish cases for the Moto Z lineup, has also released a battery pack case for those phones. It’s a bit slimmer than the Mophie, but the battery itself is also smaller at 2,220mAh. You can purchase it at Amazon now for about $41.

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Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod

Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod

This Moto Z battery mod case not only extends the battery life of any Moto Z phone by up to 20 extra hours, but it also supports wireless charging with any Qi and PMA compatible charging pad. The Incipio offGRID Power Pack allows both the pack and the main phone to be charged wirelessly, which should be a big help for many people who don’t want to mess with connecting the phone to a charging cord.

The battery pack is available now at Amazon for $130.

TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack Moto Mod

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Much like the Incipio Moto Mod battery pack, the TUMI Moto Z battery mod not only adds more battery life to any Moto Z device (up to 22 hours of extra use), it also throws in wireless charging via Qi-based pads, adding that support for both the phone as well as the battery pack.

You can get this Moto Mod from Amazon for $180.

Get it at Amazon

Moto 360 Camera

Moto Mod 360 camera

As its name suggests, this Moto Mod camera will add a 360-degree sensor to any Moto Z device, allowing users to create 360-degree images and video designed to be viewed by virtual reality headsets. It has two 13MP cameras with support for taking 4K 360-degree videos at 24fps. It can also take 150-degree videos and images that will be perfect for extra-wide selfies.

The Moto Mod camera is now on sale for $45 in the U.S.

Moto GamePad

Moto Game Pad

This is perhaps the most anticipated Moto Mod of all time. The Moto GamePad will turn your Moto Z device into a portable game console similar to the PlayStation Vita. It adds dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four tactile action buttons to your device, and also includes its own 1,035mAh battery that should offer owners up to eight hours of gaming.

The Moto GamePad Moto Mod is priced at $75 — get it via the button below.

Moto TurboPower Pack

battery pack

The Moto TurboPower Pack is yet another Moto Z battery mod. It not only adds an extra 3,490mAh battery, but it will also charge up to 50 percent of its total capacity in just 20 minutes. It’s priced at $120 and is available now from Amazon.

Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa

Alexa speaker Moto Mod

This speaker is similar to the two JBL SoundBoost Moto Mods but adds support for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. It includes four far-field microphones that are able to pick up voice commands from the owners and handle anything that Amazon’s Echo speakers can do. You can ask it to give you news and weather reports, play your favorite songs, remind you of your calendar appointments, and more.

The speaker includes a battery that is supposed to last up to 15 hours. It’s now on sale for $149.99.

Polaroid Insta-Share Printer

Insta-share Printer

Putting this Moto Mod on the back of your Moto Z phone model will allow you to not only take pictures with its physical camera button, but it then also instantly prints any photo you take with the Moto Mod — or any image you can access online on your phone, for that matter. You can even apply filters and other photo effects to images before printing them.

The photos are printed as 2×3-inch prints that use Zero-Ink Paper, with peel-off, adhesive backs. That allows those photos to be placed pretty much anywhere you want. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer holds 10 sheets of the Zero-Ink Paper, and the printer’s built-in 500mAh battery is supposed to handle 20 prints for a single charge. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod is on sale now for $130.

Moto Stereo Speaker

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This new Moto Mods entry from Motorola is the Stereo Speaker add-on. Like the JBL branded Moto Mod speakers, this product snaps on the back of a Moto Z phone and offers a better audio experience, and even includes an embedded kickstand. The biggest difference between the two is that the Meto Stereo Speaker does not come with its own internal battery, which means your phone’s battery is powering this Moto Mod. The JBL Moto Mod speakers have their own internal battery

The Moto Stereo Speaker comes in red, blue and black colors and is on sale on Motorola’s web site for $50.

Moto Mods Carry Case

Motorola Moto Mod Carrying Case

Finally, you’re going to need a way to carry around all of your Moto Mods. As each accessory is as large as (and some times thicker) than a smartphone, bringing along all of your items can be difficult. 

You can buy the Moto Mod Carry Case from Verizon for $30. The hard-shelled case is capable of holding up to six Moto Mods and accessories.

That’s a look at all the Motorola Moto Mods that are available. Is there another Moto Mod you would like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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