The PowerPod is a good charger for MagSafe-compatible phones, but the price tag is higher than similar products.
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Portable power is essential these days and even though I work from home, I still arm myself with a power bank when I leave the house because I just can’t find myself without power for my phone. I have a small menagerie of portable batteries and have found that the ones I use the most are the magnetic ones that are compatible with MagSafe. While they are very useful, they usually have a style that is somewhat bland. They come in a barrage of solid colors and well, they can be a little boring. Fortunately, Casely had a line of power banks that come in a variety of prints and patterns.
About PowerPod from Casely
The Casely PowerPod is a portable magentic battery pack for any wireless charging-compatible device. It has the added feature of MagSafe compatibility for iPhones, but any device that has the ability to charge wirelessly can benefit from this charger. The PowerPod charges using USB-C, which can also be used to charge wired devices. Casely included a magnet ring, which can add the magnetic functionality to non MagSafe phones. The power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, which will provide up to 80-100% battery life for most phones. The PowerPod does support passthrough charging, which means you can charge your phone while the PowerPod is connected to a power source for charging.
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- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- Wireless Output: 15W Max
- Charging mode input: USB-C to USB-C cable (included)
- Dimensions: 3″ x 2″ x 1/4″
- Weight: 3.2 oz
- Built-in Magnet: Compatible with iPhone 12 & later (with MagSafe® compatible case). Power Pods can be attached to Non-MagSafe® devices & cases using the Adhesive Magnetic Ring (included)
- Wireless Charging: Compatible with Qi Wireless Charging Phones, such as iPhone 8 & later, Samsung, Google, Airpods 2, AirPods Pro, AirPods 3
- Corded Charging: Compatible with all devices. Requires USB-C charging cable (not included)
Pricing & Availability
The PowerPod comes in a basic cardboard box with an illustration of the product on the front. There aren’t many details included about the product, but there is a QR code stamped on the back. Unfortunately, it does not lead you to the device’s product page. It goes to Casely’s Instagram account. When you remove the charger from the box, you will find that it comes with a a USB-C charging cable, user manual and a small kit that contains the optional magnetic ring.
Out of the box the PowerPod had a 75% charge, which was indicated by the LEDs. The function of the power bank is fairly self-explanatory. You attach it to the back of your MagSafe compatible iPhone and press the power button once. Charging begins and will continue until the battery is depleted, you disconnect the charger, or turn it off.
The stand out feature of this particular power bank is its decorative skin. Casely designed these battery packs to match their phone cases. It’s a unique design feature that certainly makes a statement, but I’m not sure it’s worth the premium price tag. Other magnetic power banks with a similar capacity range in price from $15 – $40. The Anker MagGo power bank has a list price of $59.99, but it also includes a built-in stand.
I did a standard charging test using the PowerPod and an iPhone 14 Pro. I attached the battery to the phone and recorded the charging progress every 10 minutes for a 30-minute time period. The phone started with a 63% charge and gained 17% during the course of the test. This provided a charging rate of 0.57% per minute. I did notice between the 20-27 minute mark that the phone reached the 80% mark, which means trickle charging went into effect. With that in mind, I looked at the charging rate for the first 20 minutes of the test and calculated a charging rate of 0.70% per minute, which was closer to other MagSafe power banks I’ve tested.
The battery did heat up a bit, but it wasn’t any higher than 108º, which is still a very safe operating temperature.
Overall, the PowerPod provides a solid charging option while you are on the go and the user doesn’t have to sacrifice their personal style in order to use it. The unique skins that are provided with this power bank are stylish and sleek. Ultimately, the price doesn’t seem to justify the additional design feature, but it’s a good charger to keep with you when you are on the go.