Trying to make it through a full day without charging your phone, can be a pretty big hassle. Especially when you’re day consists of around 3.5 to 4 hours of driving per day. Well that’s the struggle that I deal with, in regards to battery life on my iPhone 6. I use Google Maps during my morning and evening commute to figure out the fastest way to get from Baltimore, MD to my job in Fairfax, VA. Combine that with Spotify, the occasional gaming session on my lunch break, and the fact that the cigarette lighter port doesn’t work in my car, it’s a pain to try and get through the day. Sure, you can use a Power bank or portable charger, but I tend to forget to grab my cable, so I’ve been looking for something that will plug directly into my phone without any extra hassle.
The Basics Of The PowerSkin PoP’n 2
Enter the PowerSkin Pop’n 2. There are not THAT many options for power cases that plug directly into your phone without the need for an extra cable, but the PoP’n 2 does just that. Touting 4000 mAh of power in the case, it is advertised to provide up to one and a half full charges for your iPhone 6, and can be easily recharged via a MicroUSB port.
What’s unique about the PowerSkin PoP’n 2 is the way that this attaches to your iPhone. PowerSkin has a set of 32 soft rubber suction cups that will adhere to the smooth surface back of your iPhone without any issues. However, in case you’re worried about having any residue left behind from the suction cups, PowerSkin has included a clear, low-profile, plastic case to put your iPhone in. Thereby making sure your iPhone stays in its’ pristine quality without having to clean it semi-regularly.
Now looking at the bottom of the PoP’n 2, you will notice how you will be able to connect the charging device to your iPhone itself. The bottom features a “Flex Tip Connector” that bends up to 90 degrees, which will help with attaching your iPhone to the PoP’n 2 to just about any case that you have. Obviously, there is a shortly cable in there, so be careful not to flex it too far so that you don’t incur any damage to the charging port. This connector is also removable, and you will notice that one end of the connector holds the lightning adapter, while the other end is micro-USB and plugs directly into the PoP’n 2.
Something else that should be mentioned about the PoP’n 2’s design is how lightweight it is. Now, for something that only holds a 4000 mAh battery, you wouldn’t expect it to be extremely heavy (comparatively), but the PoP’n 2 is actually really light, and at 4.16 ounces, adds almost no extra weight to your device. Of course there will be a little bit of heft added to your iPhone, but not enough to drive you crazy, and is lighter than cases like Otterbox, and obviously LifeProof.
Finally, if you’re wondering on how much battery life is left in the PoP’n 2, PowerSkin planned for this and added 4 blue LED lights on the back of the PoP’n 2 to designate an approximation of how much charge was left. If you want to check the battery levels before deciding whether to charge the PoP’n 2 or not, simply press the button located below the LED’s and they will light up, letting you know how much is left.
Now actually charging your iPhone isn’t just as easy as plugging in the PoP’n 2 and calling it a day, but there’s just one extra step. Once you’ve charged your PoP’n 2 up all the way, and you’re in need of some extra juice to get you through the day, just plug the PoP’n 2 into your iPhone, press the button below the blue LED’s and you’re on your way to a full battery.
PowerSkin also states that you can use the PoP’n 2 with other cases, but there are a few things to take note of before just using it with any case you have. The first is the obvious, in that if you have a leather case, the patented suction cups, may not actually do the job that they are intended for, and I tested this out with a couple of the leather cases that I have, and of course there was no suction to be had. Another is the thickness of whatever case you are using. As was stated above, if you’re using a thicker case, such as an Otterbox, you may have issues with the connector tip over-extending overtime, which may end up causing issues with the cable on the inside of the connector. These aren’t major concerns, but somethings to just be weary of before using the PoP’n 2 with just any case you may have or may be considering.
Battery Life With The PoP’n 2
As for how that 4000 mAh battery actually performs, it should be noted that I was a little concerned with a smaller battery, compared my portable chargers that I have, but that’s to be expected. However, despite my concerns, it’s obvious that PowerSkin decided to go with convenience over power, and they hit the nail on the head with the PoP’n 2.
Throughout my testing, I consistently got the advertised one and a half charges out of the PoP’n 2, but this charging case helped me out more in a pinch than to charge my phone completely. Overall, I could see both using the PowerSkin PoP’n 2 to charge my device fully if need be, or to charge it in small dosages in a pinch.
I’m a sucker for finding different ways to charge my iPhone, considering the fact that I very rarely make it through a full (albeit long) day, however the PoP’n 2 is definitely in my arsenal, and is never very far away from my grasp. If you’re interested in picking one of these up, you can head over to the link below and pick one up for yourself for about $65 on Amazon. If you want to read up some more, head over to the Product Page for the PowerSkin PoP’n 2 and learn more about it. Let us know what you think about this charging device in the comments below, and whether you’re interested in something like this for your arsenal.