Review: Nomad Pod Pro and PowerPack

A few days ago, we also introduced to you the Nomad Hub which is a perfect addition to my desk as a replacement of my previous charging hub that had broken down a while back. Thanks to our good friend at Nomad, we continue to review on their other popular line-ups for power solutions.

Nomad Pod Pro for iPhone & Apple Watch – Buy now at $79.95

Two years back, I got to know about the Nomad Pod, a standalone battery pack for my first Apple Watch. For quite some time, it has been one of my travel companions for its compact size and convenience in usage.

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Not long after the Nomad Pod was introduced, Nomad released an upgraded iteration, namely the Nomad Pod Pro, which has an integrated MFi-certified Lightning Cable to top-up iPhone battery simultaneously, and of course, a three times larger battery capacity at 6000 mAh that is sufficient to charge iPhone 8 and Apple Watch twice each.

There is not much difference in terms of unboxing except for a larger box as the Pod Pro has a bigger footprint. One of the major differences I could notice for the contents of Nomad Pod Pro against its lower-end brother is that it comes with a normal Micro-USB cable instead of the genuine Nomad Key.

In terms of overall design, there is basically no aesthetic difference except the size and addition of Lightning Cable. The Apple Watch magnetic cable installation process is exactly the same as the smaller Pod. We will not go into detail as you can see everything in our previous review.

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For the performance, after testing for about a week’s time, it is stable and performing on par as the smaller Pod. The Lightning charging speed is decent as well.

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But again, as we emphasize in the previous review, the key differentiator for Nomad Pro is portability.. It is a great companion if you own both iPhone and Apple Watch that basically save you from carrying along multiple standalone chargers and cables in the end.

Nomad PowerPack – Buy now at 119.95

Another flagship product from Nomad that we would like to introduce is the PowerPack. It is an ultra rugged, compact 9,000mAh backup battery with integrated Bluetooth tracking namely Located with Tile®. It is advertised to feature fast-charging from both USB C (3A output) & USB A ports (2.4A output), 1.2 meter military-grade drop-resistance, and ambient-light sensing technology.

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Upon unboxing the Nomad PowerPack, you should find the Nomad PowerPack itself, one USB Type-C cable for topping up the PowerPack, a starter guide and some paperwork for Nomad’s prize giveaway.

One of the major features of the Nomad PowerPack is its ruggedness. The outer shell of the Noamd PowerPack is made of durable, polycarbonate frame and built with mortise and tenon joint. And for its relative compact size and light weight, it is extremely portable and travel-friendly that you can easily put into a pocket on your backpack without adding too much bulk and weight to it, while you do not have to worry that it will be crushed or scratched by other stuffs in the bag.

Another great feature that the Noamd PowerPack has that the others do not usually have is tractability. The Tile App supports the Powerpack and you will be alerted with the location when the Tile app comes near your PowerPack, it will alert your phone of PowerPack’s location. So in case you lose it somewhere or put it aside and let it be buried by other stuff, you should be able to locate it right away with this cool advanced feature.

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Last but not least, let us talk about charging speed performance. As there is no app on iOS 11 could support checking the power current and charging speed, I have used my OnePlus 5 phone and the Ampere app from the Google Play Store for testing purpose, so to provide you with certain level of insight on how fast the Nomad PowerPack is capable of charging up a phone.

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OnePlus DashCharge (left) and QC 3.0 (right)

The controlled test environment and conditions are as below:

  • OnePlus DashCharge wall charger via official USB A-to-C cable to simulate iPhone 8 Fast Charging via the 12W wall plug
  • Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger with USB C-to-C cable supports QC 3.0
  • Charged up at similar battery levels
Nomad PowerPack Speed Test 2
Nomad PowerBack 2.4A USB A-to-C output (left) and USB C-to-C output (right)

From the above result, it is found that both ports have similar performance as a normal QuickCharge 3.0 speed, while still quite off from OnePlus’ proprietory DashCharge that pushes way more Amperage over a thick USB-C cable while normal ones are capped at 2A or 3A in general. It is also slower than Apple’s Fast Charging in this sense if we are to apply on iPhones. But looking at what the PowerPack physically is, the performance is very solid and promising that it is comparable with a normal wall charger that can charge up the device pretty quickly.

So what do you think about the Nomad Pod Pro and PowerPack? Let me know in the comment section below.

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