PodCase may have been ahead of its time. It sure made sense for loyal Apple fans: an all-in-one portable charging solution for iPhones and AirPods. The product also had a fitting parentage, including Pebble co-founder (and future YC partner) Eric Migicovsky. In the end, the project failed to reach the Kickstarter target of $300,000.
For its part, Brooklyn-based Power1 has kept its funding targets on more grounds. The company has hit $48,342 off its $20,000 Kickstarter goal and has already started production, which is currently available for pre-order for $99.
I’ve been playing with a console for two weeks now, before it debuted on Earth at CES. This model isn’t quite ready for production, mind. As the founder of the company told me: Don’t drop it. This means that we are not dealing with finished materials here. But it still gives you a good picture of who you are.
It’s divided into two pieces: a rubber case/shock absorber, and a charging add-on that installs via MagSafe. Modularity is a nice touch – I’ve mainly been using it separate from the battery because, well, I don’t leave my apartment like I did in earlier times.
The battery comes in white or black, with a surround design similar to battery cases from companies like Mophie. Most of the back of the device is monopolized, but for a cutout for the camera unit. To the right of it is the AirPods case with a transparent reversible cover. The battery is charged via USB-C and sports a simple on/off switch at the bottom.
For size reasons, it’s impossible to make a universal case, so at launch you’ll be limited to the iPhone 12, 12 Pro or 13, while AirPods are only compatible with the latest models and not the Pros. One assumes that if Power1 is successful, AXS will extend the availability. We’ll know soon enough if it’s really an idea whose time has come.