Review: The Power Popper Combines a Portable Charger with a Phone Grip

I am always on the lookout for ways to my iPhone's boost battery life. The folks at Eggtronic sent me their Wireless Power Popper - Ring ($39.99) to try. This portable iPhone charger has a lot to offer. First, it's lightweight, soft, and compact. That's important because Eggtronic designed it to attach the back of your Qi-enabled smartphone. Second, the wireless charging bank comes with your choice of grip: the Power Ring, a 360-degree rotatable ring, or the PopSocket-style Power Popper; you just have to decide which you prefer when you order. You can also choose from assorted colors for the fabric exterior.

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The Power Popper attaches to your phone via adhesive tape, with four extra pieces included so you can reuse the Power Popper when you upgrade phones. But it's otherwise a semi-permanent attachment. I would have preferred a repositionable mechanism, perhaps Velcro or suction cups. The Power Popper recharges via the included USB-C cable and supports charging both the pack and your phone thanks to pass-through wireless charging. The device only packs 1,500 mAh of power, offering about three bonus hours, so that is an argument for buying a second power bank as you could swap charged Power Poppers as needed.

Pros

  • Attaches to back of Qi-enabled phones
  • Charges wirelessly
  • Recharges via USB-C
  • Choice of color fabric exterior with soft-touch edges
  • Choice of Popper or Ring grip attachment

Cons

  • Attachment is semi-permanent
  • Only about three bonus hours from 1500mAh battery

Final Verdict

The Power Popper from Eggtronic is a small add-on battery pack with some useful grip options, but it could benefit from a different attachment mechanism.

4 out of 5 stars

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.