The Nomad Pod and Pod Pro both provide a great service for anyone looking to charge their Apple Watch on the go. Maybe you travel for a short periods, maybe you are a heavy user, but if you struggle to keep your Apple Watch alive and ticking, you have heard of (and looked into) Nomad’s portable charger specifically for the Apple Watch. Click on through to read the full review on the Nomad Pod and Pod Pro.
I want to first address the aesthetics of these batteries. The battery has an aluminum “dome” case over where the Apple Watch cord is connected to the battery pack itself. There are notches on the top portion of the battery where you place the cord and lock it in. The dome piece then covers the cord completely, only exposing the MagSafe inductive connector.
While looking good is important, the build quality is also essential when investing in a product like this. I must confess that I was anticipating the outer dome to be unimpressive and not align well. Needless to say, I was wrong. The outer aluminum piece is extremely sturdy, feels great, and does not show finger prints or scratches. The bottom of these batteries also feature a rubberized footprint that reduces friction when place on any surface.
The Pod retails for $60 and comes in Space Gray and Silver. It packs an 1800 mAh battery and is 72mm (diameter) x 25mm (height). Getting 3 to 4 charges on the Apple Watch makes the Pod perfect for your weekend getaway. The Pod ships with a Micro-USB ChargeKey to recharge the battery, which is a very nice addition.
The Pod Pro retails for $100 and only comes in Space Gray. This larger battery packs a whopping 6000 mAh and is 98mm (diameter) x 29mm (height). Nomad claims the Pro can charge your iPhone and Apple Watch 2 times each. I have not tested this, but I can attest that the life on this battery is impressive. I used it for a 5 day trip and only charged my Apple Watch. I didn’t even use half of the battery! One other big addition to this battery is the attached 9.5” lightning cable.
Now that you know each of the batteries, I think there are a few ways to distinguish which you need. A heavy user who is looking for a comprehensive solution to a draining battery, the Pod Pro is the go to solution. If you use your Apple Watch regularly but just need to resolve your weekend charging woes, consider the Pod. Make sure you provide your own Apple Watch cable as Nomad does not provide it. Last thing, Black Friday Deals are good until Monday, November 30th so now is a great time to buy!