A big shout out to eXclaim IP, LLC, makers of Phoozy, for allowing me to capture some photographs and write a review for this space age, mobile phone product. Is it a case or a sleeve or both? You decide.
Read on if you would like to hear what I think...
Over the past few years, I have been continually frustrated with my iPhone batteries dying in the cold while alpine skiing, ski touring or on outdoor photography adventures. In the past, I would literally take my phone out of my pocket and it would die immediately after taking a picture or video. This would put a damper on my day because I prefer to rock out to my music playlists while charging down the mountain. The only way to get it to turn back on was to plug it into a charger - something you can't do on a chairlift or while tree skiing.
Overheating iPhone batteries have also been a problem in the summer time, especially at the neighborhood pool and on the patio at my favorite pub.
The Phoozy has come to my rescue and if you struggle with these same issues, it will enhance your outdoor, mobile phone experience as well.
Outdoors while exposed to extreme cold or direct sunlight and generally anytime you need to ensure that your phone battery doesn't discharge from the cold or shut down due to overheating.
Available for iPhone, Samsung, Google, Huawei and other mainstream mobile phones.
$29.99 Silver with other color options coming soon. Gold is now available in select retail stores and on Phoozy's Amazon page.
Online reports rumor a new XP3 series with Realtree Edge™ and Realtree Fishing™ camo colors. These are expected to become available Spring 2018. That's right around the corner!
I am sending vibes to Phoozy in hopes that they will also send a few of these new designs my way for a follow up review. If they do, I will setup some giveaway contests so that you can benefit from this product too. 🙏
My overall experience with this product was a good one. I put it to the test in the Colorado mountains skiing and on a local outdoor photography excursion in the late afternoon sun.
The first impression that this product gave me when I opened the box was one of intrigue. I pulled it out of the box and noticed that it is extremely light. The reflective material caught my eye in a good way and their marketing material was an interesting read too. I like the clever marketing play on space suit technology and how they have adapted that into their product. However, this product isn't just for astronauts.
Build quality on this product seems to be good. Stitching is solid and burly while both the outer and inner materials are excellent. Two sewn in tabs at the top make it very easy to open and close the Phoozy, even with gloves on. The velcro just inside the opening at the top is strong and grippy as you would expect.
As far as drop protection goes, I did accidentally drop the product with a phone inside from a height of about 3 feet. However, it was difficult to tell how protective it really was because my phone already had a case on it, inside the Phoozy. There was absolutely no damage to the phone or the Phoozy when I dropped it.
I did not get a chance to float their claim of the capsule being buoyant in water. This could be a benefit if using it while boating in the summertime or while at the neighborhood pool, but I would recommend having a thin, waterproof case on the phone in addition to the Phoozy. The Phoozy is not fully waterproof, only water resistant, so be aware of that.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product for outdoor, winter activities in the cold.
I would also like to see a larger Phoozy produced for storing up to 5 DJI Mavic Air drone batteries. This would be a huge benefit during the winter in the backcountry.
In a pinch, when your phone is not inside the Thermal Capsule™, place your phone camera face down on top of the padded Phoozy to protect the camera lens. It can double as a comfy little bed for your mobile phone while at your desk.
👍 Lightweight, padded design at an affordable price.
Definitely extends the life of the phone battery in extreme cold and keeps the device from overheating in direct sun.
Thin to medium thick phone case can also be on your phone while using the Phoozy.
Tabs are great for ease of use and it has just the right amount of padding on the inside to protect your screen.
👎 Slick finish. I didn't like the insecurity that I felt on the ski lift as I pulled it out of my pocket to change the music on my phone. The case felt like it was going to slide right out of my hand and fall out of bounds on the slope below.
Dimensions: 7" x 4"
Materials: Chromium shell™. This shell provides military grade protection from heat, cold and solar radiation. The Impactor Core Layer™ provides military grade drop protection and buoyancy in water. A Space Penetration Layer™ gives the shell durability and the Softtouch Protective Liner™ keeps your touch screen from getting scratched inside the capsule.
Protection: Reflects more than 90% of the sun's energy with military grade (810G 516.6) protection from solar radiation. Rated from 200°F to -32°F.
Note: This is not a phone cooler or heater. It prevents overheating in the sun and extends battery life in cold temperatures.
The Phoozy. I recommend you take one on your next outdoor adventure so that you get the optimal battery life out of your mobile phone.
➳ Phoozy provided products and associated materials for this review. All photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography.