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Prong 1050101 PocketPlug Protective Case with Built-in A/C Charger for iPhone 5/5S/5SE – Black
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- IPhone case with an integrated wall charger,compatible with the new iPhone 5SE
- Flat folding plugs for maximum portability - the plugs are easily deployed and retracted with the flick of a finger
- Micro USB port - a micro USB pass-through lets you charge your iPhone with a micro USB cord
- Enhanced audio - the pocket plug is designed to enhance the quality of the iPhone speaker and microphone
- Quick charging technology - the pocket plug was engineered with the most advanced charging technology on the market to ensure a super fast charge
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The pocket plug is the first iPhone case to feature an integrated wall charger that folds flat to provide maximum portability. The automated plug deploys easily and allows you to plug your phone directly into any outlet. No cords required.
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I thought it would be a great convenience to have a case that I can just plug into any power outlet at any time, and I was right about that. Really, it was a huge improvement, even more than I might have anticipated.
I also have to compliment the build quality of this case, which seems excellent. It's made of very sturdy plastic that has just a tiny bit of tiny give to it, and it feels like it would protect my phone well if I were to drop it. The two pieces slide together with just enough friction to make me feel like they'll stay together securely, but not so much friction that it would be hard to remove the phone from the case when I want to.
This case really just doesn't work for me ergonomically. At all. It's considerably larger than the simple case that it was replacing. about twice as thick, and the bottom part sticks out about half an inch from the phone. It's heavier than my old case, and all of that extra weight is concentrated in the bottom part that protrudes past the phone, where the lever arm is the longest. So the case feels uncomfortably unbalanced. It has a smoothly rounded back, with no little flanged ridges around the sides, and I find it hard to get a good solid grip on it. If I'm handling the phone hundreds of times a day, as we all do, I'm going to drop the thing.
Another problem: there are just simple cutouts for the power button on the top of the phone and the volume buttons on the side, rather than little tabs that transmit your touch to the buttons when you depress them. So, in order to push the buttons, you have to kind of reach your finger through a deep hole in the relatively thick case. I find it particularly hard to operate the volume buttons. As I reach my finger into the hole in the case, my grip changes a little bit, and as the back is rounded, slippery, and flange-less, it really doesn't feel secure at all.
Those are the big problems with this case. There are a few other minor things that don't really bother me. For one thing, the little mini-USB plug can only be used for charging the phone, not for data connections. Some people won't like that. I don't mind it, and in fact it's kind of a plus for me, because every time I plug my phone into my car's USB port to charge it, the car starts playing music and trying to download contacts or something, and all I really want to do is charge my phone. Another drawback is the fact that with this case, in order to get to the headphone jack, you have to reach your headphone plug all the way through a deep hole that has been cut through the bottom of the case. That's inconvenient, and some thicker plugs won't fit through there at all. Every one of these cases comes with a little male-to-female extender adapter thing, so that even thicker plugs can still be used. But that's a really poor solution, and Prong should be embarrassed to send something so cheap-looking and ineffective with their product. I'd lose that adapter within ten minutes of trying to carry it around in my pocket. And besides, if I were willing to carry something around in my pocket, I'd carry a phone charger, and I wouldn't need this case.
I guess I'll sell my case, or give it away, or something. Trying it out for a few weeks has totally convinced me that having a case with a built-in AC plug is a huge win. But I'm not actually going to have and use such a case, until Prong or someone else comes up with a better design.
Plug lifts out and flips back down easily. Seems durable. Used it for 2 weeks now and still get a kick out of how convenient it is. And there is certainly the "cool" factor with friends / co-workers due to its novelty.
BUT: 1) as there is no way to charge the phone with a traditional, corded apple charger with the case on, this is kind of a pain when I've needed to: use my phone when the battery is low as I'd normally just plug it into a charger and use the cord from the wall to hold the phone to my ear. Now you have to either use speakerphone or make sure you have ear buds handy.
2) can't use my iphone car charger with the case on so if your phone is low when in the car, you have to take the case off, find a place to stash the 2 pieces, plug your phone in the car charger and then reassemble when you get out of the car.
Now, the case does come with an alternative and added port to charge using the same style charger as other phones and kindles. This would negate having to take the case off in the above scenarios but as I have my apple chargers already in possession and installed in my car, swapping these out is a bit of a nuisance.
Althogether, however, very happy to not have to think about carrying a charger around...just need an outlet and you're ready to roll!
I have been using this case for almost two days now and will update this review if anything changes. Also, I did not receive this item for free or at any discount for this review.
He found it very useful. He considered this case "bad ass."
He upgraded to the iphone 6 plus so he no longer needs this case.
I started using the case after he upgraded and I didn't like it so much because I don't lose my chargers and having to take the case off to charge my phone when I wanted to use my phone was somewhat of a hassle I got bored dealing with. The charging port being non-apple, it makes only having that particular input cable for the case around somewhat troublesome. .
But overall, the case feels good in the hand, its useful, and sturdy.