Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Finally, a MagSafe battery pack that doesn't look like a brick (and it charges quick, too)

Casely's Power Pod can power your phone, earbuds, and other electronic devices, and its design brings exactly what the battery pack market needs -- style.
Written by Kayla Solino, Associate Editor
Hand holding up Casely Power Pod
Kayla Solino/ZDNET

ZDNET's key takeaways 

  • Casely's Power Pod MagSafe battery pack combines form and function effortlessly.
  • The $60 battery pack can boost your devices with up to 5,000mAh of added juice via USB-C charging or wireless charging (Qi and MagSafe). 
  • If you're purely after a powerful or multifunctional battery pack, you're better off with alternatives with more features like credit card storage or kickstands.

There's no denying the usefulness of battery packs, especially those designed with MagSafe technology. They offer an endurance boost for your devices when you're on the go, in an emergency, or traveling abroad. But let me address the elephant in the room: they're often dull in appearance, uninspiring, and, dare I say, ugly. 

I'm talking, thick, brick-like, boxy battery packs in the same old boring colors (though a few brands have released some colored versions here and there) that look about as technologically advanced as my mom's first cell phone did in the 80s -- which is great, if you're into the 80s (I've been told it was the best of times). 

Also: This monster 240W charger has features I've never seen on other accessories

But I stray away from many MagSafe battery packs due to the clunky designs, choosing to stick mostly to traditional USB-C battery packs for my charging needs. Because let's be real, you won't catch me out with a hideous traditional MagSafe brick. Then I met the Casely Power Pod. It combines all the necessities of a battery pack with a refined understanding of consumer aesthetics that makes my Gen-Z heart sing. 

View at Getcasely

After testing the Power Pod non-stop for the last week (seriously, it came home with me, went on several errands, and even went to the bar this weekend), I'm impressed by the multi-functional charging capabilities and sleek, ergonomic design that flawlessly integrates with my iPhone case, for a price of $60

Also: The best MagSafe battery packs of 2024: Expert tested 

The Casely Power Pod battery pack uses MagSafe technology to snap onto the back of your iPhone or adapter-equipped device. This pod will attach to and charge through any case that is MagSafe compatible or any case that is wireless charging compatible, and Casely even includes an adhesive magnetic ring that attaches to any non-MagSafe case or device which will turn it into a MagSafe-compatible accessory. 

It offers 5,000mAh of battery capacity and a max wireless output of 15W that can be used three ways: as a MagSafe battery pack, as a Qi charging pad for things like wireless earbuds, or as a traditional battery pack with a USB-C cord. 

How long does it take to charge a phone?

After starting with a fully charged Power Pod (indicated by four LED lights at the bottom of the pack), my phone went from 47% to 83% after an hour of MagSafe charging. I still had 50% charge left in the Power Pod, indicated by two remaining lights on the pack. 

The Power Pod can also charge itself up via a USB-C while charging your phone via MagSafe (I tried it). When I used the Pod as a Qi wireless charging pad, my AirPods Pro 2 went from 75% to 100% in about 45 minutes, and I still had more than 25% of battery remaining in the Power Pod. 


I used the Power Pod as a wireless charger for my AirPods Pro 2. 

Kayla Solino/ZDNET

In comparison to other MagSafe battery packs that ZDNET has tested, I was happy with the charging rate and speed, and it is on par with similar 5,000mAh packs I have tested. Of course, the exact charging speed of my iPhone 14 Pro each time I used the Power Pod depended on factors like how many devices I was simultaneously charging and where my battery level was to start with.

But Casely's secret weapon isn't the Power Pod's charging capabilities, it's the uniquely crafted ergonomic shape and designs. The Power Pod is available in 50 different colors, patterns, and prints, and that's just unparalleled in the MagSafe battery pack market. 


The Casely Power Pod next to the Mophie snap+ juice pack mini wallet -- another MagSafe accessory I am currently testing. 

Kayla Solino/ZDNET

I'm admittedly a greedy consumer; I want style and personalization to reflect in my tech -- especially one that's affixed to something as visible as my phone. This is exactly why the Casely Power Pod has gone everywhere with me since I unboxed it. 

Also: I hiked with Garmin's 'unlimited battery' GPS tracker and it made life so much easier

Not only is it everything I expect from a MagSafe charger, but it's uniquely portable and stylish in a way that competitors haven't caught up with yet. It fits into my tiny, trendy "going-out" bag (which for the record, barely holds my iPhone 14 Pro, a cardholder, and a lip gloss), and when I need to take it out and use it, it's cute, fun, and another outward projection of myself that I can control.

Kayla Solino/ZDNET

Casely's Power Pods can also be matched with the brand's phone cases, creating a near-seamless illusion between where your phone case ends and where the Power Pod starts. The combo I tested was the prettiest lavender heart pattern, cutely dubbed "Love Song" for Valentine's Day. As someone who appreciates when products can offer style and sustenance, Casely knocks it out of the park on aesthetic appeal. 

Also: This Baseus charging station provides compact power at a great price

Diving beyond the obviously unique color and print offerings, the Power Pod also stands out for its shape. There's no boxy, oversized battery here. Instead, at only 3.2 ounces, the Power Pod is slightly thinner than many competitors and noticeably more rounded off than other battery packs I have tested. It was clearly designed with user appeal at the forefront. 

ZDNET's buying advice

If you appreciate aesthetics, are looking to upgrade your MagSafe charging pack, or have just been holding out on trying portable battery packs because you didn't want to be caught walking around with a Megladon-sized puck -- Casely's Power Pod is a solid (and stylish) option. 

Unlike bulkier battery packs, the Power Pod provides an on-par 5,000mAh of battery power while still being sleek, fun, and eye-catching. Although $60 may seem a bit much for a battery booster, it's comparable to other MagSafe battery packs that ZDNET has tested, which mostly fall between the $40-60 range. Plus, the Power Pod packs all the punch with color and design -- and sometimes, it's the little things that are most worthy of paying an extra few dollars for. 

Editorial standards