Phoozy Thermal Capsule™ Review

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.

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USE:

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.

PRICE:

$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 REVIEW:

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.

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PRO TIP:

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.

RATING:

👍 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.

SPECS:

  • 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.

5 Excuses That Keep You From Getting Outdoors

Today’s focus is on those negative stories you are telling yourself. They are keeping you from getting outdoors!

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STORY #1 – I DON’T HAVE TIME

This first roadblock is a biggie!

One of the biggest myths keeping people from getting outside is the statement, “I don’t have time.” It is the belief that there is not enough time in the day when one works a full time job, has family relationships and other commitments.

However, the truth is that there will be time if we consistently make it a priority in our lives.

So how do we do this? Here are some tips:

  • Start small
    • Head outside for a 15-20 minute walk during your lunch hour.
    • If you live within 10 miles of the office, do some research on routes and ride your bike to work 2 days per week.
    • Before your evening comes to an end, take a quick walk around the block or sit out on your patio.
  • Plan ahead
    • Visualize how you will get outside tomorrow and where you can fit it in with your schedule.
    • Block it out on your calendar so that you are reminded to get outside and so that nobody else stomps on that replenishment time.

STORY #2 – THERE’S NO NATURE CLOSE BY

This story is just flat out baloney.

There is nature all around us. It resides in our backyards, down the block, around the corner and within a short drive. Of course there are other natural wonders, national parks and state parks around that you could make a day or weekend trip out of too.

If you feel that your area is limited, do a quick search over at the Outdoor Project . There you will find a wealth of information on quick micro adventures, camping and longer hikes if you feel so inclined.

STORY #3 – IF I FELT BETTER TODAY I WOULD GO OUT

This one normally traps me.

As we get older, the aches and pains from exercise become more prevalent.  We get the occasional head cold or flu bug that bogs us down. It’s okay to let the body rest and recuperate. However, these things shouldn’t set us back weeks at a time.

After a couple of days of recuperation, make a habit to get back out for a walk. Gradually increase your activity until you reach your targets again.

Do you often complain about the aches and pains? Do you put off getting outside because you are not feeling well?

These are warning signs that we should be aware of. Ask a friend to help you recognize when you complain and to keep you accountable on those days you miss your meet up with them at the trail head.

STORY #4 – WEATHER FORECAST DOESN’T LOOK GOOD

Starting small and getting past stories 1, 2 and 3, will encourage us to shun thoughts about how the weather looks outside. 

We can tell ourselves that it is too cold or too hot outside and that we will get to our exercise outdoors once things calm down or are more comfortable.

I hear a lot from people on this subject and it goes something like this:

“It is just too hot this afternoon to go for a bike ride. I will get to it later in the week when the temperature cools off.

It is too cold this morning to go for a long walk with the dog. Maybe we should go this afternoon instead?”

How do we overcome this trap? Here are some tips:

  • Deal with the heat
    • Go outside early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is not at its peak.
    • Wear light clothes that breathe and wick the sweat from your body. This will keep you cool and dry.
  • Deal with the cold
    • Dress appropriately and layer your clothing for the best results. Layering can actually be fun and look cool too. It will give you that extra motivation you need to get outside when it is cold.

For help with choosing a good layering system, check out my review on one of the Patagonia base layers that I recommend.

STORY #5 – I AM NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN

We are almost there, but the last mile of the journey always seems the longest. We can do this!

Don’t let “not knowing where to begin” paralyze you and keep you indoors.

My biggest piece of advice that will help you get outdoors is…wait for it…JUST START. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

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A few years ago, I was paralyzed with my photography. I had numerous people telling me that my photographs were good, but I didn’t have a clue what to do about it. I thought that it would be so cool to see some of my work real big on other people’s walls. I also was intrigued by those in the industry that make a living solely on photography.

I kept telling myself stories that I wasn’t as good as others around me and that I had to do certain things to be successful. Quite frankly, I was completely overwhelmed by other photographers that told me it wasn’t worth it this day and age because of mobile devices and the Internet. I was convinced that I couldn’t do social media, blogging and everything else that came along with being a photographer, all by myself. That wasn’t the case at all, but those negative stories that I was telling myself were holding me back from even trying it.

Once I started, put myself out there into the world and stopped worrying about what other people would think, I began getting clients. It was an amazing lesson and it gave me the momentum I needed to develop more skills to help others around me.

I say all of this just to get the point across, that if you JUST START, you will get yourself outside more often.

By getting outside more often, I know that you will be invigorated by nature. Some have called this the “nature effect” where you experience a type of renewal each time you set foot outdoors. This will give you renewed energy, encourage a more healthy lifestyle and will put a smile on your face 😀.

Let’s overcome those negative stories that we have been telling ourselves and get out there!


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Part 107 – Study tips for the drone pilot exam

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I have to tell you that I am pretty psyched that I was able to pass the Part 107 FAA Drone Pilot Exam fairly quickly. I also want you to know that with a little patience and dedication, you can totally do this too! You DO NOT need to take one of those expensive prep courses or pay an enormous amount of money for a flight instructor to mentor you. This was one of the most important things I learned during the process.

Benefits to passing the exam:

  • Fly commercially – which means that you can get paid for your production imagery or use your drone to do agricultural surveys and aerial mapping. This will give you many new possibilities for you to make money with your drone. Literally, the sky is the limit on the number of opportunities there are available to you. You can check out the following websites for ideas and job leads once you are certified.
  • Set yourself apart – you will be able to distinguish yourself as a certified drone pilot among the sea of hobbyists that are out there charging clients illegally. If you are going to make business transactions with your drone, you need a certification in order to transact legally in the United States.
  • Have more fun – seriously, you are really going to enjoy flying your drone and learning about aeronautics as you get certified. It will open up a new world for you intellectually and creatively. You will learn about weather patterns, FAA regulations, airspace, sectional charts, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making and radio communications.

My tips:

  1. Schedule your exam – without setting a deadline for yourself, you may never get around to it. Head over to CATS now and find a testing center near you.
  2. Visit the FAA website – review all of the resources available to you on the FAA UAS website.
  3. Download the Remote Pilot’s Study Guide – read it in its entirety. This will really help you build a solid foundation in your understanding of what will be on the exam.
  4. Download the Charts Users Guide – this will prepare you for understanding sectional charts which are a large majority of the exam questions. You need to make this a primary focus of your study to be successful on the exam.
  5. Download the FAA Drone Pilot (UAS) Test Prep app for your mobile device – this app by Dauntless Software is expensive for an app, but well worth it. This is the only $$ I spent in addition to the $150 exam fee. The app enhances your learning by using flashcards, quizzes and a unique “learn by listening” feature that is a huge benefit for auditory learners.
  6. Watch Tony Northrup’s YouTube video multiple times – it is called FREE Drone Certification Study Guide: FAA Part 107 sUAS Test and it will walk you through all of the key information that you need to know for the exam. Seriously, watch it more that once and you will be impressed by how well it can help in your exam prep.
  7. After you pass – wait 48 hours and then register and apply for your remote pilot certificate on the FAA’s IACRA website. In about 10 days from filling out that application online, you will receive your temporary certificate. It normally takes 6-8 weeks for the FAA to issue your permanent remote pilot certificate.

Again, don’t fall prey to all of the hype on the Internet about online training courses for this exam and don’t waste time watching 30+ lectures. Follow my tips above, be confident in your abilities and go pass that sucker!

Add value to this post by adding your questions or tips in the comments section below.

Best of luck to you!

JPL  www.johnlaguardia.com