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Phoozy's spacesuit case for iPhones and Android devices has evolved

The "thermal capsule," which prevents smartphones from both overheating in hot weather and freezing in cold weather, has been enhanced.

The new enhanced Phoozy XPS series.

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Last year I wrote about the Phoozy, a high-tech sleeve for smartphones made out of spacesuit-inspired materials that was designed to keep your phone from overheating on hot days or freezing up on cold days. It also kept your phone from sinking in water.

I thought the Phoozy was a pretty good concept and worked as advertised. Now there's an enhanced version called the Phoozy XP3. It comes in silver, gold and black, as well as Realtree camo and fishing patterns for $50 (£50, $AU80).

The case is actually larger and more padded than the original Phoozy Apollo case ($30, £30, $AU50). It also has a couple of extra features, including a new stash pocket in the interior and a "multipoint attachment system" that allows you to clip the case to your belt or add a carabiner, lanyard or the Phoozy Tether System. The case is also easier to open thanks to a set of pull tabs on top.

Even an iPhone X with a thick case fits without a problem.

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I'm not sure what XP3 stands for, but the capsule, as I said, feels more substantial and should accept most phones, even jumbo models. The new Phoozy seems even more buoyant than the original.

Best Buy is selling the original Apollo Phoozy for $20 ($10 off) through August 11 (in stores only). For a lot of folks the Apollo should be fine. But if you want even more protection and the benefit of the added features, the XP3 series is worth checking out, especially if you're headed to a hot place this summer -- or a cold place, if you're in the southern hemisphere.

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Here are the Phoozy's key specs:

  • Heat protection to 200F
  • Coldproof rated to -20F
  • Buoyant (float protection) 
  • Price: $50 (£50, $AU80)

Those tabs at the top make it easier to get devices in and out of the thermal capsules.

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