Surenix releases Power 2, an iPhone battery life companion app for Apple Watch

By , Nov 3, 2016

Power 2 app and notification

Thientam Bach, better known by a large amount of the jailbreak community as Surenix for his design work on high-end themes and jailbreak tweaks, released his first app in the App Store last year called Power.

It was essentially an information-based app that showed data about your iPhone’s battery level on your Apple Watch at a glance. But because so much has changed in iOS 10 and watchOS 3, Bach has released Power 2 in the App Store on Thursday with new features and support for the latest operating systems.

Power 2 – iPhone battery info at a glance

Just like the original Power app, Power 2 is built off of pretty much the same backbone, however Glances aren’t a thing in watchOS anymore, so the app had to be reconstructed for compatibility with the Dock on the Apple Watch.

Inside the app, you’ll see a full-screen representation of your iPhone’s battery level right on your wrist. The app refreshes this information once every 30 minutes, so it doesn’t impact your power usage too much.

The app also provides complications for your various watch faces, which look different depending on the type of watch face you are using:

Power 2 watch face and glance

The complications can tell whether your iPhone is fully charged, is charging, or if it’s in Low Power Mode, and it will indicate this to you depending on the situation.

The app can give you notifications throughout the day based on changes to the power status of your iPhone, such as when it’s done charging and as it reaches different tiers of power. The different power tiers include the following:

• Full Charge
• 95% – 85%
• 55% – 45%
• 20% – 10%
• 9% – 1%

Background App Refresh is required for notifications to work, so you’ll need to enable this feature from Settings → General → Background App Refresh → Power 2 on your iPhone to take advantage of them.

I can’t really say Power 2 is anything truly groundbreaking in terms of functionality, however it’s well-designed by a guy that brings a lot of high-quality concepts to life on jailbroken devices. At just $0.99 in the App Store for a limited time, purchasing his app will give you a new bell/whistle on your Apple Watch and can help go towards a coffee for Surenix.

What are your thoughts on the Power 2 app for Apple Watch? Share in the comments below!

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  • AOGV

    You said it refreshes every 30 minutes? Even as a complication? And if so, is every complication like that?

    • Pablo

      30 mins isn’t that useful if you want to know exactly your battery life, so if that is the goal, this is not as useful

      • 5723alex .

        So just tap the complication for updates.

    • The app does. I can’t comment about the complication.

    • Surenix

      The complication will try to update as much and fast as possible, assuming connection between watch and phone are good.

  • Scott Curry

    I can quickly see exact battery levels from my lock screen on my phone or ipad. Not even a cheap price could get me to buy a less-accurate, barely-quicker visual.

  • Can anyone think of a cool use-case for this? I can’t :/

    • techfreak23

      It’s pretty useful if your phone is charging across the room or in a different room to be able to see your phone’s battery level. I use it fairly more frequently than you would expect.

    • Surenix

      You are about to go Pokémon hunting but you’re at 40%. Time Travel your way a few hours ahead and see how long you can go hunting for.

      • Holy crap that’s actually amazing. Excellent use of time travel!

        PS your work in the iOS scene is inspiring, been using your tweaks for years and loved them.

  • techfreak23

    So he rereleased it as a new app to charge people again instead of a free update to the existing one? Wtf. That’s why I hated getting tweaks from him because it was the same shit in Cydia.

    • Surenix

      We talked about this a lot and a new app was the right choice with everything that changed from watchOS 1 to 3. Native apps, removal of glance and new docking system just to make a few.

      • techfreak23

        I appreciate the response and it does help alleviate some of my frustration. I also supported you during the updates to Auxo and Auki because I know the jailbreak space is a slightly different beast and the tweaks you helped build were more involved than something like this, but I have never gone through this on the App Store other than with games releasing sequels to their titles. You do produce elegant and beautifully designed tweaks/apps and I didn’t notice you hadn’t updated for watchOS 2 so that justifies that a little more, but my frustration stems from not having to do this with any other app that had to go through similar updates.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Battery life on my watch has taken a hit after installing power 2

      • techfreak23

        It’s because of background app refresh. Good idea for a feature but horrible for battery life.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Time to seek a refund

    • nova voter

      I bought it because I used power 1 forever and it was very useful. Not only did I want the new features, but I wanted to kick 99 cents to the dev as a thank you for both versions.

      Because I’m a high roller and 99 cents doesn’t ruin my day or bankrupt me.

      It’s crazy to me how many people buy $800 phones who also freak out about pocket change like it’s a damn home mortgage or car loan.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Bought it and loving it . Makes it way convenient to know about your phone’s battery when it’s in pocket/ bag. Also the notifications are DOP AF

  • 5723alex .

    I have bought the Power app, seems I have to pay again for Power 2 app .

  • 5723alex .

    Battery hog. Ate 80% of my Apple Watch’s battery in less than 3 hours.
    Asking for refund.
    Will reinstall previous version.

  • Tim

    Been noticing an extreme drop in battery life on my watch since installing this app. Have uninstalled it now to run some days without it and see if it was actually the cause of the drop. Hope it’s not to be honest, I liked it.

    • Tim

      It’s been just a day without the application installed and my battery life has increased tenfold. I would not recommend using this app if you’re keen on your battery life and want to run more than 12 hours on one charge.