Nomad Plus AC Adapter Review

For everyday charging of your iPhone, the supplied power adapter that comes in your Apple retail packaging will suffice, but if you go places a lot, then having an AC adapter that can not only charge your iPhone, but also store power for charging when away from the plug is a must.

Nomad comes the rescue in this department with an ingenious idea; a special type of AC adapter known as the NomadPlus that includes a built-in 1,800 mAh battery inside.

Forget backup batteries; if you charge your iPhone every night, then you will have more than enough juice with a full charge and the NomadPlus to get you through even a day of heavy iPhone usage.

The NomadPlus is designed in such a way that you can still use your OEM Apple power adapter to charge your iPhone or iPad from any power outlet, so you don’t have to worry about the dangers of third-party AC adapters ruining your device’s battery.

Nomad Plus AC Adapter Port

The Apple power adapter fits very snugly into the NomadPlus. It can only go in one way, as the USB port in the AC adapter must plug into the NomadPlus. Once in, it won’t fall out, and requires a firm grip to pull back out again.

Nomad Plus Apple AC Adapter Infused

The added 1,800 mAh battery capacity inside the NomadPlus lets you get a good charge even when you’re not near a power outlet. Depending on the model of iPhone you have, it can get you from near-dead to somewhere in the 90% range, or it could get you from half-capacity to fully charged.

When you plug the NomadPlus into the power outlet, it gives priority to charging your iOS device, ensuring it charges as quickly as possible. As it charges your device, and even after, the power outlet will fill the internal battery of the NomadPlus with reserve power you can use later on.

Nomad Plus Plugged In

A power indicator is displayed on the front of NomadPlus, with each section of the circle representing 33% of charge. The incremental scale is as follows:

  • 1 section = 33% charge
  • 2 sections = 66% charge
  • 3 sections = 99%+ charge

Notably, even the USB port illuminates when the NomadPlus is plugged into the wall, so if you’re using it in the dark, you will be able to find the port with ease.

The NomadPlus’s internal battery isn’t huge, but it’s just enough to give you a decent power boost throughout the day. This is something you can easily bring with you in your commute to or from work, as it’s not entirely huge by any means.

Because the internal battery isn’t as high as a number of power banks on the market today, it doesn’t make a replacement for a heavy-duty battery pack. That said, you get a power boost from one full charge of the NomadPlus, but you can’t charge your iPhone or iPad repeatedly from the limited 1,800 mAh battery capacity.

Still, to have a product that integrates right into something you use every single day, it offers a lot of convenience by providing you with spare power when you need it, such as when you’re stuck on the bus on your way home from work with only 10% of your iPhone’s battery remaining.

I’ve included a short list of pros and cons below:


  • Integrates with Apple power adapter
  • Small size makes the NomadPlus portable
  • LED indicators let you know of the power remaining
  • Very affordable


  • Battery capacity is limited, so it won’t charge as much as larger power banks

If you think the NomadPlus would make an excellent addition to your iPhone or iPad accessory arsenal, you can grab one from Nomad’s website for the incredible Holiday price of just $13.95. This price is for a limited time only; the retail price for this product is $39.99 any other time of the year.

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Will you be picking up a NomadPlus for your iPhone? Share in the comments below!

  • nova12

    Nomad makes great stuff. Love that company.

  • Rowan09

    Only good for the iPhone 7, 6, etc not the Plus models.

    • It’s good for all of them really, but you get less battery charge for a Plus model. If you’re getting to around 50% of your battery life on your Plus-sized iPhone and you use this accessory, you can get yourself back up to a full charge to continue on through your day.

  • Joshfei

    I like the concept, but I would prefer and would have bought it, if they wrapped it around the 12w adapter.
    It charges iphones and ipads faster, at least that has been my experience with using both.

  • Joey_Z

    $13.95 is not incredible, $39.99 is. For 40 bucks you can buy two 10,000 mAh power banks with some changes. and why design around Apple’s 5w charger…

    • The idea is to reduce the amount of things you have to carry around with you by squeezing the AC adapter you always use into a portable battery. It’s not a replacement for portable battery packs, but not everyone needs such a huge battery either because of the way they use their devices. This reaches a different kind of audience who are looking to downsize their travel bags.

  • Krepler

    “The NomadPlus is designed in such a way that you can still use your OEM Apple power adapter to charge your iPhone or iPad from any power outlet, so you don’t have to worry about the dangers of third-party AC adapters ruining your device’s battery.”

    That’s gotta be pretty inaccurate.. The OEM charger will charge the Nomad but the Nomad has its own output and at 1 amp, that’s a slow charge.

    All they’ve done here is make a small powerbank that you can consolidate with one type of charger.

    The only pro I see, if you’re willing to spend anything at all on this, is that it MIGHT be able to charge your phone WHILE charging the bank, saving from having to charge them separately.. Maybe.

    • I don’t think this is inaccurate. 1 amp is not going to ruin your device’s battery, but besides the point, when NomadPlus is not being used as a battery, it allows the Apple charger to pass right through to the iPhone at its normal operating charge rate.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I happen to own the old version of the wall plug, so I’m out of luck!

  • Whatya_know_joe

    I bought 2 of these about 3 years ago. They lasted around 2 months. Maybe this time thru they are more reliable.