All smartwatch owners have had that time when they’re warned about a low battery level and think, “If only I didn’t have to recharge my smartwatch.” Apple Watch users in particular are more frustrated with this problem than most: while Android Wear smartwatches often last 36 hours, the Apple Watch may get 18 hours if you’re optimistic, with 5 hours of on-screen time as a generous estimate. Meanwhile, smartwatches such as the Gear S (2014) and the Gear S2 (2015) from Samsung provide 2-4 days of battery life. So, with that said, it seems as though the Apple Watch could always use more battery life.
One Kickstarter company wants to change the disappointment of the Apple Watch battery by introducing the concept of mobile batteries to match mobile devices. In walks the Prime Power Strap for Apple Watch.
The Prime Power Strap, created by Taipei, Taiwan company Brilletark, is a Kickstarter project that seeks to give Apple Watch users the chance to always have battery power with them – on their wrists. The Prime Power Strap contains 2 150mAh batteries that are slightly smaller in size than the battery in the Apple Watch (205mAh), but the two combined equal 300mAh (which should power your Apple Watch for an additional charge). Whenever your Apple Watch battery is getting low, the additional batteries will supply power. Whenever one of the new batteries is dying, you need only take it, place it in the white mobile battery bank and allow it to charge quickly again. After it recharges, you can reinsert it into the Prime Power Strap to extend your Apple Watch’s battery even further than usual.
There are some drawbacks to the Prime Power Strap, however. First, the strap itself is rather bulky. It makes the Apple Watch look as though it’s a smart communication device out of the Transformers movies or something along those lines. The watch band looks bulky and looks as if you need only stick your wrist out and “blast” an evil enemy. I’m sure that it’s probably been drawn in the Marvel Comics saga at one point. This doesn’t make it bad by any means, but it does take away from what some think of as “thin and light” and the usual fashion appeal.
It seems as though the battery sizes are rather small to help with the recharging issue; since the Apple Watch battery is 205mAh, it seems to be a bit on the small side to make two batteries that together equal one charge instead of creating two 205mAh batteries that would lead to two additional charges for the Apple Watch. Still, this will make a nice option for those who need a slight extra charge until they can get home to juice up the old-fashioned way. 18 additional hours of battery life should more than hold up for those who just need to make it through a nice dinner on the town or a quick, after-hours business meeting.
For those who are interested, Brilletark is raising $30,000 toward the effort, with the company promising to deliver the Apple Watch power strap in July 2016 (7 months from now) with a selling price of $239. If you’re interested, you can visit Brilletark’s Kickstarter page and pledge your financial support.