Apple Watch battery life is something that many users are concerned about, but a new accessory that looks to be the first third-party watch band for the Apple Watch aims to fix battery life issues by packing more juice into the wearable.
The Reserve Strap, as it’s called, is the equivalent of an iPhone battery case, where it includes a battery of its own to charge the Apple Watch as you wear it, giving it more battery life than what would normally be the case.
However, since the Apple Watch only supports wireless inductive charging, the strap has to accomplish the same feat when charging the smartwatch itself. The Reserve Strap has embedded batteries that “utilize magnetic inductive charging, similar to the new MagSafe wall charger for the Apple Watch.”
The company believes that the watch band will be able to increase the battery life of the Apple Watch by up to 125%.
The Reserve Strap is already available for pre-order for a steep $249. Obviously, the company doesn’t have a release timeline for the accessory yet, as the Apple Watch itself doesn’t even have a solid release date. However, we should hear more about that on March 9.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated in the past that users will end up charging the Apple Watch daily, but that really just depends on how often you’ll use it. Rumors have suggested that the smartwatch will come with a “power reserve” mode that will allow the Apple Watch to continue displaying only the time on the screen, with no other activities going on.
Numerous things happening on the smartwatch can quickly drain the battery, like receiving notifications and navigating through apps on the device, but the ultra-low power mode will only show the time on the screen and nothing else, acting like a normal wristwatch, even when the battery level is really low.
In any case, Cook says that users will probably need to charge the device every day based on how much you’ll use it, but newer leaked reports suggest that you could get a couple of days out of the battery life with light use.
Still, this is about the same crappy battery life that most other smartwatches on the market are currently getting, and it seems that it’ll be difficult to go a full 24 hours without recharging the Apple Watch.
However, Cook did a great job at spinning bad battery life into a positive when he said that “you’re going to wind up charging it daily” because you’ll use it so much. By this, Cook means that you’ll love using the Apple Watch so much that you’ll end up using it a lot, and because of that, the battery will drain quicker.
The Reserve Strap could ease concerns about Apple Watch battery life by giving it a bit of a boost when needed, but the Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, so it’s certainly something that we’ll have to wait and see on.
The company announced the Apple Watch back in September at its iPhone 6 event, and it didn’t provide every single detail about the new wearable, which is why March 9 will be the day that Apple will most likely provide more details about the wearable before its official release date hits, which will be at some point in April.
During the event, we expect Apple to provide more details about the price of the Apple Watch, because right now we only know the starting price of $350 for the entry-level model. The price of the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition is unknown, although the Edition could cost several thousands of dollars, as the gold alone could cost Apple around $1,000 per watch.