Despite the initial blitzkrieg when it beat other wearables to pulp, the Apple Watch has inherited the genetic disorder plaguing most Apple devices- poor battery life.
The concept has dug in so deep that customers already knew what they were going for when they placed online orders in the thousands for the most anticipated wearable ever. Even when Apple didn't appear to be too talkative about the battery, Apple fans across the world were keener on the looks, numerous watch faces, curious little apps and premium designs.
Now that most Apple Watch owners would like to see their watches juiced up a bit to avoid tethering them every now and then, Reserve Strap have come up with customised battery straps for the Apple Watch which can add up to 30 hours of battery life.
This would mean that users may now be able to charge their devices at least once in every two or three days. Infrequent users may not really bother with charging for as long as a week.
Crafted from specialized 'Thermoset Elastomer silicone rubber', the Reserve Strap band can fit both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches. Three Lithium Polymer cells, placed inside the strap, work in tandem to charge the Apple Watch while on the go through a micro USB port. The band does not use Apple's magnetic, inductive charging method for the watch. The company says this was done so as not to interfere with functioning of the watch's sensors.
The band itself can be charged through a micro USB cable which will be supplied separately by Reserve Strap and is water-resistant as per Apple's standards. Available in white, grey and black colour options, we are not sure if these bands are really made for the premium Gold Apple Watch, even though their compatibility with the Sport version would be just fine.
Reserve Band says that the band design has been finalised and that the band will start shipping from November 3 this year. All bands for both 38mm and 42mm watches and in all colour options are available on pre-order for $249.99 each, which should be £158 here. Reserve Strap will charge an additional $20 for shipping the band outside the United States.