The Apple Watch accessory market is heating up. Battery bands could be early winners, given how unsatisfactory the Apple Watch’s 18-hour battery life is likely to be.
Just as the name implies, a battery band adds an extra battery to the Apple Watch via a secondary band. Exhibit A: wipowerband. It comes in 38mm ($89) and 42mm ($99) editions in various colors. The battery band weighs 20g, includes a 200 mAh rechargeable battery; will ship between May and June; and promises to extend your watch’s battery life by up to two days.
My initial take: I’d rather buy an additional Apple Watch charger ($29 or $39, depending upon cable length) and keep it either in my car or in my downstairs office than add another 20g to the watch’s weight.