When it comes to smart technology, no one is doing it quite like the Apple Watch. Intuitive, contemporary, and incredibly stylish, the Apple Watch enables you to keep up with a healthier lifestyle while simultaneously making you more connected to the world around you. Everything becomes, quite literally, just a touch or a click away.
In order to continue using your Apple Watch on a regular basis, you have to make sure that you keep it either fully charged or at least charged to a certain threshold at all times.
Your Apple Watch will come with its own charger which uses an inductive method to fill up your battery for later use. All you need to do is connect the charger to the outlet and place the back of your Apple Watch against the curved portion of the charging station.
Charging Your Apple Watch Without Its Charger
Unfortunately, there may be times when you do not have access to your charger.
Whether you have lost it, damaged it, or simply do not have it on you the moment you need it, you may wonder if there are any alternative solutions you can use to recharge your Apple Watch battery.
In this article, we will explore if it is possible to charge any version of the Apple Watch without its dedicated charger.
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The Reserve Strap Charger
Soon after the release of the very first version of the Apple Watch, people discovered that there was a hidden port where the bottom band attached to the body of the watch.
When the little cap is removed, it reveals a six-pin port that seemingly serves no purpose to the user.
It does, however, have use to the Apple experts who fix your watch when it runs into issues.
This is the diagnostic port of the Apple Watch which Apple connects to configure and optimize the device software.
In 2015, however, some people discovered that the port might be able to do more than just that- it could actually be used to charge your watch at a faster rate.
Reserve Strap took this concept and ran with it in an effort to produce the very first battery band- an Apple Watch strap that would connect to this port and be able to charge your device on the go, with your watch on your wrist.
They were able to build finished prototypes and were able to demonstrate that conductive charging through the diagnostic port had charged the watch 6-7% more than the regular Apple Watch charger did in the same amount of time.
Unfortunately, Apple was quick to shut down this product and suspend the usage of the diagnostic port for charging purposes, citing risks associated with on the wrist charging such as burns due to overheating and electrical sparks.
A patent was received by Apple in 2017 to produce a battery band for on the wrist charging, but little to no development has been reported on that front so far.
The Batfree Power Strap by Togvu
Later on, in 2019, another company called Togvu, promised to create a charging band that would continue to charge your Apple Watch as you wore it on your wrist.
These were referred to as the Batfree Power Straps. In order to fund the project and ship out a limited quantity of the charging bands, Batfree put out a Kickstarter where people could preorder it for themselves.
Unfortunately, the people who launched the project have not updated on the progress of the development of the chargers in several months and neither have they refunded the individuals who already paid for the product despite not having received it yet.
In The End
All in all, the lesson to be learnt here is that it is best to trust the manufacturers of the device, especially if it is as complex and expensive as an Apple Watch. Any charging devices other than Apple’s own cannot be trusted completely in regards to quality, durability, and performance, and may even end up damaging your Apple Watch in the long run. If any such alternative charging band or solution does make its way into the market in the future, it would be wise to use it only if it is verified or approved by Apple.