Wearable batteries are essential pieces of kit for the sports enthusiast who needs reliable power for long stints on the move. Whether cycling, hiking, jogging or climbing, your wearable cameras, smartphones and fitness trackers all need portable power, and wearable battery power packs are designed to give it to you.
What Is Wearable Power?
Unfortunately, we can’t stay plugged into the mains when we’re out jogging, and, as such, battery power is an absolutely essential part of any wearable technology. Our smartphones need a charge, our fitness trackers, our wearable cameras and video cameras. Without power, we may as well be strapping wearable stones to our legs and wrists. And that is where wearable batteries come in. Wearable batteries attach to the wearer’s clothes or strap to the body in the same way that does the other pieces of wearable tech that they power. They are small, lightweight, unobtrusive and can carry enough charge to power all of your wearable devices wherever you take them.
Wearable Power Products
Baako has designed a very cool, sleek and robust wearable battery that straps around the wrist like a watch. It’s a shockproof and waterproof external battery pack that delivers up to 60% charge for smartphones. With a lightning connector and USB built into the strap, it’s very usable, very comfortable, and even comes in a range of colors to suit your style. AMPY have created a battery pack that can be strapped onto the wearer’s arm, leg or simply placed in the pocket. It gains its charge through the wearer’s movements, and then that power can be transferred to smartphones, fitness trackers or smartwatches. When cycling strap AMPY below the knee to maximize energy production, or around the leg or arm when out running, or clip it to the waist when walking.
The world of wearables has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years. Pavlok Rise, also launched a bracelet with a smart alarm that will wake us at the best time.
Power: The Biggest Challenge For Wearable Tech
Portable, wearable devices these days do so much more than simply tell the time or count how many steps we’ve taken. They track our fitness, monitor our heart rate, calculate our calories burned, track our distance covered, map our routes taken, and film everything before us every step of the way. Just like the wearers themselves, these myriad and quite complex functions require a lot of juice to keep them running. The problem in the past has always been that the sorts of batteries that carry the power to output the amount of energy needed to keep all of these things ticking over have been rather heavy, bulky affairs. Users have often found that they had to carry these things around in their pockets or backpacks, adding extra weight and uncomfortable inconvenience to their activities. This has indeed proven to be one of the biggest limiting factors in the advancement and adoption of wearable technology. Users simply don’t want to have to carry around battery packs to power their devices, and the devices themselves cannot evolve in functionality without sacrificing on their portability.
Balancing Power With Functionality
Engineers and designers of wearable technology have always the same challenge to face â€“ with the battery often being the biggest single component of a wearable, how can one be fitted into a design that maintains the device’s aesthetic as well as its functionality? Batteries are heavy. They are bulky and awkward â€“ but they are essential to keep each and every piece of technology running. Indeed, the success of any wearable device often depends upon the balance that is struck between energy performance and functionality. We all want our smartwatches to be able to do everything from telling the time to tracking our distance covered when hiking across the Himalayas â€“ but we don’t want to have to charge them up every couple of hours. Thankfully, however, there are now starting to emerge some solutions.