Wearable Phone Chargers: Bracelets, Purses & Solar Dresses
It happened to me again! My phone battery went dead on me right when I needed it most.
After having a lovely dinner with friends, we decide it’s time for us to head home. So we get our coats, scarves and umbrellas – yes, you guessed: it’s pouring outside – and leave the cozy teashop. Each goes their own way.
I get to the bus station. I glance my watch. It’s not that late, only 9 pm. I wait. After 15 minutes, I’m still waiting. There’s no sign of the bus. It must be stuck in traffic or something. Good thing I’ve got my umbrella with me. But it’s getting chilly. I decide I’ll call a taxi. Surely, on a weather like this, no bus is going to show up any time soon. So I take out my phone, tap the side button to turn it on and… SURPRISE! The battery is dead. This can’t be happening to me right now. Will I ever learn my lesson?
I finally get home, two hours later – yes, the bus came eventually! – determined to find a solution.
Ladies, if you’ve ever been in a similar situation, you’ll probably want to read on. I found, not only one, but several solutions – all stylish and up for a BIG challenge: charge my phone on the go, wherever, whenever!
Prepare for some fashion-geek joy!
1. First up, we have a stylish piece of wrist candy: the QBracelet.
At first glance, it’s a beautiful bracelet that easily clips onto your wrist. It’s piece of jewelry that speaks simplicity and good taste. But it’s more than that. It’s a phone charger that can charge a device up to 60%. Here’s the list of specs:
- Built-in rechargable lithium-ion battery
- Charging via USB port to computer system or USB power adapter
- Available with Apple Lightning Connector
- Battery Capacity: 1,160mAh
- Time to charge smartphone: approx. 60 minutes
- Time to charge the QBracelet: approx. 90 minutes
- Charging state shown using four LEDs
- Currently compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6+; soon with Android
- 4 available colours: Matte Black, Matte Silver, Polished Silver, and Polished Gold.
- 3 available sizes
The QBracelet is now available for pre-order – check out the details on QDesigns.com.
2. Next up are the purses: Mini by Everpurse & Everpurse.
I’ve already covered Mini by Everpurse (the wallet version of Everpurse), but since they don’t offer support for a broader range of smartphones – I was telling you about my Android; maybe it’s time I switched to iPhone just for Mini’s sake 🙂 – I’ll go over a few details about Everpurse, a simple practical bag of medium size that:
- Supports 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6, and Samsung Galaxy S4
- Comes in 3 colours: sapphire, black and nude
- Includes charging pocket with a phone dock
- Charges your phone for up to 48 hours
- Needs a special mat that recharges it wirelessly.
3. And finally, there are the clothing items that can charge your phone, like the solar dress.
The thing with the smart accessories I showed you above is there’s already a lot of them. If you really need one, like I do, you just have to take your pick. Now, when it comes to charging smartphones, the #fashiontech industry does not limit itself to accessories. More developments are taking place in the clothing department, as well. And the focus is on renewable solar energy.
Solar garments are generally made from a specific smart fabric that incorporates solar cells, which are small panels that collect the sun’s rays and transform them into a usable power source. When worn in full sun for a couple of hours, these garments can produce enough energy to charge a smartphone up to 100%. Pretty impressive, huh?
My jaw dropped when I saw these prototypes – because, that’s what they are at the moment. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see them on the streets pretty soon. Hopefully, featuring a more fashionable design!
Hmm, I wonder: how would the solar dress react to rain?
What do you think about using an accessory or a piece of clothing to charge your phone? Let’s chat in the comment box below!