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The Uvolt Watch Is A Solar-Powered Device That Can Charge Your Smartphone Wirelessly

The Uvolt Watch Is A Solar-Powered Device That Can Charge Your Smartphone Wirelessly

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Some Kickstarter projects are better than most others. The Uvolt Watch, the non-smartwatch that’s still probably better than your Apple Watch, is one such crowdfunding gem.

First things first, as we said, the Uvolt Watch is not a smartwatch. It’s purely analog (gasp), telling you the time with rotating hands and doing nothing else on the surface. Dig a little deeper however, and you’ll realise it’s actually a thoughtfully designed device, with a truly useful purpose.

You see, the Uvolt also doubles as a portable battery pack for your smartphone, which you can wear on your wrist.

How does that work? Well, under the watch panel sits a battery reserve that you can slide out and plug into your smartphone. It’s got a choice of integrated Lightning port for Apple devices, or Micro USB or USB Type-C for Android. Instead, you can even opt for a reserve that has wireless charging capability, so all you have to do is place your smartphone on it.

Here’s where we hit the more important questions like, “If you charge the watch and then use it to charge your phone, how is that better than just carrying a portable charger?” Usually it’s not, but the Uvolt is focused towards promoting green energy, so it has a trick or two.
The watch comes with a wireless charger that gets it to a full battery reserve in just 45 minutes, for when you need it brimming with power for a full day. However, the real work happens from the watch face, which doubles as a solar panel. According to the creators, in optimal conditions, the watch could reach full charge on solar power in a day.

And that’s not all, each link in the watch strap is also actually a miniature battery, all of which are interconnected. That way, when you pull out the Uvolt’s reserve to charge your smartphone, or the watch is running low on power, it can draw from a second reserve to keep running. In addition, these mini batteries are together able to fully recharge the reserve once it’s fully drained. And all of this happens while your watch continues to store power from the solar panel, albeit a bit slowly.
To get a little specific here, the detachable reserve plugged into the watch offers 600mAh of battery life; not enough to get your phone to full charge, but at least enough for a few hours of emergency power until you can get to a charging point.

GWYN D’MELLO MARCH 31, 2017
Some Kickstarter projects are better than most others. The Uvolt Watch, the non-smartwatch that’s still probably better than your Apple Watch, is one such crowdfunding gem.

First things first, as we said, the Uvolt Watch is not a smartwatch. It’s purely analog (gasp), telling you the time with rotating hands and doing nothing else on the surface. Dig a little deeper however, and you’ll realise it’s actually a thoughtfully designed device, with a truly useful purpose.

You see, the Uvolt also doubles as a portable battery pack for your smartphone, which you can wear on your wrist.
How does that work? Well, under the watch panel sits a battery reserve that you can slide out and plug into your smartphone. It’s got a choice of integrated Lightning port for Apple devices, or Micro USB or USB Type-C for Android. Instead, you can even opt for a reserve that has wireless charging capability, so all you have to do is place your smartphone on it.
Here’s where we hit the more important questions like, “If you charge the watch and then use it to charge your phone, how is that better than just carrying a portable charger?” Usually it’s not, but the Uvolt is focused towards promoting green energy, so it has a trick or two.
The watch comes with a wireless charger that gets it to a full battery reserve in just 45 minutes, for when you need it brimming with power for a full day. However, the real work happens from the watch face, which doubles as a solar panel. According to the creators, in optimal conditions, the watch could reach full charge on solar power in a day.

And that’s not all, each link in the watch strap is also actually a miniature battery, all of which are interconnected. That way, when you pull out the Uvolt’s reserve to charge your smartphone, or the watch is running low on power, it can draw from a second reserve to keep running. In addition, these mini batteries are together able to fully recharge the reserve once it’s fully drained. And all of this happens while your watch continues to store power from the solar panel, albeit a bit slowly.
To get a little specific here, the detachable reserve plugged into the watch offers 600mAh of battery life; not enough to get your phone to full charge, but at least enough for a few hours of emergency power until you can get to a charging point.

Take note, this isn’t a device that’s available anywhere just yet. It’s currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter here, where it’s so far accrued $63,567 of a $100,000 goal, with another month to go. In addition, it’s important to keep in mind that a product being funded on Kickstarter doesn’t always mean what you expected will be delivered, especially if the company, like Uvolt, is shipping hardware for the first time. With this in mind, if you still want to back the project, invest with the risks in mind.
The project is offering early bird prices in the range of $119 and $139, depending on when you donate, with deliveries in December 2017. Post that, the device will cost $199 or approximately Rs 12,900.

Sure, an Apple Watch can do a lot of cool things but, for at least Rs 20,000 less, the Uvolt will actually be able to do something useful for a change like charge your iPhone.

Source:indiatimes

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