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  • Demo Video From Reserve Strap Shows Faster Charging via Apple Watch's Hidden Port


    Interest over that hidden port underneath the Apple Watch's band-mounting area is growing, especially by a company called Reserve Strap, which is planning to produce an Apple Watch wrist strap that can act as an external battery pack and keep your Apple Watch alive longer throughout one single charge using the hidden port.

    It was recently discovered that Apple too uses that port for keeping the Apple Watch charged while on display in Apple Stores, so Reserve Strap could very well be onto something neat here.

    But for the nay-sayers that continue to doubt using an unnamed and undocumented port for charging, Reserve Strap has uploaded a new video to YouTube that demonstrates not only that the port can be used for charging, but also that it can charge the wearable device marginally faster than Apple's inductive magnetic charger can.

    You can watch it below:



    While it appears to have better charging results, they are definitely marginal, but the external battery pack added to the Apple Watch comes with the additional benefit of longer-lasting life before it needs to be charged back up again.

    Some additional notes explained by Reserve Strap note some additional benefits to using the 6-pin hidden port:

    Quote Originally Posted by Reserve Strap
    Over the last month we have done extensive charging through the 6 pin accessory port of the Apple Watch in a variety of conditions. We made a short video documenting a charging speed test we performed between the Apple Watch wireless charging cord and our own 6 pin accessory port charging.

    Some interesting observations were:

    - Charging using the 6 pin accessory port is slightly faster than wireless inductive charging.

    - No charging icon appears on the Apple Watch during 6 pin accessory charging. This is likely to avoid unnecessary screen clutter when using smart bands. We're accounting for this by including a simple LED on the Reserve Strap to indicate charging state.

    - While not apparent in the video, there was less ambient heat radiated on the back of the Apple Watch using 6 pin accessory port charging compared to wireless induction.
    It does come at a hefty price though. Reserve Strap will be available for $249.99. Ultimately, you have to choose if the price is worth the additional battery life, but at least it looks stylishly similar to Apple's Sport bands and doesn't look terrible.

    Sources: Reserve Strap
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Demo Video From Reserve Strap Shows Faster Charging via Apple Watch's Hidden Port started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Cool idea. Haven't needed any extra battery myself yet. Normally at around 60% battery at end of the day on mine.
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      A $250 spare battery? No thanks.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by eballesq View Post
      A $250 spare battery? No thanks.
      It's a spare battery, yes, but it's also a wrist strap.

      You sound like you haven't seen the prices of third-party & OEM wrist straps yet.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      What if apple decides to interfere charging thru the port in a update? Whoops!
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      What if apple decides to interfere charging thru the port in a update? Whoops!
      Can you interfere with a physical charging port through a software update?
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Of course they can. They can tell if a charging cable has been certified now so....
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      Of course they can. They can tell if a charging cable has been certified now so....
      Only after a hardware change though. Even on iOS 8 the old charging ports work with any charger. And I thought even after iOS 7 with the uncertified charger thing they could still charge, just not sync.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Only after a hardware change though. Even on iOS 8 the old charging ports work with any charger. And I thought even after iOS 7 with the uncertified charger thing they could still charge, just not sync.
      Maybe so, but I still wouldn't put it past them. Who knows what they can do with the current hardware?
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Can you interfere with a physical charging port through a software update?
      While Apple might not be able to disable charging via software, they can certainly add a nagging popup (every 30 seconds, just kidding) that charging is not certified or whatever. Watch will still charge but you will always have a popup box on the watch.