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This article was published on October 30, 2015


The Ion Belt will charge your phone and keep your pants up

The Ion Belt will charge your phone and keep your pants up
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Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

Last year, I tried a prototype of the XOO belt – a wearable battery for your smartphone. It contained flexible batteries that meant it worked just like a normal belt but with the addition of a discrete cable you could use to charge your phone on the go. It was a neat idea but it proved too expensive to mass produce.

Developers Nifty (also known for the MiniDrive) went back to the drawing board. They’ve collaborated with a US-based team led by inventor and Shark Tank alum Aaron Krause to create a second-generation product called the Ion Belt. It’s launched on Kickstarter today looking to raise $50,000.

The new, lower cost design boasts a larger 3,000 man battery, and the buckle is designed to plug right into a USB wall charger, making it easy to charge the belt up when it’s run dry.

To reduce the cost, a different type of battery has been used compared to the XOO. The older model, with its flexible batteries, has become a $499 high-fashion product while the Ion Belt is available to Kickstarter backers for $89 and will retail for around $130. It’s scheduled to ship in June 2016.

As someone who carries a bulky but powerful Anker battery around most times he leaves the house, the idea of swapping to a belt is appealing. Hopefully it’ll be second time lucky for the wearable battery dream.

Ion Belt [Kickstarter]

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