A recently-launched project on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is aiming to resolve one of the most persistent problems consumers have today with modern day smartphones – their less-than-adequate battery life. The company launching the innovative new project is called Ion Tech, and it promises to put a 3,000 mAh battery pack into a regular belt, thereby doing away with the need to carry around an external battery pack or hunt for a wall socket to charge your smartphone halfway through the day. The belt itself will have an LED indicator, but apart from that, it will be a fairly regular-looking accessory in black leather, and will be available in a number of sizes. The device will also have a USB port on it, which will allow it to be connected to mobile devices via a standard USB to microUSB cable.
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Of course, battery packs have now become fairly ubiquitous, and are available for anywhere between $5 to $50, with battery capacities going up to as high as 15,000 mAh and beyond. Whichever way one looks at it, the lack of large enough batteries on today’s smartphones is one of the bugbears that doesn’t seem likely to go away any time soon. Hence, various companies and startups are coming up with innovative ways to see if they can resolve the problem which hasn’t thus far gotten enough attention from mainstream electronics companies. Smaller firms like ZeroLemon have also been making specialized cases for some premium handsets with high-capacity batteries attached to them, to save users the hassle of having to carry around an extra gadget.
Coming to the Kickstarter project in question, it is the brainchild of one Mr. Aaron Charles Krause, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and co-founder of Ion Tech Wear. According to the listing on the Kickstarter page, the company is described as ‘a startup dedicated to making life-enhancing wearable tech accessible to all’. Mr Krause also says that as an inventor, he is “driven by a passion for solving everyday problems through constant innovation and creative design”. The company is marketing the project with the following tagline, which is as funny as it is relevant: “A revolutionary way to keep your life fully charged. No more bulky battery packs and chargers. Just don’t forget your pants!”
Coming to some of the nitty gritties of the funding, the belt with the embedded 3,000 mAh battery pack can be bought for as low as $79 (plus sales taxes and import duties etc.) for early birds. For all backers on Kickstarter however, $99 is the price that will be applicable once all the early bird slots are filled up. Pricing can go up to $4,999 for a custom made, handcrafted leather belt by artisans in London, with the metal buckle plated with either 14 carat yellow gold, 14 carat rose gold or indeed, rhodium. So far, the project has attracted over 300 backers with over $30,000 pledged out of the goal of $50,000, with thirty-eight days still to go for the deadline to end. Devices will be available to buyers worldwide, and will start shipping from next June if everything goes according to plan.