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Kanex today announced two additional devices to its line of GoPower Apple Watch accessories: the GoPower Watch Stand and GoPower Watch Mini. The two new accessories join the GoPower Watch Portable Battery, which debuted this past August for $99.95.

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The magnetic GoPower Watch Stand charges and displays both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch variations. There's also an additional USB port on the back of the stand that can simultaneously charge an iPhone or another iOS or USB device. The Watch Stand comes with a built-in inductive charging connector so users can leave their charging cable at home.

The GoPower Watch Mini is an ultra-portable, cord-free "charging disc" that can power an Apple Watch on the go. It comes with 1,000 mAh of battery power, which Kanex says is enough to fully charge an Apple Watch once. Comparatively, the original GoPower Watch Portable Battery provides 4,000 mAh of power. The Mini comes with an LED battery level indicator and a Micro USB cable to recharge the battery when it's low. It also comes with a keychain ring so users can attach the Mini to their keychain.

The GoPower Watch Stand and Mini will both be available in February 2017. The Stand is priced at $79.95 while the Mini is priced at $59.95

Article Link: Kanex Announces GoPower Watch Stand and Mini Keychain Battery for Apple Watch
 

Porco

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The mini seems quite a nice, good idea but you could get the same or more amount of charge from a USB battery and standard cable for a lower cost if you didn't need it quite so small. I am generally a fan of things that can be attached to keychains though :)

the apple watch isn't important enough to carry spare power around.

Well you could say the Apple Watch isn't important enough to buy or wear, and yet people have, and do. Perhaps it's not so much about importance as it is utility and desire?
 
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I don't see the value of these types of watch-specific portable solutions versus the more typical portable battery (plus an apple watch USB cord, of course). With a portable battery, you're good for both your watch and your phone or tablet.

I don't think these are small enough to argue there's a size advantage worth considering.
 
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The only reason power banks are popular is because no one can use there phone all day and not charge it.

Apple Watch however, can go 1-3 days without charging. Portable battery especially without iPhone support is very limited
 
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Could have used something like the mini when I was in Yosemite for a couple days, but at 60 bucks it's way overpriced!
 
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Well you could say the Apple Watch isn't important enough to buy or wear, and yet people have, and do. Perhaps it's not so much about importance as it is utility and desire?

the long battery life and the limited functions it provides doesn't warrant a spare battery.
 
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The only time I could see a portable charger being of use is during travel. There's a travel case that stores the watch, charges it and has room for other bands. A keychain charger is of limited use because the Watch itself lasts all day anyway.

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the apple watch isn't important enough to carry spare power around.

Interesting theory. Is it more important to carry a spare charger for the Apple Watch who rely on it for medical concerns utilizing the heart rate monitor for those who have or are prone to heart attacks? Or those who have utilized the SOS feature that saved their life? Is the charger worth carrying around then if it justified monitoring health conditions with preventable measures?

I believe you short sighted the Apple Watch and it's full potential.
 
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The only reason power banks are popular is because no one can use there phone all day and not charge it.

Apple Watch however, can go 1-3 days without charging. Portable battery especially without iPhone support is very limited
I find that most days my Apple watch has about 30-50% remaining after 16 hours, but there have been several days with less than 10%.
Over the last year it has run out of charge probably twice.

What I would like to see is standard wireless charging. Or more to the point, perhaps we need to regulate Apple to use standard wireless charging. Apple loves its proprietary ports and charging.
 
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The only time I could see a portable charger being of use is during travel. There's a travel case that stores the watch, charges it and has room for other bands. A keychain charger is of limited use because the Watch itself lasts all day anyway.

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Should I buy an Apple Watch anytime soon I hope I'll remember this neat looking case. Very well designed!

Do you mind telling me which brand this is and maybe even know the model name?

Glassed Silver:mac
 
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I recently started using the Pokémon Go app to track my walking and my battery goes down about 10-20% an hour (or faster). I may need to research one of these.
 
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Nope.

Products with enough battery to last all day on their own don't need portable chargers. Where are the people to stop these people from wasting time and money on developing solutions for problems that don't exist?
I'm going to be on a worksite for 12 hours a day from Jan 1-9th, I'd love a portable charger to juice up on breaks.
 
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The only time I could see a portable charger being of use is during travel. There's a travel case that stores the watch, charges it and has room for other bands. A keychain charger is of limited use because the Watch itself lasts all day anyway.

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What case is this?
 
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imola.zhp

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I see a lot others share my thoughts. I have only had my Series 0 for about a month now (black Friday B&H special for $190 shipped!) and when I take it off at night to put on my $7 spiegen stand from amazon.com it typically has over 50% battery left. I cant quite get two days out of it, I have tried, and in trying found no usefulness in sleeping with it on, so, that said, I take it off at night, put it on the charger and at 7am it is ready to go for another 13-14 hour day of use.
 
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I'm going to be on a worksite for 12 hours a day from Jan 1-9th, I'd love a portable charger to juice up on breaks.
What does that even mean?

You're going to be sleeping at night. I assure you. You'll charge then, and never need to charge any other time. If your Apple Watch needs charge more often than overnight, its seriously defective.
 
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What does that even mean?

You're going to be sleeping at night. I assure you. You'll charge then, and never need to charge any other time. If your Apple Watch needs charge more often than overnight, its seriously defective.
Not defective, it's my usage. If I'm going to be on a construction site all day I'd like to track the stats with an "other" workout, so I definitely will need to juice up about twice a day.

I've had the watch since about a month after they began shipping, I know that normally I have ~60% after I get home from work, but the battery drops significantly faster when I go to track a walking workout.
 
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Not defective, it's my usage. If I'm going to be on a construction site all day I'd like to track the stats with an "other" workout, so I definitely will need to juice up about twice a day.

I've had the watch since about a month after they began shipping, I know that normally I have ~60% after I get home from work, but the battery drops significantly faster when I go to track a walking workout.
Thats not how you're supposed to use the product. Daily activity is not a workout.
Good day.
 
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NT1440

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Thats not how you're supposed to use the product. Daily activity is not a workout.
Good day.
LOL, don't tell me I can't track my physical activity building a house as a workout for the week I'm doing it. Hauling roofing shingles up a ladder isn't a workout?
 
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