by Brent Dirks
February 28, 2014
While everyone it still waiting for Apple’s iWatch, a new Kickstarter project is taking the wearable device trend in an interesting direction. The Carbon is designed to look like a regular watch, but has a single purpose – to act as a solar-powered backup battery for all of your mobile devices. The cell can be charged with both inside and outside solar energy. When completely full, the Carbon holds 650 mAH of energy, which should be able to charge a completely dead iPhone 5s to around 40 percent. Here’s a quick video about the project. Click here if you can’t see it. Along with being water and dust resistant, the multi-color LED on the side of the Carbon shows the battery level, charging status, and even acts as a mini flashlight or safety strobe. For an early bird pledge of $95, you can snag a Carbon charger with a black silicone strap. You can select from eight different color options. A $130 pledge will net you the complete package with a charger, leather strap, silicone strap, and black crushproof case. Each device comes with mini charging cables that include a Lightning connector and an older 30-pin connector. All rewards are slated to ship in August. With 30 days left to go in the campaign, almost $5,500 has been pledged on a goal of $48,000. I’m really intrigued by the Carbon. It definitely gives users an always-accessible backup battery. But I’m still one of the few who actually wears a watch, so maybe EnergyBionics could also find a way to add some type of time keeping functionality. For other recent Kickstarter accessory news, see: Limefuel's Rugged External Battery Pack Can Survive Pretty Much Any Adventure, Bumprz: A Screen-Saving 'Anti-Case' For The iPhone 5s, and The CruxENCORE Case Turns An iPad Air Into A MacBook Lookalike.