ElevationLab’s latest product is the BatteryPro, an Apple Watch and iPhone charger that’s got some clever design elements and a built-in Apple Watch charging puck for convenience. Priced at $99, the BatteryPro isn’t cheap, but if you value ease of use over cost, it’s worth checking out.
At first glance, the BatteryPro doesn’t look like much. It’s similar in design to many external battery packs, constructed from plain but durable black plastic and designed with a rectangular shape that matches up well with the iPhone. It’s meant to fit in a back pocket while charging the iPhone, and it does. Walking around with the BatteryPro in a back pocket isn’t exactly comfortable because it’s almost an inch thick and weighty, but it’s functional in a pinch.
Though it uses a simple design, the BatteryPro features a built-in Apple Watch charging puck and a unique elastic “StowStrap” that’s designed to hold the Apple Watch in place while it’s charging, so you can toss it in a backpack while on the go. When not in use, the strap sits flush in a groove that’s been added to the Battery Pro, but when you need to charge, you unhook it from the back, place the Apple Watch on the charger, wrap the strap over it, and secure it in a second slot on the back of the device.
With this setup, the Apple Watch is held firmly in place on the charger and it’s protected from scratches and other damage while it’s charging. This is ideal for charging the Apple Watch in a purse or a backpack, but it’s also handy on a nightstand because there’s no way to knock the watch off.