Nomad says their Pod is the first portable battery for the Apple Watch. You plug the Watch’s charger into the Pod, then wind the excess cable around the Pod’s spindle. Snap on the Pod’s stamped military-grade aluminum lid, and you’ll have a hockey puck-sized charging stand with the Watch’s magnetic charger exposed. Inside is a high-density 1800mAh lithium-polymer rechargeable battery with enough power for four complete recharges of the Watch. Nomad says “Pod is the first Apple Watch accessory that charges with the new Type C USB cable (it also has Micro USB as a backup).” The Pod is only 2.8″ in diameter and 1″ thick and weighs 2.8 ounces, so you can even carry it in your pocket.
Nomad has a 5000 unit first-run inventory available for pre-order now. The Pod is available in Space Gray, Silver, or Matte Black Plastic for $59.99 each. Shipment is set for June 1, 2015.
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I got one of these with my employee discount, and absolutely love it. It’s all I use to charge my Watch, at least when I’m not testing stands and batteries for The Gadgeteer! One quibble: there is no “off” mode for charging. Put it on the Pod at 56%, go to sleep, and the Pod will be totally empty, and your Watch may have run down a bit since it died. I’ve taken to charging my Watch while watching Netflix in the evening, or during a mid-day nap. On my dresser at night, it rarely loses more than 2-3%.