Further Extend your Pebble’s battery life with Pal Strap
Pal is the world’s first GPS and battery extender Smartstrap for Pebble watches (Time / Time Steel / Time Round / Pebble 2/Time 2). It’s lightweight and durable — sure to be a great companion to your Pebble! The strap’s GPS is independent so you don’t rely on a connection to a smartphone and it features an extended battery so that you don’t have to worry about your battery. It features a high performance, independent GPS that allows users to track speed, distance, elevation and route for up to 24 hours without the need for a Smartphone.
The Pal Smartstrap extends the life of Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, Pebble Time Round (20mm), Pebble 2, and Pebble Time 2 for up to seven days, serving as a backup battery so users spend less time worrying about their next charge. Also, the Pebble and strap share the same charger for hassle-free charging. In case of emergency, the Pal can be used as a battery back-up to the Pebble.
Pal’s companion app for iOS and Android offers instant access to GPS performance data, which can be shared with friends and family. Review the location log records from the GPS, and display the route and running information (e.g. pace, speed, lap time, altitude, etc.) on both Android and iOS.
Pal is comprised of a Qualcomm SiRF GPS module, a 250mAh Li-ion battery and a micro-controller unit that handles GPS data calculation, power management and active communication with Pebble. When Pal’s GPS is turned on, it consumes power only from its own battery and not Pebble’s battery. Raw GPS data received from satellites are processed by Pal’s MCU and results are pumped to Pebble for display and storage.
Connecting pins between Pal and Pebbles are surrounded by soft gasket. This structure makes Pal water resistant but most likely cannot withstand prolonged submersion such as swimming or diving. In any case, even if water goes between connecting pins, Pal’s electronic design has protection measure and it won’t be damaged.
The first units are expected to ship in October while the Pal-P2 and T-2 will be available in February. The earlybird edition is available for only $65 while the one for Pebble 2 (P2) costs $69.