With no official support from Apple, the third-party strap market for Apple Watch is still a bit of a wild-west, but there are some companies making it possible and offering inexpensive alternatives to Apple’s own bands.
Apple might have its own exclusive strap colors available for a select few, but you’ll likely need to go the third-party route if you want a similar level of customization for your Apple Watch.
Below we’ve put together a list of third-party bands already available to order, as well as adapters for traditional straps and replacement straps for Apple’s leather bands.
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Custom bands from Casetify ($50)
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Apple’s Bands ($49 – $449), Magnetic Charging Cable ($29/$39)
Click adapter for standard watch straps ($10)
Can you use standard watch straps with Apple Watch? Not without an accessory like Click, which offers an adapter to attach any standard 22mm watch band to Apple’s proprietary slide-in mechanism for swapping bands. The company has already doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter and plans to start shipping in late May/early June. With Click, you’ll be able to use a huge selection of bands that fit the standard 22mm specs.
wiPowerBand strap ($89/$99)
wiPowerBand strap plans to double Apple Watch battery life with an integrated 250 mAh high density lithium polymer rechargeable battery for $89/$99, ships May/June.
Monowear straps ($59 – $99)
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Monowear is taking orders for a large collection of nylon, leather, and metal straps ranging from $59-$99.
Baseus Leather Replacement Strap for Classic Buckle ($20)
Some companies have started making replacement straps for Apple’s Classic or Modern Buckle leather straps. It doesn’t include Apple’s mechanism for actually attaching to Apple Watch, so this is for customers of Apple’s Classic or Modern Buckle bands that want to do the required disassembly to attach a new band— tools are included. Or you could use it with an adapter like Click mentioned above. $20 in various colors. Other companies have similar options.
Reserve Strap with built-in battery ($249)
The first promise of a strap with built-in battery for charging comes from the $249 Reserve Strap. The company is taking preorders through its site, but it hasn’t announced a release date and says the first batch of Reserve Straps will be “extremely limited.”
MyCell replacement bands ($25 – $75)
MyCell is promising replacement, replica (knockoff) bands that look a lot like Apple’s, ranging from $25 for a Sport knock-off to $224 for stainless steel. You’ll of course be taking your chances with these, and I wouldn’t expect anything close to the quality of Apple’s.
Lunatik’s Epik Apple Watch Kit
Accessory maker Lunatik plans to launch this protective case and strap combo, the Epik Apple Watch Kit, on Kickstarter.
If you’re a company selling third-party Apple Watch bands, email me to be included.
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