Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR assessment: Infinite energy, restricted tech

MSRP $482.00

“The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR smartwatch by no means wants charging, however its sensible options do not make the most effective of this fascinating profit.”

Professionals

Revolutionary kinetic power system

Does not want charging

Sapphire crystal

Nice construct high quality and supplies

Cons

Fundamental health monitoring

Unreliable health knowledge assortment

Uncomfortable Eco Tide strap

The hybrid smartwatch is the choice to a touchscreen smartwatch favored by those that aren’t ready to surrender that conventional, analog watch look, however nonetheless desire a diploma of linked capacity. The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR takes this idea a step additional, because it not solely doesn’t appear to be a smartwatch, however it additionally makes use of a power-delivery system that shares extra with an automated timepiece than it does with an Apple Watch.

Meaning you by no means, ever have to cost this smartwatch, because it’s powered by the motion of your physique. That’s massively tempting, however what concerning the sensible bit? It’s simply as vital on a hybrid as it’s on a full smartwatch, and if something, it’s far tougher to implement nicely as a result of watch not normally having a display. The Sequent Supercharger 2.1 has the ability, however does it have the smarts?

Design

I’ve been carrying the Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR, the highest mannequin out there from the corporate. It’s created from 316L stainless-steel with an aluminum ring operating across the 42mm case and sapphire crystal over the dial. It weighs about 77 grams with the strap, and is a considerable 14mm thick. This model has a blue dial, however you too can get variations with a white or a black dial. Flip the watch over and it has an open case again, displaying the self-charging mechanism and its rotor, which I’ll come again to later, and within the heart is the guts price sensor. The crown is sort of massive, has a rubber cowl over the perimeters, and Sequent’s brand on the top.

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Sequent makes a giant deal concerning the watch being designed in Switzerland — the mark of high quality for conventional watches — however it doesn’t say it’s in-built Switzerland, an vital distinction. Nonetheless, it seems and feels very nicely made. The dial is pretty easy, with the model identify and markings stamped on it, and the polished baton indices solely marking the hour. The baton palms have unfilled heart sections, whereas the hand for the complication has a crimson arrow tip. It’s all reasonably minimalist, and jogs my memory of innumerable watches from MVMT, Daniel Wellington, and different such vogue manufacturers.

It positively doesn’t appear to be a standard smartwatch. There’s no display, for a begin, and the one complication doesn’t instantly give its high-tech credentials away. It’s a multipurpose indicator displaying step rely, energy reserve, and coronary heart price. You must look intently although, because the numbers are very small. There’s additionally a equally tiny LED indicator mild beneath the 12 o’clock mark, which solely operates when the watch is syncing together with your cellphone or performing an motion.

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The watch seems and feels well-constructed, and I just like the open case again displaying the rotor, which isn’t as lovely as a mechanical motion, however has a sure techy appeal to it. I don’t just like the crown as a result of it’s too huge, one thing not helped by the ineffective rubber half across the edge, as you by no means want to show the crown in any respect, making extra grip pointless. It’s additionally a thick watch, and the lugs mounted to the decrease a part of the case solely intensify the peak.

I can reside with the peak of the SuperCharger 2.1, and the design, though easy, remains to be pleasing, however the Eco Tide strap is unhealthy. It’s created from plastic waste taken from the ocean, which is great, however it’s extremely unforgiving in your wrist. I’ve worn it for a number of weeks and I don’t suppose it has softened up in any respect — it’s simply as uncomfortable now because it was on the primary day. It’s not helped by an imprecise double-pin fastening, so the watch is both chopping off circulation or flopping over the facet of your wrist. It’s connected utilizing quick-release pins and, at 22mm, altering it for an additional strap isn’t tough, however doing this needs to be due to a private fashion choice, not as a result of the equipped one is uncomfortable.

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The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 is a really modern-looking watch that may positively enchantment to these drawn to the minimalist watches generally marketed on Instagram and by YouTube influencers. Simply don’t order it with the Eco Tide strap.

Energy

Earlier than speaking concerning the sensible options, let’s discuss the best way the Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 is powered, because it’s much more technically spectacular than anything about it. Computerized timepieces convert kinetic power from the motion of your physique into energy for the watch’s motion. The SuperCharger does the identical factor, however reasonably than gears and comes, it makes use of a tungsten rotor to feed a micro-generator.

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It’s a neat, high-tech, sustainable, and really hands-off strategy to powering a chunk of wearable tech. Sequent says the SuperCharger has an “infinite” energy reserve, and I’ve worn it for a number of weeks, with a number of days off, and the ability out there has not dropped beneath 95%, in line with the app. If you don’t put on it, the watch will hibernate to preserve power. With common use, I doubt the SuperCharger 2.1 will ever run out of energy.

Should you don’t put on the look ahead to a while and the battery does totally run out, a charging pad is included within the field so you will get it going once more. Sadly, this necessitates the inclusion of cost factors on the watch’s case, that are discovered on the left-hand facet and smash the in any other case clear traces.

Unusually, you may “really feel” the rotor contained in the SuperCharger working because it spins. It’s not distracting, and doesn’t make an audible sound except you maintain it to your ear, however it’s not one thing you discover with a mechanical automated watch. I fairly appreciated the feeling, because it made the SuperCharger really feel like a dwelling factor, however I’ve step by step gotten used to it and barely really feel it anymore.

The Sequent SuperCharger actually is a smartwatch you don’t must cost, and that will probably be a substantial profit to anybody delay by smartwatches usually as a result of necessity of day by day charging.

Sensible options

The dearth of any have to cost it’s the Sequent SuperCharger’s first step on the highway to being a profitable smartwatch, however the sensible performance must be simply as compelling. This isn’t an Apple Watch competitor and makes no secret of the actual fact, however sadly, it’s not a competitor to every other hybrid watch both, attributable to tech that feels years outdated.

Day by day step rely Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Exercise knowledge Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

Settings web page Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

It has primary health monitoring and doesn’t ship notifications, or have a haptic motor. This in itself isn’t a nasty factor, however the operation of the watch and the accompanying app each really feel outdated and clunky in comparison with the competitors. Don’t count on something like particular person exercise plans, data like step cadence, or in-depth evaluation of knowledge collected.

Beginning a exercise requires urgent the crown for 2 seconds till the LED flashes blue, the palms rotate, and the LED goes purple. To finish the session, you press the crown 3 times. It’s a bit bit extra advanced than it must be, however worse is that it doesn’t appear to be very correct. Regardless of finishing the steps, the SuperCharger has did not document a number of exercise periods, and since the promised indicator contained in the app doesn’t work — it’s supposed to point out a dot on the exercise mode within the Sequent app when it’s lively — it’s very tough to inform in case your inputs have been profitable.

The center price recording can be haphazard, with some periods displaying coronary heart price knowledge and others not, and that’s the identical with the GPS. It doesn’t have GPS in-built, so it depends in your cellphone’s GPS. Even with the app open on my cellphone, it failed to drag in location knowledge throughout a stroll. When a exercise was tracked, the app confirmed distance, calorie burn, time, tempo, and steps. There’s a sleep mode within the app, however it’s listed as being in “beta,” and I discover the strap far too uncomfortable to put on in a single day anyway.

From a fitness-tracking perspective, there may be vastly extra capacity within the $50 Xiaomi Mi Band 6.

The complication on the watch’s dial exhibits step rely throughout the day and coronary heart price knowledge throughout a exercise session. It appears to be largely according to my Apple Watch Collection 6, however it’s fairly laborious to inform as a result of tiny numbers and much more minuscule interim marks. If requested what my coronary heart price was, I’d solely actually be capable of say, “between 110 and 120 beats per minute,” for instance.

This vagueness is compounded by the sensor not constantly studying your coronary heart price. You possibly can set it to learn each 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or two hours for day by day use within the app, and it appears to solely replace each couple of minutes when understanding. The app doesn’t hyperlink with Apple Well being, Google Match, Strava, or every other health platform. From a fitness-tracking perspective, there may be vastly extra capacity within the $50 Xiaomi Mi Band 6 than within the $482 Sequent SuperCharger.

A fitness-tracking system that’s a ache to activate, restricted on options, delivers questionable accuracy, and gives no strategy to share the info it collects outdoors of the default app isn’t very inspirational. It’s completely not going to fulfill somebody significantly into health, and its awkward controls will show annoying to somebody who solely makes use of it casually.

Value and availability

The Sequent SuperCharger 2.1 Premium HR as seen right here prices $482. Alternatively, you should purchase the watch with out the guts price sensor for $428, or a model created from aluminum reasonably than stainless-steel with out the guts price sensor for $374. It’s out there by Sequent’s personal on-line retailer.

Our take

As a showcase for the kinetic power system, the Sequent SuperCharger is great. The expertise is basically attention-grabbing and has labored nicely throughout my time with the watch. Not having to cost a smartwatch, ever, is massively fascinating, liberating, and by far the largest attraction of the Sequent watch. Sadly, the far much less profitable sensible options don’t give me a cause to place the watch on. Whereas not displaying notifications is ok, the health monitoring can’t compete with present smartwatches and health bands, isn’t very intuitive, and isn’t detailed sufficient for anybody significantly into sports activities.

It has the precise credentials for an excellent watch — a contemporary Swiss design, sapphire crystal, and a stainless-steel case — plus that eternal power, however with out compelling sensible performance, the progressive method it’s powered is wasted. For near $500, a world of fantastic and extremely fascinating watches — sensible and in any other case — opens up, and the Sequent watch struggles to compete.

I noticed the unique model of the SuperCharger on the Baselworld watch present in 2018, after which tried the SuperCharger 2.zero for a really brief time in 2019. Now in 2021, regardless of time having handed and the watch getting a coronary heart price sensor, the SuperCharger 2.1, sadly, feels prefer it’s nonetheless caught in 2019, and that’s not adequate when the remainder of the hybrid market has moved onward and upward.

Is there a greater various?

Sure. Should you particularly desire a hybrid smartwatch, we recommend taking a look at Casio’s G-Shock vary. The photo voltaic powered G-Shock GBD-200 contains health monitoring and notifications, for instance, whereas the GBD-H1000 provides GPS and a coronary heart price sensor to the combination. The Withings ScanWatch is much more health-focused, has a minimalist design, and is created from high-quality supplies. The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR has an e-Ink display to reduce energy consumption, a coronary heart price sensor, and extra sensible options. All price lower than the Sequent SuperCharger.

Should you really need extra sensible options, then a full touchscreen smartwatch is the one strategy to go. We suggest the Apple Watch Collection 6 or Apple Watch SE for iPhone house owners, or the Samsung Galaxy Watch four for Android cellphone house owners.

How lengthy will it final?

The stainless-steel physique and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal means the SuperCharger ought to preserve its seems even with some harsh remedy, plus it’s water resistant to 50 meters and is roofed by a beneficiant five-year guarantee. The app is offered for iOS and Android. Offered the app is saved updated, the Sequent SuperCharger ought to final for a few years, helped by the dearth of a battery requiring steady day by day fees.

Do you have to purchase it?

No. Though the kinetic power system is progressive, the health monitoring is simply too primary to be of use, and the excessive worth turns into very tough to justify.

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