In this video, I check out the Kiwi Design Elite Battery Strap for Meta Quest 3. You can buy this battery strap for $69.99 / £57 / €65.95 directly from Kiwi Design store 👉🏻 https://bit.ly/kiwiq3batterystrap. It also sells on Amazon US for $79.99 👉🏻 https://amzn.to/3tIoEx2, £59 from Amazon UK 👉🏻 https://amzn.to/3vr1snB (for non-SPC version), and hopefully soon from Amazon DE 👉🏻 https://amzn.to/41PDvm8.
The Kiwi Design SPC Battery Strap for the Meta Quest 3 takes a leaf from one of their historically comfortable battery straps for the Quest 2, adds the ability to mount onto the Quest 3 side rails, and for the SPC model specifically, adds a way to easily mount the headset onto their own magnetic charging mount for continuous charging of the headset and strap battery when it isn’t being used.
The same top strap and rear padding are back again on this strap. Nothing has changed here from what I can tell. As is the battery and charging, with up to 15W of charging output to the Quest 3. So expect some slow charging whilst gaming, but in my tests it DID manage to keep my Quest 3 charged and increase charge during gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Nexus and Asgard’s Wrath 2 – both quite demanding games on the Quest 3.
Comfort remains the same as the Quest 2 version, with a little forward drop in counterbalance, due to the lighter weight of the battery at the back means the counterbalance is around 60-70% than at 50% (halfway).
Charging the strap with the downward-facing magnetic passthrough charging point on the strap cable is a nice touch – if you have their stand also – making for easy storage of the headset and charging at the same time, no physical plugging in required.
As before, there’s little to be disappointed about with this battery strap. Sure it could be more powered (both in storage and charging speed). If I were to nit pick I would have liked a way to keep the cable attached and opt to start and stop charging myself – I just don’t trust the headset doing it efficiently – so a button to do this at the back would be perfect.
Its counterbalance could be improved with more weight in the back, but I didn’t feel comfort was too affected after a few hours of gaming on the Quest 3.
Its price, built quality, ease of use and features make this my go-to battery strap of choice when looking at Elite style head straps. So if you’ve just picked up your Quest 3 recently and are on the lookout for an Elite head strap, don’t go with Meta, head on over to Kiwi Design and grab one of these.
0:00 – Brief overview
0:49 – Unboxing
1:44 – Installation
3:24 – Charging
4:03 – Wearing demo
7:29 – Post gameplay test
10:22 – My Impressions