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WEARABLE DEVICE REVIEW – Reliefband® 2.0 Nausea Relief


Reliefband® 2.0 Nausea Relief

Why the Reliefband® 2.0 Exists

Nausea and motion sickness put a damper on many activities. Whether you’re going about your daily life or trying to enjoy your vacation, vomiting is not on the agenda. The Reliefband® 2.0 is a neuromodulation device that sends electrical pulses to targeted nerves to reduce or eliminate the impact of motion sickness. These signals travel from P6 median nerves on the wrist to your brain and stomach. You wear it on your wrist and apply conductivity gel to the contacts so they can send the electrical pulses properly. This device is also used alongside antiemetics (anti-nausea drugs) to lessen post-surgery nausea.

Who the Reliefband® 2.0 is Meant For

The Reliefband® 2.0 is designed for a wide range of people, as there are many situations that can lead to motion sickness. The most common groups that may benefit from this wearable include:

  • Travelers who get motion sick from trains, boats, cars, and airplanes
  • Fishers and boating enthusiasts who get seasick
  • Thrill-seekers who want to ride roller coasters and other exciting rides at amusement parks
  •  Pregnant people who suffer from morning sickness, regardless of the time of day it hits
  • People undergoing chemotherapy, which often has nausea as a side effect
  • People experiencing post-operative nausea
  • Gamers getting motion sick from virtual reality environments
  • People who have poor tolerance for anti-nausea medication or experience significant side effects from these drugs

You use this device on an as-needed basis when nausea, retching, motion sickness, or vomiting occurs. Setting it up for usage is simple, as you simply put a small drop of conductive gel on your wrist, put on the Reliefband® 2.0, and turn it on.


Benefits of the Reliefband® 2.0

The Reliefband® 2.0 is an upgraded version of the company’s flagship device. The new improvements include a more fashionable design, a user-friendly wrist band shape, simplified usage, a USB rechargeable battery, and hypoallergenic surgical steel contacts.

The anti-nausea device has ten intensity levels, so you can adjust it based on the severity of your symptoms. It provides 17 hours of continuous use when you’re at a mid-power level or less, and it can charge to full in approximately 45 minutes. You can take it with you on a boat or on a rainy day, as it’s water and splash resistant.

This drug-free alternative to antiemetics is significantly appealing for people who have frequent motion sickness and want to avoid potential medication side effects. It’s small and discrete, with an appearance that looks like a fitness band or a smartwatch at first glance.

The previous version of the Reliefband® used copper coated contacts, but the 2.0 model offers a hypoallergenic, latex-free option to help people with allergies and sensitivities.


Drawbacks of the Reliefband® 2.0

The addition of USB recharging to the latest version of the Reliefband® avoids the waste of replaceable batteries, but those batteries offered the 1.5 version 150 hours of battery life. Heavy users of the Reliefband® 2.0 needed to charge it more frequently than they preferred.

Outside of the capacity problem, the device’s sleep mode also drains battery. It goes into sleep when you take it off of the charging cable, but it’s not obvious that it’s still turned on. You have to fully turn it off after it’s done charging to avoid sleep mode drainage.

The Reliefband® 2.0 uses a proprietary USB charging cable, which means you can’t use a standard USB cable with it.

The J-shape of the wrist band helps people easily put the device off and on, but for some wrist shapes it can be uncomfortable.


Reliefband® 2.0 Pricing

The Reliefband® 2.0 is $199, which is quite expensive for this product category. The company’s 1.5 version of the device is half the price, with the same core functionality as the 2.0. The manufacturer does have a good return policy, so if you don’t get the expected help with your motion sickness, it’s easy to send back.


Reliefband® 2.0 Customer Reviews

Many Reliefband® 2.0 buyers had good things to say about this motion sickness device. They report that it meets their expectations for nausea and motion sickness relief, and it’s easy to use in many situations. The complaints mostly focused on the battery life and the price, with some people opting to go with the earlier version of the device for that reason.


Alternatives to the Reliefband® 2.0

Outside of the earlier Reliefband® 1.5 model mentioned, two alternatives to the Reliefband® 2.0 are the Seaband and anti-nausea medication.

The Seaband is a $13 acupressure band equipped with a plastic stud that presses the P6 point on your wrist (the same nerve the Reliefband® 2.0 targets). It does not use any electricity, so you don’t have to worry about it running out of battery. The low price makes it a much more affordable option, and if you end up losing it on your travels, it’s not a big deal. Seaband makes versions for adults and children, and it’s widely available at travel shops and other retailers.

Many types of over the counter and prescription anti-nausea medication are available to help with motion sickness symptoms. They come in many forms and price points, with varying levels of effectiveness. The biggest drawback of using medication for motion sickness is that you run the risk of side effects, such as drowsiness.

The Reliefband® 2.0 provides a drug-free motion sickness and anti-nausea therapy with a variety of applications. It’s pricey, but it has many features that balance out the cost, and many people in customer reviews have found a lessening of their symptoms with its help.



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