You can tell how much battery is left by looking at the LED on the bottom right of the Reliefband 2.0’s face; the LEDs will glow when the band is charging or when you tap the bottom button. When the battery is low, you’ll get a single flashing red LED; as it charges (or depletes), you’ll see one to four blue LEDs. Easy.
Pressing the top button adjusts the intensity of the tingle up, and pressing the bottom button takes it back down. There are 10 different intensity settings.
It should be obvious, but if you wear a pacemaker, you should probably consult your doctor before using the Reliefband 2.0, and you should never place the contacts on your chest or near the pacemaker.
The Reliefband is IPX4 splash-resistant, so you can wear it while washing your hands, but you shouldn’t wear it when showering or swimming.
I tested the Reliefband on my flights to and from Las Vegas — no issues, but the flights were pretty smooth, and they weren’t overheated. I also wore it in Vegas for CES during all of our backseat Lyft rides. There might have been one evening when I’d had a bit too much to drink, and I was stuck in the back seat of an overheated Lyft with several other people. I’m not going to lie: I felt queasy, but I did not get sick. I also gave it a try while wearing VR goggles — no nausea. That’s a win.
I’m not pregnant, and I’m not likely to get pregnant, so I can’t tell you how it might work for morning sickness. I can tell you, though, that it definitely works for backseat nausea and for nausea you get when you’ve maybe had a little too much to drink (hey, it happens!).
As much as I’d like to keep the Reliefband 2.0 on hand for the next time I’m stuck on a boat or in a backseat, I’m sending it to a friend who’s been dealing with chemo-related nausea. As soon as she’s had a chance to put it through its paces, I’ll update my review with her experience. Hopefully, it can help!
UPDATE: I received this from my friend —
I got the band earlier today and still have it on now! This has been one of the best days I’ve had in mooooonths.
I have nausea related to colorectal cancer, radiation, and recent colostomy surgery. My brain is lit up in several different ways to cause nausea, and I’m prescribed a cocktail of meds I take daily to combat all the ways my body creates and processes nausea.
I tried the Reliefband 2.0, and despite the wristband being too large and a bit too rigid for my wrist, I was able to get a suitable fit and soon felt the tingling sensation in my hand that signaled the band was working! It immediately took away the spins I felt, and after about 15 minutes of wear, my nausea was almost undetectable. It became nausea at a 2/10 vs my usual 6-8/10. There were a few breakthrough moments where I was gently reminded that the nausea was still present, but it never reached an intensity that would cause vomiting and didn’t interfere with me completing tasks or going about my day. I’m starting back on chemotherapy next week and the Reliefband 2.0 would definitely be a welcome addition to my nausea prevention routine.
Bear in mind that the Reliefband doesn’t cure the underlying causes of nausea, retching, and vomiting. If you aren’t pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy, or on a plane, car or boat, but you still have nausea and an upset stomach, then you should probably talk to your doctor about it. But if you are prone to experiencing motion sickness or have other “normal” reasons for experiencing nausea, the Reliefband 2.0 can help.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Looks like a fitness tracker, but it keeps you from feeling nauseous; Rechargeable battery; Adjustable so that you can increase or decrease the tingling to a comfortable point; Band is comfortable and easy to fit various sized wrists; Great for motion sickness related nausea; Can help with chemotherapy-related nausea
What Needs Improvement: Nothing — it works as promised