XOO Belt holds up your pants and a charge for your phone

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The XOO Belt contains a flexible lithium ceramic polymer batter that charges your smart phone. Photo: XOO
The XOO Belt contains a flexible lithium ceramic polymer batter that charges your smart phone. Photo: XOO

A good belt should hold your pants up and be fashionable doing so.

Piers Ridyard has raised the expectations of this simple but important mens fashion accessory: the belt as smart phone charger.

Ridyard’s XOO belt looked like any other belt when it made its debut at London Fashion Week in January as part of a new collection from men’s fashion house Casely-Hayford. The charging power is in layers of thin, flexible lithium ceramic polymer battery sewn into the leather.

A microUSB-to-USB charging cable stored on the inside of the band can be plugged into the belt to charge a pocketed iPhone or Android device. The belt can be recharged on a computer.