When I was asked to consider reviewing the Reliefband Sport, I have to admit I was a little skeptical. For one, I’d never heard of the product nor any derivation of it. Moreover, wasn’t familiar with the Pennsylvania-based tech company. However, after a lot of information digging and evaluating it myself, wish I had this device after my minor surgery three months earlier. That’s because I’m convinced this wearable device would have lessened my nausea symptoms.

Reliefband Sport box and wearable device
Reliefband Sport (credit: Randy Yagi)

About The Reliefband Sport

So just what is the Reliefband Sport and what does it do? It’s an innovative device that can help prevent nausea and vomiting symptoms. Moreover, its technology is based upon over 20 years of clinical research and is FDA approved. To that end, I think this product would have been a far safer option to the anti-medications I reluctantly had to use. If that wasn’t enough, it doesn’t cause any drowsiness nor have any side effects.

Easy to understand instruction manual
Instruction Manual (credit: Randy Yagi)

How It Works

The device has two electrical contacts that emit pulses to a nerve that travel along your forearm. These pulses further travels to the part of the brain that controls nausea. At the same time, signals are being sent to the stomach, which can reduce symptoms of nausea.

ReliefBand has been FDA approved and can provide for mild to moderate symptoms of nausea and vomiting associated with several medical conditions. This includes morning sickness, chemotherapy, motion sickness, sea sickness anxiety and yes, even hangovers.

The IPX7 waterproof device can also provide relief from physician-diagnosed migraines and post-operative symptoms. If that’s not enough, it’s been proven to help with air sickness, amusement park rides, train sickness and gaming. On the other hand, the device has a 85 percent success rate, based upon clinical trials. In other words, it may not help everyone. Still, past reviews from several consumers and tech writers from previous models appear to be largely positive.

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Entire contents of the box for the Reliefband Sport
Entire Contents (credit: Randy Yagi)

What’s In The Box

Out of the small box, Reliefband Sport comes with a magnetic USB charger, rechargeable battery, wristband and foldable manual. On one side of the manual is an easy-to-understand quick start guide with full color images. On the other side is more detailed information, including safety info and troubleshooting. Additionally, the box also carries a 7.5 ml (.25 oz.) tube of conductivity gel. A dab of this hypo-allergenic gel should be applied to inside of the wrist.

Fully Charged Reliefband Sport with six green lights
Fully Charged Reliefband Sport (credit: Randy Yagi)

How To Use The Reliefband Sport

Reliefband Sport must first be fully charged until all six LED lights are illuminated green. Then add gel to the underside portion of the wrist, between two tendons. Once the device and band are comfortably in place, press the middle button to power on.

After powering on, you’ll notice blue pulsing lights. By pressing once more, you’ll reach the first of six levels. You might feel a little tingle and by pressing up to the next levels, becomes more noticeable. Keep pressing until you reach the desired level. The recommendation is to keep the device on as long as you have symptoms.

If you think you’ll have motion sickness caused by airplanes, trains, boats etc. place the device on 30 minutes prior. A fully charged battery can last up to 30 hours of continuous use at a mid-level setting.

USB charging code is not very long
USB Charging Cable (credit: Randy Yagi)

Features I’d Like To See

Although I believe the Reliefband Sport to be an excellent consumer product, there are some improvements I’d like to see. First, I’d like to see a slightly longer USB charging cable. As I noted previously, the cable slipped off several times. Even more, I’d like to see a longer wristband, even though it’s designed to fit wrists size from 5.5 to 9.5 inches.

Reliefband Sport inside the box
Reliefband Sport (credit: Randy Yagi)

Conclusion

Despite some personal reservations, I highly recommend the Reliefband Sport. On a scale between 1 and 10, I’d give it a 9+. Although I’ve been primarily a travel writer for several years, I’ve also published several tech reviews. And because some gadgets I’ve reviewed were, should I say clunkers, have turned down a like number of products. But thankfully, Reliefband Sport is one of those exceptions. It delivers its promise and has great value, especially given the incalculable benefits it can provide.

Availability and Price

The Reliefband Sport is priced at $229.99 and available now from Reliefband.com.

Additional Reliefband Products

Fresh off the official release, Reliefband Sport joins a line of other highly rated products from the Pennsylania tech company. This includes the Reliefband Premier ($229.99) and Reliefband Classic ($129.99). Of course, there’s another affordable option, Reliefband 48 Hour ($79.99) albeit in limited release.

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About The Author:

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.

During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.