1st gen Apple Watch vs. Series 1 - Battery Life

TheAustrianGuy

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Original poster
Apr 20, 2010
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I just got my 1st gen Apple Watch replaced via Apple Care+, as its battery was dying and I barely made it through the day anymore. A 30-minute workout would kill it before bedtime.

However:
The replacement watch Apple sent me is a Series 1. Thanks :)
Now, after the first full day (no workout), I still have 83% battery left, about 4 hours before bedtime, so it probably won't get to below 75% today.
Even though I played with the watch today.

This is considerably more than I had anticipated (given that the Series 1 is so much faster than the original), and a lot - a great lot - more than the original watch was able to deliver when it was new.

The watch is running WatchOS 4.2.

I'm a very, very happy customer right now! :D
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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I just got my 1st gen Apple Watch replaced via Apple Care+, as its battery was dying and I barely made it through the day anymore. A 30-minute workout would kill it before bedtime.

However:
The replacement watch Apple sent me is a Series 1. Thanks :)
Now, after the first full day (no workout), I still have 83% battery left, about 4 hours before bedtime, so it probably won't get to below 75% today.
Even though I played with the watch today.

This is considerably more than I had anticipated (given that the Series 1 is so much faster than the original), and a lot - a great lot - more than the original watch was able to deliver when it was new.

The watch is running WatchOS 4.2.

I'm a very, very happy customer right now! :D
And with the improved S1P dual core processor, you will appreciate the difference in speed with the Series 1. And that's where the first Gen Apple Watch struggled.
 

LaoBron

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Nov 20, 2016
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That’s great that Apple upgraded you to S1. AppleCare is worth it for the watch
 

ad931

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Sep 1, 2013
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Athens, Greece
I just got my 1st gen Apple Watch replaced via Apple Care+, as its battery was dying and I barely made it through the day anymore. A 30-minute workout would kill it before bedtime.

However:
The replacement watch Apple sent me is a Series 1. Thanks :)
Now, after the first full day (no workout), I still have 83% battery left, about 4 hours before bedtime, so it probably won't get to below 75% today.
Even though I played with the watch today.

This is considerably more than I had anticipated (given that the Series 1 is so much faster than the original), and a lot - a great lot - more than the original watch was able to deliver when it was new.

The watch is running WatchOS 4.2.

I'm a very, very happy customer right now! :D
Similar battery results with my S1, i use my watch a lot for making calls, email notifications etc, its 13 hours off the charger and its at 84%, i can get virtually two days off a full charge, I'm very happy
 

cheezypuffs

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Sep 9, 2016
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Slightly older post but would like to comment with a question...

I just got a series 1 yesterday. When I unboxed it and turned it on, it was dead which I thought was unusual.... So, as I set it up, it was charging. I waited until it was at 100%, and took it off, began wearing it.
That was about 7or 8pm last night. Wore it until about 2am, then put it back on before work at bout 8:30am. Right now, about 4:15pm, the watch is at 58%. So, about 14 hours on my wrist, and about 7 hours sitting on my nightstand, and it's dropped to 58%.

Is this a reasonable drain for an S1? I'm just concerned something is wrong with the battery... every other iDevice I've bought comes with the battery pre-charged. Too early to worry?
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
30,310
30,549
Slightly older post but would like to comment with a question...

I just got a series 1 yesterday. When I unboxed it and turned it on, it was dead which I thought was unusual.... So, as I set it up, it was charging. I waited until it was at 100%, and took it off, began wearing it.
That was about 7or 8pm last night. Wore it until about 2am, then put it back on before work at bout 8:30am. Right now, about 4:15pm, the watch is at 58%. So, about 14 hours on my wrist, and about 7 hours sitting on my nightstand, and it's dropped to 58%.

Is this a reasonable drain for an S1? I'm just concerned something is wrong with the battery... every other iDevice I've bought comes with the battery pre-charged. Too early to worry?
It’s always difficult to measure battery life given how the watch is used, applications, etc.

My Suggestion would be to re-pair the Apple Watch with your iPhone, (Or) you can conduct a hard reset on your Apple Watch my holding on the digital crown and power button for approximately 10 seconds, which can help clear glitches. Also, Apple can conduct a free battery test with the Apple Watch over the phone or in store.