Apple Watch hot in the mornings after charging all night, normal?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by vertsix, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. vertsix macrumors 65816

    vertsix

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    Usually when I remove my Apple Watch from the inductive charger in the morning, it is usually fairly warm or hot.

    This doesn't happen all the time, but most of the time. It's strange. I don't recall older iPhones doing this.

    Anyone else?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Some mornings mine is warm other not. But never HOT!
     
  3. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Normal for me. I would rate it very warm, but not hot. Every device I have ever owned gets warm to hot when it charges. I suspect that the AW is warmer than some, because the inductive interface is less efficient than a direct wire connection (transformers get very hot, and the induction link is effectively a transformer).
     
  4. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I have noticed that my AW has been warm on several occasions (none recently that I can remember). But its never been hot though.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I got to wonder as both iPhone and AW go on the charger before sleep and both should be fully charged within an hour or so. My watch is warm, even though it has to done charging hours ago, why would it still be warm. My iPhone is NEVER warm.
     
  6. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Probably due to the inefficiency in the inductive loops inside the watch. Those loops are energized, regardless of whether the watch is using the power.
     
  7. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    I've noticed mine seems to be warmest if I take it off while it is actively charging. Most mornings I am taking it off hours after it should have reached 100% and on most mornings it doesn't feel warm to me at all. I have never felt it get truly hot.

    The warmest watches I have felt were in the Apple Store while I was trying them on last year. These were watches that spent all day (and night) on the chargers, except for brief try-ons, and they were also closed up inside of a drawer while charging.

    Sean
     
  8. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Same here. I wear mine into bed, which means it usually doesn't charge overnight, but I leave it on the charger long enough to go from 40%-ish up to 100%. If I pull it off the charger while it's charging or soon after it hits 100%, it's pretty warm. But if I wait longer (maybe an hour, I'm guessing) and then pull it off the charger, it's cooled down, almost back to normal.
     
  9. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    Newsflash- batteries get warm whilst being charged. If you don't know that by now you never will.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    I'm so frightened of scalding my arm or melting the ceramic back that I charge mine in the freezer. :D
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Newsflash: In the morning the batteries should have been charged hours ago so the charging is over and the heat must be coming from the induction coils
     
  12. Julien macrumors G3

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    When the charge drops a few percent (the device is on and using current) it will start charging again and 'top off' and charge again. This will likely happen several times during the course of being on the charger for 8 hours. Also the last 10% (90% to 100%) of a lit-ion's charge is done at the slowest rate and will produce the most waste heat.
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Not so sure about this happening several times during 8 hours on the charger. The AW is in sleep mode, doing very little while on the charger and having to top it off several times while on the the charger for 8 hours does not seem right.
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Me too, that is why I said "likely". ;) We can only offer an opinion since Apple has no real reason and is not going to release this info. I'm just basing my opinion off the way lit-ion's work in general.
     
  15. Jychow macrumors newbie

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    Wireless charging is usually warmer than wired charging.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I am surprised that some of the people worried about saving our resources have not complained about how inefficient wireless charging is.
     
  17. Julien macrumors G3

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    An average cell phone only uses about 3 kWh to 4 kWh of electricity per year. An :apple:Watch would like use about ¼ to ⅛ of this even accounting for the approximate 25% loss in efficiency of inductive charging. So the 25% loss would be probably be around 10¢ to 30¢ of electricity costs per year.
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    But when you multiply that by all the iPhones . . . . well that would not fill my 300 gallon diesel tank on my Luhrs!
     
  19. BSben macrumors 6502a

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    Mine got quite hot once, almost a year ago, on that morning it developed some other problems too (no sounds or taptic feedback and other things). Ended up un-pairing and re-pairing which solved the issue.
     

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