Juan007

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I have gone almost 2 days since charging my AW3 and I'm still at 46%. This watch easily, EASILY gets me to 2 days, maybe even 3. Series 1 did not even last two days! I'd be at just about 0 by now on my old Series 1.

If you're thinking about upgrading to AW3 then DO IT. HUGE improvement over Series 1, wow just wow.
 

gigapocket1

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Mar 15, 2009
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I have gone almost 2 days since charging my AW3 and I'm still at 46%. This watch easily, EASILY gets me to 2 days, maybe even 3. Series 1 did not even last two days! I'd be at just about 0 by now on my old Series 1.

If you're thinking about upgrading to AW3 then DO IT. HUGE improvement over Series 1, wow just wow.

Agreed. I’m seeing about the same as you.. I’m losing about 25-30% a day.. 2 days is easily doable with my AW3..
 

WilliamG

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Mar 29, 2008
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I have gone almost 2 days since charging my AW3 and I'm still at 46%. This watch easily, EASILY gets me to 2 days, maybe even 3. Series 1 did not even last two days! I'd be at just about 0 by now on my old Series 1.

If you're thinking about upgrading to AW3 then DO IT. HUGE improvement over Series 1, wow just wow.

Seeing the same on my LTE S3 (not using LTE, of course).
 

QuarterSwede

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Oct 1, 2005
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Same with the GPS only version. However I have noticed that if cell coverage is spotty then it’s absolute murder on it and the iPhone. I get half a day instead. I’ve learned to put it in Airplane Mode once I know I’ll have a crappy to nonexistent connection.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Same with the GPS only version. However I have noticed that if cell coverage is spotty then it’s absolute murder on it and the iPhone. I get half a day instead. I’ve learned to put it in Airplane Mode once I know I’ll have a crappy to nonexistent connection.

This. Sometimes if the Apple Watch is in an area where the signal is restricted or inside of a building or other areas, it just obliterates the battery. But otherwise, the reports a really strong with the Series 3.
 
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Mercenary

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Sep 17, 2012
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I have gone almost 2 days since charging my AW3 and I'm still at 46%. This watch easily, EASILY gets me to 2 days, maybe even 3. Series 1 did not even last two days! I'd be at just about 0 by now on my old Series 1.

If you're thinking about upgrading to AW3 then DO IT. HUGE improvement over Series 1, wow just wow.

Very happy with mine too but would be interested to hear what setting people have gone for such as background app refresh (what's on. What's off). Which face you've gone for etc.
 

haruhiko

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Sep 29, 2009
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There is usually 70%+ battery left at the end of the day. The battery life is unbelievable coming from a Series 0. Together with the huge speed boost I can say that I really love this Apple Watch. This is what the Apple Watch should have been.
 

JonMPLS

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May 23, 2010
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I'm surprised too! Going 2 days for sure on each charge, and could probably make 3. I bought the 3 so that if I forgot my phone at my desk, or if I want to go swimming I have an alternative. So I don't use the LTE very often, but it works great when I do.
 
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Dizle

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Jun 30, 2008
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The battery life on my series 3 was ok, usually ended the day at about 65%. Finally turned off the screen on wrist raise and it seems to last MUCH longer! 6am-5pm and I’m at 92% so I should get 2 days easy. Wish I could have the screen turn on only when I receive notifications or tap...
 

markol

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Oct 17, 2014
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The battery life on my series 3 was ok, usually ended the day at about 65%. Finally turned off the screen on wrist raise and it seems to last MUCH longer! 6am-5pm and I’m at 92% so I should get 2 days easy. Wish I could have the screen turn on only when I receive notifications or tap...

I'm guessing you can try the "Movie mode" of the watch. This doesn't turn on screen until you tap it.
 

Cryates

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Nov 19, 2013
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Question: Does the LTE radio being on when the watch is connected to my iPhone use any more battery than if I had the radio turned completely off?
 

Dizle

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Jun 30, 2008
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I'm guessing you can try the "Movie mode" of the watch. This doesn't turn on screen until you tap it.

Doesn’t theater mode do basically the same thing as turning off wrist raise to wake? It would be cool if the screen wouldn’t turn on unless I tap, push a button, or receive a notification. I have it on silent mode always.
 

Relentless Power

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Doesn’t theater mode do basically the same thing as turning off wrist raise to wake? It would be cool if the screen wouldn’t turn on unless I tap, push a button, or receive a notification. I have it on silent mode always.

Theater Mode is designed to not activate the display when you raise your wrist versus raise to wake activates the display with your wrist. You need to tap the display or push the Digital Crown/side button to activate the display when theater mode is activated.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.macrumors.com/how-to/watchos-3-2-theater-mode/amp/
 

joeblough

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Sep 30, 2006
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Doesn’t theater mode do basically the same thing as turning off wrist raise to wake? It would be cool if the screen wouldn’t turn on unless I tap, push a button, or receive a notification. I have it on silent mode always.

i think that AW turns on the screen if a notification comes in. so theater mode is like a superset of turning off raise-to-wake. not only does it turn off raise-to-wake, but it also prevents the display from waking for any other reason.

i found that my hand-me-down series 0 went from around 15 hours of battery life to 26 if i just ran in theater mode all day. it's a pain to touch the screen to see the display, but the extra battery life is worth it to me.
 

BigMcGuire

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Jan 10, 2012
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Yeah, I'm ending my days with my AW3 GPS, after a 30-40 min run (activity) - with 83-85%. Pretty crazy. I do have raise to wake off and most notifications off but ... still, that's pretty cool. I'm happy with it. :)

Interesting bout Theatre mode!
 

joeblough

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Sep 30, 2006
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Yeah, I'm ending my days with my AW3 GPS, after a 30-40 min run (activity) - with 83-85%. Pretty crazy. I do have raise to wake off and most notifications off but ... still, that's pretty cool. I'm happy with it. :)

Interesting bout Theatre mode!

i have to say though that i'm wrong - the watch does not turn on the display when a notification comes in when in 'normal' mode. so quite possibly it's simply all the 'accidental' wakes that are prevented when in theater mode that accounts for the longer battery life... i just can't say. but the difference is remarkable.

i have another solution to my problem - i inherited a 2nd series 0. they are of the same vintage but one of them has much better battery life - about 16h with one 30m workout. so i just wear the one with worse battery life to bed and the other one during the day and it all works out.
 
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ectospheno

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Sep 19, 2005
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My new 42mm series 3 lte without using lte uses around 26% every 24 hours. That includes a 30 minute walk workout. Hard not to be happy with that.
 
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