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QCassidy352

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My Apple Watch Series 7 is 35 days old, and battery health has dropped to 98%. Obviously 98% is fine, but it’s the rate of decline that worries me. This is my 4th AW, and it doesn’t seem normal. I charge at night with optimized battery charging.

How normal or abnormal is this? Thanks!
 
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jz0309

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My Apple Watch Series 7 is 35 days old, and battery health has dropped to 98%. Obviously 98% is fine, but it’s the rate of decline that worries me. This is my 4th AW, and it doesn’t seem normal. I charge at night with optimized battery charging.

How normal or abnormal is this? Thanks!
you mean you bought it 35 days ago, right, don't know the manufacturing date.
I always get AC+ and just don't worry about the battery health ...
 

QCassidy352

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Rate of decline isn't something to watch. In fact, it's best not to check battery health ever, as watching it won't make it go up.
Well I’d like to know if something is wrong. I got it from Amazon with the holiday return period, so I can still send it back if it’s not right.
 

wilberforce

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Probably to be expected for an S7, as the battery was likely manufactured some time ago.
It would not be normal for an S8, which would have a more newly manufactured battery.
Batteries can decline with age even if never used.
I suppose you could return and replace it, but you may then miss out on any discount you may have received?
 

chabig

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Well I’d like to know if something is wrong. I got it from Amazon with the holiday return period, so I can still send it back if it’s not right.
Two weeks isn’t enough time. I would never be concerned about a health reading of 98%. If there is truly a problem, it will show up over time and Apple’s warranty will cover you.
 
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chiefs1968

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I purchased a series 6 44mm stainless steel new on Ebay March or April 2022 and today it still is at 100%.So its obvious I would have it checked out or return it to Amazon.
 

BigMcGuire

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Well I’d like to know if something is wrong. I got it from Amazon with the holiday return period, so I can still send it back if it’s not right.
Not all batteries come 100% from factory. I had an iPhone come 96% from factory. Most I’ve got are over 100% but some have been under. I’d watch it over time and get AppleCare+. Batteries lose capacity fastest in the first year. Usually slows down after.

I hear you though if my watch showed 98% in first few months I’d not like that. I wish we could see more battery info of the watches like coconutBattery.
 

Jackbequickly

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My series 7 SBTi was purchased new a little over a year ago at introduction and it is still at 100%. I will be keeping another year for sure.
 

wilberforce

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Two weeks isn’t enough time. I would never be concerned about a health reading of 98%. If there is truly a problem, it will show up over time and Apple’s warranty will cover you.
Not as well as people would like. Apple only provides battery warranty service if it is less than 80% health. So it could get to 81% health, possibly in just a few months, and Apple will deny warranty service. I think for most people this would not be a very satisfactory outcome. Many people, myself included, have had their watch get to just above 80% before the warranty/AppleCare expires.
 
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jz0309

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Not as well as people would like. Apple only provides battery warranty service if it is less than 80% health. So it could get to 81% health, possibly in just a few months, and Apple will deny warranty service. I think for most people this would not be a very satisfactory outcome. Many people, myself included, have had their watch get to just above 80% before the warranty/AppleCare expires.
And you can extend AC+ to go month to month and not worry about battery life and other mishaps…
 

Ram65

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My Apple Watch Series 7 is 35 days old, and battery health has dropped to 98%. Obviously 98% is fine, but it’s the rate of decline that worries me. This is my 4th AW, and it doesn’t seem normal. I charge at night with optimized battery charging.

How normal or abnormal is this? Thanks!
Oh this ain’t normal at all . My AW6 did the same I had apple care plus I made some excuse and they sent me a new watch .
 

Reggaenald

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Worry not.
My 11 Pros health declined dramatically the first year I had it, but it’s levelled out and still works fine.
 
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Jack Neill

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Not as well as people would like. Apple only provides battery warranty service if it is less than 80% health. So it could get to 81% health, possibly in just a few months, and Apple will deny warranty service. I think for most people this would not be a very satisfactory outcome. Many people, myself included, have had their watch get to just above 80% before the warranty/AppleCare expires.
I have had this happen with iPhones too.. My Series 4 is at 79% and while it lasts for at least 14-16 still, the Ultra is calling my name..
 

jwolf6589

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My Apple Watch Series 7 is 35 days old, and battery health has dropped to 98%. Obviously 98% is fine, but it’s the rate of decline that worries me. This is my 4th AW, and it doesn’t seem normal. I charge at night with optimized battery charging.

How normal or abnormal is this? Thanks!
Mine is 9 months old and is at 91%.
 

QCassidy352

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Probably to be expected for an S7, as the battery was likely manufactured some time ago.
It would not be normal for an S8, which would have a more newly manufactured battery.
Batteries can decline with age even if never used.
I suppose you could return and replace it, but you may then miss out on any discount you may have received?
Good point. I did get it for a very good price. I guess I will stick with it and probably get AC+. Thanks, all.
 
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