Battery life different between S1 &S2?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by CoriG, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. CoriG macrumors 6502

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    so I had an Apple Watch S2 and returned it because I could justify the price for what I was using it for. I just got a series 1 at a great price to go along with my AirPods. The battery life on the S2 was amazing- I was getting more that 20 hours. But the series 1 sucks. I have been wearing my watch with less than normal usage for 7-8 hours and my battery life is at 38%.

    Any suggestions of how to get battery life back to normal?
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    Maybe that's normal? I think they added a bigger battery in the s2
     
  3. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure that you have updated the watch to the latest software. restart the watch and if still an issue unpair and repair the watch....
     
  4. lclev macrumors regular

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    Try what ZebraDude suggests. I have an S2 and an S0. The S0 will last 20 or more hours before running out of battery. My S2 last even longer - I haven't pushed it yet to see just how long. So you S1 should make at least 20 hours.
     
  5. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just did that and I am watching the watch' battery drain again... it just went down 5% in 3 min. Ugh!
     
  6. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    My watch is lucky to make it to 20 hours and it's an series 2. Really depends on how heavy I use it
     
  7. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    If you use a lot of third party apps (I do) open up the Watch app on your iphone to make sure that the apps are not in the process of installing updates. installing app updates can take up a lot of power. it will level off once all apps are installed...
     
  8. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a few apps on there. I might have a bad battery. I literally haven't been playing with my watch at all and I am getting less notifications than normal.... the battery is horrible.
     
  9. roccobladr macrumors 6502

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    My series 1 battery was awful the first day I got it. Then I realized it wasn't on the latest update. So after updating it and modifying the mail notifications (to just VIP) and just a few days to get used to it, the battery life has been stable and I usually have at least 30% left after 14 hours usage and 30+ mins of workout.

    On a side note, do these watches need to index or whatever when you first at them up? I've always heard when setting up a new iPhone it will take a few days for battery life to normalize because of the indexing?
     
  10. minimo3 macrumors regular

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    Series 1 doesn't quite last all day. Taken off the charger at 9am it will be on low power mode (watch only) mode by 8pm with just checking messages and mail, no music, Siri, activity tracking or anything of the sort. This is with a fresh install of 3.1. It's definitely not 18 hours of usage
     
  11. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    Something must be wrong then. I took my S1 off the charger at 8am, it's now almost 10pm and I still have 60% battery life left. That's with activity tracking and all. Your battery shouldn't be dying that fast.
     
  12. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If that is the case - I am returning my watch....
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    The Series 2 has a larger battery over the S1. 30% larger to be exact. That said, the Airpods shouldn't drain your battery that fast.

    Before you make the return, attempt a re-pair with the Apple Watch and your iPhone first. If that doesn't help, you could Contact Apple directly as well.
     
  14. Archer1440 macrumors 6502

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    Playing music directly from the watch will cause a dramatically decreased battery endurance, regardless of the receiving equipment.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Ok? But where did the OP state they were "Playing music" directly from the Watch? I don't believe that's the issue here. The OP stated the he has the Airpods to pair with Watch, but the OP stated the battery life is abysmal by itself.

    Either it's software related or the battery is faulty. A re-pair is the next step.
     
  16. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I haven't even had a chance to pair the watch and phone together. I did repair the watch.

    As far as the bigger battery ... I am aware that the battery of the S2 is bigger, but all of the reviews that I read say that the bigger battery compensates for the gps... which I did not use when I had the S2. The S1 and S2 are supposed to have the same battery life of 18 hours.
     
  17. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Pair the Apple Watch and iPhone, I would configure it the way you want it. Then leave it on the charger until it's fully charged, then take it off the charger and then monitor the battery life.

    And you are slightly incorrect with the battery life on the Series 2. The Series 2 has a 30% larger battery to compensate for the GPS as you previously stated, but if you turn off the GPS, you can utilize that battery power for the watch itself and other functions. So that additional 30% does make a huge difference when the GPS is turned off.

    The 18 hour battery life is ready with the GPS turned on.

    Actually, that's why some have also purchased the Series 2, is they have no intentions of using the GPS, as they now have a larger battery to use for other functions and Apple Watch.
     
  18. Der Keyser macrumors member

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    My wife has a new S1 and experienced very poor battery life in the beginning - so much so that we looked into exchanging it. It went dead after about 14-17 hours and that was without very much usage.

    I decided to look into her usage of the watch, and it turns out, she placed her phone in her bag at work which was then placed in a locker.
    On days where she was far away from the locker the watch had good battery because it was just running untethered. But the days where she spent her time faily close to the locker killed the battery. So the main problem was the continued "fight" to stay connected to the phone at absolute maximum reach for bluetooth.

    I asked her to put her phone on her desk instead, and after that it has always been around ~ 35% battery left af bedtime.

    So pay attention to how far you are from your phone during the day.
     
  19. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    This is the problem with reviews, yes the S2 was given a bigger battery due to the GPS BUT the GPS on the watch is rarely if almost never used. The watch will always seek out the phone's GPS and you will be left with the longest battery life of any Apple Watch for normal use.
     
  20. lclev macrumors regular

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    If after doing the repair and nothing has improved - if it were me - I would be taking it back. My S0 will last easily 20+ hours easily. Your S1 should beat that.

    I am currently seeing how long my S2 will last. I normally charge it every night. So far I have had it on my wrist for 27 hours and I have 56% left. I have answered multiple text, gotten Twitter updates, had several calendar reminders, and I have my watch set to stay lit when I raise my wrist for 70 seconds. I did turn the raise wrist feature off when I went to bed.

    Lisa
     
  21. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Am I the only one trying to figure out why somebody would move from the S2 to the original? And also splurge for airpods?
     
  22. lclev macrumors regular

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    It is all in what you want. I wanted the additional battery life hence the S2, and I rarely use any earbud devices so the airpods hold no appeal. Obviously, CoriG has a different view. It is a matter of perspective.
     
  23. CoriG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I returned the series 2 in October because I wasn't using the gps or the waterproof. I found the series 1 for less than 200 It seemed like a no brainer to give them a second try especially since I got the AirPods. In my mind series 1+ AirPods = same as series 2.
     
  24. jshtroutman macrumors regular

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    My series 1 has great battery life for me and my usage. I have my Watch set up to only give me text notifications. No email or Facebook. I also keep the raise to wake feature off.
     
  25. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    I don't really use those features but A) wanted a SS model and B) even if I didn't I would rather spend $100 more anyways just in case I would want to use them in the future IMHO.
     

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