Battery life is worse than I expected

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by /dev/toaster, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I knew battery life would be poor but not this bad. I have had it on since 10am and it's now almost 3pm. The battery is already under 35%. Is this common or did I get a bad watch ?

    And no, I didn't use it a ton. Just normal glancing at it with notifications.
  2. mateytate macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2014
    I've had mine on since 8am, its now 2pm and its still at 91%, i've hardly used it though.
  3. tantantheman macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2015
    I don't know what you're doing on your watch, but mine comfortably lasted from 11am to 1am with 10% left yesterday. Today I've used it from 10 am to right now (2:55 pm) and its at 80%.
  4. Brett1203 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    Took off the charger at 7am and its 2:57pm and I'm at 72%
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    May take a full power cycle first to optimize the battery life. I would not charge it and let it run down to zero, then charge it overnight and see what your results are tomorrow.

    I'd also expect off the bat we are all going to be using it constantly resulting in lesser than "all-day battery".
  6. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    took it off charge at about 8am, been using it quite a bit - a lot more than yesterday - it is now 8pm and I am 57%.
  7. Somnospeed macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    Mine's been on since 7 AM and it's now 3 PM and I'm at 72%. I've been dicking around with it all day and even used the music app repeatedly at the gym. At the minimum it's as good as I hoped. At best I could say it exceeds what I expected.
  8. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
    Took it off at 8.30am and it's now almost 8pm with 57% left. I've used it quite a bit for notifications and looking up sports scores today. So I'm happy with that.
  9. Jason83 macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2014
    PA, USA
    Mine had 70% when I unpacked it at 8:30 Friday morning, I used it for what I would consider a lot since I wanted to play with my new toy, and still had 28% at 3am when I went to bed, recharged it overnight and am currently at 97% after having been up for 5 hours.

    TL;DR My battery is MUCH better than I expected so far.
  10. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    If this is true, I would definitely contact Apple support.
  11. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Not terrible on mine. It's been off since 10 am and it's 3 pm now and I'm down to 73%. It's actually right on par with my 6+ lol
  12. PhiLLoW macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2014
    From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m now. Still at 40%.

    Used it a lot today.
  13. ElctrcJellyfish macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2015
    I started at 100% at 7 AM. Normal usage, but walked the dog as a workout (outdoor walk, both GPS and heart rate monitoring) for 43 minutes. I'm at 67 percent right now.

    Either your battery is wonky or your normal usage is abnormal.
  14. GrimmsGirl macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2013
    Took mine off the charger at 8:30am, it's 3:00 now and I'm still at 69%. I used it to listen to music for a bit and I've been getting a lot of notifications and also testing out the digital touch quite a bit today.
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Not my experience at all. I've had it on since 10:00am and it's now past 2:00. It's at 85%. See if it does this consistently. If so, perhaps you got a bad watch.
  16. CarloVonSexron macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Fully charged at 2:00am, 10 hours later and I'm at 73%. Using it about as much as I did yesterday.
  17. d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    I thought with the newer batteries, draining them was bad?

    I thought it was best to stay im between 20-90%?
  18. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I posted this a few days ago and people where laughing at me calling me crazy

    But that's what I do with new iPhone or iPad , I let the battery die

    That's helps with battery next time is fully charged

    I only do it once In the beginning
  19. slpslee1 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    I barely got to use mine at all yesterday, so I didn't really get much of a feel for how long the battery would last. I played and played with it this morning for five hours almost continuously, including syncing a playlist and some photos to the device, and the battery was still close to 70 percent. I thought that was pretty remarkable. Obviously, that's way more than I would use it on any normal day.
  20. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    This is not good advice; draining these batteries down to zero is not good for them, and certainly offers no benefit.
  21. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Mine has pretty much gone the entire day without a recharge. Is your watch lighting up like every few seconds with notifications or something?
  22. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Yea you have to disable the non important notifications in the Apple watch iPhone app
  23. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Mine is better than expected. 38mm, I've had it on since 6am, it is 3:30pm, I'm at 62%. Now I haven't exercised yet, which will probably drain the battery more but I'm going to have to monitor it to see.
  24. skywest153 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Quite impressed with my battery life.

    Been on my wrist since 9am and it's now 3:30pm where I am. 77% remaining still.
  25. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Battery life much worse then expected !

    Same here. Took the watch on this morning at 7 am . Used it not a lot. Actually I used it as much as I would assume someone with such a watch will use it. Of course first day and I may have played a little more with it. Long story short at 8 pm the watch went into power savings mode...

    Hey Apple thats 13 hours and not 18 !!! Where did my missing 5 hours go?

    I may send the watch back...

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