Battery life - not impressed

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  1. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    :( Used my Apple Watch 42 mm for the first full day today and I am less then impressed by the battery life.

    Took it on this morning at 7am - at 8 pm tonight the watch went into power savings mode. Not great. Of course first day with the watch I used it maybe more then I would usual but not to much as least not as what I would think.

    I am wondering if I have a lemon because the reviewers in general did not have any issues in regards to this.
     
  2. jjlannoo Suspended

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    heavy use today, played with it a lot. Took it off the charger at 4:30am. Its now 3:46pm and I'm at 54%
     
  3. Armen macrumors 604

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    Apple said up to 18 hours. You don't have a lemon.
     
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    What sort of things did you do with it? Did you go for long runs, use the activity tracker, check notifications a lot, or play music and take calls? So far, I've had the watch on for 5 hours and it's used 18% (it's a 38mm), which seems pretty good so far.
     
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    I've been using mine pretty heavily today testing stuff (Workout, navigation, apps etc) and am still on 57% so i'm really impressed.
     
  7. water0nmars macrumors newbie

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    After one day of use you're wondering if you have a lemon because review people didn't have issues and you do?

    After ONE day?
     
  8. CmdrLaForge, Apr 25, 2015
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    Thats sounds much better then my own experience.

    One thing is that I used the activity tracker while walking for about 1:30hours. Maybe that did run the battery down?

    Maybe I have a lemon. I will see how it does tomorrow. Maybe I call Apple Support on Monday.
     
  9. Capsicum macrumors newbie

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    That sounds like it. Take a look at this https://www.apple.com/watch/battery.html
     
  10. CmdrLaForge thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well, yes that could be it. I hope so. What I just read what really impresses me is this:

    I am wondering how long the watch will work if I put it into Power Reserve when the battery is at 100%.
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I'm surprised to hear this. I took it off the charger at 5:30am est. It is now 5:00pm, and I still have 58% left. This is the 38mm
     
  12. CmdrLaForge thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I did the math after reviewing the numbers apple states on its site and it could be very well the activity tracker...
     
  13. whatos macrumors 6502a

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    Eighteen hours of usage and four charges, all partial, I'm suitably impressed for the tiny space they had to work with.

    Apple has done a good job of compromise. Every product is a series of compromises to bring to market a well balanced device.
     
  14. JKNorth macrumors member

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    That doesn't sound quite right. My battery life is great.

    Took it off the charger at 9am. It's been 8 hours. I've been using it off and on all day. It's at 70%.
     
  15. CmdrLaForge thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So . . . second day...

    Today is much much better. I didn't use the activity tracker. I put the watch on at 9 am in the morning and this evening at 9 pm I was still at 56% charged after 12 hours !!!

    I didn't use the watch a lot but my todays experience is of course just fine.
     
  16. Denziloshamen macrumors member

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    Three weeks if 10% gives you 72 hours!!!
     
  17. SR71 macrumors 68000

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    Actually, you could get more than three weeks. More like 4-5+ weeks if you kept it in power reserve from 100%. See my explanation below.

    Just doing some basic math, but if you can get 72 hours of battery at 10%, you can get at least 720 hours (30 days) of battery in power reserve mode from 100% battery. The reason I say at least 720 hours is because even when my watch was at 3% battery, it still said there were >2 days of battery life if it was in power reserve mode. If that's true, the Watch could actually be used for 50+ days in power reserve mode from 100%. That's simply awesome.

    Also, to contribute to the thread: My battery life has been wonderful. Here's the most I've gotten :

    From 100% to dead
    Usage: 6 hours, 9 minutes
    Standby: 1 day, 3 hours.
     
  18. Kroxx macrumors regular

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    I personally think the battery is a lot better than I expected!!!
     
  19. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    I expected the battery to be bad and it has been bad. No disappointments here but I set a low expectation.
     
  20. josh bear macrumors regular

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    Hi

    First day with mine. Off charger at 7.30 am. Some good use all day. Bit of Instagram, texting, two three min phone calls. Lots of messing with the watch face :)

    Now almost 10.30pm and at 14 percent. Traveling for the day tomorrow, first chance to use it as a boarding card :)
    In theory will be off charge from 5.15am through to 9pm. Will see how it goes.

    Have checked and it does charge from the the portable battery I carry for the phone on my day journey.

    Josh
     
  21. sterl320 macrumors 6502

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    look through the forums, there are many people who have had a great battery experience with it. I don't think you have a lemon, but I do think normal usage for you could be considered excessive to other people.
     
  22. Esoom macrumors 6502

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    Appreciating the battery life info folks, keep it coming...
     
  23. Robert M. macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, the exercise app/activity trackers drains the battery at an alarming rate.
     
  24. Alith macrumors 6502

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    The activities constantly measure your heart rate, which saps battery. If you're brisk walking you will still fill up the activity ring without running the activity app.
     

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