Battery life series 1 vs 2

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  1. ssledoux macrumors 6502a

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    I am seriously considering going to series 2 aluminum due to battery life. My 1 lasts through the day, but I can't imagine if I really start utilizing the workout stuff (as I plan to), that it will continue to last that long.

    How much of a difference is there, really, in the battery lives of the 1 and 2?
     
  2. Kyle76 macrumors regular

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    On a normal day, not doing a lot of GPS-related stuff, I'm at around 80% when I remove my watch before bed. I never had an earlier version, but I believe this is considerably better life than the original watch.
     
  3. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Geez! On a normal day I'm around 10-20% at bedtime. This is getting and responding to text messages, maybe a few alarms going off, and of course, checking the time.
     
  4. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    My Series 1 AW is typically at 70% - 80% by bedtime.
    I use it pretty much all day. Responding to texts, checking email, etc.
     
  5. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    HOW??? Mine is dying so much faster than that!
     
  6. Julien macrumors G4

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    ˙Have you tried re-pairing yet?
     
  7. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No. I haven't. I kinda hate to start all over. How does that help?
     
  8. Julien macrumors G4

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    It is NOT a start over (all data, settings and apps are preserved) and re-paring fixes almost all unresolvable software issues.
     
  9. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay - will try it! Do I unpaid and re-pair, or is there just a re-pair? Sorry - I'm new to this.
     
  10. Julien macrumors G4

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    You MUST un-pair first. You can only pair an un-paried (like a new to you) :apple:Watch. So it is not possible to re-pair without first un-paring. It will probably take about give or take an hour.
     
  11. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

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    Just bought my S1 last week (after giving up on the S0 after three days at launch) and I'm blown away by how much longer the battery lasts. I've been wearing mine for 13 hours so far today, with reasonable use, including Pokémon Go and I'm on 75%
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    It's still rated at 18 hours for Series 2. But with the more efficient processor and disabling the GPS, it results in 30% more battery life.
     
  13. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    Another thing to keep in mind is the 42mm has better battery life than the 38mm.
     
  14. Luigi3 macrumors regular

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    Dunno about 1, but I've been using 2 series for a week. On Sunday I had 1 hour workout on gym with app, then 1 hour run with watch GPS, and some usage during the day. I had 25% at the end of day.
     
  15. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    My 42mm original SS usually has around 30-50% left in the evening. Recently it was running out of battery already in the afternoon, looks like some app was stuck or so. I did a hard shutdown (hold both buttons until it turns off/restarts) and that solved the problem. it is 4:30pm right now and I am at 79%
     
  16. christarp macrumors 6502

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    my S2 42mm typically has 75% at the end of the day. I just use it for normal things really. When I do a half hour with the GPS or so it might be a little bit under 70% but nothing too low at all.
     
  17. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I'm moving to a series 2 SS 38mm because I had been thinking of going stainless anyway, so hopefully I'll get a little more battery life, even though I think repairing this one might fix the problem. I'm just not going to since I'm unpairing it and my daughter will be pairing with her phone in just a few days.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The Series 2 38 MM is still rated at 18 hours. You likely won't see any real difference in battery life over the Series 1. You certainly can make adjustments to assist in the Longevity of the battery.
     
  19. ladytonya macrumors 6502a

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    My Series 1 watch was getting TERRIBLE battery life, like I would put it on at 8:00 am and it would be dead before 6:00 pm. I did a hard reboot, removed almost all 3rd party apps from the dock, and reduced my brightness. It seems to have helped but I haven't had a full workday since doing this so we'll see. I haven't tried a repair yet but that might be my next step. I have a series 1 38 mm sport.
     
  20. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen a pretty big difference with the series 2, but I do have the GPS disabled. I took this off the charger nearly 24 hours ago and I still have 68% battery life. With my series 1, I definitely would've had to charge last night.
     
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  22. ssledoux thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well you can turn it off to where it doesn't use it during workouts for sure, but it seems like it asked me something about it while I was pairing, though I can't be positive.

    To disable it for workouts, go to (on your phone) settings, privacy, location services, Apple Watch workout, never
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You can disable the GPS through your iPhone settings/Apple Watch Application.
     
  24. worker73 macrumors member

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    Can you just leave GPS enabled for when you want to actually use it OR does it drain down the battery even when not activated?

    I was thinking you have to physically start the GPS to get it to work.
     
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You can leave it turned on for tracking if you so wish. It obviously will affect the battery life in some respects.
     

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