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Renho

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I assume the ones with most complications but is there one that is the least battery hog? And does having weather/rain/AQI really drain battery the most since it’s always checking GPS?

having certain watch faces in your choices even when not being used affect battery? image.jpg
 

Julien

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The more OLED's pixels lite the more power it uses and white uses the most since it requires all 3 sub pixels. So the new Meridian (white) will use the most power.

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Renho

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The more OLED's pixels lite the more power it uses and white uses the most since it requires all 3 sub pixels. So the new Meridian (white) will use the most power.

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Ok, so the darker the better. I heard colors too help suck it down more. Any info on having weather complications?

so would the white face suck down more than the color one? 5993A17E-78AE-49F7-AFFF-DDEABB8E9A39.jpeg 53123ED3-0F1F-42F9-9125-59FA7DFDCF03.jpeg
 

akash.nu

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Ok, so the darker the better. I heard colors too help suck it down more. Any info on having weather complications?

so would the white face suck down more than the color one? View attachment 874354 View attachment 874355

With that setup you’ll be fine. Even with the white background you’re not really using most of the screen real estate. Don’t worry so much about battery life. As long as it lasts the whole day you’re good. Just put it on charge when needed. Apple Watch in general is not made for going on week long camping trip without any charging options.
 

Julien

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...so would the white face suck down more than the color one?
Usually yes. White is all 3 sub pixels (Red/Green/Blue) on at once. Red would just be red sub pixel so ABOUT ⅓ less power used. But to paraphrase akash.nu don't over think it and just use. If not getting a full day then start to look at ways to save power.
 

Renho

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With that setup you’ll be fine. Even with the white background you’re not really using most of the screen real estate. Don’t worry so much about battery life. As long as it lasts the whole day you’re good. Just put it on charge when needed. Apple Watch in general is not made for going on week long camping trip without any charging options.

that’s the thing it’s not lasting all day. Why I need to know these things. It goes from lasting to not. It’s weird
 

akash.nu

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that’s the thing it’s not lasting all day. Why I need to know these things. It goes from lasting to not. It’s weird

Really?! That’s weird. Possibly a reset might help?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

Renho

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Really?! That’s weird. Possibly a reset might help?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I did try that but before 6.1 update. But I’m weary cause I lost all activity data. Had to start over and Apple couldn’t figure it out..:(
 

waw74

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i use california, with the blue backgound. And always on display is on

yesterday I was about 50% at the end of the day. That number has greatly improved compared to before the 6.1 upgrade.

not sure why, but battery life seems to be a bit worse for a day or 2 after OS updates, so depending on when you upgraded, you might want to give it a little time.
 

Beachmusic18

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FWIW I did an apple watch session while waiting for my husband who was buying a new MacBook Pro and transferring data from a back-up. I'd had the watch for almost a year at the time so was familiar with most of it, but had the same question about watch faces not in use sapping battery, and the answer was no, the other faces aren't using battery, only the one currently running.
 
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