Heart rate monitor

UKapple73

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Anyone else turn off the continuous heart rate monitoring like me?
I’ve always figured it will use a fair chunk of battery and I just turn it on when I do a workout or play sports etc
Also saves wear and tear on the sensors, which come on every 30 seconds or whatever 24/7
How much battery life does the heart rate use?
 

casperes1996

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Anyone else turn off the continuous heart rate monitoring like me?
I’ve always figured it will use a fair chunk of battery and I just turn it on when I do a workout or play sports etc
Also saves wear and tear on the sensors, which come on every 30 seconds or whatever 24/7
How much battery life does the heart rate use?
The sensor really shouldn't wear down quickly enough for you to have issues with it no matter how often it fired. - I have had it on since I got my Series 4, and I get about 2 and a half days of batter
 
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StumpyBloke

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Anyone else turn off the continuous heart rate monitoring like me?
I’ve always figured it will use a fair chunk of battery and I just turn it on when I do a workout or play sports etc
Also saves wear and tear on the sensors, which come on every 30 seconds or whatever 24/7
How much battery life does the heart rate use?
No of course not LOL I question why you would even have an Apple Watch (or any smart watch for that matter) if you are worried about such non-issues?
 

UKapple73

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No of course not LOL I question why you would even have an Apple Watch (or any smart watch for that matter) if you are worried about such non-issues?
Maybe because I want the thing to last, call me crazy but.....
 

casperes1996

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Maybe because I want the thing to last, call me crazy but.....
Right. It’s good to take care of your things, but it’s made to last with the sensors firing often, and sensors like that really don’t break that easily. A million other things are more likely to fail first. Besides, there’s no point in saying a light bulb has lasted a million years if you’ve never turned it on. Use that falls under expected usage and not abuse should be enough to maintain products in respectable and lasting conditions to any expectable level of durability.
 
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Pseudo-Fed

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You indicate you turn off HR to save battery, but don’t indicate you‘ve tested it or know how much it saves you in your use? Sensor won’t wear out in the watch’s few year expected useful life. AW has the most accurate and consistent wrist based HR around and it’s a key feature. Hey, but if you’re worried about it...to each his own. I can also say with certainty that your refrigerator compressor will last a lot longer if you unplug the fridge and will also use less energy.......;-)
 

StumpyBloke

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Yeah thanks for the captain obvious responses guys
What did you seriously expect people to say? You’ve bought the best smart watch on the planet and turned off one of its main features for exactly no-good reason! You are questioned about it, you don’t like the response so you post a snarky comment or two.

My advice: Just enjoy your watch, stop trying to make it live longer than you, and get on with your life.
 
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BasicGreatGuy

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In the middle of several books.
Anyone else turn off the continuous heart rate monitoring like me?
I’ve always figured it will use a fair chunk of battery and I just turn it on when I do a workout or play sports etc
Also saves wear and tear on the sensors, which come on every 30 seconds or whatever 24/7
How much battery life does the heart rate use?
Unless there is an inherent defect with the watch, or it suffers from purposeful abuse or accident, it should last you several years, even with the heart rate monitor being on all the time.
 
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