How long does it take to charge your watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by NovemberWhiskey, Aug 21, 2015.


Watch Charging Time from 1% to 100%

  1. 2 Hrs or less

    15 vote(s)
  2. 2.5 Hrs

    7 vote(s)
  3. 4 Hrs +

    2 vote(s)
  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    I got an Apple Watch around launch date, which did a full charge in ~2.5 hrs or less. I sold that one, and then bought another recently, and the recent one can take well over 4 hours to do a full charge now. It seems like it gets to 90 percent in 2 hours, and then every percentage from 90-100 takes at least an hour. Is this a new feature to slow charge it as it approaches a full charge?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Never seen my watch at 1% so couldn't tell you if I'm honest.
  3. NovemberWhiskey thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would take it back immediately and tell them how slowly it charges. o_O
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I can't comment on the total time as I don't really pay attention, but their slowing down as they approach a full charge is nothing new. We see this with all iDevices.
  6. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    I never went below 40% even when wearing it for a very long time (24 hours) with lots of interaction. I put on my stand when I go to bed, read a bit and it's mostly fully charged again when I turn off the light.

    In other words: it charges very quickly. I'd recommend having it checked/exchanged.
  7. zetaplus93 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2015
    How long does it take to get to 90% or so?

    Sounds defective to me. Usually takes about 1.5 hours to charge mine from 30-40%.
  8. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I was going to put down "All Night" as that is how long it is in its charger, however about 2 hours would be the correct answer. The other day my watch got down to about 5% because I didn't charge it at night and by 2:00PM it was down that much. I put it in the charger to put just enough charge on it to go for a run, and in half and hour it was up to 52%, and I was able to do my run. In fact I didn't have to charge it again until I went to bed about 10:00PM when it was down to about 10%. I think that is quite substantial, I am well pleased with the battery performance.
  9. Julien, Aug 21, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2015

    Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    This sounds like it could be a calibration issue and not the battery. Try the following and see what happens.

    1. Run the :apple:Watch dead (until it shuts off/avoid Power Saving mode)
    2. Charge it fully (overnight)
    3. Run down to about 40%-50%
    4. Charge to 90%
    5. Repeat if possible 2 or more times (is also the best charge cycle for prolonging Lit-ion life)
    6. Go for a full charge and see if it's not reduced in time
  10. GaryNoine macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2015
    Guess I'm not the only one who can use the watch constantly for the whole day and only get down to about 40%. Takes about 2 hours to get back to 100%. I'm quite surprised at the battery quality on the watch so far

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