How often do you charge your watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MaxBga, Aug 18, 2015.

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How often do you do?

  1. Everyday

    145 vote(s)
    86.3%
  2. More than once a day

    7 vote(s)
    4.2%
  3. Once every 2 days

    15 vote(s)
    8.9%
  4. Once every more than 2 days

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  1. MaxBga macrumors regular

    MaxBga

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    #1
    Hey,

    So I've had my watch (42mm Sport) for about two weeks now and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the battery life of the device.

    I thought I would be charging it everyday but actually I charge it every two or three days.

    For example, I charged it on the 16th's night and it was at 100% the 17th morning. And right now (I switch the watch off at night) I have like 40% left.

    I use the watch to get my messages, emails and notifications that are useful to receive it on here (like the ones that you can reply at, except for the mail).

    Maybe I don't use it that much or it's like so for everyone with the 42mm or even the 38 one?



    So how often do you charge yours?
     
  2. doboy macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Everyday just because it's easy to charge using a watch stand. I would rather not worry about the battery dying. My battery is usually ~45-55% after 16 hours of use.
     
  3. Donstil-nl macrumors 6502

    Donstil-nl

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    #3
    I am not using the apps and the hearth monitor so I am using it two days most of the time. When it's 50%+ end of the day I use it the second day. When it is 50% or less I charge.
     
  4. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    Every night I take it off and put it on the charger stand. It got to single digits by the end of the day, but since I turned the heart rate monitoring off I end the day with 40% to 60% left depending on how heavy the day's notifications were.

    I am now understanding why people get rid of the battery life complication. It's not as vital to monitor as one would think. I am sure I'd get a warning if I hit 20% or 10% or whatever, but it seems like unless you constantly play with it that is unlikely to happen.
     
  5. MaxBga thread starter macrumors regular

    MaxBga

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    #5
    Seems like disabling the heart rate monitoring makes the battery life so much longer. I've did too as well as reducing transparency (my watch is black, so it looks even better without transparency).

    When I think about how tiny the battery of this device is, I can't be anything else than surprised at how Apple has optimized this device to be power efficient.
     
  6. jjm3 macrumors member

    jjm3

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    #6
    I usually take my Space Black baby off the charger at 8:20 AM weekday mornings, and wear it all day with the heart monitor on and transparency on and everything. When I take it off between 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM (I'm a night owl), I always have between 35% and 25% battery left.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    #7
    It's not healthy for lithium ion batteries to drop below a certain level so you should make it a point to charge nightly along with your iPhone rather than squeeze 2-3 days out of a single charge.
     
  8. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502

    Trickhot3102

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    #8
    What I do is when I get home, I'll charge it to 100% then power it off until the next time I put it on! That way I don't have to charge it at night and the next time I put it on, it'll be at 100 percent
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    #9
    There's no reason for this step. Just keep it plugged in until you wear it again. It stops charging when it gets to 100% (i.e., it has a built-in circuit to prevent overcharging).
     
  10. shortcrust macrumors 6502

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    I usually charge it overnight, but occasionally fall asleep with the watch on. It always lasts until I get home the next day. Interesting to see my sleeping heart rate!
     
  11. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502

    Trickhot3102

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    For me it is. If I have a weekend off or something and just plan on hanging around the house, I won't wear it for that whole weekend. I only wear it when I go out, not around the house, so at most it'll go a day or two without being worn. It doesn't make sense to leave it powered on just sitting there
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

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    #12
    If you can go three days you are hardly using your watch. Mine goes on the charger with never less than 50% left but would not depend on that to get me through the next day much less the third day.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #13
    I charge mine up daily, there's usually around 40% (sometimes as much as 60%)
     
  14. Roller macrumors 68020

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    #14
    I charge mine every night while I sleep. I usually end the day around 50%, sometimes more, sometimes less.
     
  15. pjh macrumors regular

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    #15
    I charge mine daily, this though is more out of convenience than necessity. I don't sleep with a watch on, so I may as well put it on charge when I take it off (still typically 40-50% charge). I travel quite a lot and often have to fly through the night. I've found that in such circumstances, the watch can just about go 36 hours before dropping into reserve mode.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #16
    That's my exact routine, I find little need to have it on my wrist. I own a FitBit Surge which offers sleep tracking. An interesting feature but after the initial gee-whizz, it was not all that useful for me. Perhaps I'm not a serious trainer that needs to track his sleep.
     
  17. Bob190 macrumors 6502

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    I charge mine usually after workouts (while showering and changing), while swimming, and sometimes top it up before bed. My day usually includes about a 1.5 - 2.0 hour workout either running or biking (using the watch in workout mode and running the Strava app), and a 30-minute swim 3-4 times a week (with watch on the charger). I use an original Pebble to track my swims.

    I also wear mine during sleeping using the Sleep Pulse app. I don't think I have ever seen less than 15% on mine and that was at the end of a 4-hour bike ride when I didn't start fully charged. I seem to have ample opportunity to keep it charged and I would say I wear it probably 22.5 hours a day.

    I will also set it on the charger sometimes while sitting at my desk at work.

    All in all, I have never had a problem with the battery life.
     
  18. mcdj macrumors 604

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    #18
    I've never understood the mystery about charging any device. At night, you put it on a dock/plug it in. Period. Dot. What's so hard about that?
     
  19. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    I don't get it either. Here is a list of things I charge:

    1. iPhone 6+
    2. Apple Watch
    3. iPad Air
    4. Beats Studio Wireless
    5. Generic Bluetooth Earbuds
    6. Macbook Pro 15"
    7. Logitech Harmony Home Control remote for my TV (goes in its cradle every night)
    8. HP Prime Calculator (weekly - I'm an engineer)
    9. Whistle (Fitbit for my dog - weekly)

    The Watch barely made any impact! lol

    I'm currently sitting in a hotel room and all 1-6 are currently plugged in all over the room. The bluetooth earbuds (which I use for working out) are plugged in behind the TV because I ran out of sockets... lol
     
  20. Armen macrumors 604

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    My battery will go easily 1.5 days but I charge mine every night anyway.
     
  21. Nell macrumors regular

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    #21
    I charge mine every night. There's usually about 40% left (give or take a bit) but even when there's 60% left it's easier to remember to charge it if I do it every night.

    I've only once had the battery go during the day and that was because I realised too late that the job I was doing that day (gluing things together in a way that the watch interpreted as me repeatedly wanting to know the time) warranted switching off powering the screen on wrist raise.
     
  22. MaxBga thread starter macrumors regular

    MaxBga

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    #22
    The thread wasn't really a complain about the charging process! It was (at least what I meant) what's the Apple Watch's battery really like. I noticed how good it is and I just wanted to see if others had the same feeling!

    Charging devices is now something in our lives, my phone, my laptop & now the watch. When you have so many devices like you do, it's an organization I guess lol. And as said earlier, charging it on a fancy watch stand makes it much more fun. It doesn't bother me
     
  23. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    Hah - sorry about that... we went a bit off-topic :)
     
  24. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    I've been reading some of the crazy posts in this thread and was thinking the exact same thing. Lol.
     
  25. naasrd macrumors 6502

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    #25
    I usually hit the hay with over 50% left on my battery and I'd be on the heavy side of medium use, if I can put it like that.
     

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