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960design

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Original poster
Apr 17, 2012
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Destin, FL
Been running a couple of times with the new WatchOS and really like the 'flash / blink' feature the watch now has when running at night.

It has three settings:
  1. Solid White
  2. Flash White / Black
  3. Solid Red
There are a couple of annoying things at the moment; not complaining, just commenting, it is very new. Currently the 'flashlight' goes to sleep after a couple of minutes ( maybe five ). The battery is significantly hit. I did a short 3 mile run and the battery started at full charge and was down to 58% in about 20 minutes. Turning the flash while running is cumbersome, you have to navigate out of the activity display by pressing the crown, swipe up from the bottom to display the 'dock', tap the flashlight icon, then swipe left to get to strobe. You have to do this every five minutes.
 

QzzB

macrumors regular
Mar 7, 2015
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London
Can you adjust the brightness of the flash? If I remember correctly isn't the Series 2 like the brightest ever display?? if the flashing is using maximum brightness regardless of settings it will kill the battery quite a bit.

Hopefully the battery issues are more down to the Beta rather than the way its designed
 

960design

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Apr 17, 2012
3,703
1,571
Destin, FL
Can you adjust the brightness of the flash?
Not from the flashlight settings or from anywhere on the watch that I can find. You can adjust the brightness from the iPhone. I currently have the brightness set at 50%.

If I remember correctly isn't the Series 2 like the brightest ever display?? if the flashing is using maximum brightness regardless of settings it will kill the battery quite a bit.
The flash is bright enough to annoy the runners on my watch side. Definitely bright enough to kill your night vision if you happen to glance at the watch face while running. It is bright enough to see light shadows from mailboxes and bushes when running by. This was a couple of days before full moon on a clear night.

Hopefully the battery issues are more down to the Beta rather than the way its designed
Certainly could be and has been in the past.
 

ohsnaphappy

macrumors regular
Jan 14, 2013
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I want my watch to flash while running at night, I think it's a nice safety feature. How do I enable that? Do I just swipe up and turn on flashlight? Is that the only way? Thanks!
 
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