Series 0 battery failing?

Cave Man

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Last week, I put my watch on the charger and nothing happened. Did a complete shut down and restart but not difference. Left it on the charger overnight and it was completely dead other than getting the time when pressing the crown. Later that day, I tried it again and it started charging and worked thereafter until last night. Now it has the same behavior as before. Is this a sign of a dying battery? If so, who in the USA can replace the battery for a better price than Apple?

TIA.
 

Relentless Power

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Last week, I put my watch on the charger and nothing happened. Did a complete shut down and restart but not difference. Left it on the charger overnight and it was completely dead other than getting the time when pressing the crown. Later that day, I tried it again and it started charging and worked thereafter until last night. Now it has the same behavior as before. Is this a sign of a dying battery? If so, who in the USA can replace the battery for a better price than Apple?

TIA.
It appears that your battery is well past the lifespan of cycled usage, what I would do is if you are able to power it on successfully and achieve somewhat of a charge, Apple can conduct a free battery test for you on the phone or in the Apple store, they can find out the percentage of what your battery life is currently at.
 

perezr10

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Apple charges $79 for a battery replacement. I doubt you’d find anyone else to do it much cheaper. And if they are, I’d worry about the quality of the battery used.
 

Cave Man

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Well, it looks like my local Batteries Plus will do the replacement for $59. I'd just like to be able to verify that it's the battery before I replace it and find out otherwise. Is there a way that I can test the battery? It's now in reserve mode so no chance of connecting to my iPhone.
 

Lennyvalentin

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Well, it looks like my local Batteries Plus will do the replacement for $59.
Just be certain whichever 3rd party you have replace your battery won't screw up your NFC antenna/force touch detector, since those sit right beneath the display.

Anyhow, maybe you should be looking for a more modern watch rather than spending nearly $60 on a model which is not just slow as hell, but actually obsolete now. :p
 

Relentless Power

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Well, it looks like my local Batteries Plus will do the replacement for $59. I'd just like to be able to verify that it's the battery before I replace it and find out otherwise. Is there a way that I can test the battery? It's now in reserve mode so no chance of connecting to my iPhone.
The only way you would physically be able to test the battery is through Apple, which I _already_explained to you in the above post. However, you have to be able to successfully power the Apple Watch on long enough where they can conduct the test which will take 3 to 5 minutes, which they can do over the phone with you or in store.

Also, of course it’s your own decision, but I would not allow batteries plus to dissect your watch and replace the battery. If Apple can detects that the threshold of your battery is below 80%, they can replace the battery for you was another member alluded to, I just usually don’t recommend third-party repair stores replacing batteries, especially with the Apple Watch, as they don’t have the training that Apple does. However, being that your Apple Watch value is basically not worth much and will not receive watchOS updates any further, I can understand why you would want the most affordable route alternative as possible.
 
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PieVsCake

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Last week, I put my watch on the charger and nothing happened. Did a complete shut down and restart but not difference. Left it on the charger overnight and it was completely dead other than getting the time when pressing the crown. Later that day, I tried it again and it started charging and worked thereafter until last night. Now it has the same behavior as before. Is this a sign of a dying battery? If so, who in the USA can replace the battery for a better price than Apple?

TIA.
As a Series 0 owner myself I can relate to having battery issues. Mine actually expanded enough to pop the top off the watch. Luckily for me Apple was doing free replacements for that issue and I promptly had my watch replaced for free.

I really wouldn't trust a third party to service the watch to be honest. The $60 you pay from Apple for a new battery isnt close to the cost of a new watch but should anything happen and you need to get it replaced... well.. ya. Better safe then sorry.
 

ActionableMango

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Is this a sign of a dying battery?
It could be. But it could also be the charger or the charge cable gone bad. I've certainly had a couple of cables go bad.

You can rule out the charger by using a different one, and rule out the cable if you have another cable. If you don't have both of those things, you could test charging at an Apple Store.

Once you've ruled out those things, I'd say it is very likely the battery.
 

Cave Man

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So, my watch has miraculously come back to life. It's been sitting on the charger for 3 days now. Yesterday, it was still in low-power mode (time only). Now it's charged to 45%. I'll take a look at it in a couple of hours to see if it's substantially more than 45%. Could this be a battery issue, or something else?
 

Lubidubi

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So, my watch has miraculously come back to life. It's been sitting on the charger for 3 days now. Yesterday, it was still in low-power mode (time only). Now it's charged to 45%. I'll take a look at it in a couple of hours to see if it's substantially more than 45%. Could this be a battery issue, or something else?
I also had battery problems on my SS 0 space black. Sent it to Apple for a battery replacement. Just got it back and they replaced the hole watch. I now have a shiny new SSSB 0 :)
 

perezr10

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This happened to my wife’s Series 3 this week. She put on the charger for an hour and swears when she came back that it hasn’t improved one bit. Later, it started working again.
 
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