Short charge each day instead of all night charge

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ccrgt, May 31, 2015.

  1. ccrgt macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    Canberra, Australia
    I have had my 38 sports with added Milanese loop since launch day and I just love it. I came from a Pebble steel which was brilliant but I like the apple watch so much more. My apple watch typically has about 30-40% each evening after about 16 hours of use with all things enabled (full brightness, wrist raise, hey Siri etc) and I get lots of notifications all day - but no HR measuring and no workout or phone calls on watch. One thing I did with my Pebble after a full day's use was to top up the battery each evening for about 30-60 minutes and then when it was at 100% I would put watch back on and wear it for the next 24 hours (including in bed - as my alarm - and in the shower as my music player). Do you think this would work with my apple watch?
  2. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    Nope. I was hoping to do this too, top it off during my night or morning routine but it seems the watch will need 90 minutes to get to 80% then another 2.5 hours to fill up. Depending on your usage a few top ups through the day could work. I'm looking into charging bands as an option to give me a boost or allow me to charge while I sleep.

    I'm guessing on this because I don't have my watch yet. But in a day it should be here and I can start testing.
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I don't think it's necessary. Since Apple has pretty much said it's meant to be charged nightly with the 18-hour battery life, I doubt you'll see much official support for wearing it at night. If you've used Fitbit, you might be used to sleep tracking through it. But who knows if any sleep tracking apps will be allowed since I don't know that Apple means for it to be used.

    I have found an app, among many others, that does some decent sleep tracking on my iPhone. I just put it next to my pillow and charge it at night. It tracks sleep based on movement and can optionally play a gradual alarm.

    I'm on about day three or four with my watch, and the battery life seems pretty good. I've got the display coming on when I raise the watch and Hey Siri is activated. I may or may not keep it activated since it's more like "Hey Siri Hey Siri. Dammit, now I gotta push the button." But I haven't come close to running out of battery since the day I got it, and that wasn't surprising.

    As you also have probably noticed, charging doesn't take long. So quick charges will go pretty far for you if you go that route. I've placed mine on the charger at night, looked at it less than an hour later and it's 100 percent.
  4. Packfan99 macrumors member


    May 5, 2015
    Centennial, CO
    I'm not guessing on this because I have had my watch. I can wear my watch for days at at time, just charging it while I shower and change. It charges back up pretty fast, about 1 percent a minute.
  5. Smurphy Gherkin macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    I have had mine (42mm) for 6 weeks now, and have slept with it on every night.

    (Sleep heart rate is of medical concern for me)

    I pop it on the charger for about 30 mins over breakfast/shower, then I usually but not always top it off for 30 mins just before bed.

    Given that at the end of the day the battery is usually at 50-70% this is really easy to do. I think I could do less than an hour a day charging.

    The battery scale is not linear. If I go to sleep fully charged it will be at about 91% in the morning. If at bedtime it is about half charged it will lose about 17% overnight.
  6. ccrgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2015
    Canberra, Australia
    Thanks for your replies. I will charge my watch up for awhile tonight and see how it goes over the following 24 hours.
  7. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    Good to hear. How about more information on how you are charging. Are you using the official charger or a higher amp charger? Which size watch do you have since the battery sizes differ. How long are you charging for. I think I believe you because in charging my watch yesterday while I was doing nothing I got from 28 to 92 in less time than the figures Apple provided would support. I was using a 3rd party iPad charger.

    I'm going to bust out my USB amperage tester tonight after I get below 80% to see how many amps the watch pulls to determine the importance of chargers over 1amp.
  8. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    This all seems like overkill. You just got the watch, right?

    The first day you get the watch the battery life will be terrible. Dunno what watch is doing, but it's terrible that first day. (It's also terrible for a day if something causes it to crash and you have to set it up as new - hopefully you won't have to worry about that.)

    After the first day, things level out and the battery life is great. You can charge it on the standard in-the-box charger while you're in the shower and/or resting in the evening and wear it all day and night and be fine. That applies to both sizes. A handful of people in the forum do that and it's working out well for them.
  9. Dukecitydawg macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    I do this. I wear mine all day, charge for a bit early evening (start at 55% charge), wear it all night, wake up with 75% charge, then charge for a couple of hours while I get ready in the morning. Works fine, but I suppose this could change as the battery cycles and its charging behavior changes over the next year.
  10. setite macrumors regular

    May 29, 2014
    My first day battery life was fine, especially considering how much I was poking at it. I simply want to know if the device can benefit from a 1.5A or 2A charger. It comes with a 1A charger but maybe it chargers faster.
  11. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    It doesn't.
  12. papashaun macrumors member

    May 1, 2015
    Mine is normally about 40 - 50% at bed time - sleep wearing it - stick it on charger when I get up for about an hour in the morning while having coffee, shower, shave etc and is usually back up to 100% and good for the day
  13. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2013
    I usually charge it up before bed and turn it off all night. That way when j wake up, it's at 100% amd it wasn't on the charger all night :)
  14. L-Tuned macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2012
    I'm planning to just charge it for like 2-3 hours at night then it will be 100% by the time I go to the bed. I was wondering if it's ok I just leave it on the puck but disconnect the USB power?
  15. PLamarine macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2009
    Central MA
    When i put it on the charger at night it is usually around 50%. If there is a decent sleep tracking app that comes out, I will wear it to bed, charge when I wake up.

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