Apple Watch battery life has been debated endlessly in half planet technology publications. Although Apple was responsible for dropping that we would use “as much” that we would have to charge it every night, users needed to experience in person those claims. Would it be enough? It would be short? What if I ran out of battery at end of the day?
These questions had to add the importance that as a wearable device to run out of battery. Apple sucks that I end up replacing our portfolios by Apple Watch and Apple Pay. It also is no secret that will play an important role in home automation. This is why the issue of battery is more important than ever.
After spending more than three months with a Apple Watch since its launch, we can get a better idea of what we can expect in this section. Does it comply with its promise of duration?
The battery in everyday life
Before entering into the experience of real life with Apple Watch, should begin with claims that Apple are making about their autonomy. According to the data provided by the company itself, the official duration is as follows (for the model’s 38mm):
- Daily 18 hours autonomy: 90 checks the time, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of use of apps and a 30-minute training with Apple Watch Bluetooth music playback.
- Talk time of 3 hours: the call was made from the Apple Watch.
- 6.5 hours audio playback.
- 6.5 hours training: with the heart rate sensor activated.
- Use of the 48 hour clock: looking at the time five times during 4 seconds every hour.
- Up to 72 hours battery saving: saving mode, looked time four times during 4 seconds every hour.
Apple Watch of 42mm battery is greater than 38mm model
In my particular case and with an Apple Watch 42 mm (it has one greater battery), It has never fallen battery level to 10% or to activate power saving mode except on one occasion that we will see later. A typical day during the week I put the clock between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning and removing it by night 22:30 to 23:00 (in Canada are very early-rising and go to bed soon). Between, I usually have this use of Apple Watch:
- 16 hours since, with everything activated (sound, bluetooth, motor taptico to the Max, brightness to half and heart rate sensor).
- 20-30 minutes of monitored exercise.
- Notifications of calls, email, about 20 a day and WhatsApp.
- Calls for 2 or 3 minutes in total.
- Use Siri 4 times a day.
At the end of the day, I usually have between 55% and 65% of load, with peaks 75% maximum and minimum of 25%. I acknowledge that the early days used Apple Watch more than it should and let watch loading at night with 25%. In this sense, and in my experience, this wearable fulfills what it promises and goes beyond.
That Yes, if ever forget you charge it overnight, is probably that I ended up entering mode saving mid afternoon of the second day. The reality is that if you travel much you won’t be able to forget your charger or will stay with a beautiful bracelet on the wrist.
The battery a day of physical activity
A few months ago I started to work in Golf course a couple of times a week. The experience of being in Canada would not have been complete without having a local job. I took the opportunity to find something that was different, that I get out of the House, and that involved physical activity if possible. In a typical work day, physical activity that Apple Watch records is as follows:
- Two sessions of 35-40 minutes, 10 km bike and about 200 calories each (the heart rate sensor is active during each session).
- 12,000 steps and walked 10 kilometers.
In addition to receiving notifications, make a call and use Siri as a normal day. These days, the battery It is usually reach 35% or 40% of charging every night. With which it has never stopped me pulled halfway through the day. False positives that trigger the screen also consume battery
Despite this, when left watchOS 1.0.1 update that I noticed how autonomy was drastically reduced a couple of days. At that time I published the importance that had Apple not to get the leg with the Apple Watch battery and updates. I thought that the reduction was due to watchOS 1.0.1, but I noticed that There was one thing that changed my routine daily.
During those two days, I was driving a machine like this on the golf course. One that requires turn the wheel constantly. Whenever it turned the left wrist, Apple Watch is lit without that see him. So how come to 10% load that day. The next time, I decided to change from wrist and solve the problem.
Does it comply with its promise? From my experience, the autonomy of the Apple Watch meets and exceeds. Which is not to say that I wouldn’t like to have a longer duration. Charge a device every night It is a discomfort that we accept with our smartphones. Now, if we want to have a smart watch, we have to remember to take another charger in the suitcase. One for the Apple Watch is, in addition, absurdly long.
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