How to Charge A Smartwatch

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If you’ve got a new smartwatch, chances are you’re going to want to know how to charge it. Don’t worry, our article will be showing you everything you need to know about how to charge a smartwatch.

Most smartwatches have similar charging gear. A charging puck or a charging clamp like the Fitbit. You simply need to make sure to use the correct chargers at all times. 

Now there are a lot of important things to consider with any form of portable tech. One of these is the charging process and speed as well as the battery capabilities. 

Nowadays, when it comes to smartwatches there are two available battery types. Removable and single-use battery. It is also good to note that smartwatches can have multiple ways to charge. Some like the Samsung Galaxy Watch can be powered by wireless charging. 

The creation of this article is meant to explain to you the way to charge majority of the available smartwatch brands as well as enlighten you on each device’s charging duration and processes, and battery capacity.

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

Samsung has always been a leading brand in smart tech. Being one of the major contenders against other top tech brands like Apple and Motorola. The Samsung Wearable is a major brand within the smartwatch race. It offers a whole lot of features incorporated to stand out from the crowd. 

When charging your Samsung smartwatch, make sure to charge it correctly. If you happen to have a new Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, make sure to charge it to full capacity before using it for the first time. Battery life is generally dependent on the extent to which the watch is used. Be sure to monitor the power levels under heavy usage.

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Charging A Galaxy smartwatch Using The Charging Dock

  1. Plug the charger into a socket and the other end into the charging dock.
  2. Rest the smartwatch on the charging dock. Ensure the back of the watch is aligned with the center of the dock
  3. When the charging has been established the watch will start to emit light. Green to indicate a full battery. It will blink red if low, and orange to show a low power adaptor.
  4. It is also possible to achieve the same results with a charging pad. Simply place the back of the phone in the middle of the charging pad as you did with the charging dock.
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Charging Via Wireless Powershare

 It is possible to use some Samsung smartphones to charge a Samsung smartwatch. This can only happen through Wireless Powershare. It works in the same way as a wireless power bank. Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to your Samsung smartphone’s navigation menu.
  2. Tap on the Wireless Powershare icon to turn on.
  3. Place the back of the smartwatch on the back of the Samsung smartphone.
  4. When a flashing blue LED light comes on, it indicates that Wireless Powershare has been initiated. Wait for a connection to be established between smartphone and smartwatch. A red LED light will flash and the smartphone will vibrate.
  5. Once enough power has been transferred, disconnect both devices and turn off the Wireless Powershare.

It’s good to note the wireless power share transfers power from your smartphone to your smartwatch. So best to charge to just the amount you need to get to a charging source. You wouldn’t want a dead phone with a charged watch because then even the charged smartwatch would hardly be useful to you.

Samsung has ensured major improvements in it’s Galaxy Watch. Battery life is placed at a max of 120 hours for the 42-millimeter case models. A further increase of 168 hours  is expected for the 46-millimeter case models. This is impressive when you take into consideration the extra features incorporated into the watch. LTE and Bluetooth to mention a few. It takes the 42-millimeter case models 60 minutes to get to a charge of 50% and 150 minutes to get to a full charge from 0%

Apple Watch

The Apple Smartwatch has been a major statement piece in wearable tech. With 5 iterations of its Apple watch design under its belt, the watch has become really popular among most smartphone users. It has taken the position of conventional watches as stylish accessories. The Apple Watch is also one of the most commonly purchased smartwatch variants. The current iterations of the Apple are said to support up to 5 hours of use. Needing only 2.5 hours to get to full charge from 0%.

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Charging The Apple Watch

When charging this device make sure to use the correct charger. To charge this device you simply follow these steps

  1. Plug the magnetic cable charging cable for the smartwatch to a socket or USB.
  2. Align the back of the Apple Watch to the charging puck. Make sure the magnetic pull locks them both in place. A green lightning bolt icon should show on the screen to indicate that the device is charging.
  3. While charging the device goes into Nightstand Mode. The only displayed features to view on the device would be Time, Date, and Battery level.
  4. Once the smartwatch is full simply disconnect the puck from the back of the watch

Apple Watches are released in two variants. The 42-millimeter case and 46-millimeter case. Apple states that the 42mm case can last for up to 18 hours on a full charge. If battery levels drop to a low point, the Power Reserve mode is automatically activated. The watch then minimizes the available functions to just telling time. This particular power mode can keep the watch running for 72 hours at a low battery level. 

The Apple Watch doesn’t support wireless charging. This is due to the watch not being compliant with Qi charging standards unlike the Samsung Galaxy Watch which is Qi-compliant.

Fitbit Smartwatch

The Fitbit brand of smartwatches stands out on its own. It’s popularity as wearable tech was for a particular reason. The device offered consumers the ability to keep track of their physical well-being. A great idea that made the smartwatch, better known as trackers, quite popular. These devices grew on the popularity of fitness and health. Because of this, majority of the smartwatch’s designs were created to monitor physical indicators. This includes physical statistics like heart rate, number of steps walked and other personal metrics involved in fitness.

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Charging The Fitbit

The Fitbit makes use of a charging clamp to power up its battery. It might seem a bit strange but that’s what you’re working with. Follow the instructions below to properly charge your Fitbit.

  1. Connect your charging clamp to a USB port or wall socket.
  2. Line up the charging port with the pins on the bottom of the tracker. Squeeze the clamps then attach them to the Fitbit device,
  3. Once charging is initiated, the screen will light up with a battery sign showing the power level at that point in time. 
  4. Once the battery is full, disconnect the device immediately so as to reduce the risk of battery damage.
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Now, Fitbit watches make use of Lithium polymer batteries. The batteries happen to have a life span of about four days. The battery life is quite good, and at low battery levels, it can still run for longer than an hour before shutting down. Similar to the Apple Watch, the Fitbit does not meet Qi charging standards. This makes it unable to be wirelessly charged.

Fossil Smartwatch

Fossil smartwatches are handled and created by the Fossil Group, Inc. An American fashion designer and manufacturer, its smartwatch design operates more as fashionable tech while offering functionality. Current iterations of their smartwatches are widely popular.

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Charging Your Fossil Smartwatch

Now when charging this device, it is important to make sure not to attach the charger to a low-level energy source. That way, you avoid damaging the charger, the smartwatch or both. When charging follow these steps below:

  1. Connect the charger to a USB port or low output socket.
  2. Place the back of the smartwatch on the charging puck.
  3. Confirm charging has started by looking for the lightning bolt at the top of the watch face. This can also be done by swiping down to see a lightning bolt next to your battery percentage.

Conclusion

One of the major concerns when buying one is battery life. Among the brands, Samsung Galaxy smartwatch appears to be the best when it comes to battery capacity and endurance. It’s followed by Fitbit, and Apple, in that order. 

To be specific, the Galaxy watch is able to last for a week, an impressive figure. The Apple Watch, in comparison, can last no longer than a day. However, if you know how to take advantages of mentioned tips, your watch will last for a long time. 

Most smartwatches have a battery capacity with the ranges of 370-420mAh. Voltage during charging is usually from 3.7 to 4.2V. 

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