Garmin watches have made a name for themselves in the fitness and outdoor niche. Watches like this should come rugged and they should also last long so that you are not caught in a bind when outdoors.
I have detailed how long you’ll get on different Garmin watch model batteries after a full charge below. I also provide insights into the overall length of time you can expect to use a Garmin watch for before it needs replacement.
Let’s get at it then.
How Long Do Garmin Vivoactive Watches Last?
Depending on the type of Vivoactive watch you have, and what you are using it for, these watches can last varying times. Below is an average of how long Garmin Vivoactive watch batteries last:
|1||Garmin Vivoactive 3||13 hours||7 days|
|2||Garmin Vivoactive 4||18 hours||8 days|
|3||Garmin Vivoactive 4s||18 hours*||8 days|
- Garmin Vivoactive 3 – A full charge allows you to use the GPS feature for up to 13 hours. In smartwatch mode, it can last up to seven days on a full charge.
- Garmin Vivoactive 4 – When using GPS mode on this watch, it lasts up to 18 hours. Combining GPS mode and music playback lessens the runtime to 6 hours. On smartwatch mode, it lasts up to 8 days.
- Garmin Vivoactive 4s – Activity mode and animation workout on the watch give you 8 hours of usage. Combining activity mode with music playback and workout animation gives 3 and half hours of usage.
Your battery usage is crucial to how long these watches last on a charge. Garmin Vivoactive watches can last as long as five (5) years with proper use, care, and maintenance.
How Long Do Garmin Fenix Watches Last?
Garmin Fenix watches can last up to 4 years. Same as every other smartwatch, the battery might get weaker with time which would lead to a shorter usage between charges.
Here’s a list of some Fenix watches and their battery time:
|1||Garmin Fenix 5||36-72 hours||14 days|
|2||Garmin Fenix 6||24 hours||14 days|
|3||Garmin Fenix 7||37 hours
(up to 48 hours on the solar version)
|18 days |
(22 days with solar charging)How long the Garmin Fenix watches last on GPS and smartwatch mode
The Forerunner 935 can last 2 weeks as a day-to-day watch, run for 21 hours in GPS mode, and 44 hours in battery-saving mode on a single charge. This watch should work for at least 3 years, and still be in top condition if properly handled.
The Garmin Forerunner 45 guarantees up to 13 hours of battery life in GPS mode, and can also go for 7 days in smartwatch mode. It’s safe to say that it would last you between 3-5 years of usage if properly cared for and maintained.
Garmin watches require a maximum of 90 minutes to get a full charge. If you have the Fenix 7 solar, you can get a full charge in about 3 hours using the solar power source.
A Garmin Vivoactive 3 can function properly for 2-3 years. It can last 7 days in smartwatch mode, and 13 hours in GPS mode.
How Long Should a Garmin Battery Last?
With 3-4 hours of daily GPS usage, Garmin watches can last up to 7 days. If GPS isn’t in use, they can last you several weeks on a single battery charge
Can you replace a Garmin watch battery?
Replacing Garmin watch batteries might not follow the conventional models, but it is possible.
I have found different helpful video guides on replacing the batteries on different Garmin watch models for you.
Find them below:
For this process, you will need two things; the new battery, and a Phillips screwdriver. Follow these instructions to change the battery:
If the watch does not come up after, you should try the process again or take the watch to a repairman.
Due to its solar installation, the Garmin Instinct Solar has the longest battery life with 56 days of usage in smartwatch mode. On the other hand, the Garmin Forerunner 945 and Fenix 6 both boast 36 hours of GPS usage, which makes them the highest ranking on the GPS usage chart.
If your Garmin watches are dying too fast, it might be due to a weak battery from extended usage/ charging cycle consumption, or your preferred modes of using the watch.
Here are five functions that drain your battery faster than normal:
YES. Your Garmin watch can be overcharged if not disconnected from its charging source after 24 hours. This overcharging will damage the battery over time.
A few things you can do to maximize your watch’s battery life are:
Take note of non-critical activities that you carry out with your watch, sideline them, and enjoy a longer battery use.