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These are the smartwatches with the longest stated battery life of 2024

Some smartwatches need nightly charging, while others can last for a month or more

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The battery life of smartwatches varies significantly more than with other technology products like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Their relatively small batteries have to juggle power and efficiency as LTE, GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi fight for energy with heart rate monitors, accelerometers, barometers, and a display expected to show the time constantly.

Generally speaking, more functionality equates to shorter battery life. As such, feature-packed smartwatches from Apple and Samsung must be placed on their charging docks daily, while hybrid watches like those from Withings can last 25 days.

The Wyze Watch is a $20 device that promises a nine-day battery life. Primarily a smart home company, Wyze has yet to provide more details on the battery life, but the watch's lack of energy-sapping GPS, LTE, and music streaming will play a vital role here. We'll be keen to review.

As an example of how much GPS and 5G can affect a smartwatch battery, look at Apple's claims for the Watch Series 8.

The company states 18 hours of battery life is possible during a typical day, which includes 180-time checks, 180 notifications, 90 minutes of app use, and a 60-minute workout with music playback over Bluetooth.

But if you take a call over the Watch's LTE connection, the battery will die after just 90 minutes, and recording outdoor exercise with GPS and LTE active will kill the watch in five hours. (We've seen similar results with the Apple Watch in our testing.)

You should consider all this when buying a new smartwatch, and while your personal usage stats will vary, it is interesting to see just how much variation there is in the manufacturer's claims. Here, we have gathered up six smartwatches whose claimed battery life (while used as a proper smartwatch and not in a battery-saver mode) ranges from 36 hours to 173 days.

Garmin Fenix 7: 173 days with Solar

a photo of Garmin Fenix 7 smartwatchesThe Garmin Fenix 7 has a claimed 22-day battery life with solarGarmin

The current king of smartwatch battery life is the Garmin Fenix 7, which claims to have 22 days of use.

The new Fenix 7 is a huge watch with a 47mm case, likely an acquired taste for many. But that large case means a big battery and tough build quality with waterproofing to 100 meters. As well as acting like a smartwatch and fitness tracker, the watch has ski maps for 2,000 resorts worldwide, animated workout guides, an expedition mode, advanced run tracking, and data for 43,000 golf courses.

Garmin claims 22 days of smartwatch use with solar or 173—days of use when on battery-saving mode and solar power. When music is played simultaneously, the battery life goes to 10 hours, while a special, energy-sipping 'Expedition GPS Mode' can last up to 40 days, and the battery-saver mode is good for a claimed 74 days.

Garmin Forerunner 965: 23 days

A photo of three Garmin Forerunner 965 smartwatchesThe Garmin Forerunner 965 has a claimed 23-day battery lifeGarmin

Another option from Garmin is the Forerunner 965, a fitness-focused smartwatch that mixes advanced exercise tracking and health data collection with smartwatch features like calls, notifications, contactless payments, and music streaming. The Forerunner 965 also has a heart rate monitor, an oxygen saturation sensor, hydration tracking, sleep monitoring, and an app for checking stress levels.

Exercise features include the Garmin Coach app for helping you with 5K, 10K, and half-marathon runs and a set of on-screen workout animations.

Despite the many features, Garmin says the Forerunner has a battery life of 23 days in "smartwatch mode," which should be achievable when using the watch as normal and not restricting it to a state where it only shows the time. Garmin says up to 10.5 hours of battery life is possible with GPS enabled while streaming music.

Fitbit Versa 4: Six days

a product shot of Fitbit Versa 4 smartwatchFitbit Versa 4 provides 6+ days of usage on a single charge. Fitbit

Another fitness smartwatch with strong battery life is the Versa 4 by Fitbit. This watch has all the exercise and fitness tracking features you would expect from Fitbit: built-in GPS for recording outdoor runs, music playback, sleep tracking, and a choice of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

It also has a 24/7 heart rate monitor and can calculate your oxygen saturation level. The watch can handle calls and texts via your smartphone, includes Fitbit Pay for contactless credit card payments, has an always-on display, and is available in three color options.

Fitbit says the Versa 4 has a battery life of six days, which will track your movement all day and night. The company says battery life "varies with use and other factors; up to 12 hours with continuous GPS.

Mobvoi TicWatch 5 Pro: More Than Three days (80 hours)

A photo of TicWatch 5 ProThe TicWatch 5 Pro and its dual-display system have more than a three-day battery lifeTicWatch

Falling a little behind the Fitbit is the TicWatch 5 Pro by Mobvoi. This smartwatch uses the industry-leading Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 Wearable Platform and is powered with Google's latest version of Wear OS. It functions like any other smartwatch with fitness, sleep, and activity tracking.

There is also a heart rate monitor, blood saturation tracking, Skin Temperature Sensor, IP68 waterproofing, making it safe to swim with, integrated GPS, barometer, compass, and an altimeter.

What's clever here is how the TicWatch 5 Pro has two displays. First, there is a regular AMOLED display, similar to the screens of other smartwatches; above that sits a low-power display that is transparent when not in use and looks like a Kindle ebook reader. This means the low-power, greyscale display can be used to show the time constantly, and the color display beneath shines into life when you want to do more.

It's a clever setup that means the TicWatch can last 45 days when using only the low-power screen. Mobvoi claims up to 80 hours or more than three days of battery life when using both. It also works on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) wireless connections.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: 50 hours

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5The Galaxy Watch 5 has a claimed 50-hour battery lifeSamsung

Samsung's latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 5, has a sleek design, the company's own Tizen operating system, and is a worthy rival to the Apple Watch. Available in 40mm and 44mm case size options, the watch can be fitted to any strap thanks to industry-standard lug bars and is available in silver, pink gold, and graphite.

There is an NFC for contactless payments, Bluetooth for music playback, constant heart rate tracking, sleep coaching, IP68 water resistance, and a suite of exercise and fitness apps to log every exercise session.

Samsung is a little vague on battery life, stating that 50 hours is possible with "typical usage" and up to 131 hours (5.5 days) can be achieved with "low usage." The company also says: "Actual battery life varies by network environment, features and apps used, frequency of calls and messages, number of times charged, and many other factors." However, the smartwatch does come with a fast charge.

Apple Watch Series 9: 36 hours

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As we mentioned earlier, the Apple Watch (Series 8) doesn't have a particularly long battery life compared to the claims of others. However, the Apple Watch 9 series has a very long battery life when compared to earlier versions of the Apple Watch. The battery life on the Apple Watch 9 is more powerful than the battery life on the Apple Watch 8. The Apple Watch 9 can last up to 36 hours in low-power mode. The Apple Watch 8 has up to 18 hours on a single charge in the same low-power mode.

The Watch Series 9 is as feature-packed as smartwatches get. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and optional 5G, plus activity tracking, heart rate, and sleep. It can also take an ECG, monitor blood oxygen saturation, make an emergency call if you fall over and don't get up, and be worn while swimming.

It does a lot but requires daily (or nightly) charging. This is primarily okay when used during the day, but if you want to track your sleep with an Apple Watch 9, you'll have to work out a routine where its battery is topped up at some point during each day.

The Apple Watch 9 is similar in price to the Apple Watch 8. The Apple Watch 9 costs $399 for GPS only and $499 for GPS/Cellular versions. The size of the smartwatch (41mm or 45mm) and the case material (aluminum or Stainless Steel) will impact the cost. The Apple Watch 9 has six case finishes: Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Gold, Silver, and Graphite. And you can pick one up on Apple's website, Best Buy, and your local carrier (AT&T and Verizon).

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