Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to extend the battery life in your Running Watch



We've mentioned on the blog several times how much we like our Garmin GPS Running watches.  In fact, the love for Garmins had trickled down to our mom, dad, and Scott too.
Our parents also have the Forerunner 10 and Scott has the Garmin Fenix with all the bells and whistles (because he is of course convinced that he will be lost in the woods by himself somewhere....lol)

I had already told the story about how Scott offered to upgrade my Garmin for me during my first marathon training cycle and I told him "Nah, don't bother. I'm only doing one marathon anyway".   Of course, I ran a second marathon and still didn't think it was necessary to upgrade even though my battery died at 4 hours and I still wasn't done running .

I expressed on the blog last week my concern of the short battery life of the Garmin Forerunner 10 and Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner offered some great advice. She told us this trick that could extend the battery life from around 4 hours to almost 10 hours.

Here is what she said

"So after you start it. If you turn it back to the regular clock screen, (instead of leaving it on the screen that shows you your splits/laps/mile time (that screen drains your battery).)
You can flip it back every now and then if you need a quick look at where you are at. But if you leave it mostly on the main clock screen it saves the battery especially if you are planning to use it for more than 4 hours.
I've had mine for years, it took me a few years to discover that trick. But even now, years past the battery will still last about 10 hours as long as I don't leave it on the screen that is draining the battery. Try it sometime, it works like a charm for me that way:)

I am so glad Kristy shared this tip with us and I will definitely be trying it out. The Garmin Forerunner 10 does everything that I need it to do and I really felt guilty upgrading it just because of the battery life. Now perhaps I won't have too.

Do you have any running watch tips?

35 comments:

  1. wow, I am so surprised that a simple trick like that could save battery life. I will definitely be sharing this information with some of my running group buddies. Battery life of a garmin has been a topic of conversation on several of our longer runs!

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  2. Wow, that's amazing! What a good trick to know! Thanks for sharing that :) -C

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  3. This is GREAT to know. I've been worrying about this myself. Thanks!

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  4. I've not had that problem yet, but my watch is still fairly new. It's a great tip that never would have occurred to me though, so THANK YOU for sharing! I'm sure it will come in handy when I'm out on an all day hike.

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    1. I find that I only have that problem when I run over 20 miles. I guess I just need to get faster..lol

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  5. I have not had any battery problems with my Tom Tom multisport yet. I usually charge it after 2 or 3 runs.

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    1. How many hours do you usually get out of your Tom Tom?

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  6. I really love my 10! I only care to know pace, miles and time so it is perfect for me. People have asked when I'll upgrade but I don't want to. I love the simplicity of the 10. I'm running my 8th marathon on Sunday and am totally going to try this battery conservation trick! :-)

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    1. Exactly! I feel the same way and have no desire to upgrade! I'm glad I learned this trick!

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  7. OHHH - I love little tips that people figure out!
    I have learned for my Nike watch that as soon as I get done with a run, turn the GPS off. I guess it still links even if its not set to tracking.

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    1. I'm not familiar with the Nike watches but I guess that makes sense!

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  8. Ooh, that's great to know! I'll have to try it to see if it works on the 220 as well.

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    1. Do you know how long the battery life is on the 220 generally?

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  9. Great tips, although I don't know how to get to the clock screen of my 310xt. I'll have to check this out! Thanks!!

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    1. I feel like I still have more to learn on my watch too...lol

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  10. Very cool. I don't know how to flip to the clock screen on my Garmin 220, but will try to figure it out. I take MUCH, MUCH longer than 4 hours to run a marathon and need all the battery life I can get!

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    1. Use the arrow button to scroll through the screens. I'm not sure if it has to be set as a data field first but I just use the arrows to toggle between screens.

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  11. I'm currently using the 220 and I love it. I didn't really like the 210 because I wanted to have 3 data fields available. The battery life on the 220 is awesome. I can get multiple runs in on one charging cycle.

    I'm glad there's a way to extend the battery for the 210. That's great for people that are happy with the watch!

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  12. That is great! I use a Forerunner 110 and it has lasted as long as 8 hours hiking. I love it and really don't want the fancier models, this one seems to do all i need :)

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  13. Glad you enjoyed the tip, and a few others were able to find it helpful! I have used that for years and it works. A gal I work with, has the same model as me and she uses her indoors all day to track her mileage and it works though an entire 8-9 hours every day this way too.

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  14. Oooh, thanks for sharing this! The battery on my Garmin has just run out, so I will use these tips when I get a new one.

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  15. I just totally had a big AH-haaaa moment! Thanks for the tip.

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  16. Oh wow! I never even thought to do that!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  17. Blogs are great for sharing tips and that sounds like a great one!

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  18. Who knew? And all this time I thought I should just run faster! :p

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  19. My new Garmin 225 has tons more battery life than my old 110. I wish I had heard of this trick before my 110 died. It's such a simple solution!

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  20. Oh wow, I had never heard of that trick!! Thanks for letting us know!!

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