Garmin Fenix 3 Battery Drain Fix
I love my Garmin Fenix 3 smart watch and without wanting to curse it, it has all been working well. There are occasional software updates for it and these have brought improvements with them since I got the watch.
As a watch that I can wear all day long then I obviously use it all the time. I don’t change the watch face as much as I thought I would and tend to stick with the Actigraph Face, but as well as using ot to tell the time I use it for smart notifications from my phone, as a daily activity tracker and of course as a triathlon training watch to record my cycling workouts, running workouts, indoor trainer workouts, pool swims, open water swims, weights sessions etc. I also use it to track any walking in the hills that we do and also windsurf sessions, surf sessions and SUP sessions. It’s always in use and works flawlessly.
Fenix 3 Battery Drain
The only odd issue I have with it is that sometimes and without any warning the battery seems to drain a little quicker than it usually does.
A usual day with the watch being used to track a couple of workouts using GPS and several ANT+ devices and then used to track steps etc all day long, track my sleep at night and with it connected to my phone via Bluetooth would see the battery drain by around 15%. This means that I only have to charge it every few days and tend just to top up the charge for ½ an hour each morning which puts it back up to 100%.
However, every now and then the battery will drain much quicker than this, it might lose 50% overnight and I’m not sure why. Sometimes it happens just after a software update, other times it might be due to an unsuccesful bluetooth pairing. I’m not really sure what causes it but the battery will drain really quickly and catch me out. Thankfully the Fenix 3 has a low battery warning so I’ve been able to recharge it each time it has done this, but I still don’t know what actually causes the Fenix 3 battery to drain so quickly.
Fenix 3 Battery Drain Fix
I have found however that the battery continues to drain quickly even after a recharge. All is not lost though as a simple reboot of the watch seems to fix the Garmin Fenix 3 battery drain issues. Yep, that techie golden oldie of switching it off and on again seems to do the trick. Just hold down the light button for a few seconds, select ‘Power Off’ and let it shut down, and then hold the light button again to turn it back on again. So far, this simple reboot which only take a few seconds to perform has fixed the Fenix 3 battery drain issues on the rare occasion that it has become a problem.
I’ve also had one or two occasions where the watch has failed to pick up my Garmin ANT+ HRM. Once again a simple reboot has fixed it. I realise that this is hardly a ‘fix’ for an issue, but if you’re having problems with your watch, or any other technology for that matter, a simple reboot is always the first place to start.