There are many questions to answer before investing in a Fitbit, and its battery life is one of the questions that greatly affect its usage. How long should your Fitbit battery last? Does it wear out with time? Would a Fitbit with a replaceable battery be better for you? This article will give you all the answers you need.
How Many Years Will a Fitbit Battery Last?
According to Fitbit, a Fitbit battery lasts around one to two years, which also corresponds to Fitbit’s regular warranty time. Like all devices, a Fitbit battery may depend on how regularly you use it and how you maintain your Fitbit. With proper care, you might be able to extend the battery life by a few months or years.
Fitbit suggests that you do not keep your Fitbit charged for more than one night. Also, you should keep the pins on the charging cable and the charging contacts on the back of your device clean and clear of dirt. This is so that it doesn’t interfere with the charging or the battery life in the long term.
If you’re interested in learning more about how long a Fitbit lasts as a whole, I have written a detailed article about that here. This guide will be greatly useful to you if you’re interested in getting a Charge 2.
If you’re not planning to use your Fitbit for a while and want to store it, Fitbit suggests that the best way to do this is to charge your device to 100% and turn it off. Make sure that the charging cable is unplugged while you are storing your Fitbit for optimal results.
Fitbit Trackers need to be charged to 100% at least once every six months while Fitbit Watches should be recharged to 100% at least once a year.
Does a Fitbit Battery Wear Out?
A Fitbit battery is manufactured to last you to its warranty. This suggests that Fitbit batteries will wear out with use through time. Usually, Fitbits last from one to two years or more, depending on how well you take care of your Fitbit’s battery. Once your Fitbit battery wears out you might need to buy a new one or replace your original battery if your Fitbit isn’t a sealed unit type. However, if you replace your battery yourself, your warranty will be void.
Some Fitbit devices have batteries that are irreplaceable. This includes the Versa, Versa 2, Ace 3, Versa 3, Sense, Versa 4, and Sense 2. This is because these Fitbits are sealed units: once you open these Fitbits, you are essentially damaging them as their components aren’t made to be replaced or taken out.
If you’re worried about buying newer Fitbit models, this article of mine about outdated Fitbits might help you a lot. Especially if you’re interested on learning the pros and cons of obsolete models. Older models are more likely to have batteries which are not replaceable, so checking this out will also help you learn more about battery life too.
It might be difficult to replace certain Fitbit batteries by yourself, so the Fitbit forums suggest you only try this if you have the adequate technical capability and the tools to do it properly. There are videos online which can help you replace them if you don’t know how to do it yourself.
If your Fitbit battery wears out before the warranty expires, you might be able to have your Fitbit replaced, according to Fitbit’s warranty. Since faulty batteries and cracked screens have complex components to them, it’s highly likely that Fitbit will replace your Fitbit with a new one rather than have your old battery replaced.
However, if your battery wears out and you don’t have a current warranty, you might have to go to third-parties to have it replaced if you can’t do it yourself.
You can read more about my experience with Fitbit breakage with this helpful guide of mine. It delves deep into most common Fitbit problems and how to solve them, so it will be a great help if you’re planning to get a Fitbit and need extra guidance once you start using one.