Extend Apple Watch battery life with better handling HR sensor when paused/stopped

Hello, 

I love using Strava for tracking my cycling activities. And I love the connection with Apple Watch and it's heart rate sensor. The problem is, that Strava for Apple Watch is a real battery drainer. It cannot even record 6 hrs ride - at the end, the Watch will power down and all battery is eaten. 

The problem is, that even when the tracking is Auto-paused or Manually stopped, Strava still measures the heart rate. So when I want to record an uninterrupted ride with some pauses for lunch / snacks and I Stop the recording every time we don't ride, Strava is still eating battery by measuring the HR. 

I would suggest to stop measuring HR when the app recording is stopped or auto-paused. This should dramatically prolong the battery life of Apple Watch.

Thanks,

Pavel

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  • This is all too true. I find one small thing that helps is not only stopping the ride but clicking again to get rid of the 'resume/finish' screen. I find when I do this it does make some difference. If I'm sitting in my friend's shop after a short ride and I forget to do it the battery really drains down. However, battery drain is a fact of life and I rarely get even 6 hours activity out of it especially if I use it for anything else like seeing messages. Viewing the screen is also a big drain. I find the only thing to do on long rides and some of mine this year have gone up to 15 hrs is to take along a battery charger and lead for the watch and then the first thing I do when I stop is get it out and connect the watch. Phone is less of a problem but I usually perk that up as well. A double charger is really cheap now and then you don't lose any data. I wish there was a shorter lead for the watch but unfortunately there isn't. I use a Rapha brevet jersey which has a lot of storage space so taking along all that stuff isn't a problem. 

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  • Any idea when this is going to be fixed? In addition to draining the battery it uploads the wrong data to the Activity app. If I cycle for an hour, stop for an hour and cycle again for an hour, it shows 3 hours of activity which is wrong.

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  • Yea I can record 6 hour rides on my Apple Watch using the built in Apple Workout app. But try to record a ride with Strava on the watch alone and you only get a few hours. Definitely not good enough for a metric century ride. 

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  • I have a Apple series 1 watch and an iphone 6 plus, the only way I can record distances and hence long hours in the saddle is using a back up battery. The problem is that when charging the apple watch you cannot record heart rate.

    I would also like to see both a short apple watch charge cord say 150 mm max length.

    Just look at at Garmin 1030 edge, at over $600 plus a back up battery say $150, so it looks like I might just get an New Apple series watch at $450.

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  • It's a shame that after ending a workout on the watch, you still need to do 2 additional presses or your battery is dead by noon! This has now been an issue for over a year...

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  • The bottom line here is there is nothing strava can do about it. When you pause a workout, using either the native Apple Watch workouts app or strava, the hr monitoring continues. This is because strava under the hood is actually just using the built in workout library provided by Apple. Workouts also continues monitoring hr when paused. The battery drain on strava is definitely an issue, don’t get me wrong, but it has nothing to do with hr. They should look into it, though because I agree, you get about 3hrs with strava on the watch. I am going to th shutting off cellular next time.

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  • No updates on that feature Strava?

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