In an ideal scenario, the battery life of the Samsung Gear S3 is up to four days without having to put the watch on the charging pad. This means that the Gear S3 smartwatch is one of the longest-lasting smartwatches on the market.
But what is the “ideal” scenario and how can you actually enjoy the full battery life that Samsung promises? The reality is that if you use the watch a lot or keep the watch face “always on”, the actual battery life will be much less.
You can also make the actual charging of your watch less inconvenient by placing the right chargers in the right places.
Samsung Gear S3 Battery Life: An In-Depth Review
You can achieve the promised four days of battery life under ideal conditions. These ideal conditions look like this:
- Your watch face is idle (watch face is empty)
- GPS is off
- Wi-Fi is turned off
- Bluetooth is turned off
- You rarely use your watch just to check the time or notifications
If you use the watch more often or turn on GPS to log a run or navigate while driving, it’s much more likely that the battery will last 1-2 days on average. If you’re using the perpetual watch feature, you’ll likely need to charge your watch at least every night.
The good news is that it doesn’t take long to fully charge the watch. A fully discharged Samsung Gear S3 placed on the charger takes about 2 hours to fully charge to 100%.
Samsung Gear S3 charger options
There are many ways to extend the battery life of your Samsung Gear S3. But if you’re the type of person who likes to use your smartwatch frequently throughout the day, you’ll want to get a few wireless chargers and place them in convenient charging locations.
When wireless charging technology emerged, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) created a standard called Qi. This standard meant that chargers and devices that support wireless charging use the same technology. This helps consumers by allowing a single wireless charging pad or stand to be used for multiple devices.
So when you’re looking for a wireless charger for your Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, you just want to make sure it’s “Qi certified” so you know it’ll work.
Samsung Gear S3 standard charging stand
When you first buy the Samsung Gear S3, it comes with one charging stand.
The stand comes with a USB cable that can be connected to a computer’s USB port or a standard USB adapter.
Ideal places for such a charger:
- In the office, where you’ll probably take off your watch to put your wrists on the keyboard so the watch doesn’t get in the way.
- On your bedside table, unless you plan to wear a watch to track your sleep patterns.
- By the door, if you don’t plan to use your phone at home and want your phone always close at hand when you leave the house.
These chargers are inexpensive, so you can easily buy a few and keep them in all the places you usually take your watch off.
Samsung DUO tablet
If you have a smartphone that can charge from Qi-certified chargers (all new iPhones and most Android smartphones are Qi-certified), you can save on chargers by buying the Samsung DUO tablet.
It’s a flat charging base where you place your smartphone and smartwatch to charge when you’re not using them.
The key difference between flat chargers and vertical chargers is that when you use a flat charger, you don’t need to see the device’s display.
So, the perfect place for this charger would be out of the way places where you just leave your Samsung Gear S3 charging and forget about it.
Ideal places for such a charger:
- On a dresser or nightstand in your bedroom.
- On a shelf in your house where it’s out of the way.
- The flat design and ability to charge multiple devices makes this charger ideal for taking with you on the go.
These chargers are about 5 times more expensive than a stand-alone charger, so you’ll probably want to get one to carry around when you need it for both your phone and your smartwatch.
Universal Qi charging station
One of the best ways to save money while preserving your Gear S3 battery is to purchase a single charging station that charges all your devices in one place. Many charging stations available today include Qi-certified charging pads for many types of smartphones and smartwatches.
There are various types of charging stations on the market. Conveniently, they allow you to charge all your devices without having to buy multiple chargers.
What’s also nice about the standing style is that you can use your phone or watch even while they’re charging. This makes it perfect for the home or office, where you want to be able to see your screens even while they’re charging.
Ideal places for such a charger:
- On the office desk where you can see the screens while the devices are charging
- On the bedside table where you can see your notifications and alarm clock in the morning
- Put it on the table next to the sofa so that all the notifications are in view, even if you are at home.
These chargers cost about the same as standard Duo chargers. So, it really depends on whether you want to leave your devices charging and forget about them, or whether you want to see the screens even while they’re charging.
A case for a mobile charger
If you are the more adventurous type, then a protective docking station is the perfect choice. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine where to place all of your chargers so that you always have charging options available. It can also be difficult to pack some of these chargers when traveling.
A case for a mobile charger is an ideal solution. It houses the Samsung Gear S3 charger in a hard clamshell case and includes everything you need for charging. With the case closed, you can use the external clip to attach the charger case to your backpack.
Note that the Samsung Gear S3 charger itself does not come with a clamshell case, so you need to purchase that as well.
But together it is a perfect solution for those who travel a lot and don’t want to worry about the phone ever running out of power.
Extending Samsung Gear S3 battery life
As mentioned earlier in this article, there are a few things you can do to make sure your Samsung Gear S3 battery lasts as long as possible.
- The first thing to do is reduce the screen timeout to a minute. To do this, go to the Samsung Gear S3 settings menu.
- touch Display.
- touch Screen timeout and set to one minute or less.
The next thing you need to do is turn off touch wake up so that the screen doesn’t wake up every time you touch it.
- To do this, go to “Settings” and click advanced.
- touch Wake up gesture and turn off the option.
You’ll also want to turn off GPS, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth until you need them.
- To do this, go to “Settings” and click Connections.
- touch Wi-Fi, Locationand Bluetooth individually and customized Auto or Disabled.
Note: Since your watch normally syncs with your phone via Bluetooth, you won’t want to turn off Bluetooth on your smartwatch.
Finally, make sure that the Always-On screen feature is turned off. You can find it in settings and Always watch. Make sure this is the setting Disabled.
By now, your Samsung Gear S3 battery should be running as long as possible, with chargers installed in all the places you need them.