I decided that I would not alter my routine at all, but go through my normal process, getting my daily walks and periodically checking to see how the battery was doing. And that is exactly what I did.
Just before 3 pm, 7 hours after the low battery notice, the FitBit app started showing my battery as “empty.” At this point, I had just about 9,000 steps total.
I resigned myself to eventually losing some steps, but figured it was worth the sacrifice in the name of science in order to find out just how long the battery lasted after the initial “low battery” email notification. So I continued with my day.
By the time I finally went to bed last night, my Flex had not yet died. The battery still showed up as “empty” despite the fact that I had put a total of 17,450 steps in.
That was enough for me. Rather than put it into “sleep” mode only to have the device quit on my sometime in the night, I decided to charge it overnight. I had enough data to answer the important question.
The results of my little experiment can be summed up as follows:
- Time from low-battery message to “empty” battery indicator: <= 7 hours
- Steps from low-battery message to “empty” battery indicator: ~7,200
- Time from initial “empty” battery indicator to when I decided to charge: ~7 hours
- Steps from initial “empty” battery indicator to when I decided to charge: ~8,000
And here is the answer to the question that I was really trying to get in the first place: If I receive a low battery message, how long can I use my Flex before it will lose power?
The answer, based on yesterday’s experiment, is
- At least 14 hours
- At least 15,500 steps
Seems to me that is useful information. Next time I get one of those alerts, I know I don’t have to rush back home to grab my charger. I can go virtually all day and the Flex will continue to work, despite showing the “empty” battery level on the iPhone app.