Life expentancy of the Gear S2/S3 Classic battery?

I have been unable to find ANY information about the life expectancy of the batteries in the S2 Classic and the S3 Classic. I even called Samsung and not only could they not give me an answer, but they could not tell me the cost or procedure of having the battery replaced when the time comes. All they could tell me is that I could expect to spend a minimum of @ $70 - their customary out-of-warranty service charge. If I'm going to spend $300 or $350 for a gizmo with a non-user-removable battery, I'd like to know the life expectancy, cost and procedure of having that battery replaced. It's one thing to buy an expensive watch for that price that you are going to have for forty years; it's another to spend it on a watch that you'll need to replace in two years. I realize it's wearable tech, not jewelry, but still...
If anyone can help with the info I'm looking for, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Many thanks!

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About 2 years.

The battery looks to be a classic 300 cycle rated battery. So if you were able to run it down daily that means that it would be hard to hit 2 years.

-> About the non-user replaceable, that's half true. There are YouTubes about replacing it and also companies (here at least) that do this for those that can't crack it open.

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Wow, thank you. I just received a response from a different forum and that user said 5 years, which I could live with, but 2 years sounds pretty short - especially if I'm going to have to pay Samsung $70+ to replace the battery (assuming I can't find a reputable 3rd party locally).

Thank you for your help - I really appreciate it.

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I was going "worse case."

I have a phone that is 10 years old. But I didn't drain it to the bottom daily and it's held up very well. Only 60ish percent of new battery time. It's only for testing an app so we'll never replace the battery.

Let me note that icracked com is a common source for such changes.

There are so many pages on the web about battery care. If you read one about fully draining the battery, don't read that one farther.


Notice the parts about PARTIAL DISCHARGE and life span?

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Much appreciated

Thank you. I really do appreciate your input. With nothing - or very little - on the web about lifespan of smartwatch batteries, I felt a little like I was driving blind!

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nice sharing!!

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2 years based on those specs seems right to me

Have to agree with you. Purchased my Samsung 2 in Nov 2016, run it down and charge it daily, and I am sitting at 22 months and finding that my battery definitely needs replacing.

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lifespan is based on number of charges not lengh of time.

there is no real answer to your questions. it will on depend upon your usage and how often you will have to charge it. Length of time really do not have anything to do with it and anything said will be just a guess since nobody would know about your usage.

Cost for battery replace also depends where you take it and where you live. some areas have cheaper labor than others and it depends on competition. you are asking questions that cannot be answered.

I have the gear s2 classic and have had it for around a year.

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re: lifespan is based on number of charges not lengh of time

Thank you for your reply. You mentioned that the cost of battery replacement depends on where you live. Do you know who actually does the battery replacement? I live in California and have had no luck finding anyone who will do it...

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Here's how to find the battery and how to.
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here today gone tomorrow

you don't even have a watch yet so whatever place that may change batteries today may not be around when you need the battery replace YEARS from now. In addition, just because there is not a place today does not mean there won't be a place YEARS from now when you need one replaced. I mean get real!!! It is like anything else you purchase - there will be risks. If you cannot afford the risk, don't buy one. It is as simple as that.

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re: here today gone tomorrow

Actually, I do have a watch - in fact, I have both. Trying to decide with one to keep. Just gathering as much information as possible before making what for me is a fairly expensive decision. Some people just go for it, some people do research to help with their decision.

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not according to your original post

you said in your original post

' If I'm going to spend $300 or $350 for a gizmo with a non-user-removable battery, I'd like to know the life expectancy, cost and procedure of having that battery replaced. It's one thing to buy an expensive watch for that price that you are going to have for forty years; it's another to spend it on a watch that you'll need to replace in two years. I realize it's wearable tech, not jewelry, but still..."

answers here are based on what is said. If you do not give correct information, how do you expect to get accurate answers????? anyway, everything I said still goes. there is no real answer for you with your watches. It is only guessing because who knows what the future holds, nobody knows how long the battery will last for you, and nobody knows if there will be a place to get your watch repair.

One thing to consider, like any other electronic device, in a few years, paying someone to replace the battery may cost more than the watch is worth.

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I understood

I understood what he meant. It may not be perfect grammar, but when a person says "if I am going to..." it doesn't necessarily mean that they're talking about the future. It could be a way of referring to something they did in the past. It could be an alternative way of saying, "Since I spent...". In any case, it's moot to the questions that he was asking, and I think you just got off on an unnecessary Rabbit Trail. And why do you keep saying YEARS? My S2 battery died and I got my watch only about a year ago December.

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Here mine gave up

I had an gear s2. Used it around 2 years 9 months a year only daily. Put it into charge at nights. After 2 years the screen seperated near the home button. Tried gluing but it damaged the aliminium around screen, causing it to be esthetically unusable. When i opened the device to see what caused this, i noticed that the battery was swollen. So if you use it fully 18 months do a battery replacement in case. Battery got swollen in just one day without any warning. Usage time was around 32 hours with full charge before the day it happened.

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My gear s3 Frontier lasted exactly 2 years and 5 month.

Brought in 2016, and 2 Year’s and 5 months later this month it started acting up. Would not stay connected to the BT started showing the caution sign on the screen. Mine you, the warranty was up in January 2018 my watch went wacky in June of 2018! Strange huh

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About 3 months - Swollen Battery on Gear S3

My Gear S3 had shorter and shorter battery life starting at about 3 months. Ordered replacement on eBay and when I opened the watch, battery was really swollen. Fortunately I caught it before it damaged anything. See image.

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I'd say 3.5 - 4 years, with proper setup and charging

I purchased the original Samsung Gear and had it for a couple of years before the Gear 2 made the scene. Purchased that one, use it daily, and it's normal battery life allowed me to charge it every other day (full use, exercise tracking, message notifications, etc.). Upgraded to the Gear 2, and am now sitting at just shy of two years for this watch (purchased in Nov 2016). I purchased a second one for my son, who also uses and charges it daily, in Dec 2016. Even with tweaking to reduce the running of any unnecessary apps that might drain the battery, normal use of this watch makes it through one full cycle of use before it has to be charged again (roughly 16 hours before it wants to drop into low power mode). I am most definitely at the point where the watch battery needs to be replaced in order to continue to get real use out of it. On the plus side, I love the watch and what it does. On the negative side, the batteries simply don't last that long and getting one changed is an act of congress if you can even find someone that is willing to do it. The S2/3 series should give you at least a full years use above the lower end Gear 2's I own, as those are rated for 2-3 days of use per charge. I'd guesstimate that with a bit of tweaking and proper charging, you should expect to get 3.5-4 years use out of an S3 series battery, based upon my personal experiences with three different Samsung Gear watches over the past four years.

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Gear s2

I got my watch in January 2017. At that time on a full charge my watch lasted about 48 hour. 23 months later I get about 8 hours out of a full charge of course this all depends on how much you use the watch and what for, like texting or calling.

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