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Fitbit Versa 4 : Battery Life Is Fantastic

When it comes to battery life, the astonishing thing I noticed was the number of days I was able to use the device on a single charge. Fitbit suggests the Versa 4 provides up to 4 days of battery life, but I was able to get close to six days, which was incredible!

However, if you want to get the six days battery life on the Fitbit Versa 4, you have to refrain from using its GPS tracking capabilities. This is based on my experience with the device, though everyone’s usage is different so you may get different results than I did.

In the past week I have conducted some numbers that maybe useful to you. The table below will give you a rough idea of how much battery consumption you could possible go through.

My Typical Usage Per Day

  • 60-70 minutes of strength training (Morning)
  • 60-70 minutes of GPS tracking (running/ hiking)
  • Up to 100 screen activations (AOD always on display)
  • Up to 20 messages viewed
  • All day heart rate tracking
  • Sleep tracking 6-7 hours per night

Testing Results Based on My Typical Usage

FeatureRate
No of Days Without GPS Tracking*6 Days on single charge
Battery Consumption Rate Without GPS Tracking15% Per Day
No of Days With 1 hour of GPS tracking per day*4 days on single charge
GPS Battery Consumption Rate7% per hour
Battery consumption rate with 1 hour GPS tracking22% per day
Time to recharge battery from 0 to 100%150 minutes
Time to recharge 1% of battery90 seconds

Out of the numbers provided, the ones that really stand out is the

  • Battery consumption rate without GPS tracking (15% per day)
  • GPS battery consumption rate (7% per hour)
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Both of these numbers are incredibly impressive and I can confidently explain why this is the case. The economy rate of the Fitbit Versa 4, in particular, is something to marvel at and puts it a step ahead of the competition when it comes to the smart watch market.

Battery Consumption Without GPS Tracking: 15% Per Day

The Versa 4 has an amazingly economical battery consumption rate of 15% per day, even without GPS tracking. I was truly astounded to see this figure as I thought it would be much higher. Any smart watch that has an economy rate of equal to or less than 15% per day is very impressive

Many smart watch’s tend to be around the 17% mark or higher only because the amount of features in a smart watch is far greater than what you expect in a fitness tracker. Remember that the battery consumption economy rate is based on my typical usage.

The 15% consumption rate is a number I have confidence in when ever I am checking the battery life each day, especially when it gets very low.

GPS Battery Consumption Rate (7% per hour)

When looked at under a microscope, the Versa 4 is up there with the best of them in terms of GPS battery consumption rates among fitness trackers in the market. To give you an idea, I have constructed a table below comparing the Versa 4 to its competition. With a GPS battery consumption rate of 7%, the Versa 4 gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Here are some of the test numbers that I have recently recorded.

GPS Battery Consumption Rate Comparison

NoBrand/Smart WatchConsumption Rate Per Hour
1Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro5%
2Huawei Watch GT3 (power saver mode)6%
3Garmin Forerunner 557%
4Fitbit Versa 47%
5Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 & 412%
6Huawei Watch GT3 (performance mode)13%
7Fitbit Charge 520-22%
Battery Consumption Rates : Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has the best rates at 5% per hour. As you can see the Versa 4 is one of the top smart watches that I have recently tested.

GPS Battery Consumption Rating Table

No of StarsGPS Battery Consumption Rate
5 Up to 7% per hour
48% to 12% per hour
313 to 15% per hour
216 to 19% per hour
120 % or more
GPS Battery Consumption Rate : Rating guide that I have constructed

The battery life per charge is impressive when GPS tracking is used, with up to 4 days possible when only one hour of GPS tracking is done every day. The more GPS tracking you do the shorter the battery life will be.

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On the weekends I like to go out on a long hike which normally goes for at least 3 hours so that’s at least 21% of GPS battery consumption, then you add my typical battery consumption rate of 15% which is then a total of 36% of battery life consumed on that day alone. Smart watch’s like the Galaxy Watch 5 or 4 I would need to charge my watch immediately after a 3 hour hike so the Versa 4 GPS battery consumption rate is impressive.

Final Conclusion

When it comes to battery life, the Versa 4 is outstanding and highly competitive against other smartwatches on the market. To be honest, the Versa 4 isn’t as feature-rich as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, the Garmin Forerunner, or the Huawei GT Series watches. But thanks to being light on features, it can last up to 6 days. Thats how I see it anyway. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you find this article useful. Here is a summary of the article.

FeatureRate
No of Days Without GPS Tracking*6 Days on single charge
Battery Consumption Rate Without GPS Tracking15% Per Day
No of Days With 1 hour of GPS tracking per day*4 days on single charge
GPS Battery Consumption Rate7% per hour
Battery consumption rate with 1 hour GPS tracking22% per day
Time to recharge battery from 0 to 100%150 minutes
Time to recharge 1% of battery90 seconds