Huawei Band 7 : Impressive Battery Life But Be Aware of These Drainers!

The Huawei Band 7 is the latest fitness tracker from Huawei and it’s successor to the Huawei Band 6. The Band 7 has a lot of impressive features such as a 14 day battery life, but there are also some features that can drain the battery quickly if you’re not careful! In this article, we’ll go over which features drain the battery and how to manage them so you can get the most out of your Huawei Band 7!

Here’s What We Know About The Huawei Band 7 Battery Life

The Huawei Band 7 is an impressive fitness tracker. Based on it’s battery life, it’s capacity has not changed from the Huawei Band 6. Never the less 14 days is very impressive, but there is a fairly big disclaimer.

In order to achieve 14 day’s battery life you have to be a light user. Based on Huawei’s LAB analytics’, a user’s typical behaviour can achieve 14 days battery life if they follow this process.

Typical behaviour to achieve 14 day’s battery life

  • Heart Rate monitoring and Huawei’s Trusport
  • Using Huawei’s TruSleep features at night
  • 30 minutes of activity per week
  • 50 notifications, 6 phone calls, alarm notifications
  • AOD (always on display) turns on 200 times a day.

Out in the real world, and this is just my opinion that these numbers don’t typically meet the same levels of a person wanting to buy a fitness tracker. Especially when battery life is a key component when deciding to purchase.

I mean 30 minutes of activity per week? really?, I mean to live a healthy lifestyle you would need to do at least 30 minutes minimum per day. Over the course of 1 week you look at 210 minutes. Right off the bat 14 day’s isn’t realistic to a typical user, but that is purely my opinion.

Now Huawei LAB also have more information on a heavy user. The numbers are interesting to say the least. However it is what it is. But the general picture is some what similar to the Typical user. Based on Huawei’s LAB analytics’, a user’s heavy use behaviour can achieve 10 days battery life if they follow this process.

  • Heart Rate monitoring and Huawei’s Trusport
  • Using Huawei’s TruSleep features at night
  • 60 minutes of activity per week
  • 50 notifications, 6 phone calls, alarm notifications
  • AOD (always on display) turns on 500 times a day.
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From the get go, 60 minutes of activity a week is not healthy. I would suspect that most people who are looking at fitness trackers are looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Which generally means more than 60 minutes of activity per week.

Just like the typical user, the heavy user doesn’t stand a chance in my opinion of reaching the advertised battery life.

How Doe’s Huawei’s LAB Profile Compare to My Typical Battery Use

I would like to share my typical use. Mine’s is a lot different to what Huawei LAB predicts in terms of usage. I dont use notification’s, I tend to leave that off. Also I dont like to constantly look at message’s.

I find it to be a inconvenience rather than a convenience. Only because it can distract you from what you are doing. You will end up prioritizing other’s before you. I always plan my time to view messages, as I value my personal time, and work time. But never the less here is my typical usage.

  • Heart Rate monitoring and Huawei’s Trusport
  • Using Huawei’s TruSleep features at night
  • 350-360 minutes of activity per week
  • AOD (always on display) turns on 300 times a day.

Based on my profile I would get around 6-7 days which isn’t too bad. If I can get a weeks worth of battery life I would be happy.

What Features That I use That Drains Battery Life Quickly

Here is a list of features that I constantly use on a daily.

  • Work out Status : I use this feature constantly. With the improved heart rate tracking in the Huawei Band 7, I find this very useful. The improved heart rate monitoring power’s Huawei’s Trusport analytics. I really like to track my training load and V02max. Im all for training smarter than harder. Not to mention I only have a small window of time to improve my health. So best to utilise this efficiently. I also use the Running ability index (RAI) to improve my running and running times.
  • TruSleep : I use this everyday. Sleep tracking is very important to me, as I find it very hard to get a good night sleep. The Huawei Band does a really good job at tracking my sleep. It even gives you an in depth analysis of your sleep patterns and how you can improve them.
  • TruRelax : This is another feature that I use everyday. It helps me to relax and manage my stress levels. I find it very useful, as I tend to get very stressed easily.
  • AOD (Always on display) : This is a feature I like on even though it can drain the energy quickly. I find it useful to see the time without having to press a button. It’s not as efficient as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 which has a constant black light working. Which allows for a more efficient energy consumption.
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I used to own a Fitbit Charge 5. Based on my profile I would get the same amount of battery life as well.

Use My Typical Use As A Battery Life Usage Guide

If you are constantly active like me, then use my typical usage as a guide. My fitness level is okay, however there are many user’s out there who would exceed 400 minutes of activity a week.

I would suggest that if you are looking for a fitness tracker to use my typical usage as a guide line.

The features that I use the most are :

  • Workout status
  • TruSleep
  • TruRelax

I think that the battery life on the Huawei Band is very good. I am able to get around six days of usage, which is impressive. The only downside is that the AOD (Always On Display) can drain the battery quickly. I would suggest turning this feature off if you are not using it.

Final Conclusion

In my opinion the 14 day’s battery life for the Huawei Band 7 is a little far fetched. I mean based on the Huawei LAB Typical user profiles, I think it has missed the mark. When a person goes out to purchase a fitness tracker.

Their typical usage is completely different. Take my typical usage profile as an example. If you are anything like me, you are going to get around 7 day’s battery life.

I still think the battery life for the Huawei Band 7 is still great. Getting at least 7 days of use, works for me. I think it’s still very impressive. I still think it is a great value smart watch.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you find this article useful if you are looking to upgrade or buy a new Huawei Band 7

Battery Life Update 2023

After reviewing my article back in July 2022, I just wanted to give you an updated version of my results with the Huawei Band 7. Is the information in my last article still relevant? The answer is yes. In this latest update I will provide you with some new information about the Huawei Band 7 battery life which makes it very impressive.

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With the latest new updates I can now get at least 9 days of battery life on a single charge, which is a massive difference since my last article back in July 2022.

Has The Battery Life Improved Since My Last Article?

Reviewing messages on the Band 7 does not consume much battery life now

The answer is yes, and it’s a very big boost in battery life as well. According to Huawei test labs, my typical usage is considered to be of a heavy user. Let me share with you the results prior versus what you can get today. Please note that the battery life test is based on my typical usage so results can vary depending on the user.

  • All day heart rate tracking including sleep tracking
  • AOD : 20-25 screen activations
  • 50 minutes workout tracking
  • 20 messages viewed

All of the latest results will be based off the above list. Please also note that the test ends once 90% of battery life has been used. Let me share with you the new results to date

Criteria2022 Results2023 Results
Battery life per day13%10%
No of Days79

As a result the battery life has improved by a lot. In comparison to the numbers in 2022 the battery life of the Huawei Band 7 has improved by 29% which is a huge boost, including 2 extra days without charge. If your typical usage is similar to mine, then you will get the same results as mine.

The new and improved battery life of the Huawei Band 7 has also jumped from a 3 star rating to a 4 star rating when it comes to battery life economy. Below is a table that I use to gauge how effective the device’s battery life economy. The rating table is something I constructed my self after testing so many watch’s. The table also gives an indication what’s out there in the market.

No Of StarsEconomy
5 StarsUp to 6%
4 Stars7% – 10%
3 Stars11% – 13%
2 Stars14% – 16%
1 Star17% and over
Battery economy rating table that I have constructed to judge devices fairly and consistently based on my typical usage

How Does The Huawei Band 7 Compare in The Market?

Favourite feature when using the Huawei Band 7, control the music player

With the new test results, I have put it against some of the smart watches and fitness trackers that I have recently re tested. As you can see the Huawei Band 7 is very good and is currently sitting fourth on my ranking table for now.

1GarminForerunner 55Multi Sport4%5
2Fitbit Inspire 3Health9%4
3HuaweiWatch GT3 ProAll round10%4
4Huawei Watch Fit 2All round10%4
5HuaweiBand 7All round10%4
6XiaomiS1 ActiveSmart Features14%2
7FitbitVersa 4Health15%2
8FitbitCharge 5Health15%2
9SamsungGalaxy Watch 5 ProSmart Features17%1
10Huawei Watch GT3All round18%1
11PolarIgnite 3Fitness23%1
12SamsungGalaxy Watch 5Smart Features25%1
13SamsungGalaxy Watch 6 ClassicSmart Features30%1

Final Conclusion

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the new battery life economy rates for the Huawei Band 7. It’s still a fantastic device after 9 months of first purchasing it.