How To Extend The Life Of Your Watch Battery

8 September 2015
 Categories: , Blog


Even though watch batteries are not terribly expensive, getting them replaced can be annoying because you might not necessarily have the tools to get the back off of the watch, requiring you to take it to a specialist, drop it off, and be without a watch for a few days. In order to avoid this annoyance as much as possible, you will want to try to minimize the number of times you get your watch battery replaced by extending the life of your watch battery. Here's how you can do this.

1. Pull Out the Stem of the Watch

The easiest way to increase the amount of time that you are able to use the watch battery is to pull out the stem of an analog watch. This is how you reset the watch for daylight savings time and any other time that your watch might be running at the incorrect time. When you pull out the stem, all of the mechanical parts inside the watch stop running automatically. They require you to physically turn the stem of the watch to the correct time and push the stem back into its normal position in order to start all of the mechanical processes again.

If you pull out the stem every night when you go to sleep and then push it back in every morning after resetting it, you can almost double the length of your watch battery because you won't be using it approximately half the time that you used to.

If you are using a digital watch, you can simply turn it off whenever you are not using it.

2. Store Your Watch in the Refrigerator Overnight

Another tip is to take your watch and store it in the refrigerator overnight. This tip works for both digital watches and analog watches. Because many watch batteries are made out of nickel metal hydride, they are going to have a larger rate of self-discharge, meaning that they are going to allow energy to seep out constantly.

To combat this, you can store your entire watch in the refrigerator because the cold slows down the rate at which energy is lost. Place the watch in a plastic bag and place it in your refrigerator. When you first wake up, take it out and place it somewhere at room temperature so that it can warm up while you shower and get ready for the day.

For more information, talk to a professional like Jewelry Clinic.