Sep 9th, 2014

Moto 360 300mAh battery iFixit

During the hoopla that was this morning’s Apple event, the folks at iFixit published an interesting teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. During the gruesome autopsy, iFixit discovered the Moto 360 may have had a smaller battery than Motorola advertised on the smartwatch’s packaging: a 300mAh battery vs 320mAh as printed on the box.

With reports of the Moto 360’s lackluster battery life, this of course caused some alarm with early adopters who’ve already dropped a few bills on the watch. Fear not, as Motorola wasted no time in chiming in on the subject. Here’s Motorola’s full statement to help clear some things up:

“The typical battery capacity for Moto 360 is 320 mAh and the minimum is 300 mAh. In the mobile industry, sometimes both the minimum and typical capacity is listed on the battery, with the typical capacity quoted as the official battery size. Both figures are included on the batteries of our Moto X, Moto E and Moto G devices.

In the case of smaller devices, we aren’t always able to list both figures. For Moto 360 we only had room for one figure and choose to list the minimal capacity of the battery. We see how this can be confusing and we will look into ways to add the typical capacity as well in the future.”

So there you have it. Because battery charging capacity can vary device-to-device and Motorola couldn’t list both the typical and minimum mAh, they chose to only list the minimum. Don’t freak out too much, especially if you’ve heard battery life not even averaging a full day. We’re currently averaging about a full 24 hours or so with ambient mode turned off and will update you later after we perform some more tests. Cheers.


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