Fitness Trackers with the Best Battery Life

The Options That Last You Through The Most Workouts Between Charges

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If you're looking to get the most out of your activity tracker, you need to wear it on a regular basis and make sure the battery is charged so you don't miss out on collecting stats for any workouts. That can be easier said than done, though, especially when life gets crazy and the last thing on your mind is stopping to check your device's battery level. 

While there are some tricks to making sure you never let your device's battery die completely — such as calendar reminders based on the gadget's rated battery life and keeping the charging cord next to your bed — there's no denying that having a long-lasting fitness tracker puts you in a better position.

Luckily, though, since most of them use lower-power displays than smartwatches, you'll be looking at about a week of battery life rather than a few days.

Keep reading for a look at some of the activity trackers that offer great battery life. And if you're interested in the smartwatches with the longest battery life, see this post

Garmin Vivovit 3 ($99.99)

Battery life: One year

This device features a replaceable coin cell battery rated for a full year of use, so you won't have to worry about charging it up on a weekly (or even monthly) basis. This is far from the most advanced activity tracker available from Garmin, but the Vivofit does have some solid features, especially for more casual exercise enthusiasts. In addition to tracking and displaying your steps, distance and intensity minutes on its backlit display, the wrist-worn Vivofit 3 tracks your sleep and can automatically recognize what type of exercise you're doing.

You'll also get reminders to get moving and can track your activity progress the "move bar." Garmin isn't exactly known for its cutting-edge designs, so the style-conscious will be happy to know that the Vivofit 3 is compatible with a variety of bands, including options from Jonathan Adler and Gabrielle and Alexandra.

Withings Activité Pop ($129.95)

Battery life: About 8 months

Thanks to a button cell battery, this device gets you about 8 months of use before you need to pop a replacement battery in. This could also be a good option to consider if you want an activity tracker that looks more like a standard wristwatch, since the Withings Activité Pop features a traditional analog-style watch face, and you can choose from several different color options for the band. As for actual fitness-tracking and health-related features, these include sleep tracking, a silent alarm that wakes you up with a vibration and standard activity tracking along with swim tracking. 

Fitbit Zip ($59.95)

Battery life: Up to 6 months

If you're considering purchasing a Fitbit device, the Fitbit Zip shouldn't necessarily be your first choice, since its functionality is rather limited compared to other options like the Fitbit Blaze and the Fitbit Surge. The Zip only tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes — not your sleep or heart rate, among other things — but it's definitely worth considering if you only want to keep track of basic stats and having a long battery life is a top priority. This tracker features a replaceable coin battery that lasts 4 to 6 months, so you won't have to worry about whether it will last you through the end of the week.

 

Fitbit Charge ($99.99)

Battery life: 7-10 days

Not to be confused with the Fitbit Charge HR featured further down on this list, this device tracks all the basic activity stats (from steps to calories burned) and automatically tracks your sleep time. It also features a silent alarm to wake you up with a vibration against your wrist, and when your (compatible) smartphone is connected to the Fitbit Charge via Bluetooth, you can view incoming call notifications on the device's display. This tracker is available in four colors (gray, black, blue and burgundy).

Jawbone UP3 ($129.99)

Battery life: Up to 7 days

This option won't last you anywhere near as long as some of the other activity trackers on this list (we're talking about a week compared to several months), but the upside is that you don't need to buy replacement batteries, since the UP3 features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that takes about an hour to refuel via the included magnetic USB cable. The UP3 features sleep tracking (including a breakdown of your time spent in deep, light and REM sleep), along with info on your steps, pace, calories burned, intensity level, distance and active time. There are also idle alerts to remind you to get up and move when you stay seated for too long, and the smart alarm wakes you up at the optimal time in your sleep cycle. 

Fitbit Charge HR ($149.95)

Battery life: Up to 5 days

While 5 days might seem like nothing compared to what you'll get with other activity trackers on this list, it's quite decent considering everything you can do with this device. In addition to providing all the usual fitness stats you'd expect from a Fitbit, the Charge HR monitors your heart rate, your sleep stages, providing more insight into your workouts than other trackers (including the Fitbit Charge, which offers many of the same features minus the heart rate tracking) and letting you see just how far you're pushing yourself at any given point. This tracker also incorporates some "smartwatch lite" features, including call notifications on your wrist. If you're training for a marathon or working toward specific fitness goals that involve measuring your heart rate, it could be worth the battery life tradeoff — especially since (as long as you stay on top of it) the recharging process (with the included cable) isn't hard.

UA Band ($180)

Battery life: Up to 5 days

This wrist-worn band measures stats including sleep duration and quality, resting heart rate, steps taken and more, and it also provides activity alerts to get you moving when you've been inactive for a while. Other features include a vibrating smart alarm clock, the ability to control music playback when the UA Band is synced with your phone and notifications for incoming texts, calls, calendar notifications and more. This fitness tracker is part of the HealthBox fitness-tracking system, which also includes a smart scale that measure body fat and progress toward your goal in addition weight and a heart rate band that measures your heart rate during workouts (the UA Band itself only measures resting heart rate).

Samsung Gear Fit 2 ($179.99)

Battery life: Up to 5 days 

The Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker is another device that offers solid battery life considering its feature set. Like the Fitbit Charge HR, it offers continuous heart rate monitoring in addition to all the usual stats like distance traveled and calories burned. With the companion S Health software, you can set activity goals and create competitions with friends, and this gadget also features smartwatch-style features such as app notifications, calendar alerts and incoming call and text notifications on your wrist via the Super AMOLED display. Note that while the Gear Fit 2 is rated for up to 5 days of battery life, you may get just 3-4 depending on how often you tap on and interact with the display.