Improvements needed on training Custom battery settings
I have a question, or in a way an issue of my own with the custom settings available in the training battery settings. In my opinion, you should be able to cover all the details that are also shown in the “Tour” setting, which turns everything off and on low settings.
For me, the main issue is that in custom settings you can’t determine if you want to use your Wrist HR measuring or not and you can’t set the GPS accuracy to low.
I would hope that all the settings that are shown in all the preset modes should be available to be tuned in your own liking in the “Custom” mode.
An example, I am going for a 2 week long hike where I still have good charging potential every evening. So I don’t need to turn everything off with the “Trail” mode and I would like to monitor my heart rate atleast in some extent on the hike, atleast good to know information in the evenings when looking how the day went. Also, I don’t need to have the Bluetooth connection enabled when I’m walking and also want to eliminate all the other distractions.
In a way, the easiest way to fix my “problem”, would be to enable the Wrist HR setting to be determined by the user in all pre-settings and the best would be open up all settings to the Custom setting.
Is there any possibility to activate this kind of modification in the future updates or is this a lost hope question?
@Jukka-Karppinen Why not have an activity for each day? A two week file with full settings will be a problem to upload. Tour is optimized for a long outing and the file size will not be too large. Including HR will not allow you to have Tour battery life and will significantly increase the file size.
@Brad_Olwin That’s my plan actually, I will make an activity each day and not keep it running all the time. I can easily understand that would be problematic when transferring the file.
As you say, measuring HR will decrease the battery life, but on the same time I would say GPS draws even more power. In Tour mode the watch turns everything off and lowers the GPS accuracy to low and data logging for that to 30 min intervals. In Custom mode, you can’t even turn the GPS to that low setting, there is only Best and Good as alternatives and I feel like the Custom setting is a bit redundant as you can’t really affect almost anything in there.
An example, my watch has now 50% of battery left, Performance gives me 19h, Endurance 30h, Tour 199h and 31h, so Endurance and Custom settings are almost identical in battery life. Only difference I can make is if I want to shut down the display after 10s or not, that gives the extra 1h. And from that you can also see how huge difference in battery lifetime the GPS setting makes.
I am very glad of the presets, they give you already a good base point on what you want to do, but I feel that giving a custom setting as possibility should really have something that would make a difference and really feel like a custom setting. Also, in the settings of the activity, you already have a separate place where you can manually switch wrist HR on/off if you want what ever the setting is, only difference is the Tour mode, that completely takes that option out.
Looking at this now more thoroughly, I would say there is two possible, quite easy solutions to make this work better.
- Keep the wrist HR setting available on all preset battery settings. When switching to Tour mode the setting could turn off that, but if you want, you could manuallu turn it on.
- Add low GPS mode to the custom setting (I think this should be even easier to add)
This would then allow for a more specific “Trail” mode", HR available if you want, GPS settings as high or low as you want, Bluetooth off and a lot more battery life when on the hike.