Sunday, 18 January 2015

DIY - Watch Battery Replacement

I found this informative video on youtube, that I highly recommend, for replacing the battery in your watch:

How to Change a Watch Battery

There is some very useful advice in this video, such as using a towel to work on. Not only does it protect your working surface and the face of your watch, which will be upside down most of the time, but it also acts to 'catch' the tiny screw you may find yourself working with. The towel is perfect to keep the screw from bouncing around or falling to the floor. Believe me it can be very tricky to find, so try to use a colour of towel that you will be able to see that tiny screw easily. If you are anything like me, you will drop that screw multiple times. haha

This watch has an arrow pointing to the place that the watch back cover can be removed from. Not all watches have this, so you will need to look around or use the tiny screwdriver to find a ledge or indentation that can be used to pry the cover off.
Here you can see the arrow points to the small edge that sticks out just slightly more than the rest of the back cover. This is where you pry the back cover off.
This is what the inside of your watch may look like. They are not all built the exact same, but you can get a general idea anyway. Try not to tamper with any other parts of the watch, other than the battery or the screw that you may have to remove in order to get at the battery. The screwdriver is pointing towards the only screw that needs to be used.
Here the screw has been removed. You may notice there is the tiniest bit of metal that hangs over the battery at the top of it, just under the copper wire. This little bit of metal is what the screw is holding down, which in turn keeps the battery in place, so that it can function in the watch. Once the screw is gone that metal is somewhat springy and the battery can be removed.
It is next to impossible to see, but that tiny screw is placed here for safe keeping. Be careful not to lose that screw, it is very important. (The towel almost looks like a shag rug at this camera setting.)
 Once you have removed the battery you can read it for the size number. You may need a magnifying glass to read it. When you have the number you can buy a pack or individual battery. This one came from the dollar store.
The battery size I need was the 626 size. I was happy these batteries could be removed with a blister pack rather than having to rip the whole thing open. This way the unused batteries can stay put. (It turned out the largest size batteries in this pack were the correct size for our laser pointer cat toy! bonus)

Here the watch is without the battery, I had put the screw back in for safe keeping, until I got the replacement batteries.
 I had to remove that screw again, in order to get the fresh, new battery in there. Hopefully, this will help you figure out which exact screw it is that needs to come out.
The new battery has been placed inside the watch. Notice it is not flat when first place in. This is why you need the screw to hold down that little metal spring part. (Nice technical names I use, eh? lol)
I am using this picture again, to show that the battery needs to be held down so the metal spring part can be in the proper place to be able to add the screw.

It will be tricky, but you can wind that screw back into place to hold the battery down, so the watch can function properly. It took me a few attempts to finally get that screw back in. I think that takes the longest amount of time and is the most frustrating part of replacing the battery.
There you have it all done. You just need to replace the back cover and your watch will run again. It can be done for a couple of bucks and some spare time. It really doesn't take long at all, once you have the replacement batteries. 

I hope this has been helpful. The video is great, but sometimes, they go a little quickly when you are trying to follow along, so I thought step by step pictures might be useful for some people.

*** By the way, if want to make your watch battery last longer, and if you are like me and have more than one watch, (I like to colour co-ordinate), simply pull out the dial when you aren't using the watch. The dial you pull out to change the time on your watch, will stop the watch from running. Pull this dial out when your watch isn't in use. I read somewhere this will help your battery to last longer. You will have to re-set the time on your watch before you wear it, but as the dial is already out, that won't take long to do. If you only have one watch and you wear it all the time, then this trick might not be worth doing.

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