We tend to stop and think about the quality of the replacement battery we are getting when it comes to cell phones and computers. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about watches. Many choose to leave watch battery selection to the person selling the battery. In most cases, this is often a watch repairman or a shop watch battery stockiest.
While getting the wrong battery may not necessarily damage your watch, it can cost you a lot in terms of money. This is because the watch is likely to stop a few days after the battery replacement – forcing you to part with more money for a new battery.
This can be a frustrating experience. Therefore, before you replace your timepiece’s battery, take a cue from sites such as MyWatches to have a better understanding of what it takes to take good care of your wrist watch collection.
Watch Movement Technology
Not many people know that watch battery choice should be based on the chronometer’s movement system. The movement refers to the mechanism that powers the hands, drives the calendar as well as the time zone factors. The more sophisticated your watch is, the higher the battery quality it requires.
Therefore, next time you set out to obtain a watch from MyWatches or any other outlet, whether an online or brick store, pay attention to the movement technology which is marked by words such as quartz, mechanical or automatic. For quartz watches, the second hand’s movements are powered by the battery – meaning that it’s likely to use a lot of energy, especially if it’s a twin-engine watch.
The mechanical types are powered by manual winding. However, it may need a battery if it has additional power-dependent options such as backlight, stopwatch, or a digital timer. Automatic watches make use of kinetic energy. This means that the watch is powered by your wrist – a sophisticated technology that makes these watches relatively expensive but maintenance free in the long run, especially if they don’t have other power-reliant features.
Watch Battery Chemistry
The difference between watch batteries is marked by their chemical compositions. It follows that the watch battery you choose can comprise of Silver Oxide, Lithium, or Alkaline chemical compositions. Most Lithium button batteries have a power capacity of 3 volts. Others are 2 volts so you may have to pay attention to the power capacity during the replacement.
Alkaline button batteries are 1.5 volts strong. The same goes for the Silver Oxide varieties. Lithium watch batteries are commendable for heavy power consuming watches. You can tell that a watch battery belongs to the Lithium family by looking at the prefix CR and BR. The prefix is usually followed by a number. SR or SG connotes a Silver Oxide battery while the alkaline varieties are marked by L and LR prefixes.
Remember to consider battery life as well. For example, a 40 mAh battery can provide 40 milliamps per hour or 20 milliamps in a timeframe of 2 hours. Buy your battery from a stockiest who understands watch batteries as a watch battery’s shelf life is determined by the temperature at which it is stored.