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How do I get the most out of the battery modes of Suunto 5 and Suunto 5 Peak?

Suunto 5 provides three predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance and Tour. You can also create a custom battery mode for the sport mode you selected.

When starting an exercise, Performance mode is activated by default. You can quickly switch modes by pressing the upper right button while in the exercise start display. The battery modes have the following settings, which can be viewed below the exercise start display, under Options - Battery modes.


Note: Custom battery modes are always specific for one sport mode. This means you can define a separate custom mode for each sport.

Note: When using Endurance mode, make sure to use a heart rate belt to get heart rate data for your exercise. Learn how to pair a belt in the user guide for your product

To better understand the battery-saving options available on your Suunto 5, here is a list of settings and features and their impact on the watch's battery life

High impact on battery life:

  • GPS accuracy: Best
    To save battery: Set accuracy to Good.
  • Backlight ON has a high impact on battery life.
    Set the Backlight toggle to normal (toggle is grey) in the Options menu to save battery

Medium impact on battery life:

  • Multiple satellite systems in use: Using Glonass or Galileo in addition to GPS.
    To save battery: Select GPS+QZSS only in Settings => Navigations => GPS System
  • Display always on.
    To save battery: Set a Display timeout after 10 seconds.
  • Wrist HR on.
    To save battery: Use a chest HR belt.

Additional battery saving tips:

  • Low surrounding temperatures may shorten the battery life of your watch.
  • Frequent autolaps, sound and vibration may shorten the battery life of your watch.
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