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Ironman night mode / light-up running watch- need recommendation

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Hey all,

I was going to post this in the existing Ironman appreciation thread, but it's not limited to that brand & model. Here's my need for this feature - I run and do some speed training. During the day, I leave the stopwatch mode on, sprint for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute, 90 seconds / 30 seconds, etc. I can keep looking at the digital chronograph because I can see the whole watch face in the daylight. Right now, doing this at night is almost impossible for me because even the light on my watch doesn't work. I could buy a new Ironman with indiglo, but then I would have to use one hand to turn the light on, while also keeping my feet moving and looking at the watch for the time. As long as I'm getting a new-ish watch, I'd rather have the option to keep the chronograph displayed and lit, at least for several minutes at a time. I don't want to have to reach my right hand over to my left wrist to hit a button; I'd like it to just stay on for the duration of my workout.

I have an ancient Timex Ironman LCD watch with a push-button light that doesn't really light up anything. I was looking at the new models, which mostly have some kind of indiglo, which is much better. However, outside of "night mode" where any button (not just the indiglo button) will light up the watch, I don't see an option for turning the light "on" to leave it lit for several minutes at a time.

Any thoughts / recommendations? Ideal would be a cheap digital watch with a setting to keep the face illuminated for some time. I do not want a smart watch for this purpose, and an analog watch with charged-up lume is not what I'd prefer to use. Style etc. do not matter.


My old Ironman, still ticking but not illuminating much:

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Get smartwatch.
I also run during later hours and it sucks.
Or just keep pushing button.
Casio G-shock is not good substitute for Ironman when it comes to lap timing.
There are dedicated sport models from Casio but they have LED back light.
Smartwatch is either always on or good at reacting to your wrist movements.
The cheapest way is keep push button on your Ironman.
I do the same.


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Smart watch makes a lot of sense. I use separate watch for running and it really to get best functions and unlimited EL.
Charged once in wild it serves me well.
Using non solar watch with EL always on will end battery in very limited time unless you run for 10-15 minutes.
Operating EL for 40-60 min straight could be damaging to the watch and EL.
1hr run with EL on equal to projected 2.5 years of normal watch use. Bottom line always on EL for long time is not good at all.
I strongly suggest to research smart watches and software options available for your exercise routine.
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