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I am looking into the Suunto 'D6i dive computer and also like that I can wear it day to day as a watch. However I was wondering how these do on battery life? I don't want to have to change the battery every month and have had this problem with other dive computer/watch instruments and it can be cumbersome and a pain.

Do dive computers used as watches consume as much energy in surface mode?

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I don't have the D6i but I do have a D4, mine whent over 3 years on the first battery with a lot of diving. It is just a digital watch in surface mode and uses little power, the consumption increases with diving but I wouldn't worry about it.

I am looking into the Suunto 'D6i dive computer and also like that I can wear it day to day as a watch. However I was wondering how these do on battery life? I don't want to have to change the battery every month and have had this problem with other dive computer/watch instruments and it can be cumbersome and a pain.

Do dive computers used as watches consume as much energy in surface mode?

- Jon


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In addition you can turn the dive mode off so that the sensors do not activate automatically every time you take a plunge (or wash the dishes). I have had a D4 and now D6 and both had average battery life of 2+years. I do dive 20-30 times per year max.
 

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My D9 usually lasts about 1.5-2 years. The D6 should last longer.
 

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It should last at least 3 years for normal usage. My D6 lasted more than 3 years and 120 dives before I change the battery for a peace of mind.
 
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