How to Charge a Fitbit (4 Ways!)

Fitbit smartwatches and activity trackers have a long battery life. Typically, Fitbit Watches can last for 4 to 5 days (without using GPS) before needing to be charged. But how do you charge a Fitbit device once it is out of charge?

To charge, connect Fitbit to the charger then to a power source. Power sources include your computer, USB adapter, wall charger, and power bank. The time it takes to charge your Fitbit tracker or smartwatch depends on the charging method and the current battery level. If your Fitbit has drained to 0%, it should be fully charged in about 2 hours.

In this guide, I will suggest various ways to charge Fitbit regardless of the model. Without wasting time let’s begin!

How to Charge a Fitbit Watch or Tracker (3 Methods)

There are various ways to charge your Fitbit smartwatch or tracker, and the time required to fully charge it may differ depending on the charging method. However, regardless of the method used, your watch or tracker’s battery level will reach 100%.

Use the charging methods outlined below to charge your Fitbit Inspire, Charge 3, Charge 4, Charge 5, Versa 2, Versa 3, Versa  4, Sense, and Sense 2, let’s begin!

Method 1: Use a Computer

The first charging option you can use to charge your dead Fitbit Inspire, Charge, Versa, or Sense is your computer. The method is simple:

  1. Plug the designated Fitbit charger into the USB port on a PC or laptop computer.
  2. Clip or connect the other end of the charger to Fitbit.
  3. Your Fitbit should vibrate and the screen should wake to show a battery icon to indicate that it’s charging.
  4. Wait for 2 to 2.5 hours and your Fitbit should have charged completely.

 Although charging Fitbit with a laptop works, I wouldn’t suggest it to someone in a hurry because it takes long to charge to completion.

Method 2: Use a Charging Cradle (For Versa Series Only)

A charging cradle is another option you can use to recharge your Fitbit. Unfortunately, this charging method only works with a selected number of Fitbits, e.g. the Versa 3, and Versa 4. Your Fitbit should face upwards while on the charging cradle. Check out the charging cradle you can use to charge your Versa on the link shared below.

To charge your Versa 3 or Versa 4 with a charging cradle follow the instructions below:

  1. Place your  Versa 3 or Versa 4 on the cradle.
  2. Align the charger to fit and hold the watch’s charging contacts.
  3. Plug the cradle’s USB end into a USB port, it could be the one on your computer or wall charger.

As soon power is released to the charging cradle you should see the screen of your Fitbit watch wake up and display a charging icon to indicate that it is charging.

If you use the wall charger as the power source this method should only take 2 hours to charge the tracker to 100%.

Method 3: Use a Wall Charger

This is the charging method you need to charge your Fitbit fast; in just 120 minutes. Just connect your Fitbit Fitbit Inspire, Charge, Luxe, Versa, or Sense to the charging cable, plug the end of the cable into the wall charger, and plug the wall charger into a power outlet.

Here’s the thing, don’t just use any wall charger, instead use a UL-Certified USB wall charger. The reason is that UL-Certified USB wall chargers can stop the flow of current to the tracker once it’s fully charged.

Method 4: Use a  Power Bank

If you plan to go camping with your Fitbit then I would suggest you buy yourself a power bank since there are no sockets in tents. With a power bank, you can charge your Fitbit without the wall charge or power outlet. However, to charge with a power bank you need to charge the power bank first. With the power bank charged to 100% follow the steps below to start charging Fitbit:

  1. Connect or clip your Fitbit to the charger depending on the model you are using.
  2. Connect the other end of the charge to the power bank.
  3. You should a vibration and then see the display wake up with a charging icon to indicate the device is charging.

Even though the power bank will charge your Fitbit, it will take more than two hours to charge to completion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Can I Tell If My Fitbit is Charging?

When Fitbit Charge, Versa, Sense, or Luxe is connected to power it vibrates, the display wakes up and from the display, you will see a battery icon indicating the device is charging.

2. How Do I Know My Fitbit is Charged?

Double tap the display to wake the screen of your Fitbit, and you will see a battery icon, if the battery icon is full it means your Fitbit is completely charged and you should unplug from power.

3. How Long Does it Take for a Fitbit to Charge?

The period taken by Fitbit Charge, Versa, Luxe, Inspire, or Sense to charge to completion depends on the current level of charge. If Fitbit was dead it will take no more than two hours to charge to completion (with a USB wall charger).

4. When Should I Charge My Fitbit?

Charging Fitbit has no wrong or right time however, I prefer connecting the smartwatch or activity tracker to power when the battery level reaches 15%.

Final Thoughts

To ensure a smooth charging experience for your Fitbit Inspire, Charge, Versa, Luxe, or Sense, it is important to use a charger that is specifically designated by Fitbit. There are four ways you can charge Fitbit; you can charge either with a wall charger, a computer, a charging cradle, or a power bank. It typically takes between one to two hours for a Fitbit smartwatch or activity tracker to fully charge.

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Jashon Kanaiza

I’m Jashon Kanaiza, a lover of life, books, gadgets, and coffee. I spend hours testing, researching, reviewing, and troubleshooting wearable tech by an array of brands. My goal with JayFinity is to help you push your wearable to its limit. From tips to how-to guides to reviews, you deserve the best wearable information – without a paywall behind it.

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