Coros Vertix 2 GPS Adventure Watch or the battery monster
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Coros Vertix 2 GPS Adventure Watch or the battery monster

Patrick Bardelli
Zurich, on 12.01.2022
Translation: Eva Francis

The Vertix GPS Adventure Watch by Coros convinced me with its outstanding battery life of up to 45 days. The successor model, the Vertix 2, is supposed to last up to impressive 60 days on one charge.

Charging, charging, charging: laptop, smartphone, headphones, sports watch, bike computer and so on. There’s always at least one technical product that needs to be charged – or is already plugged in. I’m sure this makes electricity suppliers happy. But it really annoys me. How about you?

Coro's Vertix 2 or the battery monster on your wrist

At least there's a solution to this problem when it comes to sports watches: it's called Vertix 2 and is a product by the American tech company Coros. The successor model to the Vertix has been on the market for a few months now and boasts an even longer battery life than its predecessor.

In the summer of 2020, I tested the Vertix for a few weeks and was already impressed by the battery life. And by some other features, too.

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Recently, Coros has gone one better and increased the performance of the battery from 45 to an incredible 60 days. This definitely makes this GPS adventure watch a battery monster. The watch arrives with around 70 per cent charge and the battery still provides power for around 12 days, even after 33 days of use. With a full battery charge, this would result in around 64 days.

That's quite a statement. Let's compare a popular competitor: my Fenix 6 Pro by Garmin lasts around 14 days on a full charge. So instead of every fortnight, the Vertix 2 needs to be plugged in once every two months for a maximum of two hours. Now that makes me happy and probably annoys electricity suppliers.

After 33 days, the battery still lasts almost two weeks.
After 33 days, the battery still lasts almost two weeks.
The backlight consumes the most power, followed by the heart rate monitor.
The backlight consumes the most power, followed by the heart rate monitor.

Specifications

Vertix 2Vertix
Screen size1,4 x 280 x 280 (64 colours)1,2 x 240 x 240 (64 colours)
Display typeMemory LCDMemory LCD
Screen materialSapphire glass with diamond-like coatingSapphire glass with diamond-like coating
Bezel materialTitanium with PVD coatingTitanium
Cover materialTitanium with PVD coatingTitanium
Strap materialSilicone/NylonSilicone/Nylon
Quick-change strap26 mm22 mm
Physical size50,3 x 50,3 x 15,7 mm47 x 47 x 15,6 mm
Weight with silicone strap 89 g76 g
Weight with nylon strap-63 g
Phone connection BluetoothBluetooth
Accessory port BluetoothANT + / Bluetooth
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS
SensorsOptical pulse oximeter
Optical heart rate monitor
Optical pulse oximeter
Optical heart rate monitor
Waterproof rating 10 ATM (100 metres / 328 feet)15 ATM (150 metres / 492 feet)
Operating temperature -22 °F to 122 °F (-30 °C to 50 °C)-4 °F to 140° F (-20 °C to 60 °C)
Storage temperature -22 °F to 140 °F (-30 °C to 60 °C)-22 °F to 158 °F (-30° C to 70 °C)
Charge time Less than two hoursLess than two hours
Daily use battery life60 days45 days
UltraMax GPS mode240 hours150 hours
Standard Full GPS (GPS/QZSS)140 hours60 hours
All Systems On (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS)90 hours-
All Systems + Dual Frequency On (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS)50 hours-
Supported workoutsRunning, Indoor Running, Trail Running, Track Running, Hiking, Cycling, Indoor Bike, Pool Swimming, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength TrainingRunning, Indoor Running, Trail Running, Track Running, Hiking, Cycling, Indoor Bike, Pool Swimming, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength Training

First impression: one less gadget that needs to be charged constantly

This battery power is really impressive. So impressive that I almost feel sorry for the charging that's been sitting in its original packaging ever since I got this watch. I hope I'll find it when I do need it at some point. Unfortunately, I can't just use any other cable, as Coros has its own connector.

But of course, outstanding battery performance alone doesn't make for a good sports watch. What about GPS accuracy, how precisely does the watch measure heart rate and oxygen saturation, how comfortable is it to wear, and how does the app perform? So far, it hasn't exactly been user-friendly for anyone outside the English-speaking world. And how good is the new music function?

I’ll be testing all of this over the next few weeks. Don't want to miss the detailed review of Coros Vertix 2? Then follow my author profile and stay up to date.

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Patrick Bardelli
Patrick Bardelli

Senior Editor, Zurich

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