Your Oura Ring can take anywhere from 20-80 minutes to charge, depending on your battery level when you plugged it in. If you’re not with your Oura Ring charger, there are several ways to get the battery charging again.
How to Charge Oura Ring without Charger
The methods below would involve getting a replacement power source that allows you to use a USB cord. You should be able to get this done with a power bank or your laptop. These sources work best when charging your Oura Ring without the official charger
To charge your Oura ring with a power bank, you only need to connect the USB cord to the power bank and use it as your power source. Then you can place the ring on the charging dock. When you do this the LED light on the charger will begin pulsing. When the light stops pulsing, this indicates that the ring is fully charge.
You can also charge your Oura ring using a USB cord and connected it to your computer or laptop. When done, you need you can place the ring on the charging dock. When you do this the LED light on the charger will begin pulsing. When the light stops pulsing, this indicates that the ring is fully charge.
Best Practices For Charging Oura Ring
Best Times to Charge Your Oura Ring
It is best to have your charger with you at all times. According to the Oura Ring website, it is recommended to keep your ring’s battery level above 30%.
Enable Low Battery Notifications
To receive reminders that your battery is low, you can enable Battery level notifications using the Oura App. To do so, follow the steps below.
- Go to the menu in the upper left-hand corner of the Home tab.
- Tap Settings > Notifications.
- Enable Battery level notifications.
Ensure Your Ring is Charged Before Bed
Always keep your ring charged to at least 30% before going to be. This could be beneficial for enjoying the benefits of the device. If your battery level isn’t at least 30% before going to bed, you could miss out on your Sleep insights for the night.
However, if this occurs, you would still receive a bedtime and wake-up time, but you won’t get any Sleep or Readiness Score, and there will be no further breakdown of your sleep stages, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, or resting heart rate. To ensure you still get to enjoy these features and never have to miss out on personalized insights, you should keep your Oura Ring charged up to 30%.
What to Expect from Your Oura Ring Battery
A fully charged Oura Ring should last up to 7 days. However, the actual running time of the device would depend on the ring itself. Factors such as the age of your ring, how often you make use of daytime features, and if you take naps throughout your day will determine how long the battery would last.
When it comes to battery usage, more battery will be used whenever your ring is actively collecting data from its LED and temperature sensors. You will notice this while using meditation sessions, Live Heart Rate features.
Keep in mind that rechargeable batteries are complex and there are many factors that contribute to battery life and longevity. As you continue using the battery, its lifespan would drop and the capacity would also decline.
How to Prevent Damage to Your Battery
To prevent damage to your Oura Ring battery, you should follow the steps below
- Avoid leaving your ring on the charger for a period of time greater than one week. Charging your Oura ring while at maximum capacity for extended periods of time could reduce battery life substantially.
- Avoid exposing the Oura Ring to extreme temperatures (hot/freezing). Leaving this for long periods could damage the battery.
- Allowing your ring’s battery to reach 0% can affect its longevity and cause its performance to decline faster.
- The charger’s USB power cord should be supplied by an external 5Vdc supply that complies with IEC 62368-1 standard. The power you make available to the equipment should not exceed 15W after 3 seconds.
How to Care for Your Oura Ring
Clean Your Sensors
You should clean the infrared LED sensors (which are the three small bumps) located on the interior of your Oura Ring. This should be done at least once a week. To wipe them down, you should use the inside of your t-shirt or a piece of cloth or by rinsing your ring with a small amount of mild dish soap and water.
This should easily remove any dust or dirt that could interfere with the signal between your ring’s sensors and the arteries on the palm side of your finger.
Avoid Extended Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
The Oura Ring isn’t built for extreme temperatures and this could damage the device as well as your battery. The Oura’s operating temperature ranges from 14°F – 129°F / -(10)°C – 54°C.
This allows you to safely wear your ring in hot tubs, saunas, ice baths, and cryotherapy tanks. While won’t pose a problem, leaving the Oura exposed to extreme temperatures for extensive periods (below 32°F / 0°C or above 95°F / 35°C) may lead to battery damage.
Tips for Scratch Prevention
With continuous use, all Oura Ring colors, models, and styles will develop scratches. Scratches or other damage caused by wear and tear could be problematic and reduce the performance or longevity of the ring.
To prevent scratches and damage, you need to;
- Wear your Oura Ring on your non-dominant hand as this will reduce the amount of contact with various surfaces and objects you interact with on a daily basis
- You should also avoid wearing other rings adjacent to your Oura Ring. These rings could scratch your Oura Ring while rubbing against it
- In situations involving friction, you should consider removing your Oura Ring. You should also avoid doing so when handling objects made of metal, ceramics, or stone such as handling pots or pans.