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Apple will fix Series 2 watch batteries for free

15 April 2018

Apple will fix some Apple Watch Series 2 devices if they have a swollen battery or don't turn on, according to a new service policy seen by MacRumors.

To remedy the problem, Apple says it is offering to service eligible devices for free.

According to the document, "some" Apple Watch Series 2 models will not power on or exhibit swollen batteries "under certain conditions".

Users on forums such as Reddit and Apple's support website have noted of instances where their Apple Watch battery seemingly expanded without reason. The free fix only applies to Series 2 watches in the 42mm variant and that includes all models of this watch.

Apple will authorize coverage for eligible devices for three years after the original date of purchase. The policy is in place for at least the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Like most lithium-ion battery packs, the pouches used to power Apple Watch are susceptible to swelling and expanding when punctured, overcharged, overheated or otherwise damaged.

The first-generation Apple Watch (Series o) seemingly suffered from the same problem, with Apple implementing a similar 3-year fix program for affected users.

The new fix program mirrors a warranty update for first-generation Apple Watch models implemented past year. Naturally, the device must be inspected by Apple employees to confirm what is causing the issue.

Apple will fix Series 2 watch batteries for free