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Old 02.10.2015, 14:05
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Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

I have a couple of Polar heart rate monitors with empty batteries. I know I can mail them in to have them replaced. But has anyone tried replacing their own, or know of a place they replace on the spot?

In the past, I couldn't be bothered to mail them in and wait, so I would buy a new one. Now I have three, and it would be silly to keep buying new ones.
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Old 02.10.2015, 14:18
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Re: Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

On mine I just unscrewed the back looked and replaced it. It was very simple.
The battery was not propietry I can buy replacements online or in electronic stores.
Is it not possible to open yours?
Maybe type the model number into youtube, there might be a demonstrative video on how to replace the battery.
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Re: Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

I just replaced the battery of my polar rs300x last week.

You can easily get the battery in Migros, Coop or any place that they sell battery. In my case, it was the "CR 2032", quite common battery (around 2CHF?).

I can imagine that most of the watches, the process will be as simple as with the RS300x. Usually as soon as you unscrew the screws from the back, you will see the battery right away.

There is one potential problem though: water resistant seal!!!!! I can imagine that if you send it to Polar, they will make sure that the watch is properly sealed (against water). Or at least, it will be done by people with more practice, so it is more likely that they will put the lit back in its proper place. In fact, I think this only depends on how 'handy' and careful you are, and that is not rocket science, just taking care and taking the risk.

In my case, I saw a thin piece of rubber that sealed the watch, and that was all. I am not sure if it's 100% sealed, but I think is worth the risk

If you take it to some watch shop in Switzerland, they for sure will have more practice doing this operation and it takes 5 mins. There is nothing special with being Polar or being a HR. So you could consider taking to a shop as well.
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Re: Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

I just picked up a Cr 2032 battery from Coop Bau+Hobby, and replaced it, and it worked.. So I think I just salvaged one of them. Thanks.

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There is one potential problem though: water resistant seal!!!!! I can imagine that if you send it to Polar, they will make sure that the watch is properly sealed
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If you take it to some watch shop in Switzerland, they for sure will have more practice doing this operation and it takes 5 mins. There is nothing special with being Polar or being a HR. So you could consider taking to a shop as well.
2 of mine are water resistant, so I'm not sure if it is simply a rubber gasket seal, or some silicon kind that needs to be replaced. I will check, the. take it to a watch store if I'm not sure.

Now, as for the band, has anyone had any success in replacing the battery in it? That one has a seal, and am not sure what kind it needs. Its probably some silicon based seal, but I'm sure it needs to be water proofed.
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Re: Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

I would say that the band (I guess you mean the heart rate sensor strap) is meant to be replaced by the user, as it is designed to be opened with a coin/knive, just kind of pulling out the lit (my strap has an icon quite descriptive on how to remove the cap).
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Re: Polar heart rate monitor - battery replacement

Polar website has got its own Forum for advice, maintenance, training, etc.

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