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2008-09-10 3:33 PM

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Subject: Polar HRM battery replacement

Has anyone ever replaced their Polar HRM battery? Mine is showing it is low. I took it to my local jewelry store. They opened it up and said they had never seen anything like it before. They said they couldn't replace it.

I got onto Polar's website and Polar wants me to send the unit to a store in Michigan along with a allowance for $75 to be charged to my credit card. The cost to send it is going to be something like $5 each way and the battery will cost $14. So I'll be paying $24 for a $.50 battery. Plus I'll be w/o the unit for several weeks. Had I known Polar unit batteries were this much of a pain to replace I would have looked into a different brand.

Anyway, has anyone ever sent their unit off?



2008-09-10 3:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement
David tri's - 2008-09-10 3:33 PM

Has anyone ever replaced their Polar HRM battery? Mine is showing it is low. I took it to my local jewelry store. They opened it up and said they had never seen anything like it before. They said they couldn't replace it.

I got onto Polar's website and Polar wants me to send the unit to a store in Michigan along with a allowance for $75 to be charged to my credit card. The cost to send it is going to be something like $5 each way and the battery will cost $14. So I'll be paying $24 for a $.50 battery. Plus I'll be w/o the unit for several weeks. Had I known Polar unit batteries were this much of a pain to replace I would have looked into a different brand.

Anyway, has anyone ever sent their unit off?

A buddy of mine did - Got it back in about a 2 weeks,  I would just to keep it water proof - it is a pain but better safe than sorry.

2008-09-10 6:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement
My LBS referred me to the local battery store. They did it while I waited, and it's still waterproof.
2008-09-10 6:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement

One of the main reasons I'm still using Timex Ironman HRMs: battery changes take me all of about 30 seconds and I buy batteries 4 for a $1. 

 

2008-09-10 6:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement

I used to change mine all the time.  Have to be careful about getting the gasket back on right to keep it water proof.

HOWEVER, I started doing it on my own after the watch got to be several years old and I was tired of $50 bucks a pop to get it done by polar when I could do it myself for $5.

I'm not sure if I would do it with a new polar if it cost more than 80 bucks, to be honest.  More than that, I would send it in.

2008-09-10 6:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement
sty - 2008-09-10 4:46 PM

One of the main reasons I'm still using Timex Ironman HRMs: battery changes take me all of about 30 seconds and I buy batteries 4 for a $1. 

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I'm very happy with a combination of a Garmin 305 for outdoor stuff (which doesn't need battery replacement), and my Timex for indoor or the pool.

I can't see me getting a polar again (but I still think they are awesome)



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2008-09-10 7:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement

I change mine myself.  4 small screws hold the back on and though the battery is sometimes hard to find, Radio Shack always has it. 

I have changed it three times and have had the monitor for about 7 years or so.

HOWEVER, mine does now leak and one of the buttons has stopped working.  I think this is more a function of age and use, but it could be because I opened the back myself.  Though that wouldn't have caused the button to fail.  It still works, you just have to push it REAL hard to get it to work. I have also changed other people's batteries and haven't heard any complaints.  Come to think of it, I haven't even heard from them at all!  Oh Oh!mmmm...

2008-09-10 9:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement
Gregkl - 2008-09-10 7:28 PM

I change mine myself.  4 small screws hold the back on and though the battery is sometimes hard to find, Radio Shack always has it. 

I have changed it three times and have had the monitor for about 7 years or so.

Same, S2032 is the battery model on mine (coincidentally the exact same ones on my garage door openers and Cateye bike computers.....go figure).  Never had a problem with it.  Mine wasn't waterproof to start with, so no issues there.

2008-09-10 9:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Polar HRM battery replacement

I've changed an older model a few times with no problems.  Then I got a S210 which I changed once with no problem and then I changed it again right before the Cali Half this year.  I went to look at my HR to start the bike and it was all foggy, then it got real foggy, before the end of the bike it stopped working, sometime after the race it had a little bit of what looked like rusty water.  Never worked since.  That was quite the pisser.

I think I'm sending mine in from now on.

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