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dhracer




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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The garmin "premium" belt is nigh on f**ing useless, I regularly get readings of extremely high heart rates and also periods where the readings are stupidly low or none at all. Massive waste of money.

As far as the original question goes, my garmin pikey spec strap did nearly 3 seasons with no issues. The battery went flat and then I lost it, stupidly I fell for the "premium" strap as an upgrade Mad
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fenix




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had my Garmin soft belt for a couple of seasons now - but I think the battery has died on it now. It doesn't look replaceable.


Anyone know the best place to source a replacement - and does it have to be Garmin ? I've seen them for 60 in some places - which seems a bit excessive.

Cheers
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Oranj




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can just undo the four little screws on the back of the unit to get to the battery. IIRC there's an O-ring seal which keeps everything watertight when you put it back together.

I've ordered my replacement through Handtec, they usually have the most competitive prices on Garmin stuff.
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fenix




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh that is a good idea ! Cheers.
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Nobbie




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a warning about using the Polar strap for the Garmin transmitter, both me and my girlfriend bought new polar straps off Amazon and hers worked fine, but mine wouldn't click into the connections. Bizarre, as they came in exactly the same Polar packaging. Luckily I needed a new strap for my Polar anyway and it's working fine on there. It was like the sockets on the new strap were just a tiny bit deeper and so the latching mechanism wouldn't quite engage.
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fenix




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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well - ordered one now - lets see how it goes.
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daetho




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My premium soft strap HRM has died week before IMUK Mad

Contacted Garmin who just sent back a useless generic response.

I've been through the steps here https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/04/troubleshooting-your-heart-rate.html but still no joy.

Anyone tried 3rd party replacement straps such as CooSpo?
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stenard




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The polar soft straps are fine. You just need to trim off a bit of the plastic. I have two that I use for all my running with garmin HRM-run pods. So much more comfortable than garmins own straps
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explorerJC




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oranj wrote:
You can just undo the four little screws on the back of the unit to get to the battery. IIRC there's an O-ring seal which keeps everything watertight when you put it back together.

I've ordered my replacement through Handtec, they usually have the most competitive prices on Garmin stuff.


Successfully replaced garmin batteries several times...be careful with the screws though, they are very low quality and easy to naff up (one is permanently stuck and so have to undo the others and ease the backing round...
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daetho




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go for a Polar but shops seem to be out of stock and ideally I'd like it by Thursday.
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