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Polar S710 HRM? replace battery?(5 posts)

Polar S710 HRM? replace battery?Frankl
Nov 15, 2001 3:38 PM
i am thinking about getting a Polar S710 HRM. it seems like a well designed and quite functional HRM in one package. but i heard that it's a big hassel to get the batteries changed on both receiver and transmitter. i am wondering:

how long do they last?

anybody have experience dealing w/ Polar about battery replacement? price? turn around time?

anybody successfully replace the batteries on their own?

where is the good deal? (yeah, i know i have to get on the waiting list ...)

i don't think i want to spend $50 every year to replace batteries.

if i should steer clear of Polar HRM because of this battery replacement issue, which are the other ones that i should be looking at?

thanks for your input!
re: Polar S710 HRM? replace battery?grzy
Nov 15, 2001 3:58 PM
am thinking about getting a Polar S710 HRM. it seems like a well designed and quite
functional HRM in one package. but i heard that it's a big hassel to get the batteries changed
on both receiver and transmitter. i am wondering:

how long do they last?

No one knows exactly - it's so new. Manual says 2 years under normal conditions. the big variable is heavy light and tone usage.

anybody have experience dealing w/ Polar about battery replacement? price? turn around
time?

Used to replace my own battery on my prior Polar HRM - they make a big deal about voiding the warranty if you don't send it to them. In reality it's child's play and takes about ten minutes and costs less than $5.00. No way I'm sending it across the country to pay $50 and have the thing gone for a month just to have some flunky change the battery, but the choice is yours. It's just four little screws on the back of the watch. Chest strap batteries aren't replaceable. Spedd sensor batteries can be replaced also - the manual even has instructions. Kinda strange huh?

anybody successfully replace the batteries on their own?

All the time, but not on my S710 yet, I'm sure it's not much different.

where is the good deal? (yeah, i know i have to get on the waiting list ...)

Best deal I've seen is getting it directly from them for $310 - at least that's what their website says. Even better deal if you trash a lesser model and they upgrade you to the S710 at 40% off. I waited over 9 months for mine.

don't think i want to spend $50 every year to replace batteries.

That's a lot of batteries - no way you should be giving them that kind of money - unless you're all thumbs.

if i should steer clear of Polar HRM because of this battery replacement issue, which are the
other ones that i should be looking at?

There's nothing that even comes close to the S710 in terms of features and functionality. the power option is still vapor-ware and promises to be very pricey. Totally dig having speed, HR, altitude all in synch with time. Want to get the caedence unit, but haven't found a deal on one yet. Get the IR port and download data and upload settings via your PC - so sweet.

I'm still figuring out how to use some of the advanced features, but that doesn't stop me from making good use of it right away - unlike some other gadgets. You can even set it up to switch between two bikes with the press of one button.
re: Polar S710 HRM? replace battery?Mel Erickson
Nov 15, 2001 4:08 PM
I've got an older Polar that I got free because it wouldn't work. Simply needed batteries replaced. Sent it to Polar for a complete check and battery replacement. Total with shipping, checkup, battery replacement was $17.50. Turnaround time was 9 days.
re: Polar S710 HRM? replace battery?flybyvine
Nov 15, 2001 6:43 PM
Best Deal ?

289 @ excelsports.com
Here's the best priceNewRoadBiker
Nov 15, 2001 7:49 PM
http://www.omega3bar.com/Polar.htm

$246.00 alone, or 221.60 with the purchase of some of their Omega bars...which by the way are pretty good, and seem to be easily digestible for me while riding. I got the Polar s710, the IR interface and 40 Omega bars for $305.25 shipped! I thought that was a pretty good price and I can't say enough good things about the Polar s710. There are only two negative things I *can* say about it. (1) the manual sucks. (2) if you have aero-bars, they may be a problem with receiving the signal from the speed sensor. If ran into this, but once I took them off and tilted the handle bar mount a little towards the front wheel I've not had any problems with picking up the speed signal. Polar shouldn't have made the wireless link to the speed sensor an IR one.

-Darren

Darren@DarrenEllis.com
http://DarrenEllis.com