I'm tempted to change the DoB on my new Polar to tomorrow, to see if it does the same thing.
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I'd be a happy camper if mine wasn't so erratic. Sometimes it seems correct but, from time to time, it will jump to 230 bpm plus for a while for a time meaning I'm in Afib and dead and on other rides, it will jump to 00 meaning that I'm just plain dead.
Yes, I've had the batteries changed, I have both the regular and Wearlink chest straps and I rinse or wash them and use the Spectra Gel none of which makes much of a difference. I also have two FT 1 receiver units.
Sometimes, putting the sensor area on my back will bring back into my normal range, other times, that makes no difference.
I'd say it reads correctly about 50 per cent of the time.
Wayne at Polar customer service says it must be something in the chemical makeup of my sweat.
Paul01, I had similar problems with both Timex and Garmin units. Then I switched out the newer strap with the older hard plastic one and haven't had a problem since. I think the Polar system is the same ANT+ as Garmin uses. You might the try the older model strap here at Amazon. In the winter months I have to use the spectra-gel as I don't sweat enough.
Unfortunately, Polar uses a proprietary system that only works with their straps but I have both the standard rigid and the more flexible Wearlink chest straps and am always amazed that my heart can sustain 230 bpm plus for an hour ore more. I'm waiting for one of the top Euro teams to come calling.
I have only had this monitor for about 6 months, my old Timex gave up the ghost, so to speak. Two times the Polar has indicated a max heart rate in the 200's but has showed a normal HR during the ride. I will have to keep an eye on it..
I have the same issue with Polar. It usually happens when I first start it up. In fact - I usually have several false starts before it works properly. Anyone else have the same problem with starting it up?
Only once (so far) in the 2-or-so months I've owned it has it appeared to work okay, but shown a max HR of 230.
I think I need to get a grown-up system - and will spring for a Garmin 500 (or 510) in the next few months, and EBay the polar.