I wish to replace the battery myself, how do I do this?
Polar tells its customers to send watches to them for battery replacement. But the Polar Fitwatch is too old (may have been introduced in 1997?), and they no longer support it. So the only solution is to replace the battery some other way.
For most people I'd say go to a store that sells watches, they'll replace the battery for a fee.
For those who are handy, you can replace it yourself. I did mine yesterday.
The battery is a common type - CR 2032.
You'll need a small screwdriver, philips type, I think. Maybe around 00, or thereabouts. And you need tweezers, preferably with a rubberized grip.
There are four screws holding the back plate. Remove three, and loosen the fourth. Slide the back plate aside.
I unscrewed the screws, then used the tweezers to take them out. They're a bit small for your fingers to get a good grip on them.
The battery is held by a plastic holder that's held by 4 screws. These are (to my eyes) slightly smaller than the ones holding the back plate, so please keep those separate - and keep track of all the screws.
Remove the plastic holder, and make sure you keep track of the spring that's between the holder and the back plate. It'll likely fall out when you turn the holder over.
The holder keeps the battery with a small prong, but it's easy to slide out the battery. Replace the battery, getting the orientation right, making sure you don't touch either side with your bare fingers. This part is easier than it sounds.
Replace the holder, and of course you noted beforehand what the orientation was, so you get it in the same position.
Use the tweezers to drop each screw into its hole, then screw it in.
By this time, the watch will probably start beeping when you tighten one of the screws, because you depress one of the buttons on the front.
Put the spring back in its hole, then slide the backplate back into place, and drop the screws in place with tweezers and tighten one by one.
You should be able to find a manual (which doesn't cover battery replacement procedure) by searching for polar fitwatch manual.
Apr 28, 2009 |