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Mine wouldn't turn on either....what they do not tell you is that inside, (take out for four screws and open the meter), is another battery under a silver round clip. Take that bettery out and replace it....works like a champ now!.
Take out battery insulator pull tab.
Set the metric / imperial system.
Press the S5 (Up/Mode) to enter step mode.
Press S3 (Set) and hold button for 3 seconds.
Press S5 (Up/Mode) to toggle between metric / imperial.
Press S3 (Set) to select.
Basic operation buttons:
The display shows the current time.
Press S6 (Down) to toggle 12/24 hour display format. If 12-hour
display format is selected, PM times are indicated with a P.
To set time: press and hold S3 (Set) to adjust mode. Hour will flash
Press S5 (Up/Mode) of S6 (Down) to adjust the flashing digits. Hold
the button for fast scrolling. Press S3 (Set) to confirm and move to
minute. Adjust the minute.
Press S3 (Set) to confirm, and return back to the time mode.
Press MODE key to enter step mode.
The display shows the steps you have dones.
Press and hold S2 (CLE) to reset the step count. All information
regarding the step counter/distance/calorie will be erased.
Press mode to key enter distance mode. It shows the distance
To set personal stride: press and hold S3 (Set) to adjust mode.
Press S5 (Up/Mode) and / or S6 (Down) to adjust the flashing digits.
Hold button for fast scrolling. Press S3 (Set) to confirm, and return
back to distance mode. Set stride: 30-180CM (12-70 inch).
Press mode key to enter calorie mode.
It will show the calories burned.
To set personal weight: Press and hold S3 (Set) to adjust mode.
Press S5 (Up/Mode) and S6 (Down) to adjust the flashing digits. Hold
button for fast scrolling. Press S3 (Set) to confirm, and return back
to calorie mode. Set weight: 10-15kg (20-330 lbs.)
Measuring your own stride:
An individual's stride may vary in length. Input the appropriate
length by measuring the distance of 10 steps and dividing by 10 to get
your own stride length.
How to adjust:
Motion sensitivity slide switch
Attach the unit correctly and walk 100 steps. If the reading is 105
steps or more, slide the Motion sensitivity switch to the left. If the
reading is 95 steps or less, slide the motion sensitivity switch to the
How to wear your pedometer:
Your pedometer clips easily and snugly to either side of the hip
portion of your pants or shorts. For best results, keep the unit in line
with the crease line of your pants.
The pedometer must be directly perpendicular to the ground. The
pedometer needs to be at a 60 degree angle to the ground. Dragging your
feet, walking with sandals or uneven footsteps in a crowded area can
affect the accuracy.
The pedometer only works when walking, jogging, or walking up/down
How to use the panic alarm:
Pull out the panic alarm pin S7 (Panic Alarm) from the unit to
trigger the alarm.
Press and hold S1 (RES) to stop sound temporarily.
Insert the panic alarm pin back into the unit to stop the alarm
Panic alarm and LED Torch battery:
Open the battery door by unscrewing the secure screw.
Flip out the exhausted battery and replace with two new *CR2016 (3V)
batteries. Make sure the polarity is correct. Close battery door and
fasten the screws.
The Gaiam support page said there was a link for "use & care" that was support to have instructions for setting the pedometers. I could find the link. I also said to contact them if you had additional questions. Hope this helps.
Review the following questions for common pedometer troubleshooting:
a) Where are you wearing the pedometer?
Make sure you are wearing your pedometer correctly by following these steps:
* Clip your pedometer to your waistband or belt, directly above your knee.
* Be sure your pedometer is perpendicular to the ground, not angled or dangling from your clothing.
* Do not wear the pedometer on your shoe, sock, pocket or wrist. It will not provide an accurate reading.
* Test the pedometer for accuracy by setting the step counter to zero and walking 50 steps. Check the display. If the reading is between 45-55, your step counter is functioning properly. If it reads more or less, reposition the counter on your waist and check again.
* Your pedometer may give inaccurate results if you have had recent surgery or knee, leg, or foot problems. You may be favoring a leg or foot while walking.
b)My pedometer has a clicking or loose part sound? Is it broken?
No, a clicking or loose part sound is not an indicator of a broken pedometer. Every pedometer has an arm or pendulum inside of it. This is what counts the steps. The clicking noise that can be heard when the pedometer is shaken (or when you are walking) is the pendulum.
c)The reset button will not work.
The pendulum inside the pedometer is linked to the step counting device. The pendulum may become immobile from time to time, and this can prevent the reset button on the step counter from doing its job.
If pressing the reset button a few times does not clear the display, here is what you can do to release the pendulum:
* Give the pedometer a few gentle shakes while keeping the reset button held down. This un-sticks the pendulum.
* Release the button. If the display has not cleared, press and release the button one more time.
* If the display does not reset after trying this once or twice, call Customer Service.
Wear your pedometer all day. Attach it to your belt or waistband (in line with your kneecap) and wear it from the moment you get dressed in the morning until you go to bed. This will ensure that you are accurately tracking your activity for the entire day. Remember that your pedometer cannot get wet, so take it off when showering or swimming.
No, you're not doing anything wrong. I would trust the heart monitor, which gives you a better idea of what YOUR body is doing and not what the AVERAGE body is doing. Most pedometers also cannot distinguish running and walking, which have durastically different calorie requirements. It is most likely calculating the calories burnt if you were walking, not running.