I've follwed the battery replacement directions, but I just CANNOT get that clip to clip back on!! I can't see what it latches/clips onto, either at the small end or the large end. I can't see any small spring, or how the clip connects to it.
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Remove the back cover of the watch. You probably do not need a special tool to do this. The battery is likely right on top, held by a metal clip. Note the "polarity" and orientation of the battery, i.e., which end is up (take a picture, if necessary). Carefully remove the battery by gently prying up the clip that holds it in place. The battery type is engraved on it, and you will need to get a replacement of the same type or an exact equivalent. You could purchase one on-line or from Radio Shack.
With the replacement battery in hand, insert it back into its cutout within the watch mechanism, again gently prying up the clip. Make sure it's oriented the same as the original battery. Replace the watch back -- you may need to press down to make it click into place.
You need a tiny flat screwdriver. Remove the 4 screws on the stainless steel back. There is a little spring clip holding the battery in. Use the tiny screwdriver to unlatch one end of the spring clip. Replace the battery (3 volt lithium Maxell CR2025 or equivalent) positive side up. Re-latch the clip and then replace the back, being careful not to cross thread the screws and secure the back well to keep water out.
I am assuming you are reading the battery charge correctly. If so you need a new rechargable battery. Special battery so it is a little expensive. Make sure the person knows it is a "rechargable battery" you want. A regular battery will not work properly or recharge.
I have a Timex Digital Heart Rate Monitor 585 (product code T5C351F5)m, which has the same Short AC Pad and battery +ve message. There is an arrowhead pointing to the pad. It's a raised metal platform - a bit different to some of the Ironman's mentioned above. Here is a pic...
To all who need to change their Timex Ironman Triathlon watches:
It is a little confusing, but this is a watch you can change the battery by yourself!
First you will need:
-A big clear area (i.e. a table or counter) with lots of light to see what exactly you are doing. -Small screw driver (like the tiny ones for a glasses care kit) -Paper clip
1. Remove all screws from the the back of the watch (there should be 4). Make sure that you take note of which screws are coming from which spot on your watch and keep them separated as such.
2. Next, you should see a white circular sticker with directions on how to change your battery. They aren't clear as "how to" but they are the basics.
2a. Take off the white sticker once you have memorized the places it is pointing to; set it up as such in front of you so you can refer back to it from time to time. 2b. You should see two silver pieces. One should be a circle (which is the battery), which is held in by another silver piece. This unlatches. In order to do so, you need to simply pop it open on one of the sides (as it tells you in the directions). You may use the same screwdriver or even a paper clip works wonders!
3. Replace your battery (should be CR2016) with the + on top, facing towards you. make sure it is flat, not just shoved back where the old battery was. This make take some extra time and patience to make sure it is done right.
4. Snap the silver part back into place (should look like it is holding the battery in place i.e. a gate).
5. THEN: this is the most important and confusing part in my opinion. On the white sticker the directions read: "after battery insertion, short pads to reset". this should look something like an oval with a line cutting it in half (vertically). It is not on the battery but next to it. You will need the paper clip here to hold down the right most side (at somewhat of an angle). this should do it! you'll know if your digital faces flashes numbers at you and may even light up. Make sure you hold down long enough.
6. Once you have the numbers flashing, you are good to go. Put the back of your watch back on, taking note of which screw goes where. Then, set your watch accordingly and you have just changed your watch! Ta-da!
Follow these steps and you should be good. Good luck to all!
The reset trick works with other Casio Alarm Chrono digital watches, such as my old Model W-720, as well. After the new lithium coil cell is installed and secured with the spring clip, the watch may show random segments in the LCD display or may simply be blank. Insert a sewing needle, paper clip, or blade of a small jeweler's screwdriver into the hole on the back of the movement stamped "AC" (All Clear) to momentarily connect the gold plated contact at the bottom of the hole to the stainless steel battery clip. The battery clip in most such Casio watches is connected to the "+" terminal of the coin cell. This will reset the CMOS chip and it should start up with the watch displaying 12:00 and the date at 1-1. Then, use the control buttons to set the time and date in the normal fashion.
There is a tiny spring that must make contact with the back cover plate when you screw it back on. If the spring is missing, the piezoelectric buzzer will not work. The tiny spring is located toward the upper right in this photo of a Casio W-94H watch, directly underneath the "C" in CASIO that is etched in the metal. Note that the word CASIO is upside down in the picture, so if you can't see the picture for some reason, the hole for the tiny spring would be directly above the "C" in CASIO.
The Timex Ironman manual and website says to take the watch to a repair facility. Nope! Do it yourself!
How to replace the battery in a Timex Ironman watch:
This is easier if you remove one of the rubbery wrist bands.
1. Take note of the position of the metal back cover. You'll need to reinstall it exactly as you see it in order to hear the alarm.
2. Remove the four screws that hold the metal back cover, and pry off the cover.
3. There is a round metal clip that holds the battery in place, covered with a transparent plastic cover which likely says, "Unlatch to remove battery". Within the center of each clip, there's a small opening just large enough for a straight pin to be inserted. A jewelers screwdrive won't work - use a straight pin. Insert a straight pin into the tiny opening at the edge of the clip, and wiggle it. The clip should release. You'll only need to unlatch one side of the battery retaining ring.
4. Gently pry up the batter retaining clip, then pry up the battery. Insert new battery.
5. Replace the clip.
6. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into a slot which has two "electrodes" or pins - they need to be shorted with the screwdriver to reset the watch. Just touch the screwdriver blade across the two pins to short it.
7. Reinstall the back cover but be sure to position the cover so the alarm sounding place ( a small disc attached to the inside back cover) will reside over the sounding spring.