Question about Garmin Forerunner 50
I had trouble figuring out how to release the battery once I had the back of this watch open. Once I solved it, I thought I should share the trick.
The silver strip that functions like a belt to hold the battery in is clipped diagonally. Line the watch up in your hands so that belt is in a 7:05 position on an analog watch (diagonally from lower left to upper right. You'll see a tiny spring next to the upper right corner of the anchor belt.
Now you can save about 30 minutes by taking a black sharpie pen and drawing a diagonal line across the battery, the belt and the plastic sheet that sits between the belt and the battery. The original position of all pieces is critical to reassembly so this black like gives you your clue as to what end of what goes where.
Using a small, slot jewelers screwdriver, pry the upper right anchor of the belt off. It is hooked by one small plastic flange that sit right next to the battery. Be gentle, push down then pry away from the battery. It may take a while but it will pop off.
To reassemble, line up your black mark, make sure the plastic is lined up in the correct direction. Be careful with that little spring mentioned earlier. There is a round cutout in the plastic piece located at the end of the upper right slot (the upper right belt anchor fits through this slot.) The spring must be asscessible when the back of the watch goes back on. (don't pin it under the plastic.) Anchor the upper right then gently press the lower left of the belt into place. It will take some fiddling but it will go.
The battery, by the way, is an 3 volt Energizer CR2032 or equiv.
I recommend strong light and a hands-free magnifying glass. Unless you have really good eyes you won't be able to see the plastic sheet and spring assembly.
I found it so much more simple to actually remove the entire guts and take the metal bracket off the entire watch there are 4 or 5 clips around the edges that separate the two halves of the watch guts. after that the battery came right out i out the new one in and snapped it back together. this took me a total of 5 minutes to do the entire change from start to finish. it actually takes longer to set both time zones and the alram back to where i had them.
so take the guts completely out take the halves apart and it'll be oh so much easier.
Posted on May 26, 2009
Having read this I tried it today. However I tried a slightly different tactic. It was clear that the sticker was across both the clip and plastic sheet, so I left it in place. Instead I peeled back the end opposite the small spring by about 5mm. Then I used a pin to pry the clip off. The wider end of the clip has two little plastic pegs with a gap between which the pin easily fitted between. This lead to the clip, plastic sheet and sticker coming off as a single unit.
Just replaced the battery. The put the sheet and clip back on. Hook the clip on by the end next to the spring as that's just a single peg, then press down gently on the other end.
All done in under 5 minutes from taking the cover off to putting it back on. Didn't lose a single setting as the battery was replaced so quickly. And, by not taking the sticker off it meant that the plastic sheet and clip went back on in exactly the same orientation as they came off.
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
Solution #4 worked great and seemed a lot easier than taking the battery out from the top (peeling off plastic and dealing with springs). After removing the metal casing, i popped out the entire guts of the watch very easily with a tiny screwdriver. Then you very gently unclip the 6 metal clips that hold the two halves of the guts together. From there, the battery pops out easily once the two halves are separated. Once the new battery is in, it's very easy to snap the two halves of the guts together again, but make sure the 6 metal clips snap back onto the bottom half of the guts.
Nonetheless, it's a pretty delicate operation and I am surprised that Garmin would suggest that the battery is replaceable by the user (I felt like a swiss watch repairman).
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
The solution is actually describe within the Problem.
Posted on Sep 01, 2008
I just took the back off, prised off the retaining belt/piece of clear plastic, replaced battery and reassembled. Took me about 10 minutes at most. Battery had only lasted 4 months from new - suspect the watch had been in Amazon's warehouse for some time.
Posted on Jun 07, 2009
Despite being very careful, I think I snapped off one of the little plastic tabs that one is supposed to hook the metal clip in. Found nothing to hook the broad end in afterwards.
Anyhow, don't sweat if you manage to do this. I dumped the clip completely. The watch's screwed-on back seems to be enough to hold the battery into place. The plastic sheet is still there though, as well as a piece of folded paper in between to make for extra pressure (dunno if this is necessary but I put it there anyway.
Posted on Feb 26, 2010
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. can't see a spring at the large end.
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
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