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Tips, troubleshooting and review
on 9 August 2014
>> If you have problems with device - scroll down below to tips section <<
I have recently purchased this belt - to be honest, when I read the bad reviews here, on amazon i was a bit afraid, becouse people were saying that there is battery, accuracy and few more problems. But since I'm a big fan of this company since this belt has been announced, I decided to give it a try.
Previously, I've had a Polar 5.3Khz HRM which has been used with Polar watch - the pod was heavy, the strap had a vertical clasp which - sometimes caused strap to unbuckle while on heavy exercise.
Hapilly, all these Polar's HRM disadvantages are not present in the Beets Blu HRM.
- The beets blu Pod is extremely lightweight.
- The strap is easily adjustable, and it is made of very comfortable material - this, along with very low pod weight cause that during workout you dont even feel that you're wering the HRM :)
- strap won't unbuckle itself, becouse it is buckled using a pod's snaps.
- Strap is easy to maintain - after a workout you just wash it under running water, allow it to dry and you're ready to go. (if it gets dirty you can always handwash it).
- Bluetooth Low Energy (aka BT smart) is awesome - it almost uses no energy, so battery will last much much longer than in an old 5.3kHz pods) and is easy to pair with your smartphone without any stupid dongles.
- connects to phone within 2-5 secs
- cheaper than polar/wahoo devices.
- lovely name and logo :D
Cons? Really? I didnt found any.
******* Tips, tricks and troubleshooting *****************************
Since many users here have a problems with thier beets blu, i decided to write few tips which will help avoid these problems.
1. Wrong measurements, connection drops/interrupts - if you receive wrong HR measurements, that means that there's probably a connection issue between electrodes and pod. The users manual says that before wearing the device, you should wet the electrodes. BUT - as you probably already noticed, the electrodes are made of a material from which the water flows. Therfore, instead of wetting the electrodes, wet your skin where you will wear the HRM.- it will get the job done until you start to sweat.
If even making your chest wet does not help you, and device still is not accurate/drops connection, then you'll have to buy and use special gel instead of water.
2. Short battery life - few people reported, that battery in thier beets blu died after a 3 weeks. The device is designed to automatically turn off when both snaps are not connected to the pod, and there is no signal from the electrodes. After each usage, after cleaning the strap under running water:
- dry the electrodes using towel (water may create false pulse detection)
- Disconnect the pod from at least one snap.
- MOST IMPORTANT - on your smartphone, go to multitasking window and KILL app used for activity tracking/measure HR
- make sure that bluetooth icon is dimmed
I noticed, that even after disconnecting the pod from the snaps, before device will go to "sleep", when you re-lauunch the activity tracking app, it WILL connect to the pod whatsoever.
I know that there is a bunch of people who never "clean" the multitasking window on thier iPhones, so that may cause the tracker app to keep connecting to the pod.
Also, when it comes to battery life, I read somewhere that it's not recommended to store the strap and pod in closed box/
3. Device doesn't work "out of box" - manufacturer says that some batteries installed in pod may be "dead" - purchase a new battery to bring the pod back to life.
4. Will it work with (...) ?!
- Most annoying question.
Android users - do the checklist:
- check if your phone support BT 4.0 aka bluetooth smart/ low energy (hardware)
- check if your phone's software supports BT 4.0 - if not - update it.
- go to the Play Store, find desired app, and check description - if the app supports BTLE sensors, it will be listed there as a "feature".
Yes, it will work with (...) app.
All most popular apps are supported. If you're not sure - check app description.
5. Hey! I dont see Beets Blu sensor under "bluetooth" on my iPhone, so im unable to pair it!
- You dont need to pair it under bluetooth settings - instead, you pair it in the specific app.
- Open your activity tracker, go to it's settings, and look for Sensor section. If app supports multiple kind of devices (ANT+, BTLE), choose Bluetooth and tap pair.
- Before trying to pair, you will have to wear the device properly so it will turn on. (Pod must be snapped to both snaps, and both electrodes must have contact with wet skin).
6. Can I use beets blu for water sports, such as swimming, aqua aerobic or water ball? Is it waterproof?
- No, you cannot use this, or any other chest-strap HRM's for water sports. Although device is sweat/water resistant, it is not designed to work underwater. Not only that - the underwater gravity and water itself may lower the retention of the electrodes, so the measurements may not be accurate.
Plese note that even devices with highest waterproof class (such as smartphones) are waterproof for only up to 30 minutes! That means if you for example own "waterproof" samsung galaxy S5 or Sony Xperia ZII, and keep it underwater for approx. 30 or more minutes, the water will destroy it as it wouldnt be waterproof.
Remember to always check the waterproof class of device before trying to swim with it.
7. I have an iPhone - do i have to turn off bluetooth after each usage to save battery?
Bluetooth on your iPhone is a bluetooth 4.0. That means you can have turned on bluetooth 24/7 365 days a year, and it will not affect your battery life (BT 4.0 during a one week peroid will use less than 1% of battery). However after exercise you can always toggle off and on BT to make sure that pod will turn off. Before toggle dont forget to disconnect pod from the strap.