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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BELOW:

01. Wrist Units and Cycling Computers- battery changing, care and maintenance

02. Chest transmitters - battery changing, care and maintenance, troubleshooting

03. Waterproof - definitions

04. Heart rate - information and troubleshooting

05. Accessories - answers, troubleshooting

06. How to find out what Polar model you have

07. Specific questions to specific products

08. Terms and their definitions


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1. WRIST UNITS and CYCLING COMPUTERS -
battery changing, troubleshooting, care and maintenance
WRIST UNITS

Care and Maintenance
Keep your unit clean.
Wipe off any moisture before putting the unit away. You may also wash it with mild soap and water solution under running water. Remember not to press any buttons.
Do not store the unit in non-breathable material (i.e. plastic bag or damp gym bag).
Do not operate the buttons whilst under water or when wet.

Keep your Polar product out of extreme cold and heat. The operating temperature is -10 °C to 50 °C/ 14 °F to 122 °F. Do not expose the Polar product to direct sunlight for extended periods, such as leaving it in a car.


Battery change (user changeable)
AW200, AXN300, AXN500, AXN700, FA20, FT40, FT60, FT80, RS400, RS800, RS800CX

Although this model allows the user to change the batteries in both the wrist receiver and chest transmitter, we recommend that you send your unit to the Polar Service within the first 2 years (Warranty Period). The rubber seal that ensures water resistance should be checked and the unit should be tested for water resistance every time it is opened. Service to your unit by yourself or an unauthorized service may damage your unit and the Polar warranty does not cover damage or consequential damage caused by service not authorized by Polar.


An excessive use of the backlight or beep signal can reduce battery life.


Battery change (NOT user changeable)

CS300, F4, F6, F7, FA20, FS1, FS2c, FS3c, FT4, FT7, F11, RS100, RS300X

It has to be changed by a Polar-authorized service center who only use Polar-approved components. With every battery change, a full periodic and water resistance check is done.


An excessive use of the backlight or beep signal can reduce battery life.


Battery type
F4 for women, FT4, FT7
CR1632

F4 for men, F6, F7, RS100, RS300X, RS400, RS800
CR2032

FS1, FS2c, FS3c, FT40, FT60, FT60G1, FT80
CR2025

CS300
CR2430


Average battery lifetime
F4 for women
Approx. 1.5 year(s), depending on model, in normal use (2h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.
F4 for men
Approx. 2.5 year(s), depending on model, in normal use (2h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.

FS1, FS2c, FS3c, FT7
Approx. 1 year in normal use (0.5h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.

FT40, FT80, FT80G1, RS300X, RS400, RS800
Approx. 1 year in normal use (1h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.

F6, F7, FT60
Approx. 1.5 year(s), depending on model, in normal use (1h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.

FT4, CS300, RS100
Approx. 2 years in normal use (1h/day, 7 days a week). Note that an excessive use of the backlight and the beep signal (if applicable) will shorten the battery life.


Indicators of needed battery replacement

The display fades. Also, when digits fade whenever the back light is used on specific models.


CYCLING COMPUTERS

Care and Maintenance
Keep your cycling computer clean.
Clean with a mild soap and water solution and in the end rinse them with clean water.
Do not immerse them in water.
Dry them carefully with a soft towel.
Never use alcohol or any abrasive material such as steel wool or cleaning chemicals.

Store in a cool, dry place.
Avoid hard hits to the unit as this may damage the sensor units.
Keep your Polar product out of extreme cold and heat. The operating temperature is -10 °C to 50 °C/ 14 °F to 122 °F. Do not expose the Polar product to direct sunlight for extended periods, such as leaving it in a car.



Battery change (user changeable)
CS100, CS200, CS400, CS500, CS600, CS600X

During the two-year guarantee/warranty period, we recommend that you service the product at an authorized Polar Service Center only.
Avoid opening the sealed battery cover, but if you choose to change the battery yourself, you need a coin and a battery (CR 2354).

1. Using a coin that sits tight into the back cover groove, open the battery cover by pressing slightly and turning counter clockwise.
2. Remove the battery cover. The battery is attached to the cover, which should be lifted carefully. Remove the battery and replace with a new one. Be careful not to damage the threads of the back cover.
3. Place the positive (+) side against the cover and negative (-) side of the battery against the cycling computer.
4. The sealing ring of the battery cover is also attached to the cover. Only replace the sealing ring if it is damaged. Before closing the battery cover, make sure that the cover’s sealing ring is undamaged and it is placed correctly in its groove.
5. Put the battery cover in its place and turn the cover clockwise with a coin to CLOSE position. Make sure that the cover is closed properly!

Excessive use of the backlight drains the cycling computer’s battery more rapidly. In cold conditions, the low battery indicator may appear, and disappear again when you return to a warmer environment. To ensure the maximum life span of the battery cover, open it only when changing battery. When changing the battery, make sure the sealing ring is not damaged, in which case you should replace it with a new one. Battery kits with sealing rings are available at well-equipped Polar retailers and authorized Polar Service Centers. In the USA and Canada, sealing rings are available at authorized Polar Service Centers only. Keep batteries away from children. If swallowed, contact a doctor immediately. Batteries should be properly disposed of according to local regulations.



Battery type
CS100, CS100b, CS200
CR2032

CS400, CS600X
CR2354


Average battery lifetime
CS100, CS100b, CS200
Average 2 years in normal use (1 h/day, 7 days/week)

CS400, CS600X
Average 1 year in normal use (1 h/day, 7 days/week)


Indicators of needed battery replacement

The low battery indicator is usually the first sign of an expired battery. However, in cold conditions the low battery indicator may appear. The indicator will disappear as soon as you return to a normal temperature. When the symbol appears, the cycling computer sounds and backlight are automatically deactivated.


The display of the cycling computer is blank

If you are using the cycling computer for the first time: The cycling computer is in battery saving mode when it is dispatched from the factory. To activate it, press the MIDDLE button twice. The Basic Settings starts.

If you have been using the cycling computer before: The cycling computer goes to the power save mode (blank), if you do not press any button in the Time mode for five minutes. You can turn the cycling computer on again by pressing any button. Alternatively the battery may be dead.



The cycling computer does not measure the calories (applicable to the models that feature calories)

In order to measure the calories you burn, you need to wear the transmitter during recording.



Another person with a cycling computer or a heart rate monitor is causing interference

Move away from that person and continue your exercise normally. Alternatively, to avoid other person’s heart rate signals:
1. Take the transmitter off your chest for 30 seconds. Stay away from the person with the other device.
2. Put the transmitter back on and bring the cycling computer up to your chest near the transmitter’s Polar logo. The cycling computer will start looking for a heart rate signal again. Continue your exercise normally.






2. CHEST TRANSMITTERS -
battery changing, care and maintenance, tips, troubleshooting, compatibility
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WEARLINK and WEARLINK W.I.N.D. transmitters
(user replaceable battery)


WEARLINK CHEST TRANSMITTER
Compatibility with all older Polar Heart Rate Monitors, plus these current models:
CS100, CS200, CS300, CS400, F7, FS1, FS2c, FS3c
, FT1, FT2, FT4, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT80, RS100, RS300X,
RS400

Does NOT work with CS500, CS600X, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Pro Training, Windlink. These models require a W.I.N.D. Digital Transmitter.



WEARLINK W.I.N.D. DIGITAL CHEST TRANSMITTER
Compatibility with:
CS500, CS600X, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Pro Training, WindLink



Care and Maintenance
Rinse the transmitter connector and strap with water after every use.
Never put the transmitter CONNECTOR MODULE in the washing machine or drier!
Clean the connector with a mild soap and water solution.
Dry it with a towel. Never use alcohol or any abrasive material (steel wool or cleaning chemicals).
Store the strap and connector separately.
Wash the STRAP regularly in a washing machine at 40 ºC/ 104 ºF. The recommended minimum washing frequency is every fifth use. This ensures reliable measurement and maximizes the life span of the transmitter.
Always dry the transmitter with a towel. Do not blow dry it, for instance. Rough handling may damage the electrodes.
Store them in a cool and dry place. When it is wet, avoid wrapping it in a non-breathing material, such as a plastic bag or a sports bag.

Sweat and moisture can keep the electrodes wet and the transmitter activated, which shortens the battery life.
Detach the connector from the strap after use. Keep the transmitter dry and clean.
Readjust the elastic strap periodically so that the transmitter fits firmly around the chest.
Keep your Polar product out of extreme cold and heat. The operating temperature is -10 °C to 50 °C/ 14 °F to 122 °F. Do not expose the Polar product to direct sunlight for extended periods, such as leaving it in a car.
Water resistant up to 30 meters and it is ECG accurate.

The transmitter’s textile strap is removable and machine washable. (Life of strap - 100 machine washings)


Choosing the right strap size
The measurement should be taken right below the breasts or pectoral muscles.


Battery change

Polar recommends that the transmitter battery be replaced by a Polar Service Center during the 2 years' warranty time of the product.


Battery type
CR2025


Average battery lifetime

WearLink® transmitter is 2 years (1h/day, 7days/week of use).
WearLink® W.I.N.D. transmitter battery lifetime is 2 years (3h/day, 7days/week of use).



Indicators of needed battery replacement

The heart rate reading does not appear on the receiver display
The heart rate reading stays at the same value for a long time or is erratic
The heart symbol does not blink.


Tips

Moisten the electrode areas of the strap under running water and make sure that they are well moistened.
Attach the connector to the strap. Position the connector's letter L to the word LEFT on the strap and snap the fastener.
Adjust the strap length to fit snugly and comfortably.
Secure the strap around your chest, just below the chest muscles, and snap the second fastener.
Check that the wet electrode areas are firmly against your skin and that the Polar logo of the connector is in a central, upright position.



How to fasten, and unfasten your WearLink®/ WearLink®+ Transmitter

There are two parts: the chest strap and the connector module.
For the chest strap - insert the metal hook into the material loop (see below)
Loop

For the connector module - grip both side and twist like you are wringing out a towel (see below)
The clips are designed to withstand the twisting force. Unfastening will not damage the transmitter.
Connector1


If heart rate is not found with WearLink®+ transmitter

If "Check WearLink!/ Check heart rate transmitter!" is displayed when starting the exercise or your Training Computer cannot find your heart rate signal, please check:

The transmitter strap is tight enough
The electrodes of the transmitter/sports apparel are well moistened
The transmitter/electrodes in the sports apparel are clean and undamaged

Trouble shooting tip 1 - Also try taking the transmitter off your chest, detaching the connector from the strap, wait for 30 seconds, reconnect to transmitter and check if the heart rate is found.

Trouble shooting tip 2 - When using your connector with other sports apparel like heart bras, and the heart rate measurement does not work, try using it with your WearLink transmitter. If your heart rate is detected with the strap, the problem is most probably in the apparel.

If all the above has been tried, then change the battery.


Erratic or no heart rate signal using the Wearlink transmitter?

If you are having difficulty picking up your heart rate signal with the Wearlink transmitter it may be due to one or more of the following reasons.

The electrode belt must be very clean and the electrodes must be moistened before each use.

We would recommend washing the electrode belt regularly in the washing machine to avoid any corrosion building up inside the belt and snaps. It is also very important to disconnect both sides of the belt from the transmitter when not in use.

If you are having a problem registering heart rate the first thing you should do is check the electrode belt for any corrosion in or around the snaps on the belt. If you have not been washing the transmitter regularly now would be a good time to start. Chances are you will see some type of corrosion that hopefully a good wash will eliminate. Make sure you do not use a machine dryer and never put the connector in the washing machine or dryer.

If this does not solve your issue, you may need to replace the battery in the transmitter. The Wearlink transmitter is the first Polar transmitter designed to have a user replaceable battery. The battery used in the Wearlink transmitter is a CR2025. Using a coin, open the battery cover by turning it counter clockwise to open. Insert the battery inside the cover with the + side against the cover. Make sure the sealing ring is in the groove to ensure water resistance. Press the cover back into the connector and turn the cover to close.


Check WearLink! is displayed and your running computer cannot find your heart rate signal
RS400/800CX -

• Make sure the running computer is no further than 1 m / 3 ft from the transmitter.
• Make sure the transmitter belt has not loosened during exercise.
• Make sure the textile electrodes in sports apparel fit snugly.
• Make sure that the electrodes of the transmitter / sports apparel are moistened.
• Make sure the transmitter / electrodes in the sports apparel are clean and undamaged.
• If the heart rate measurement does not work with the sports apparel, try using a WearLink strap. If
your heart rate is detected with the strap, the problem is most probably in the apparel. Please
contact the apparel retailer/manufacturer.
• If you have done all of the above-mentioned actions, and the message still appears and heart rate
measurement does not work, the battery of your transmitter may be empty.


T31 NON-CODED, T31 CODED and T61 NON-CODED transmitters
(battery should be replaced by Polar)


Compatibility

CS100, CS200, CS300, CS400, F4, F6, FS1, FS2c, FS3c, FT1, FT2, FT80, FT60, FT40, RS400


Coded vs Non-Coded
Some transmitters are coded and some are non-coded. There are some wrist units that even if you add a coded transmitter to it, it will not make it coded.

When exercising in a group setting (Gym, spinning classes, etc.) a non coded transmitter may get interference from other Heart Rate Monitor Users in your vicinity where a coded transmitter will lock into your frequency and prevent the cross talk interference.

* Coded transmission will greatly reduce cross talk (interference) from other heart rate monitor users within 3 feet of your monitor.

* Coded transmitters will work with gym equipment that is heart rate monitor ready, but the transmission will not be coded.

* Coded frequency will not eliminate (but can reduce) interference from other wireless disruption like high tension wires, computers, wireless cycling systems, etc.

While you can upgrade your transmitter strap for comfort, the Wearlink or T31 transmitter will only offer a non-coded frequency to a non coded wrist receiver.

If your product contains a T31 non-coded Chest Transmitter -
It is a new ergonomic design that is 25% smaller. Smaller means increased comfort. A flexible rubber transmitter with manufacturer changable batteries. A good transmitter for swimmers.

If your product contains the T31 coded Chest Transmitter -
A flexible rubber transmitter with manufacturer changable batteries. A good transmitter for swimmers.



Care and Maintenance

Wash the transmitter regularly after the use with a mild soap and water solution. After washing, dry it carefully with a soft towel.
Never store the transmitter wet. Sweat and moisture on the electrodes can keep the transmitter activated, which shortens the battery lifetime unnecessarily.
Store it in a cool and dry place. Do not store it in any kind of non-breathing material, such as a plastic bag or a sports bag, if it is wet.
Do not bend or stretch the transmitter. This may damage the electrodes.
Always dry the transmitter with a towel. Rough handling may damage the electrodes.

Readjust the elastic strap periodically so that the transmitter fits firmly around the chest.
Keep your Polar product out of extreme cold and heat. The operating temperature is -10 °C to 50 °C/ 14 °F to 122 °F. Do not expose the Polar product to direct sunlight for extended periods, such as leaving it in a car.

Strap
Rinse with water after every use. Wash after swimming. If used regularly, wash at least once every three weeks in a washing machine at 40°C / 104°F. Use a washing pouch. Do not soak, and use neither detergent with bleach nor fabric softener. Do not dry-clean, spin-dry or iron.

Service
During the two-year guarantee/warranty period we recommend that you service your equipment at authorized Polar Service Center only. The warranty does not cover damage or consequential damage caused by service not authorized by Polar Electro.


Choosing the right strap size
The measurement should be taken right below the breasts or pectoral muscles.


Battery change

Polar recommends that the transmitter battery be checked by a Polar Service Center if you have your receiver battery replaced. The whole transmitter needs to be replaced in cases where the battery is flat. When the battery has run out, contact the authorized Polar Service Center in your area. They sell new transmitters and take care of the old transmitter. Polar recycles used transmitters.


Battery type
Built in Lithium cell


Average battery lifetime

T31, T31C, T61 transmitters are 2,500 hours of use.


Indicators of needed battery replacement

The heart rate reading does not appear on the receiver display
The heart rate reading stays at the same value for a long time or is erratic
The heart symbol does not blink.





3. WATERPROOF -
definitions (check your models features for type)

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Marking on
the back of
wrist unit/cycling computer/
transmitter

Wash splashes
Sweat
Raindrops
Bathing
Swimming
Skin diving
Snorkel with no air tanks
Water resistant
characteristics
Water resistant
X     Splashes, raindrops,
very light water contact
Water resistant
50 meters
X X   Minimum during
bathing and swimming
Water resistant
100 meters
X X X Frequent use in water, but
no SCUBA diving

Those Polar products that use 2.4 GHz (W.I.N.D.) transmission will not measure heart rate under water.


Some Polar products can be worn when swimming. They are not, however, diving instruments. To maintain water resistance, do not press the buttons of the product under water. When measuring heart rate in water, you may experience interference for the following reasons:

Pool water with high chlorine content, and seawater are very conductive. The electrodes of the transmitter may short-circuit, preventing ECG signals from being detected by the transmitter.
Jumping into water or strenuous muscle movement during competitive swimming may shift the transmitter to a location on the body where ECG signals cannot be picked up.
The ECG signal strength is individual and may vary depending on the individual’s tissue composition. Problems occur more frequently when measuring heart rate in water.

When performing any underwater activity, the dynamic pressure generated by moving in water is greater than the static pressure. This means that moving the product under water subjects it to a greater pressure than if the product were stationary.

In the watch industry water resistance is generally indicated as meters of water pressure, which means static pressure of water at the level in question. Polar uses this same indication system. Water resistance of Polar products is tested according to International Standard ISO 2281. Every Polar device that has water resistance indication is tested before the delivery to stand water pressure.



4. HEART RATE -
information and troubleshooting

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How does the Polar product measure heart rate?

Polar training computer consists of a transmitter and a wrist unit. Polar training computer measures the number of beats per minute at which your heart is operating.

A transmitter which is attached around the chest with an elastic strap measures the electrocardiogram (ECG), the electric signal originating from the heart. It provides an accurate and reliable timing reference for the occurrence of heart beats. After picking up the electric signal from the heart the transmitter transmits it to the the Polar training computer.

Heart rate tells your body's exertion level and provides you with real-time information during training. The harder you exercise the higher your oxygen consumption is and the higher your heart rate.


Low heart rate display during exercise

If you are experiencing "low" heart rate readings during exercise please check to make sure your monitor is not set to display heart rate as a percentage of your maximum HR. If this is the case you will notice a % icon next to the heart rate display in measurement or exercise mode.

Please refer to your user manual for instructions on how to switch the heart rate display back to BPM.


Erratic or extremely high

Strong electromagnetic signals can cause erratic readings. So move away from possible sources of disturbance such as high-voltage power lines, traffic lights, electric railways or trams, car motors, bike computers, some motor-driven exercise equipment (like fitness testers) or cellular phones.

If the erratic heart rate reading continues after you have moved away from the source of disturbance, slow down your speed and check your pulse manually. If you feel it corresponds to the high reading on the display, you may be experiencing cardiac arrhythmia. Most cases of arrhythmia are not serious, but consult your doctor nevertheless.


Abnormal Heart Rate Readings During Exercise

There can be several reasons for abnormal or irregular readings during exercise. Due to the same reasons, heart rate may stay at the same value for a long time or the heart rate stays at zero (0).

1. Poor contact between the skin and the electrodes of the transmitter
For accurate heart rate measurement, the contact between skin and the electrodes should be as good as possible. Polar transmitters measure the ECG signal from the chest, where it is the strongest. The weak heart-generated signals need to be accurately measured before the calculation of the heart rate. It is therefore important to ensure that the contact between the skin and the electrodes is as good as possible. Here are some tips how to ensure good contact:
1.1. Moisten the grooved electrode areas on the back of the transmitter. At the beginning of the exercise session your skin may be dry and the moisture will help ensure better contact. When you start to sweat the contact will improve because the salt in the sweat conducts the electrical signals very well. Saliva is a good conductor as well. However, if you have a WearLink31 or WearLink W.I.N.D transmitter, it is essential that you moisten the electrodes well under the tap water before the exercise.

1.2. Tighten the elastic strap of the transmitter. If the transmitter is loose, the movement of the electrodes disturbs the detection of the ECG signal. If the standard strap does not fit satisfactorily, larger and smaller elastic straps are available as accessories.

1.3. The type of the ECG signal slightly varies from person to person. The form of the ECG signal can depend on form of the chest, the anatomical location and position of the heart, position of the electrodes and the amount of body fat. If the ECG signal is weak, disturbances can more easily spoil the signal. Find the best contact by turning the transmitter left or right, or place it lower or higher. There have been cases where the transmitter detects the heart rate better when it is turned upside down so that the Polar logo is upside down and facing out, or even when attached on the persons back with the Polar logo upside down and facing out.

1.4. For active sports like aerobics or marathons, women can use the accessory Heart Bra which makes the transmitter stay in place better. Ask your local Polar dealer or distributor for the availability of this product.

1.5. Hairy chest may also weaken the contact. Try to find the best possible position for transmitter.

1.6. In demanding cases, use conductive electrode lotion or gel to improve the contact. After using them, it is very important to wash the transmitter carefully. However, it is not recommended to use conductive electrode lotion or gel when using the WearLink31 or WearLink W.I.N.D transmitter since the lotion or gel can block the electrode area.
2. Wear and tear of the transmitter
Proper care of the transmitter after use ensures longer service life for the transmitter.
2.1. Wash the transmitter regularly after use. T31, T31C, T61 transmitters should be washed with a mild soap and water solution. Dry it carefully with a soft towel after washing.

WearLink31 and WearLink W.I.N.D transmitter connector and strap should be rinsed with water after every use. Dry the connector carefully with a soft towel. Store the WearLink or WearLink+ strap and connector separately.

Never store the transmitter when it is wet. Sweat and moisture can keep the electrodes wet and the transmitter activated, which shortens the battery life.

2.2. Store your Polar product in a cool and dry place. Make sure that the electrodes do not contact anything damp, such as sport towel or wet elastic strap. Do not store a wet transmitter in any kind of non-breathing material, such as a plastic bag or a sports bag.

2.3. Do not bend or stretch the transmitter. This may damage the electrodes.

2.4. Only dry the transmitter with a towel. Hard-handed handling may damage the electrodes.

2.5. Keep your Polar product out of extreme cold and heat. The operating temperature is -10 ºC to 50 ºC/ 14 ºF to 122 ºF. Do not expose the Polar product to direct sunlight for extended periods, such as leaving it in a car.

2.6. T31, T31C, T61 transmitters can be washed with mild soap and a gentle brush. If the electrodes appear discolored, the transmitter needs to be washed. Do not use any alcohol or a solvent based detergent.

2.7. WearLink and WearLink+ straps should be washed regularly in a washing machine at 40ºC/104ºF or at lest after every fifth use. This ensures reliable measurement and maximizes the life span of the transmitter. Use a washing pouch. Do not soak, spin-dry, iron, dry clean or bleach the strap. Do not use detergent with bleach or fabric softener. Never put the transmitter connector in the washing machine or drier!

3. Electromagnetic disturbances

3.1 Transmitters using 5 kHz transmission frequency
- T31
- T31C
- T61
- WearLink31

Electromagnetic disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines, traffic lights, mp3 player, the overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or tram lines, televisions, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones or when you walk through electric security gates. Check your surroundings and move away from the source of interference, or remove the source of the disturbance.

3.2 Transmitters using 2.4 GHz transmission frequency
- WearLink W.I.N.D

Disturbances may occur near high-voltage power lines, traffic lights, mp3 player, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, televisions, car motors, bike computers, some motor-driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when you walk through electric security gates. Microwave ovens, computers and WLAN base stations may also cause interference. To avoid erratic readings, move away from possible sources of disturbance.
3.3 Disturbance caused by electronic exercise equipments

Exercise equipment with electronic or electrical components such as LED displays, motors and electrical brakes may cause interfering stray signals. To solve these problems, try the following:

1. Remove the transmitter from your chest and use the exercise equipment as you would normally.
2. Move the monitor around until you find an area in which it displays no stray reading or does not flash the heart symbol. Interference is often worst directly in front of the display panel of the equipment, while the left or right side of the display is relatively free of disturbance.
3. Put the transmitter back on your chest and keep the running computer in this interference-free area as much as possible.

If the monitor still does not work with the exercise equipment, it may be electrically too noisy for wireless heart rate measurement.

4. The distance between the transmitter and the unit is too great

4.1 Transmitters using 5 kHz transmission frequency
- T31
- T31C
- T61
- WearLink31

The maximum transmission range between the transmitter and the unit is 1 meter (3 ft). If the distance is greater, the unit may not get all the signals sent from the transmitter. In cases where the transmission range is at it is extremes, for example rowing or biking where the unit is not attached to the wrist, the unit may display the same heart rate for a long time. To avoid this, keep the distance within 1 meter.

5. Signals from more than one Polar Transmitter within 1 meter transmission range
Note this is valid only with non-coded 5 kHz transmitter!

In cases where there are more than one transmitter nearer than 1 meter, and you are using the non-coded transmitter, your unit can pick up the signal from all transmitters within the range. This can result abnormal high readings. Even if the other transmitter is coded, and yours is non-coded, your unit may still give an inaccurate reading. To avoid signal crosstalk, keep the distance to the other transmitters.

The coded transmitter and unit system does not pick up the signal from other heart rate monitors. In case of false readings with a coded transmitter and unit, check if the code has been locked. After a successful code search, a frame will appear around the heart symbol on the display (apart from Polar FT40, FT60 and FT80 display). If the frames around the heart cannot be seen start the measurement again and check that you are not near other heart rate monitor users, because they may interfere the code search. Also, high voltage power lines, televisions, mobile phones and other sources of electromagnetic disturbance may interfere with the code search, as well as keeping the unit too close to the transmitter.
Polar FT40, FT60 and FT80 Training Computers do not show a frame around the heart symbol because, unlike other 5kHz-compatible Training Computers, they can only accept coded heart rate signals and therefore no distinction between coded or uncoded transmission is needed.

6. Static electricity, technical sportswear and special conditions
If the humidity of the air is low, or you are exercising in windy conditions (for example high-speed road racing), a fluttering shirt may rub the transmitter and generate static electricity. This causes additional signals, especially if the contact between skin and transmitter is poor. To avoid this:
6.1. Moisten the electrodes before use, or use the conductive lotion or gel
6.2. Use a cotton shirt instead of a synthetic shirt
6.3. Use a tighter shirt to avoid fluttering of the material
6.4. Use the transmitter on a wet shirt
6.5. Wet the shirt

7. Arrhythmia
Polar products are not designed to detect arrhythmia or irregular rhythms and will interpret them as noise or interference. The computer in the wrist unit will make error corrections, so that arrhythmia beats are not included in the averaged beats per minute. The blinking heart symbol in the face of the unit, however, will continue to show all heart beats received. In most cases the Polar products will work fine for persons with arrhythmia.

8. Battery of the transmitter is getting empty
The estimated average battery life of the Polar WearLink31 and WearLink W.I.N.D Transmitters is 2 years and other transmitters 2500 hours of use. If the battery of the transmitter is running low, the transmission range decreases and may cause errors similar to the ones listed above in this document.


Troubleshooting heart rate signal reception

If your Polar training computer / sensor is not working as it should, try troubleshooting before contacting your closest Polar Service.

1. Are you wearing the transmitter belt correctly?
The belt should be worn flat against the skin, Polar logo right side up.

2. Are the transmitter electrodes thoroughly wet?
If your body doesn't produce enough sweat to keep the moisture constant, purchase a conductivity gel (see accessories).

3. Are the transmitter and transmitter belt clean?

4. Is the transmitter compatible with your heart rate monitor?

5. Is the heart rate monitor within one meter/ 3.3 feet range from the transmitter?
Check that you are not near high voltage power lines,
televisions, cellular phones, or other sources of electromagnetic interference. Also make sure that you are not near (1 m/3 ft) other heart rate monitor users, when starting your exercise recording.

6. If you have a non-coded transmitter, make sure that there are no other transmitters within one meter/ 3.3 feet radius.

7. Are the heart rate signals unusually high or otherwise abnormal?
Relocating the training computer or adjusting the transmitter on your body may help.

8. Has the battery been changed by an unauthorized party?

9 Does the ECG signal strength vary?
ECG signal strength varies depending on the individual’s tissue composition. The percentage of people who experience difficulties measuring heart rate is higher in water environment than in normal use.

10. Were you using the training computer in, or near seawater or a swimming pool? Have the buttons been pressed under water?
Seawater and swimming pool chemicals can affect ECG signal reception. Do not press buttons under water as it may cause leaking.

11. Is the display frozen?
If the display has frozen, try resetting it.

12. Cardiac arrhythmia may cause irregular readings or a cardiac event may have altered your ECG waveform. In these cases, consult your physician.


Erratic or extremely high for the following models

CS100/200/300/400 - In addition to the above, avoid crosstalk from another cyclist with a speed sensor, keep a distance of at least one meter/ 3’4’’ between your cycling computer and the speed sensor of the other cyclist.

RS300X - In addition to the above, make sure the transmitter strap/the textile electrodes fit snugly and are wet, clean and undamaged.


No heart rate reading (- -)
for the following models
F4, F6, F7, RS100, FS1/2c/3c-
• Check that the electrodes of the transmitter are moistened and that you are wearing it as instructed.
• Make sure the transmitter is clean.
• Check that there are no sources of electromagnetic radiation in close vicinity to the Polar wrist unit, such as TV sets, cell phones, CRT monitors, etc.
• Check that you are not near high voltage power lines,
televisions, cell phones or other sources of electromagnetic interference. Also make sure that you are not near (1 m/3 ft) other heart rate monitor users, when starting you exercise recording.
• A cardiac event may have altered your ECG waveform. In this case, consult your physician.


Heart symbol flashes irregularly
for the following models
F4, F6, F7, RS100/200, FS1/2c/3c -
• Check that your wrist unit is not further than 1 m/3 ft from the transmitter.
• Check that the transmitter has not become loose during exercise.
• Make sure that the electrodes of the transmitter are moistened.
• Make sure that there is no other heart rate transmitter within the reception range (3 feet/1 meter).
• Cardiac arrhythmia may cause irregular readings. In this case, consult your physician.



5. COMPATIBLE ACCESSORIES -
answers, troubleshooting, compatibility
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SPEED SENSORS

Care and maintenance

• Do not immerse the speed sensor in water.
• Keep the speed sensor clean. Clean it with a mild soap and water solution and in the end rinse it with clean water. Dry it carefully with a soft towel.
• Never use alcohol or any abrasive material such as steel wool or cleaning chemicals.
• Avoid hard hits as these may damage the sensor.



S-SERIES SPEED SENSOR

Compatibility with S510, S520, S625X, S710, S720i, S725, S725X

Troubleshooting speed signal reception

1) Is the sensor installed according to instructions?
2) Does a light flash in the sensor when the speed magnet passes it? The light indicates that the speed sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.
3) Is the training computer on the opposite side of the handlebar when compared to the sensor? We recommend that it be mounted on the same side as the sensor.
4) Check that the angle between the sensor and the training computer is as close to 90° as possible. An angle greater or smaller than 90° may reduce transmission range.
5) Does your bicycle have carbon fibre frame / handlebar / stem? This may reduce transmission range. Try reducing distance between training computer and sensor or try adjusting the transmission range.
6) Are you getting consistent zero readings? You may have exceeded 2500 riding hours and the battery of the speed sensor needs to be replaced.

S-series speed sensor transmission range is max. 50 cm/19.5 in.



CS SPEED SENSOR

Compatible with CS100, CS100b, CS200, CS200cad, CS300, CS400

Troubleshooting speed signal reception

1) Is the sensor installed according to instructions?
2) Is the training computer positioned appropriately?
3) Does your bicycle have carbon fibre frame / handlebar / stem? This may reduce transmission range. Try reducing distance between training computer and sensor.

CS speed sensor transmission range is max. 50 cm/19.5 in. Recommended distance between training computer and sensor is 30 - 40 cm/11 -15.7 in.


Speed sensor battery
Contact your authorized Polar Service Center for a replacement of speed sensor.


The speed reading is 00 or there is no speed reading while cycling
• Check the correct position and distance of the sensor with the magnet and the cycling computer.
• Check that you have set the correct cycling settings in your cycling computer. For further information please refer to the user manual of the cycling computer in question.
• If the 00 reading appears irregularly, this may be due to temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.
• If the 00 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 4500 riding hours and the battery is empty.


There are irregular speed, distance or heart rate readings
• Electromagnetic interference as well as interference from other wireless cycling computers may affect readings of speed, distance and heart rate.
• Disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, televisions, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when you walk through electric security gates.
• To avoid crosstalk from another cyclist with a Polar Speed Sensor, keep a distance of at least 1 metre/3’4” between your cycling computer and the Polar Speed Sensor of the other cyclist.


Ensure a good speed signal reception
CS100, CS200, CS300, CS400 -
The maximum transmission range between the CS speed sensor and the receiver is 50cm/19.5in. However, the recommended distance is 30 - 40cm/11 -15.7in.

In case of getting erratic readings from the speed sensor, try the following to improve the CS speed sensor reception.

1) Install the CS receiver and speed sensor as close as possible to each other. We recommend that the CS unit be installed on the opposite side of the bike from the CS speed sensor. For example, install the CS speed sensor on the left side of the fork and the CS receiver on the right side of the handle bar.

2) Place the CS receiver 10 - 15 cm/4 - 5.9in from the handle bar center point, directly above the CS speed sensor


CS W.I.N.D. SPEED SENSOR
Compatible with
CS600, CS600 with Power, CS600X, CS600X with Power, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Run, RS800CX ProTeam

Troubleshooting speed signal reception

1) Have you taught the sensor to the training computer? See how to do this with CS600X / CS600 or with RS800CX.
2) Does a light flash in the sensor when the speed magnet passes it? The light indicates that the speed sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.

CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. transmission range is approx. 10m / 32ft.


The speed reading is 00 or there is no speed reading while cycling?
• Start searching for the data again by pressing and holding the LIGHT button and selecting Seek sensor.
• Make sure the position and distance of the sensor to the magnet are appropriate.
• Check that you have activated the speed function in the cycling computer.

• If the 0.0 reading appears irregularly, this may be due to temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.
• If the 0.0 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 3000 riding hours and the battery is empty.


Check speed is displayed
• Make sure your speed sensor is positioned correctly. Rotate the wheel a few times to activate the sensor. The flashing red light indicates that the sensor is activated. Also the battery of your speed sensor may be empty.

Sensor not found and Try again? are displayed
• Press OK to start seeking.

There are irregular speed, distance or heart rate readings

• Electromagnetic interference, as well as interference from other wireless cycling computers, may affect readings of speed, distance and heart rate.
• Disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, WLAN base stations, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when walking through electric security gates.


Calibration failed is displayed
RS800CX -

Calibration did not succeed and you need to re-calibrate. Calibration fails if you move during the process. Once you reach lap distance, stop running and stand still for calibration. The range of the calibration factor during manual calibration is 0.500-1.500. If you have defined the calibration factor below or above these values, calibration fails.

CADENCE SENSORS

Care and maintenance

• Do not immerse the cadence sensor in water.
• Keep the cadence sensor clean. Clean it with a mild soap and water solution and in the end rinse it with clean water. Dry it carefully with a soft towel.
• Never use alcohol or any abrasive material such as steel wool or cleaning chemicals.
• Avoid hard hits as these may damage the sensor.

Cadence sensor battery
Contact your authorized Polar Service Center for a replacement of cadence sensor.



S-SERIES CADENCE SENSOR

Compatibility with S510, S520, S625X, S710, S710i, S725, S725X

If you use S-series cadence sensor with the CS cycling computers, the cadence readings will be double. The transmission technique between S-series cadence sensor and CS cadence sensor is a bit different which causes the compatibility difficulties and erratic readings.

Troubleshooting cadence signal reception
1. Is the sensor installed according to instructions? See User manual for S-series cadence sensor.
2) Does a light flash in the sensor when the cadence magnet passes it? The light indicates that the cadence sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.
3) Does your bicycle have carbon fibre frame / handlebar / stem? This may reduce transmission range. Try reducing distance between training computer and sensor or try adjusting the transmission range.
4) Are you getting consistent zero readings? You may have exceeded 1500 riding hours and the battery of the speed sensor needs to be replaced. For battery replacement, please contact your local Polar Service here.
S series cadence sensor transmission range is max. 80 cm/31 in. Recommended distance between training computer and sensor is 60 - 80 cm/23 -31 in.



CS CADENCE SENSOR

Compatible with CS100, CS100b, CS200, CS200cad, CS300, CS400

Troubleshooting speed signal reception

1. Is the sensor installed according to instructions?
2. Does your bicycle have carbon fibre frame / handlebar / stem? This may reduce transmission range. Try reducing distance between training computer and sensor.

CS speed sensor transmission range is max. 80 cm/31 in.


The cadence reading is 00 or there is no cadence reading while cycling
• Check the correct position and distance of the cadence sensor with the crank magnet and the cycling computer.
• Check that you have set the correct cycling settings in your cycling computer.
• If the 00 reading appears irregularly, this may be due to temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.
• If the 00 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 3500 riding hours and the battery is empty.


There are irregular cadence or heart rate readings
• Electromagnetic interference as well as interference from other wireless cycling computers may affect readings of cadence and heart rate.
• Disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, televisions, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when you walk through electric security gates.
• To avoid crosstalk from another cyclist with a Polar Cadence Sensor, keep a distance of at least 1 meter/3’4” between your cycling computer and the Polar Cadence Sensor of the other cyclist.



CS W.I.N.D. CADENCE SENSOR
Compatible with CS600, CS600 with Power,
CS600X, CS600X with Power, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Run, RS800CX ProTeam

Troubleshooting speed signal reception

1. Have you taught the sensor to the training computer? See how to do this with CS600X / CS600 or with RS800CX.
2. Does a light flash in the sensor when the cadence magnet passes it? The light indicates that the cadence sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive. For more on positioning, see CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. user manual or installation video.

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. transmission range is approx. 10m / 32ft.


The cadence reading is 0 or there is no cadence reading while cycling
• Start searching for the data again by pressing and holding the LIGHT button and selecting Seek sensor.
• Make sure the position and distance of the cadence sensor to the crank magnet are appropriate.
• Check that you have activated the cadence function in the cycling computer.
• If the 0 reading appears irregularly, this may be due to temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.
• If the 0 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 3000 riding hours and the battery is empty.

Check cadence is displayed
• Make sure your cadence sensor is positioned correctly. Rotate the crank a few times to activate the sensor. The flashing red light indicates that the sensor is activated. Also the battery of your cadence sensor may be empty.


Sensor not found and Try again? are displayed
• Press OK to start seeking.

There are irregular cadence or heart rate readings?
• Electromagnetic interference, as well as interference from other wireless cycling computers, may affect readings of cadence and heart rate.
• Disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, WLAN base stations, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when walking through electric security gates.

Frame material may affect the transmission range.

FOOT PODS & STRIDE SENSORS

S1 FOOT POD
Compatibility with FT60G1, FT80, RS200, RS300X, RS300XSD, RS300XG1, RS400, RS400SD

Battery type
One AAA battery

Average battery lifetime
Approx. 20 hours of use

Is the S1 footpod heavy?

You can't feel it when once its attached to your shoe. In fact, you will struggle to figure out (by feel) which shoe has the footpod on it once you put it on. The Polar S1 footpod is built to last with robust water resistance, shock resistance and easy battery change while still not reducing shoe comfort or running performance.

How accurate is the Running Computer?
Generally the Running Computer is at minimum 97% accurate even without calibration. The accuracy increases to 99% with calibration. In relative terms, this accuracy is as good or better than the accuracy provided by GPS. Interestingly, this degree of accuracy is generally far better than what is seen on running treadmills. Have you ever heard of a runner complain that a treadmill was not accurate enough for their training purposes?

Do I need to re-calibrate my footpod every time my foot pod or wrist unit battery
is changed?

If you choose to calibrate your Polar S1 foot pod, the calibration factor will be stored in the permanent memory of the Running Computer. This calibration will be stored permanently, unless you decide to change it....so if you calibrate, you only need to do it once.

Will the Polar S1 foot pod leak water?
Robust water-resistance and durability are key elements in the design of the Polar S1 foot-pod. It will survive immersion, wet running environments and continue to perform reliably. However, the S1 was not designed for swimming or aqua-running so please do not go swimming with it.

What is the foot pod battery lifetime?
The battery lifetime is 20 hours of use in average.

How do I know that the foot pod battery needs to be replaced?
When the green light on the foot pod turns red, you need to replace the battery. Replace the battery in case the foot pod does not start or the running speed shows 00 constantly.

Can I replace the battery myself if so, what is the battery type?
The foot pod is designed so that the user can replace the battery him/herself without tools.The battery type is AAA.

How to calibrate S1 foot pod
with FT60/FT80

To get the most accurate speed and distance measuring results we recommend that the S1 foot pod™ is calibrated according to these instructions.

Before calibrating, enable S1 foot pod
Select Settings → Training settings → Speed sensor → Footpod
Press the OK button to confirm. Footpod in use! is displayed for a moment.
Press and hold the BACK button to return to Time view.

To calibrate by running
Start your training session normally:
- Press the OK button to enter the Training view
- Wait until your heart rate signal is displayed and S1 foot pod™ is detected.




- Press the OK button to start recording the training session.

2. Start running. The minimum recommended calibrating distance is 1 km.
The longer the distance covered during calibration the better the calibration.
It is important to calibrate the foot pod for each terrain type you run on.

For best result, use an accurate calibration distance. For Example, do the calibration run on a running track.

3. Stand still after you have run the calibration distance. Either:
a) - Press the BACK button to pause the training session
- Press the UP button to select Calibrate footpod view.


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OR

b) - Press and hold the LIGHT button to enter Quick Menu view
- Press the UP button to select Calibrate footpod view


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4. Press the OK button to enter.
- Press the UP or DOWN button to fix the displayed distance with the actual distance you just run


S1

- Press the OK button to confirm. Calibration factor set! is displayed for a moment.

5. The S1 foot pod™ is now calibrated.

To calibrate manually
Calibration factor can be calculated using the formula below:

Actual distance
FT60/FT80 displayed distance

Example
If you run 1200m and the running computer shows a distance of 1180m, adjust the calibration factor to 1200/1180 = 1.017.

1. Once you know the calibration factor there are two options to set it to FT60/FT80:
a) In the Settings menu
- Select Settings → Training settings → Footpod calib.factor and press the OK button to enter.


S1

OR

b) In the Training menu
- Press the OK button to enter the Training view
- Select Training settings → Footpod calib.factor and press the OK button to enter.


S1

2. Press the UP or DOWN button to set the Calibration factor.
- Press the UP or DOWN button to fix the displayed distance with the actual distance you just ran.


S1

- Press the OK button to confirm. Calibration factor set! is displayed for a moment.

3. The S1 foot pod™ is now calibrated.

Calibration is done in metric units because the most universal calibration location is the 400m track, even in countries that use imperial units.


S3 STRIDE SENSOR
Compatibility with
RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Pro, RS800CX Run


"Check Footpod!" message appears on the display
RS200 -
• Check that you have turned on the footpod function from the wrist unit.
• Make sure that the footpod is turned on.
• If there is no light on the footpod the battery needs to be replaced.
• If you keep the wrist unit in front of you for longer than 15 seconds the speed and distance measurements stop. You need to reactivate the measurements by moving your hand.
• If you are running on a treadmill and have attached the wrist unit to a crossbar in front of you, try moving the wrist unit sideways.


"Check Foot pod!" message appears and speed and distance signals cannot be found
RS400 -

• Check that the foot pod function is activated in the running computer. If so, the runner symbol should be displayed on the computer.
• Make sure that the foot pod is turned on by pressing and holding the red button on the foot pod.
• If the foot pod is on and you either see a red light or no light at all on the foot pod, the battery needs to be replaced.
• If you keep the running computer in front of you for longer than 15 seconds, the speed and distance measurements stop. Reactivate the measurements by moving your hand.
• If you are running on a treadmill and have attached the running computer to a crossbar in front of you, try moving the running computer sideways.

Footpod calibration failed is displayed
RS400 -
Calibration did not succeed and you need to re-calibrate. Calibration fails if you move during the process. Once you reach lap distance, stop running and stand still for calibration. The range of the calibration factor during manual calibration is 0.500-1.500. If you have defined the calibration factor below or above these values, calibration fails.

GPS SENSORS

Care and maintenance

• Wash the armband in a washing machine at 40°C / 104°F. Use a washing pouch. Do not soak, nor use detergent with bleach or fabric softener. Do not dry-clean. Do not spin-dry or iron.
• Clean the sensor with a mild soap and water solution. Dry it with a towel. Never use alcohol or abrasive materials (steel wool or cleaning chemicals). Never put the sensor in a washing machine or drier.
• Keep the sensor and the armband in a cool and dry place. Do not store wet in non-breathing material, such as a sports bag. Do not expose to direct sunlight for extended periods.


G1 GPS SENSOR
Compatibility with FT60, GT60G1, FT80, FT80G1, RS300X, RS300XG1, RS300XSD


Using the G1 Sensor in Water
The sensor is water resistant. It can be safely worn in the rain or while crossing rivers or canoeing. The GPS reception system does not function under water.

If speed or distance readings are irregular or show zero

Something in your surroundings may be blocking satellite signal reception (e.g. a building or terrain). If the sensor cannot locate the satellite signals, it will not be able to calculate its location. Speed values may therefore show zero. Distance is measured between the last location before the shadow area, and the first location after the shadow area in a straight line, i.e. curves are not counted.

Strong electromagnetic signals can cause erratic readings
Electromagnetic disturbances may occur near high-voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, televisions, car motors, bike computers, some motor driven training equipment, cellular phones, or at electric security gates. To avoid erratic readings, move away from possible sources of disturbance.

To avoid crosstalk from another person with a Polar G1 GPS Sensor
Keep a distance of at least 2 meters/6’7” between the sensors.

In low speeds (below 3km/hour)

Accuracy decreases causing variation in speed values.

If the button does not react
Remove the battery to reset the sensor. If this does not work, the battery may be empty.

Polar G1 GPS sensor measures speed and distance data. This sensor is compatible with Polar FT60 and FT80 monitors.

Where to wear G1 GPS sensors during training

For best signal reception:
- Wear the G1 GPS sensor and the Training computer on the same arm.
- Wear the G1 GPS sensor at a maximum of 35 - 40cm distance from the Training Computer to make sure that the range is not exceeded. If the signal is not detected or if signal updating is slow, bring the sensor closer to your elbow.
G1 wear
When cycling your arms are usually extended. Wearing the G1 GPS sensor closer to the Training Computer, for example by wearing the sensor on your wrist or attaching it to the handlebar, will bring the sensor within range.


Different product modes with Polar G1 GPS sensor
Polar G1 GPS sensor has two product modes: mode 1 and mode 2.

Mode 1 is used for a limited number of G1 GPS sensors compatible with Polar RS200, RS400, S625x or S725x. This edition of G1 sensor is no longer in production.
Mode 2 is used when you use G1 GPS sensor with Polar FT60, FT80 and RS300X.

To change between Mode 1 and Mode 2
1. Activate the sensor.
2. Press and hold the button for the duration of ten battery indicator led flashes.
3. G1 satellite indicator led flashes four times as an indication that the mode is changed.

Four RED flashes of the satellite indicator = Mode 1 is active
Four GREEN flashes of the satellite indicator = Mode 2 is active
Ten GREEN flashes of the battery indicator = Change the product mode


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When you turn the G1 GPS sensor on, the satellite indicator flashes two times to indicate the mode used.
Two red led flashes = Mode 1 is active
Two green led flashes = Mode 2 is active.



G3 GPS W.I.N.D. SENSOR
Compatibility with
CS600X, CS600X Power, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Pro, RS800CX Run


If speed or distance readings are irregular or show zero
Something in your surroundings may be blocking satellite signal reception (e.g. a building or terrain). If the sensor cannot locate the satellite signals, it will not be able to calculate its location. Speed values may therefore show zero. Distance is measured between the last location before the shadow area, and the first location after the shadow area in a straight line, i.e. curves are not counted.
In low speeds (below 3km/hour), accuracy decreases causing variation in speed values.

If the button does not react
Press it for ten green light flashes to reset the sensor. The red light flashes twice on both sides when the sensor resets. If this does not work, the battery may be empty.

Can you use Polar G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D. or Polar G1 GPS sensor for tracking your route?
Polar G3 GPS sensor measures speed, distance and tracking data. When using it with Polar RS800 only speed and distance data is recorded; with Polar RS800CX / CS600X speed, distance and tracking data.
Both Training Computers have additionally an altitude measurement feature to allow you to track the exercise elevation profile and to analyze the results in Polar ProTrainer 5 software.

Why the GPS signal is not found?
The G3 GPS sensor needs signals from four different satellites in order to establish the starting position. Depending on the circumstances these signals should be found by the G3 sensor within 30-60s. Sometimes even faster, if you have started the G3 at the same position previously.

However, in some cases the signals from the satellites may be blocked by e.g. hills, tall buildings or trees, especially with a heavy snow coverage. It is also possible that some surfaces reflect the coming signals so that they are received twice, therefore giving inappropriate information.


DATA TRANSFER UNITS

FLOWLINK

Compatibility
with
FA20, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT60G1,FT80, FT80G1, RS300X, RS300XG1, RS300XSD

To use FlowLink you need a PC with Windows XP, 2000 or Vista. To transfer data, please also install Polar WebSync software.

Connection indicators
To connect, position your Polar product on the FlowLink platform.
The Align indicator will light up.

FlowLink

States Green light Yellow light
FlowLink is not connected OFF OFF
FlowLink is connected to PC and has power OFF ON
FlowLink is connected to PC and Polar product ON ON

FlowLink is transferring data

ON BLINKING
FlowLink has lost connection to Polar product during data transfer. (Ex. product removed from FlowLink) OFF ON


IrDA USB ADAPTER

Compatibility with
CS400, CS600X, CS600X Power, RS400, RS400SD, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Pro, RS800CX Run


If the communication fails
1. the infrared devices are positioned correctly. The infrared windows should be within 30 degree angle, no further than one meter (39 inches) and no closer than 1 cm (0.4 inches) from each other.
2. nothing is blocking the path between the infrared windows of the devices.
3. there is no other infrared device nearby.
5. the battery of your Polar wrist unit does not need replacing (i.e. low battery symbol on the display).



DATALINK

Compatibility with CS500

DATA TRANSFERS
F4, F6, F11, F55 -
Would you like to edit your wrist unit settings with a computer? Or to personalize your wrist unit display with a logo from Polar Logo Gallery or even create your own one? Use the Polar UpLink Tool.

Transfer exercise data from your wrist unit to polarpersonaltrainer.com An interactive online service that completes your Polar Fitness Heart Rate Monitor. Simply, register yourself first at polarpersonaltrainer.com (www.polarpersonaltrainer.com ). Then, get a Polar Keeps U Fit™ - Own Workout Program tailored to your personal exercise goals or plan your own exercises in the 'My Diary'.

After your exercise, the Polar WebLink software allows you to transfer your exercise data from your Polar F6, F7, F11 and F55 quickly and easily. In the polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can then view graphical analysis and follow up on your training over long term.

F11
With your Polar F11, you can also transfer your latest Polar Fitness Test (OwnIndex) results to polarpersonaltrainer.com.

F55
With your Polar F55, you can also transfer your latest Polar Fitness Test (OwnIndex) results to polarpersonaltrainer.com, and your Polar Keeps U Fit™ - Own Workout Program from your F55 to polarpersonaltrainer.com OR from polarpersonaltrainer.com to your F55.

Note! Have the Polar Keeps U Fit™ Program defined in the polarpersonaltrainer.com before you start the WebLink to transfer the program to your Polar F55. The WebLink software checks your Polar Keeps U Fit™ settings from the web service when it is started.

POWER OUTPUT

S-SERIES POWER OUTPUT SENSOR
Compatibility with
S625X, S710, S710i, S720i, S725, S725X

Troubleshooting power signal reception

1. Does a light flash in the sensor when the cadence magnet passes it? The light indicates that the cadence sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.
2. Do you have cycling settings in your cycling computer and Power function activated?
3. Are you getting consistent zero readings? You may have exceeded 300 riding hours and the battery is empty. Change battery in the bike mount sensor.
Irregular zero reading may be caused by temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.


Check that the wristwatch receiver is correctly installed on the bike mount and the metal pins on the bike mount make solid contact with the back cover of the wristwatch receiver.
• Check that you have set the correct cycling settings in your wristwatch receiver.
• Iron spokes and bicycle parts may cause irregular readings.
• If the 00 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 300 riding hours and the battery in the power output sensor needs to be replaced.
• If there is no speed reading, check the correct position of the speed sensor with the spoke magnet.
• If there is no cadence reading, check the correct position of the power sensor with the crank magnet.



CS W.I.N.D. POWER OUTPUT SENSOR
Compatibility with
CS500, CS600, CS600 with Power, CS600X, CS600X with Power

Troubleshooting power signal reception
1. Have you taught the sensor to the training computer? See how to do this with CS600X / CS600.
2. Does a green light flash in the sensor when the cadence magnet passes the cadence notch located on the Power Sensor? The light indicates that the Power Sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.
3. Does a red lights flash in the sensor when the rotating the crank (chain rotates)? The light indicates that the chain speed sensor is positioned correctly and that the sensor is alive.
4. Do you have correct power/cadence settings in your cycling computer?
5. Have you activated the power/cadence function in your cycling computer?
6. Are you getting consistent zero readings? You may have exceeded 50 riding hours and the battery is empty. Change battery.
Irregular zero reading may be caused by temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.

Check Power is displayed
• Make sure your power sensor is positioned correctly. Rotate the crank a few times to activate the sensor. The flashing red light indicates that the sensor is activated. Also the battery of your power sensor may be empty.

The power or cadence reading is 0 or there is no reading while cycling
• Check that the sensor and the cadence magnet are installed according to instructions.
• Check that you have set correct power/cadence settings in your cycling computer, and activated the power/cadence function.
• If the 0 reading appears irregularly, this may be due to temporary electromagnetic interference in your current surroundings.
• If the 0 reading is constant, you may have exceeded 50 riding hours and the battery is empty.

There are irregular power or cadence readings

• Electromagnetic interference as well as interference from other wireless cycling computers may affect readings of power and cadence.
• Disturbances may occur near high-voltage power lines, traffic lights, overhead lines of electric railways, electric bus lines or trams, WLAN base stations, car motors, cycling computers, some motor driven exercise equipment, cellular phones, or when walking through electric security gates.
Frame material may affect the transmission range.

Sensor not found and Try again? are displayed
• Press OK to start seeking and rotate the crank a few times to activate the sensor.

BIKE MOUNTS

UNIVERSAL BIKE MOUNT
Compatibility with
CS300, F6, F7, FS2c, FS3c, FT4, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT60G1, FT80, FT80G1, RS100, RS200, RS300X, RS300XG1, RS300XSD, RS400, RS400SD, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Multi, RS800CX Pro, RS800CX Run



TWIST BIKE MOUNT

Compatibility with
CS100, CS100b, CS200, CS200cad, CS400, CS600X, CS600X with Power

To detach the cycling computer from the bike mount
CS100, CS200, CS400, CS600 -
press the cycling computer down and simultaneously turn it counter clockwise.

CHEST TRANSMITTERS

T31 CODED CHEST TRANSMITTER

Compatibility

CS100, CS200, CS300, CS400, F4, F6, FS1, FS2c, FS3c, FT1, FT2, FT80, FT60, FT40, RS400


WEARLINK CHEST TRANSMITTER
Compatibility with
CS100, CS200, CS300, CS400, FS1, FS2c, FS3c
, FT1, FT2, FT4, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT80, RS100, RS300X,
RS400

WEARLINK W.I.N.D. CHEST TRANSMITTER
Compatibility with
CS500, CS600X, RS800CX, RS800CX Bike, RS800CX Pro Training, WindLink



6. WHICH MODEL DO I HAVE -
how to check
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The model of each Polar heart rate monitor receiver can either be found on the front case or engraved on the back plate.


Example 1
- On the back of the unit - right above the serial number is the model number. This model is Polar A3 in this case
model


Example 2
- On the front of the unit - right below the Polar logo. This model is the Polar Edge NV in this case
model2


Example 3 - On the front of the unit - right above the button. This model is the Polar ProTrainer XT in this case
model3


Example 4
- On the back of the unit - right below the gray serial number, is the model number. This model is the Polar S710 in this case
model4


SERIAL NUMBER OF THE STEEL BACK
The number of characters varies. Older receivers have 8 or 11 characters. The new standard consists of 13 characters, which will be taken into use during the 1st quarter of '99.
- 13 characters
- example H8472500012345




7. SPECIFIC QUESTIONS and ANSWERS -
for specific products
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ALTITUDE
(also see TERMS and DEFINITIONS at bottom of page for more info)
Altitude readings are inaccurate?
CS400/RS800CX -
Your altimeter may show faulty altitude if it is exposed to external interference like strong wind or air conditioning. In this case, try to calibrate the altimeter. If the readings are constantly inaccurate, dirt may be blocking the air pressure channels. In this case, send the cycling computer to a Polar Service Center.

Altitude keeps changing even if I am not moving
CS400/RS800CX - It converts measured air pressure into an altitude reading. This is why changes in the weather may cause changes in altitude readings.


CONNECT MODE

How to set
AXN500, AXN700
- Press 'Start' (the middle right button) and then down (the lower right button) so that you can see 'Menu CONNECT' on display.

CS300 - Press 'Down' button until you see 'Connect' on your Cycling Computer. Press OK.

CS200 - Press 'Next' button until you see 'Connect' (the right button) on your Cycling Computer. Press 'Start' (the middle button). 'Send files' text appears.
Press 'Start' again. 'Send all' text appears.
If you wish to send all the files the same time, press 'Start' again when 'Send all' text is visible. Note! Pressing 'Start' now will start the data transfer.
If you wish to send exercises one by one, or choose particular exercise, press 'Next' when 'Send all' text is visible. Now you are able to view the information of your latest exercise. Pressing 'next' again will show you the next exercise (towards the past) etc.. Pressing 'Start' on a particular exercise will start the exercise transfer.
Note: Do not press 'OK' again before you have clicked the 'Listen' button in Polar WebLink and placed your wrist unit near a microphone. Pressing 'OK' after you have selected 'SEND' will start the SonicLink transfer.

F6, F7, F11 - To transfer exercise data: Press 'OK' and then down (the lower right button) until 'File' is displayed. Press 'OK' and select 'SEND' with lower right button.

Note: Do not press 'OK' again before you have clicked the 'Listen' button in Polar WebLink and placed your wrist unit near a microphone. Pressing 'OK' after you have selected 'SEND' will start the SonicLink transfer.

F11 - To transfer Polar Keeps U Fit™ - Own Workout Program data: Press 'OK' and then down (the lower right button) until 'Program' is displayed. Press 'OK' and select 'SEND' with lower right button.

To transfer Polar Fitness Test (your OwnIndex) results: Press ‘OK’ and then down (the lower right button) until ‘Test’ is displayed. Press ‘OK’ and select 'SEND' with lower right button.

F55 - Press the OK button and then the up (upper right button) to enter Connect mode.

RS200sd, RS200 - Press the Down button until you see 'Connect' in your Running Computer. Press 'OK'.
Select 'Send' and press 'OK'. You can send separate exercises by selecting Exercise and choosing the exercise you wish to send. You can also send Follow-up information e.g. OwnIndex results.

Note: Do not press 'OK' again before you have clicked the 'Listen' button in Polar WebLink and placed your wrist unit near a microphone. Pressing 'OK' after you have selected 'SEND' will start the SonicLink transfer.

CS400, CS600, RS400sd, RS400, RS800sd, RS800 - Press the 'Down' button once so that you can see 'CONNECT' on display.

S410, S510, S520, S610, S610i, S625X, S710, S710i, S720i, S725, S725X, S810 and S810i - Press the lower right button once so that you can see 'CONNECT' on display.


DOWNLOADING LOGOS

CS100 - In Time mode, press the Right button until SETTINGS is displayed. Place the cycling computer less than 10 cm/ 4" from the loudspeaker and do not move it during the data transfer.

CS200 - In Time mode, press the Right button until CONNECT is displayed. Press the Middle button and select Receive DATA. Place the cycling computer less than 10 cm/ 4" from the loudspeaker and do not move it during the data transfer.

CS300 - In Time mode, press the Up button until CONNECT is displayed. Press Start/Ok and select RECEIVE. Press Start/Ok again and UpLink is displayed. Place the cycling computer less than 10 cm/ 4" from the loudspeaker and do not move it during the data transfer.

2. Select the logo you wish to transfer to your cycling computer and click ‘Download’. Your cycling computer automatically starts to upload the information. You will hear a chirping sound during information transfer. UpLink and a line of moving dots are displayed on the upper row.

3. Logo transfer is ready when the chirping sound ceases and OK is displayed on the upper row.

4. Press and hold the Left button to return to Time display.

5. To activate the new logo, press and hold the Right button in Time mode.

If the data transfer failed, check that you:
- bring the cycling computer closer to the loudspeaker.
- turn the volume level of the loudspeakers up.
- do not to wear the transmitter during logo transfer.

RS100, RS200 - In order to transfer the logo you need to have loudspeakers and a sound card in your computer.

RS100 - In Time mode scroll up or down until SETTINGS is displayed.
Place the running computer less than 10 cm/ 4" from a loudspeaker and do not move it during the data transfer.

RS200 - In Time mode scroll up or down until Connect is displayed. Press the Red button and choose Receive. Press the Red button. UpLink receiving is displayed.

Place the running computer less than 10 cm/ 4" from a loudspeaker and do not move it during the data transfer.
Select the logo you wish to transfer to your cycling computer and click ‘Download’. Your running computer automatically starts to upload the information. You will hear a chirping sound while information is transferred.
RS100: COM and a line of moving dots are displayed.
RS200: UpLink receiving and a line of moving dots are displayed.

Logo transfer is ready when the chirping sound ceases and UpLink done (RS100) or UpLink receive OK! (RS200) is displayed.

Press and hold the stop button to return to Time display.

To activate the new logo, press and hold the Up button in Time mode.

If the data transfer was unsuccessful
- Remember not to wear the transmitter while transferring logos.
- Bring the running computer closer to the loudspeakers.
- Turn the volume level of the loudspeakers up.


ENERGY POINTER (also see TERMS and DEFINITIONS at bottom of page for more info)

FT7. FT40 - automatically calculates an individual point where the main effect of your training turns from fat burning into fitness improvement. This point is called EnergyPointer.

Low intensity training has several health benefits, e.g. it increases fat oxidation. Training in higher intensity improves cardiovascular fitness, i.e. strengthens your heart and increases blood circulation to muscles and lungs. The new EnergyPointer calculation defines the limit between low intensity (Fat burning zone) and higher intensity (Ftiness zone).

To calculate the EnergyPointer your training computer uses your heart rate and heart rate variability, measured online, as well your personal information of age, gender, height, weight, maximum heart rate and fitness level.

The average EnergyPointer value corresponds to 69% of maximum heart rate. However, it is normal that EnergyPointer value varies as your daily physical and mental condition varies from day to day. Your training computer can detect your body's daily state from your heart rate and heart rate variability and, if necessary, adjust the EnergyPointer accordingly. For example, if your body is recovered from previous training session and is not tired or stressed, then you are prepared for more intensive training and the Energy Pointer value (the dotted line on the display) changes.
energypointer
The lowest possible EnergyPointer value is 100 beats per minute and the highest possible value is 80% of your maximum heart rate.


FITNESS TEST
(also see TERMS and DEFINITIONS at bottom of page for more info)
Resuts
FT60, FT80 -
they save 47 of the most recent Polar Fitness Test results displayed as graph giving your OwnIndex values.

Fitness

To view your test results
1. Go to Menu → Applications → Fitness test → OwnIndex results.

2. Press the OK button to enter and see:
- The latest OwnIndex value
- The date on which the test was performed
- The graph of OwnIndex values.

3. Press the UP or DOWN button to scroll the results.

4. Press the BACK button to return to OwnIndex results view. To return to the Time view, press and hold the BACK button.

FT40 training computer
FT40 training computer saves 60 latest Polar Fitness Test results.

1. To view your test results one at a time go to Menu → Fitness test → OwnIndex results.

2. Press the OK button to enter and see.
- The latest OwnIndex value
- The date on which the test was performed.

3. Press the UP or DOWN button to view the result of your previous test.

4. Press the BACK button to return to OwnIndex results view. To return to the Time view, press and hold the BACK button.

To view a trend of your long-term test results, transfer saved data from your FT40 to polarpersonaltrainer.com where you can see your test results converted into a graph.

How to perform Polar Fitness Test
FT60, FT80 - You can take the test anywhere. Make sure that your surroundings are peaceful. It is important to always perform the test in similar conditions and at the same time of day.

1. Wear the transmitter.

2. Lie down and relax for 1 - 3 minutes.

3. Start test.
- In FT80/FT60, go to Menu → Applications → Fitness test → Start test.
- In FT40, go to Menu → Fitness test → Start test.

4. Press OK. Searching heart rate is displayed.
The fitness test begins as soon as your training computer has located your heart rate.

Lie relaxed, avoid body movements during the test (do not raise your arms or legs). Keep your arms on either side of your body. Avoid talking.

5. Approximately 5 minutes later the training computer beeps and you will see you test result: the OwnIndex value and fitness level class.

5. Press OK. Update VO2max? is displayed. Select
- Yes to save the OwnIndex value in user information.
- No if you don't want to update user information.
In either case, the OwnIndex value is saved in the OwnIndex results of FT60 and FT80.

If the fitness test fails, your previous OwnIndex value will not be replaced.

The OwnIndex value affects the accuracy of the Polar STAR Training Program (in FT60 and FT80) and calorie calculation during training.

What if the Polar Fitness Test does not work out?
FT40, FT60, FT80 - If your wrist unit does not succeed to receive your heart rate at the beginning or during the test, the test will fail (Test Failed on the display). Remember to moisten the electrodes of the transmitter and see that the elastic strap is snug enough. Check that your wrist unit is inside the transmission range being no further than 1 meter/3 feet from the transmitter. The unit should not be too near the transmitter either, have your hands beside your body. See that the heart symbol flashes regularly when you start the test. If you have FT40, FT60 or FT80 training computer see that the 'Heart rate found' text is displayed at the beginning of the test.

The test has been developed for healthy adults aged 20-65 years. If your heart beat reading or 'Heart rate found' text is shown on the display before the test, but the test still fails, it may be caused by cardiac arrythmia. Certain types of cardiac arrythmia (many abnormal heart beat intervals) may cause failure of the test. These include e.g. atrial fibrillation or flutter, atrioventricular conduction block, and sinus arrythmia.

Also healthy people may, however, have occasional cardiac arrythmia that leads to failure of the test. These situations are rare, and usually have to do with stress. It is advised to repeat the test when you are less stressed. Sometimes carrying the test out in a sitting position decreases the arrythmia and the test succeeds.

To get a reliable test result, remember to follow the basic instructions to carry out the Polar Fitness Test.


PAUSE REMINDER

FT4, FT7 - Pause reminder activates when you pause training session recording.

If you don't continue training session recording in five minutes, the training computer beeps to remind you to do so. You will hear the sound every ten minutes until you either continue or stop the training session recording. If training sounds are not enabled on your training computer, you will not hear the beep. The display will remain in pause mode until you make a selection or the battery of the training computer runs out.

Press BACK button once to pause training session recording.
Choose the option from the Pause mode list to continue or stop training session recording.


STRENGTH TRAINING GUIDANCE
(also see TERMS and DEFINITIONS at bottom of page for more info)
FT80 - helps you effectively improve your muscle strength and power. By reading your heart rate, the training computer knows when your body is ready for the next set for optimal training impact. The FT80 gives you guidance during the workout. You can either do an unplanned workout or you can download workouts from polarpersonaltrainer.com.

After workout, transfer data to polarpersonaltrainer.com. If you have activated the Polar STAR Training Program, the performed strength training is automatically calculated into the weekly training results.

Do workouts downloaded from polarpersonaltrainer.com
1. Create up to three workouts in polarpersonaltrainer.com and download them to your FT80.

2. Press the OK button to enter the Training view,

3. Press the DOWN button to select Start strength training and press the OK button to accept.

4. Start workout? appears. Select Yes and the list of exercises appears.

- If you have downloaded more than one exercise, press the DOWN button to select the one you want to perform.

Strength
Heart rate graph shows - name of the exercise, heart rate as a number, heart rate as a graph, number of sets, repetitions and weights.

5. Press the OK button to start your exercise with the first set.

6. After you have completed a set you should sit down to allow your FT80 to define when you have recovered enough to proceed with your training. When your heart rate graph hits the dotted line on the display you will hear a beep and Start next set! appears.

7. When you have completed all sets of an exercise, press the OK button. Exercise completed? appears. Select Yes to save the exercise data. The exercise set is now removed from your exercise list in this session.

8. Select the exercise you want to perform next and finish your workout.

9. To stop the session, press the BACK button twice. Instant feedback on your session is displayed. To return to the Time view, press the BACK button.

Do an unplanned workout

Even if you have not downloaded workouts from polarpersonaltrainer.com your FT80 still guides your strength training by letting you know how long to rest between each set.

1. To enter the Training view, press the OK button.

2. Press the DOWN button to select Start strength training.

3. To start the session, press the OK button.

Strength

4. After you have completed a set you should sit down to allow your FT80 to define when you have recovered enough to proceed with your training. When your heart rate graph hits the dotted line on the display you will hear a beep and Start next set! appears.

5. Perform the exercises and finish your workout.

6. To stop the session, press the BACK button twice. Instant feedback on your session is displayed. To return to the Time view, press the BACK button.


SHORTCUT BUTTONS

FA20, FT4, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT80 - Certain buttons can be used as shortcuts to different functions. Just press and hold the button for one second.

Press and hold the Back button to return to time view at any point.

In Time view press and hold:
- Light to enter Quick menu where you can lock buttons, set alarm, change time mode. With FT60/FT80 you can also calibrate Polar S1 foot pod.
- Up to change watch face.
- OK to start training session recording.
- Down to change time zone.

During training press and hold:
- Light to enter 'Quick menu' where you can lock buttons or adjust training sounds. With FT60/FT80, you can also calibrate S1 foot pod and with FT4/FT7 you can change heart rate view.
- OK to lock a training zone with FT7/FT40/FT60/FT80.

Light button with FT4/FT7:
- Deletes the selected training file when in Data → Training files .

Light button with FT40/FT60:
- Deletes the selected training file when in Data → Training files .
- Deletes the selected OwnIndex value when in Applications → Fitness test → OwnIndex results you can delete.

Light button with FT80:
- Deletes the selected training file when in Data → Training files .
- Deletes the selected OwnIndex value when in Applications → Fitness test → OwnIndex results you can delete.
- Resets the stopwatch when in Applications → Stopwatch.
- Deletes the selected OwnRelax value when in Applications → Relaxation test → OwnRelax results.


RIGHT ACTIVITY LEVEL
Choose the Right Activity Level
FT40, FT60, FT80, RS300X
- Activity level is an assessment of your level of long-term physical activity. Select the alternative that best describes the overall amount and intensity of your physical activity during the past three months.

Top: You participate in heavy physical training at least 5 times a week, or you are training to improve performance for competitive purposes.You train more than 5 hours per week.
High: You participate at least 3 times a week in heavy physical training, e.g. you run 20-50 km/12-31 miles per week or spend 3-5 hours per week in comparable physical activity.

Moderate: You participate regularly in recreational sports, e.g. you run 5-10 km/3-6 miles per week or spend 1-3 hours in comparable physical activity, or your work requires modest physical activity.

Low: You do not participate regularly in programmed recreational sport or heavy physical activity, e.g. you walk only for pleasure or train hard enough to cause heavy breathing or perspiration only occasionally. Your train 0-1 hours per week.


RECEPTION INTERFERENCE

Another person with a running computer or a heart rate monitor is causing interference?
RS100/200 -
Move away from that person and continue your exercise normally.
Alternatively,
Take the transmitter off your chest for 30 seconds. Stay away from the person with the other device.
Put the transmitter back on and bring the wrist unit up to your chest near the transmitter’s Polar logo. The wrist unit will start looking for a heart rate signal again. Continue your exercise normally.


BATTERY
The "battery" symbol is activated
RS100/200 - Usually the first sign of an expiring battery is the low battery indicator on the display. Note: Due to cold conditions the low battery indicator may appear, but the indicator disappears when you return to a warmer temperature.

RS400/RS800CX - In addition to the above, when the symbol appears, the running computer sounds and backlight are automatically deactivated.


MEMORY
Memory low is displayed
CS400 -
This is displayed when there is approximately one hour of memory space left. Once the memory has been depleted Memory full is displayed. To free memory space, transfer exercise data to Polar ProTrainer 5 software, and delete from the cycling computer memory.

RS400 - Memory low is displayed when there is approximately 1 hour memory left. To maximize the remaining memory capacity, select the longest Recording Rate (60 sec) from Settings > Features > Rec.rate. Once the memory has been depleted Memory full is displayed. To free memory transfer the exercises to Polar Pro Trainer 5 software and delete them from the wrist unit memory.

RS800CX - Memory low is displayed when there is approximately 1 hour memory left. To maximize the remaining memory capacity, select the longest Recording Rate (60 sec) from Settings > Features > Rec.rate. Once the memory has been depleted Memory full is displayed. To free memory transfer the exercises to Polar Pro Trainer 5 software and delete them from the wrist unit memory.

Memory full is displayed
RS40/800CX0 - The message appears during exercise if you have recorded 99 laps or if no memory space is left for the exercise. In that case, stop recording the exercise and transfer the exercise files from your running computer to the Polar ProTrainer 5. Then delete them from the running computer.


DISPLAY
Display is blank
F6, F7 -
It is in battery saving mode when it is dispatched from the factory. To activate it, press any of the buttons twice. WELCOME TO POLAR FITNESS WORLD is displayed.

RS100 -
It is in a battery saving mode when it is dispatched from the factory. To activate it, press the Red button twice. The Basic Settings starts. Alternatively the battery may be dead.

RS200 - The running computer is in the battery saving mode when it is dispatched from the factory. To activate it, press any button. The Basic Settings starts. Alternatively the battery may be dead.

The display is fading
F6, F7, FS1/2c/3c - Usually the first sign of a discharged battery is the low battery indicator or the fading of the digits when using the backlight (for models with backlight). Have the batteries checked.

There are no reactions to any buttons
F4, F11 - Press all the buttons simultaneously for two seconds. All other settings except time and date will be saved.

F6, F7- Reset the wrist unit. Resetting clears the date and time settings. Press all buttons except the Light button at the same time until the display is filled with digits. Press OK. For further information, see the section Basic Settings on page 10. If you have already set the Basic Settings once, you can skip them after setting the date by pressing and holding the Back button. If you do not press any button after you reset the wrist unit, within one minute the wrist unit goes to the Time of Day display. If this does not work, have the batteries checked.

FT4, FT7 - reset the training computer by pressing four buttons (UP, DOWN, BACK and LIGHT) simultaneously for four seconds. The display will go blank for a moment. Press OK and Please enter basic settings will shortly be displayed. Enter time and date. With long press BACK the display returns to time of day view. All other settings except time and date will be saved.

FT40, FT60, FT80 - reset the wrist unit by pressing four buttons (UP, DOWN, BACK and LIGHT) simultaneously for four seconds. All other settings except time and date will be saved.

RS100 - Reset the wrist unit by pressing the four side buttons simultaneously for two seconds. Set the time and date in the Basic Setting after the reset. Other settings are saved.

RS200 - Reset the wrist unit by pressing the four side buttons simultaneously for 2 seconds. Set the time and date in the Basic Setting after the reset. Other settings are saved. You can skip the rest of the settings by pressing and holding the Stop button.

RS300X - reset the training computer by pressing four buttons (UP, DOWN, BACK and LIGHT) simultaneously for four seconds. All other settings but time and date are saved.

RS400 - reset the running computer by pressing all the buttons simultaneously for two seconds until the display fills with digits. Press any button and set the time and date in Basic Settings after the reset. All other settings are saved. Skip the rest of the settings by pressing and holding STOP.

RS800CX - reset the training computer by pressing all the buttons simultaneously for two seconds until the display fills with digits. Press any button and set the time and date in Basic Settings after the reset. All other settings are saved. Skip the rest of the settings by pressing and holding STOP.

Where I am in the menu
CS300 - Press and hold the arrow that points to the left, until the time is displayed.

RS100/200/400/800CX - Press and hold STOP until the time of day is displayed.

F4, F6, F7, F11, FT4, FT7, FT40, FT60, FT80, RS300X - press and hold BACK until time of day is displayed.


OWN ZONE
(also see TERMS and DEFINITIONS at bottom of page for more info)
The Updated OwnZone limits vary a lot
F6, F7- Heart rate variability reacts sensitively to all changes taking place in your body and environment. The OwnZone heart rate limits are affected by, amongst other things, your state of fitness, the time of day of the OwnZone determination, the type of exercise and your state of mind. The lower limit of the OwnZone can vary for the same person by 5-10 beats but as much as 30 beats is possible. However it is important that the exercise carried out in the OwnZone feels light or moderate. For example, if you raise your heart rate too rapidly after the first stage, you may receive OwnZone heart rate limits that are too high. If the OwnZone limits seem to be too high, we recommend that the OwnZone determination be repeated.

OwnZone
F6/F7/F11/F55 -
The unique Polar OwnZone defines your personal exercise zone for versatile training. The OwnZone function guides you through your warm-up before the actual exercise and, taking your present physical and mental condition into account. It automatically determines a safe and effective individual exercise intensity zone, the OwnZone.

OwnZone can be determined for every individual exercise session, but should be defined especially when changing exercise environment or exercise type, or if you are unsure about your present physical or mental state. For effective and versatile training you can use the entire OwnZone range by exercising mostly at moderate and light intensities and, if you are in good condition, occasionally, at hard intensity.

OwnZone has these alternatives:
Basic (65-85% HRmax)
Light (60-70% HRmax)
Moderate (70-80% HRmax)
Hard (80-90% HRmax)

How to do OwnZone determination
FT60, FT80 - OwnZone determination is based on heart rate variation. To start your training session with OwnZone determination:

1. Wear the transmitter. Make sure it is placed snugly on your chest and that the electrodes are well moistened.

2. Wear the wrist unit and press the OK button.

3. Press the DOWN button to select Start with OwnZone.

4. Wait until your heart rate is displayed and press the OK button.
The OwnZone determination begins; Walk Slowly is displayed.

5. Follow the guidance of your training computer.
At maximum there are five stages, one minute each: Walk Slowly → Walk → Walk fast → Jog → Run → Speed up

6. OwnZone determination takes typically 3 to 4 minutes. When the determination is ready you will hear a beep. On the training computer display you see:
- New limits in use if heart rate variation based determination was successful.
- Previous limits in use if the determination fails and you have determined your OwnZone earlier.
- Age-based limits in use if the determination fails because your heart rate rose too fast during the determination or it was too high at the beginning of the determination.

Smiley face means that heart rate variability-based OwnZone determination was successful.

7. Proceed with your training session normally. You can view your intensity limits during training via Zone Lock feature.

Why do OwnZone limits vary?
OwnZone can be determined for every exercise session separately. We recommend that you always redetermine it when changing exercise environment, exercise mode, or if you are uncertain about your physiological state when starting the exercise.

Your OwnZone can vary even daily because maximum (HRmax) and submaximum heart rate responses vary. The heart rate responses are affected even by small changes in one’s physiological condition. Also factors such as exercise intensity and mode, environmental temperature, body position, mood, eating and drinking habits, as well as recovery from earlier exercise affect the heart rate response and therefore your OwnZone.

It is common that OwnZone limits vary between 5 to 10 beats per minute, but variations up to 30 bpm can also occur. In fact, this type of variation shows how sensitive to the state of your body the OwnZone feature is. OwnZone is a good tool for learning about your body and how it reacts.

As training tends to decrease the HRmax and because the OwnZone Basic (65-85% HRmax) is determined as percentage of your HRmax, the OwnZone beats per minute (bpm) can decrease over time when training.



8. TERMS and DEFINITIONS -
below is a list of terms to help you better understand certain features your product MAY contain
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24/7 activity measurement

24/7 activity measurement registers your physical activity that is beneficial to your health continuously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 activity measurement shows active time, calories, active steps, and distance. 24/7 activity measurement is most suitable for walking, jogging, and running type of activities.


Active steps

Active steps are taken during active time, with the right intensity to improve health and fitness. Quantifying the level of health and fitness beneficial activity in steps allows for very simple targeting of daily activity. Basic recommendation: aim for 7000 steps or more a day.



Active time

Active time tells you the cumulative time of health and fitness beneficial body movement. Basic recommendation: aim for 30 minutes or more a day.



Activity level

Activity level describes your long-term physical activity and affects Polar Fitness Test. Activity levels are divided into "low" if you don't train regularly, "moderate" if you participate in recreational sports on a regular basis, "high" if you train heavily three times a week or more and ”top” if you participate in heavy physical training at least five times a week.


Activity log
Activity log tells you the active time during the day. This helps you monitor if you are active enough during the day.



Activity trend

Activity trend stores your daily activity helping you to follow your long-term activity.


Adjustable recording rate

The samples of your heart rate, speed, cycling cadence, power and altitude are stored either in 1, 5, 15 or 60 second intervals. A longer interval gives you more recording time, while a shorter interval allows you to record more detailed data. A shorter recording rate uses the memory of the training computer up more rapidly, but enables more accurate data analysis using Polar software.


Aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness

Aerobic fitness, also called cardiovascular fitness, reflects how much oxygen is in the blood your heart pumps and transports to your working muscles, as well as how efficiently your muscles can use that oxygen. See also Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max ).


Altitude

Altitude is measured with an atmospheric air pressure sensor. Altitude is shown as ascended and descended meters/feet and uphill/downhill steepness in percentages and grades.


Anaerobic threshold

Anaerobic threshold is the physiological point during training at which your muscles start using more oxygen than the body can transport. As a result, the work of the muscles starts producing more lactic acid than the body can process and it starts to accumulate in the bloodstream. You can train your body to remove lactic acid by continually pushing yourself into a lactic acid burdened state, which makes your body adapt.


Automatic display scroll

Automatic display scroll enables you to alternate between displays automatically during training without removing your hands from handle bars. Activating automatic display scroll improves riding safety and comfort.


Automatic lap recording

With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi.


Automatic target zone

To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate, or as a heart rate reserve (% HRR). See also Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and Manual target zone.


Autostart/autostop

By activating Autostart/autostop feature, the cycling computer starts and stops training recording automatically when you start or stop pedaling.


Bike settings

You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.


Cadence

Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times your either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.


Cadence-based target zone

You can define your target zones for a training session based on cadence. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will inform you with a visual and audible alarm.


Coded heart rate transmission

Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only, preventing interference from other training computers.


Combined training files

This feature allows you to combine consecutive training sessions. When you start a new training session within an hour of the previous one, you can combine the new session with the previous one.


Cycling economy

Cycling economy stands for cycling workload as kcal/h and kcal/km. With this feature you can prepare for your calorie expenditure and secure sufficient intake on a long ride. This feature is also useful for comparing and analyzing the loads of various training types and terrain.


Cycling efficiency index

Cycling efficiency is your energy expenditure converted into the power that propels the bike forward. Cycling efficiency measurement starts as soon as heart rate rises above 100 bpm and the training session has lasted for more than one minute. If the heart rate drops below 100 bpm during the session, the measurement of cycling efficiency value is stopped until your heart rate rises above 100 bpm again. Improvement in cycling efficiency indicates improved performance economy.


Cycling limits

This feature is useful for maintaining a certain level of intensity in your training. You can set upper and lower limits for heart rate, cadence, speed or power output. The training computer gives audible and visual alarms if your cycling rate goes out of the preset range.


Display zoom

Display zoom feature allows you to zoom in information on the display during training.


Distance

Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.


EnergyPointer

EnergyPointer is an easy-to-use feature which tells you during a training session if the main effect of your training is fat burning or fitness improvement. EnergyPointer visually indicates the center point between these two training effects, so when you are below that point, you are improving fat burning, and above that point, you are improving your aerobic fitness.


Estimated Time of Arrival

In the cycling settings you can set RideDist (riding distance). You can set the distance you are going to ride and the cycling computer will estimate your arrival time to the destination according to your riding speed. Estimated time of arrival works during your exercise recording and it can be seen on the upper row of the display.


Fat Burning Percentage

This feature calculates an estimate of calories expended from fat during a workout and it is expressed as a percentage of the total calories burned. This estimation is important in weight management. During exercise, energy comes from two sources, carbohydrates and fat. When you want to lose weight, you want to maximize the amount of energy coming from fat rather than carbohydrates. If, on the other hand, your goal is to improve your aerobic capacity or performance results by more intense exercise, carbohydrates are used as primary energy source.

The fat burning percentage varies according to the intensity of your exercise. The principle is that at high exercise intensities the percentage of fat consumption of the total energy expenditure is less than at lower intensities. So for example, a low-intensity 40-minute brisk walk will burn more fat calories than a 30-minute jog at a higher exercise intensity. In general, fat burning percentage supports low intensity exercising.


Fitness Test

Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test, you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.

How to avoid wrong result in Polar Fitness Test
To get a reliable fitness test result you should
avoid eating a heavy meal, smoking and coffee for 2-3 hours before the test.
avoid unusually heavy physical effort during the test day and the day before.
avoid alcoholic beverages or pharmacological stimulants during the test day and the day before.
carry out the test when you are relaxed and calm. The test should be done at rest in a lying or sitting position.
make sure that the testing environment is peaceful without disturbing noises (e.g. tv, radio or telephone). Talking during the test, coughing, body movement or excitement may disturb the test.



Graphical comparison of two values

This feature enables comparison of two values as graphs during training. For example, you can choose a graphical overview of your heart rate and altitude to see how altitude affects the intensity of your training.


Graphical target zone indicator

This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.


Heart rate (bpm/%max./% HRR/graphical trend)

Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as a percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend.


Heart rate difference

Heart rate difference is displayed in the training computer during training and stands for how much you have increased or decreased your heart rate during the phase.


Heart rate limits

The easiest way to determine your heart rate limits on your Polar product is to use the OwnZone feature. OwnZone automatically detects the best limits for you in the beginning of each exercise session.

Here are a few examples of when you should set the heart rate limits manually rather than use the OwnZone:
You're in a medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program and have had your heart rate limits prescribed to you by a doctor or physical therapist.
You're participating in a guided exercise program under the supervision of a personal trainer or coach and have had your heart rate limits determined.


Heart rate variability

Heart rate varies from beat to beat. Heart rate variability (HRV) is the variation in time between successive heartbeats, also called R-R intervals. HRV is affected, for example, by aerobic fitness. HRV of a well-conditioned heart is generally large at rest. During training, HRV decreases as the heart rate and training intensity increase.


HeartTouch

When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, you can bring your training computer close to your transmitter.


HR-based target zones

You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.


HRsit

The HRsit is your typical heart rate when you are not doing any physical activity (while sitting).

To determine HRsit
1. Wear your transmitter and have your Polar product, for example, on your wrist.

2. Sit down and start the measurement to show your heart rate value on the display.
Do not engage in any physical activity.

3. In 2 or 3 minutes, look at the heart rate value displayed on your Training Computer. This value is your HRsit.

For a more precise measurement, repeat the procedure several times and calculate your average HRsit.


Incline measurement

Incline measurement tells you the uphill or downhill inclination in numerical form, helping you to adjust cycling effort accordingly. The feature shows you the uphill/downhill steepness in percentages and grades.


Interval trainer guided workouts

Create interval guided workouts based on time, heart rate, speed/pace or distance guidance with up to three linked timers or distances and up to three target zones.


KeyLock

By activating KeyLock, the training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training.


Manual target zone

This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).


Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max )

The maximum capacity for oxygen consumption by the body during maximum exertion. Also known as aerobic power or maximal oxygen intake/consumption. VO2max is a commonly used determinant of aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness. Aerobic fitness relates to how well your cardiovascular system works to transport and utilize oxygen in your body. The better your aerobic fitness, the higher your VO2max. VO2max stands for the oxygen consumption/uptake by the body and is usually expressed in ml×kg-1×min-1.


Maximum heart rate (HRmax)

The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based).


Maximum heart rate (Polar Fitness Test -based)

Some Polar products predict your HRmax simultaneously with the Polar Fitness Test. This predicted HRmax value is more accurate than the age-based formula (220 minus age).


One repetition maximum

One repetition maximum (1RM) stands for the maximum weight you can lift in a single repetition for a given exercise. One repetition maximum can be used for determining your maximum strength. You can also use it as an upper limit to determine the desired load for an exercise (as % 1RM).


Online recording

Online recording feature allows you to transfer heart rate information to a computer in real-time. This enables you to follow training information on a computer in real time.


Overtraining test

Overtraining may result from excessive hard training without proper rest to enable recovery. Other physical or psychological reasons, such as illness or overwork, also have an effect. The overtraining test determines whether you are in shape for a training session or need rest. The Overtraining test can be found in Polar ProTrainer 5 software.


OwnCal

Polar OwnCal calculates the number of calories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the calories expended during one training session and cumulative calories expended during several training sessions. Some Polar products also estimate the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, calories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total calories burned.


OwnCode (2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) - coded transmission

Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding significantly reduces interference from other training computers. The 2.4 GHz W.I.N.D transmission is disturbance-free from other electronic devices.


OwnCode® (5kHz) - coded transmission

Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers.


OwnIndex

Polar OwnIndex, the result of Polar Fitness Test, predicts your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). OwnIndex usually ranges from 20 to 95 and is comparable to VO2max, which is commonly used to evaluate aerobic fitness. Your long-term level of physical activity, heart rate, heart rate variability at rest, gender, age, height, and body weight all influence OwnIndex. The higher the OwnIndex value is, the better your aerobic fitness.

What does the OwnIndex tell you?
In every fitness test you need to know what the given result means to benefit from it. In Polar Fitness Test the person gets a score, Polar OwnIndex, which is comparable to VO2max (maximal oxygen uptake in ml.min-1.kg-1), a commonly used descriptor of aerobic fitness. VO2max is a good indicator of performance in endurance sports.

The range of the OwnIndex is the same as that for VO2max, from 25 which can be measured for unfit sedentary individual to 95 which is the level reached by Olympic athletes such as top cross-country skiers. VO2max is highest in sports that involve large muscle groups such as cross-country skiing and cycling. Fitness tests are most useful when following individual progress by comparing new results to previous ones.


OwnOptimizer

Polar OwnOptimizer feature is an easy and reliable test to determine whether your training is optimally developing your performance. OwnOptimizer helps you to optimize your training load during a training program so that you experience an increase in performance and do not undertrain or overtrain in the long run. Based on the test, you are provided with a scale and description of your personal training status.


OwnRelax

Polar OwnRelax test is a feature that tells quickly and easily how relaxed your body is. During a five-minute relaxation session, your heart rate and heart rate variability are measured. OwnRelax helps to track and improve overall well-being. Daily relaxation session can be done anywhere, anytime, lying down, or sitting comfortably without talking or disturbing noises.


This feature that reminds you of the importance of taking a break every day to relax and recharge. It is a quick way to test how relaxed your body is. The OwnRelax values are measured from your heart rate variability and depend on your heart rate during the test.

The OwnRelax test should be performed lying down or sitting comfortably. Performing the test under similar conditions will give you results that are more easily comparable in the OwnRelax Trend. The test takes only five minutes to perform.

The OwnRelax can be used for:
In the morning for general relaxation check.
Before exercising to check your readiness for the planned workout.
After exercising to check if you have recovered.
Any other time you feel the need to check your relaxation.

Interpreting the OwnRelax results:
The higher your OwnRelax value is, the more relaxed your body is. Generally then, when your relaxation heart rate decreases, your OwnRelax value increases. If your relaxation heart rate increases, your OwnRelax value tends to show lower values. See table below for a quick guide:

  Not relaxed Relaxed
OwnRelax Low High
Relaxation heart rate High Low

Your OwnRelax value depends on your age, gender and heart rate. Table 2 gives you some reference values according to gender and age. It is important to remember, however, that the OwnRelax values are personal. The best way to interpret your own relaxation values is to follow your personal Relaxation Trend.

If your OwnRelax value is less than the average range, you are most likely less relaxed. If your OwnRelax value is higher than the average range, you are most likely well relaxed.
Table 2. OwnRelax (milliseconds) and relaxation heart rate (beats per minute) values according to age in men and women.

HR (bpm) 45-55 56-65 66-75 76-85 86-95
 
Gender and Age in years OwnRelax (ms)
Men 25-34 39-60 32-42 23-32 15-23 11-15
Men 35-44 34-49 23-32 16-23 12-16 8-11
Men 45-54 23-34 16-24 13-18 10-14 6-8
Men 55-64 20-30 15-21 10-15 7-12 4-7
Men 65-74 18-30 13-20 10-12 5-9 4-5
 
Women 25-34 45-69 37-52 24-34 18-24 14-18
Women 35-44 42-52 28-39 20-28 14-20 11-14
Women 45-54 30-37 21-30 15-21 10-15 7-12
Women 55-64 23-36 15-21 11-16 7-10 5-9
Women 65-74 21-35 14-20 9-13 7-9 6-7

Checking your Relaxation Trend
With the Relaxation Trend you can follow the changes in your OwnRelax and relaxation heart rate. The Relaxation Trend contains your OwnRelax values for the 47 most recent times. When the Relaxation Trend memory gets full, the latest OwnRelax value replaces the oldest. To store data for a longer period, you can transfer the Relaxation Trend to the Polar Fitness Trainer web service.


OwnZone

Polar OwnZone® determines your personal heart rate limits for a training session. Depending on the day and time, your physical state may vary, for instance, if you are stressed or tired, or if you are not fully recovered from your latest training session, Polar can determine that information from your heart rate and guide you to your ideal training zone for that moment.


OwnZone determination
The unique OwnZone defines your personal training intensity zones for versatile training. Starting every training session with the OwnZone guarantees safe and effective intensity zones for your daily condition.

OwnZone determination is based on heart rate variability. In practise this means that every heartbeat is measured. Before starting the determination make sure that your transmitter is snugly placed on your chest, the electrodes well moistened, and that your heart rate reading is displayed.

OwnZone limits are found during the exercise warm-up, in 1-5 minutes. The warm-up is divided into five stages at maximum, one minute each. Your training computer guides you through the determination; when the next stage begins you will hear a beep and see textual guidance on the display.

The first stage is the most important. Start slowly keeping your heart rate below 100 beats per minute (bpm) (or 50% HRmax). Keep your heart rate steady and do not raise it too quickly. The training computer assesses your hear rate variability during light exercise.

When the second stage begins you can start smoothly raising your heart rate. During each stage you should gradually increase your heart rate by 10 bpm (or 5% HRmax).

OwnZone intensity zones are found typically in 3 to 4 minutes.

When your OwnZone intensity zones are determined you will hear two beeps after which you can proceed normally with your training.

The easiest way to determine OwnZone is by walking and jogging. When doing other sports to determine OwnZone, remember to increase the training load gradually.

If you actively start your training session with OwnZone determination during the Polar STAR Training Program, your training computer takes into account your long-term OwnZone results when updating the program targets.

How to do OwnZone determination
OwnZone determination is based on heart rate variation. To start your training session with OwnZone determination:

1. Wear the transmitter. Make sure it is placed snugly on your chest and that the electrodes are well moistened.

2. Wear the wrist unit and press the OK button.

3. Press the DOWN button to select Start with OwnZone.

4. Wait until your heart rate is displayed and press the OK button.
The OwnZone determination begins; Walk Slowly is displayed.

5. Follow the guidance of your training computer.
At maximum there are five stages, one minute each: Walk Slowly → Walk → Walk fast → Jog → Run → Speed up

6. OwnZone determination takes typically 3 to 4 minutes. When the determination is ready you will hear a beep. On the training computer display you see:
- New limits in use if heart rate variation based determination was successful.
- Previous limits in use if the determination fails and you have determined your OwnZone earlier.
- Age-based limits in use if the determination fails because your heart rate rose too fast during the determination or it was too high at the beginning of the determination.

Smiley face means that heart rate variability-based OwnZone determination was successful.

7. Proceed with your training session normally. You can view your intensity limits during training via Zone Lock feature.


Pace

Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.


Pace-based target zones

You can define your target zones for a training session based on pace. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.


Pedaling index

Pedaling index is the ratio between the minimum and maximum forces of a single pedaling cycle. A pedaling cycle begins when a magnet on the crank passes a relay on the circuit board and ends when the magnet passes the relay again. The resulting ratio is averaged from the most recent pedaling cycles. Pedaling index helps optimize pedaling technique by measuring the ‘roundness’ of force distribution, or how evenly the power is produced – the higher the pedaling index percentage, the better.


Power-based target zones

You can define your target zones for a training session based on power. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.


R-R Intervals / Online HR Variability

R-R Intervals / Online HR Variability feature measures your heartbeat intervals and reflects autonomic nervous system activity in heart beat regulation. The R-R interval measurement is most useful at rest and at low intensities. Relaxation rate indicates the state of your physical recovery.


R-R Recording

R-R recording rate saves heartbeat intervals, that is, intervals between successive heartbeats. This information is also shown as instantaneous heart rate in beats per minute in recorded samples. This enables the analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) using the ProTrainer 5 software with an accuracy of 1 ms.


Relaxation rate during training

Relaxation rate measurement is based on heart rate variability, which indicates your autonomic nervous system's state. The degree of heart rate variability is highly individual and tends to decrease over time. Mental stress typically increases heart rate and decreases relaxation rate.


Reminders

You can set reminders to alarm you of different tasks or training sessions, for instance, reminding you to drink during a training session.


Resting heart rate (HRrest)

The lowest number of heartbeats per minute (bpm) at complete rest. HRrest decreases as your fitness level increases. A typical value for adults is 60-80 bpm, but for top athletes it can be as low as 30 bpm. An exceptionally high resting heart rate may be a sign of over-exertion or illness.


Rocker switch

The two-way rocker switch makes it easier to navigate through training data, allowing effortless control even at high speeds. The rider can quickly and safely operate the cycling computer by gently touching the left or right side of the handlebar unit.


Route elevation/altitude profile

The route elevation/altitude profile feature allows you to get a high resolution elevation profile of your training session during post training analysis with the Polar ProTrainer 5 software. It enables you to see where and when you were climbing, descending or on level ground. When combining route elevation profile with other parameters like heart rate and speed, you can get a much more deeper understanding of how hard your body responded to every climb and the descent during your training session.


Route mapping

Your training computer stores your route data during training with the GPS sensor and enables you to download route information to a computer after the training session. Routes are shown in ProTrainer 5 software and can also be easily exported to other mapping and positioning software such as Google Earth.


Running Index

Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.


Shoe selection

Shoe selection feature allows you to select shoes for a particular sensor in your training computer and to follow your training distance for the particular pair of shoes.


Speed

Speed (km/h or mi/h) is measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor.


Speed-based target zones

You can define your target zones for a training session based on speed. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.


SpeedPointer

SpeedPointer feature tells you your speed within set speed limits.


Sport zones

Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. Training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70%HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90%HRmax) and maximum (90-100%HRmax).



STAR Training Program

The adaptive and personalized Polar STAR Training Program helps you reach your training targets. The training program gives you weekly targets, including intensity and duration, for your training. The Polar STAR Training Program is based on your fitness level, activity level, training goal and personal information (weight, height, age and sex).

How to create Polar STAR Training Program
To activate your Polar STAR Training Program
1. Go to Menu → Applications → Training program → Create new program. Select Yes and press the OK button.

2. Perform Polar Fitness Test if asked (see Fitness Test in Terms for instructions).

3. Select your training goal and press OK.
- Improve fitness if your target is to improve your current cardiovascular fitness level and you are able to train regularly.
- Maximize fitness if your target is to maximize your current cardiovascular fitness level, you have been training regularly for at least 10 -12 weeks, and training nearly every day is not a problem for you.
- Lose weight if you want to lose some weight and you are able to train for several hours a week. This option is only in the FT60.

Training program created! is shown on display.

4. View week targets? will appear automatically.
a) Select Yes to view the time and calorie targets for your first training week.

STAR

Press the DOWN and OK to view your target training time in three different target heart rate zones. To scroll between zones press DOWN.

STAR

Press the BACK button twice. Training program active! is displayed. To return to the Time view press and hold the BACK button.

b) Select No (display will show Training program active!) to return to Time view.


Star or trophy on the display
When you have succesfully followed your Polar STAR Training Program your training computer rewards you with a star(s) or a trophy, which appears in the Time view.

When you have gained more than 75% of your weekly training target one star is given on the display to announce your success.

STAR

When over 90% of the weekly training target is achieved two stars are displayed to motivate you on the way to your training target.

STAR

When you have reached 100% of the weekly training target a trophy is displayed to reward you on your training success.

STAR

If you were not able to follow your target training times in intenisty zones 1, 2, and 3 you will have textual guidance for the following week's training instead of the above-mentioned rewards.


StopWatch

Stopwatch can be used for timing, for instance, recording lap times. In some products, StopWatch tells the total training time.


Strength Training Guidance

Polar Strength Training Guidance helps you to optimize your strength training by reading your heart rate and informing when your body is ready for the next set. It tells you how long to rest between each set in order to get the optimal impact. You can also download max. three strength training workouts to your training computer from polarpersonaltrainer.com.


Stride length

Stride length is the average length of one step, that is, the distance between your right and left foot contacting the ground. Runners adjust stride length to gather speed: stride length increases as speed increases. Yet one of the most common mistakes novice runners make is over-striding. The most efficient stride length is the natural one – the one that feels most comfortable.


Target zone

Reach your goal by defining the right intensity for your workout. Depending on your Polar product, you can define your target zone based on heart rate, speed/pace or cadence.


Time- and distance- based interval timers

Use timers, for example, as a training tool in interval training to tell you when to switch from a harder to a lighter period and vice versa. The timers can be time- or distance- based.


Totals

Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.


Training load and recovery

This feature is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can follow your training load and recovery in the training diary. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or undertraining, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets.


UpLink Tool Software

Transfer wrist unit settings and logos from PC to your Polar product With Polar UpLink Tool you can edit your Polar product settings and transfer those easily to your Polar product. Moreover, you can design your own logo to personalize your wrist unit. To use Polar UpLink Tool you need to have a sound card and loudspeakers as the software uses audio transmission.

The Polar UpLink Tool is compatible with the following Polar products: AXN300, AXN500, AXN700, CS100, CS200, CS300, F4, F6, F7, F11, F55, RS100, RS200, S120, S150, S210, S410, S510, S520, S610, S610i, S625X, S710, S710i, S720i, S725, S725X, S810 and S810i.


User configurable displays

This feature allows you to configure training computer displays to show the information that you need during your training session. Configure the displays either in the training computer or in ProTrainer 5 software.


VO2max

See Maximal oxygen uptake.


W.I.N.D technology

Polar W.I.N.D. technology eliminates interference from external disturbances such as power lines which allows to have disturbance-free transmission. W.I.N.D stands for Wireless Integrated Network Device.


Weekly history

Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.


ZoneLock

ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone.


ZonePointer

ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets.





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