A few hours after the laundry, my fitbit started vibrating, and continued until is ran out of battery. I did put it in dessicant to dry for a couple of days, and then charged it up again. It seemed to be working, and recorded my tennis steps properly, but when I sat down at my computer, it transferred/recorded the steps as if they were on Saturday, and today is Sunday.
I hope it will reset itself, So, for now, it's sorta working!!
I felt really weird without it, and almost like it was a waste to walk if it wasn't being recorded !!!
Edited by: JILL-CINCY at: 4/7/2013 (21:42)
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My FitBit One just went thru the washer still attached to my tennis duds. Extra Heavy Duty cycle, high speed spin. And it still works !!!!
Thankfully, I looked for it and found it before it cooked too long in the dryer.
I LOVE my FitBit!! I love that I never have to track my exercise any more, I can just let my FitBit report to my Spark Exercise !!!
Even Funnier: it sent me an e-mail that I climbed 10 stories today. That's how much it got from the washing machine !!! (Front loader. From what we can tell, the FitBit only measures the UP part of stair climbing!!
My Fitbit One and I both made it through the obstacle course unscathed thanks to.... BALLOONS! We were looking for small Ziplock bags (a very popular answer to this query) when my husband noticed water balloons in the store and remarked that you don't get any more waterproof than something made to hold water. I thought the water balloons they had looked too small so we went with the more durable helium-type party balloons. I put it in one, and then another, tying them off separately. Good thing, too! I ended up in the lake multiple times on the course, and always well over the level of my zipper hip pocket. The obstacle course earned me 12,000 steps before noon, and almost 2 hours of "Very Active" time. Plus, it was great fun!
Thanks for the ideas, everyone! If anyone else has ideas, I welcome them. I'll check late on Friday to see if anyone has had a stroke of brilliance, and I'll be sure to tell you what I do and how it works out. Get those steps!
I agree, either use a waterproof case or a zip-lock bag. I would consider double bagging it. I went canoeing a lot when I was a kid and one thing I learned was that one ziplock is more likely to leak than two. I would also suggest that if you are going to carry it in a pocket, make sure the pocket can zip shut.
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I thought a big advantage of the One was that it was more water-resistant than the Ultra. I read you could run in the rain with it. The site says "Device is splash-proof, and should not be submerged more than one meter." So I think it might be a bit more water resistant than you think. (My Ultra has survived quite a bit of sweat, knock on wood..but I have a One for when it fails!) But of course, you want to protect it. I like the saran wrap idea, or a plastic baggie. If you have a pocket that you can be certain would stay shut (like Raul said.. a zipper) I'd put in there. Otherwise I'd clip it facing in. Good luck, let us know how it goes!!
I like Paul's idea of placing your One in a resealable plastic bag. When I owned the Ultra I would wrap it with Saranwrap before each intense cardio session (as the Ultra was not water-resistant). This appeared to protect it for the three months I used it before upgrading to the One. If you do use Paul's idea you want to insure that the plastic bag stays on your person so storing in a pocket with zippers, buttons, or some other closure device would be smart. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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When I think obstacle course, there is a possibility of a mud crawl. So, water resistant doesn't cut it.
Based on the info supplied in your post (undefined "abuse"), I see two paths: 1) don't risk the FB just to track one day (its not your typical step day) or 2) pay the bucks and get a waterproof case (like the cell phone cases)
For me, I would never spend the bucks to get the case for a one time event
Best alternative advice: insert the FB in a sealable zip lock bag and insert the bag into pants/short pocket that zips up. Won't prevent breaking, but provides limited water protection.
I am participating in an obstacle course run this weekend, and I would like to wear my Fitbit One during the course. Since it is only water resistant and the clip may or may not be strong enough to endure this kind of abuse, I'd love ideas on how to best protect my device, and how to keep it secure no matter what the course throws my way (there are 4 "surprise" obstacles). Any ideas?
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