One of the challenges with fitness trackers is the tendency to get damaged during use.
For instance, if your tracker gets wet it might cause some problems with the device. Also, there is the tendency for the fitness band to break when in use.
Whatever the case, you need to take great care when using your fitness tracker and in this article, we provide you with five proven tips to make your tracker last long.
#1. Read the instructions manual
If you want to ensure your fitness tracker last long, the first step is to read the information in the user manual.
This is very important because the information provided will help you know how your tracker works; the things you need to do it set it up; and how to use it correctly.
Often times, you may think you know how to use the device even before buying but you’ll be surprised that there are many instructions in the manual that you actually don’t know.
#2. Wear it frequently
Consistent use of your tracker may seem like a fast way to wear it out but that really isn’t the case. In fact, infrequent use can led to accumulation of dust and debris which can damage your device.
Also, the essence of your fitness tracker is to track and quantify your workouts so it makes more sense to take it along with you to the gym or the office instead of leaving it at home.
#3. Be careful with the battery
Some times you may need to change your tracker’s battery and this may require opening the device. This shouldn’t be a problem but in a situation where the tracker is waterproof, replacing the battery may affect this feature so you have to avoid opening the battery compartment by yourself.
You can solve this challenge by taking your tracker to a local jeweller or watchmaker and request that the battery be replaced.
#4. Clean your device correctly and regularly
It is possible to wake up to see your tracker dead because it didn’t charge overnight. You may also notice that the charging contacts are becoming less responsive.
One of the causes could be lack of cleaning due to the accumulation of dust and debris over time.
You can clean your device by following these ways
- Clean the charging contacts on the back of your device by using a toothpick or a toothbrush with rubbing alcohol. After using the toothbrush, dry with tissue before charging
- Don’t scrape the contacts with a wire brush or anything metal as this can damage the plating and cause corrosion.
- Clean the pins on your charging cable. You can do this by using a cotton swab soaked in alcohol and press the swab to the pins carefully. Make sure that no debris from the swab is left behind.
- Finally, clean the removable pebble if you have a Flex series tracker with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. Afterwards, dry it with a cloth or paper towel before putting it back in the wristband.
#5. Keep your tracker dry
This applies to devices that are not waterproof. You can do this by taking it off when you have to go to the bathroom or engage in any activity that involves water or any type of fluid.
Also, you can place it in a seal-a-meal when not in use and if at any point in time your tracker gets wet, you can dry it thoroughly before putting it back on.