Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

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The Fitbit Charge 2 is equipped with a relatively large monochrome OLED display, which reads very well, and without any difficulty, it gets information about the number of steps

Last updated on October 4, 2018 10:55 pm
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Description

 

  • The successor to the Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR Bracelet
  • A full-featured fitness tracker with continuous heart rate measurement
  • Motivation function, measurement of physics score and instructions for improvement
  • Easily removable straps

Smart bangles are experiencing their big boom, and new brands and models are increasingly emerging on the market, and they are becoming more and more complex. Pendants in the category of  fitness bracelets include Fitbit from San Francisco, which recently introduced two new bracelets, which are

  • FitbixFlex 2
  • Fitbit Charge 2

And it’s just the second news to look at today’s review.

Fitbit Charge 2 close up

The Fitbit Charge 2 is equipped with a relatively large monochrome OLED display, which reads very well, and without any difficulty, it gets information about the number of steps, time and heart rhythm. It is possible to change the brightness level and can be adjusted so that it can be easily read in the sun. The display is touch-sensitive, but it should be noted that it does not respond to the touch itself, but to the tapping shock that catches the accelerometer. Although sometimes you need to double-tap the touch screen, the touch control otherwise reacts reliably and handles comfortably.

Fitbit connect

The battery saving display is still active and responds to the movement gesture when it is also activated. The display can also be activated by pressing the button on the left side of the tracker. At the same time, the button can be used to switch between measurement modes and double click on the display to display additional extra data (burned calories, tempo, etc.) or submenus.

Strap fastening system

 

The tracker itself is relatively small and comes with a two-piece strap. From the tracker, both parts can be unlocked and the strap can be replaced for another. Strap material is comfortable and comfortable to wear. Fitbit Charge 2  is not a problem to wear when writing at the table and will not interfere with your bed. There are five basic colors – black, blue, pink, purple and blue-green.

The bracelet is waterproof, so it can withstand the rain in the rain or exposure to the sweat. Unlike the  Fitbit Flex 2, it is not waterproof, so you will have to put it down when you visit the swimming pool, which is a great shame. There is certainly room for improvement in the future, and in the next version, we would certainly welcome waterproofness.

Measuring functions

fitbit_charge2_outdoorThe measuring functions are similar to those available in other Fitbit devices. The step sensor is set to 10,000 steps by default, but it is, of course, possible to change this value arbitrarily.

A key novelty in Fitbit Charge 2 over the predecessor is the  recording of more types of sports:

  • run
  • running on a running belt
  • walk
  • strengthening
  • cycling
  • eliptical
  • interval training

The bracelet itself recognizes that you have already begun the selected activity and automatically start training (SmartTrack). For example, if you decide to go to your regular jogging training, it is not necessary to run the measurement manually, but the bracelet does it for you, which is a nice advantage.

Strict runners who do not run with the phone will miss an integrated GPS module that is not present here – the brace uses GPS from a paired smartphone (at least Android 5 Lollipop is needed). If you can not do without integrated GPS, you can find this feature, for example, in the Fitbit Surge.

Heart rate measurement

The big advantage of Fitbit smart bracelets is continuous heart rate measurement (PurePulse), which can be continuously monitored on the display. Based on measured values during exercise, it can even determine the score of your physique  (Cardio Fitness Level) and compare it with other people. To make it a little, it will give you a way to get to a higher score. It will certainly be satisfying to see how your score grows with increasing frequency, training intensity and healthier weight.

Cardio fitness score and potential suggestions to improve the mark

Cardio fitness score and potential suggestions to improve the mark

Fitbit is probably inspired by Apple, so we’ll find breathing exercises among the new features that take your heartbeat for 30 seconds. Based on the measured values, you will set up a breathing exercise that should soothe your breathing and contribute to better relaxation.

Like Xiaomi Mi Band 2 bracelets,  Fitbit can measure sleep quality or offer a silent alarm function. It works by waking your bracelet on your hands, so your dear half can sleep continuously.

There is a heart rate sensor on the back of the tracker

There is a heart rate sensor on the back of the tracker

Tireless motivator

In a sedentary occupation, Charge 2 will alert you to long inactivity and try to bend you with a motivational message . The moment you sit for an hour without going at least 250 steps, you will be alerted by vibrations 10 minutes before the end of the day to go through.

Fitbit notifications

You need to own at least iPhone 4S, Android 4.3 or Windows 10 devices for pairing with your phone. Ideally, you should first check the complete list of supported devices.

The Fitbit Charge 2  Fitness Bracelet can make a notification, and after pairing with your smartphone, it can alert you of new incoming calls, SMS, or news. While you can see on the screen who is calling you or can read the message but can no longer respond to it, the bracelet only alerts you. The function is useful, for example, when you are running and someone is calling you. Just take a look at the bracelet to find out who it is, and you have a clear look at whether the call to a break is running. Something less comfortable is reading SMS messages, where the text is slowly scrolling from bottom to top.

Fitbit Charge 2

fitbit battery life

According to Fitbit, Fitbit battery life should have a life of 5 days per charge. How long does Charge 2 last? If you use it more intensely and want to use the continuous pulse measurement function or often use tracking fitness features, count for 3-4 days. Charge 2 must be charged with the supplied charger, but it is not a micro USB cable. So if you forget to charge the bracelet and realize the error after you arrive at work, you will not have the chance to charge the bracelet if you do not have the charger.

MY Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 2

MY Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 2

Next, it is good to be careful before the time is right for charging the bracelet. You can use most of your features in the daytime so charging overnight. However, if you also want to monitor the quality of sleep, it may not be a good time to charge even overnight. Charging luckily does not last long, and in 2 hours the bracelet is fully charged .

What we like

  • Large display
  • Measure more types of sports activities
  • Continuous heart rate measurement
  • Elegant design and high-quality removable strap

What could be improved

  • Not waterproof, waterproof only
  • It does not have its own GPS
  • The notification cannot be answered
  • Spare bracelets are quite expensive

Conclusion

If you look after a quality fitness bracelet and  Fitbit Charge 2 looks like you look, there is not much reason to talk to you about the purchase. If you do not need a built-in GPS and do not mind it being waterproof, at around $ 4,000 you get one of the best fitness bracelets on the market. If you do not need a heartbeat sensor, it is possible to buy a slightly cheaper Fitbit Alta that is otherwise very similar.

A very interesting alternative is Samsung’s Samsung Gear Fit 2 Fitness Bracelet, with a larger color display, built-in GPS, IP68 certified, but also a higher price of around $ 5,000 .

If you have no experience with smart bracelets and you would like something simpler, cheaper (and longer lasting), you might be interested in reviews of Xiaomi Mi Band 2.

9
+ Positives:
  • Large display
  • Measure more types of sports activities
  • Continuous heart rate measurement
  • Elegant design and high-quality removable strap
- Negatives:
  • Not waterproof, waterproof only
  • It does not have its own GPS
  • The notification cannot be answered
  • Spare bracelets are quite expensive

Additional information

Specification: Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

UPC List

UPC List Element: 816137020244

Binding

Personal Care

Brand

Fitbit

Catalog Number List

154342, LN77959, 1000285984, 90674990, LN77735

Clothing Size

L

Department

Unisex Adult

EAN

0816137020244

EAN List

EAN List Element: 0816137020244

Item Dimensions

Height: 886, Length: 406, Weight: 33, Width: 21

Label

Fitbit

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Manufacturer

Fitbit

Model

FB407SBKL-EU

MPN

FB407SBKL-EU

Number Of Items

1

Package Dimensions

Height: 213, Length: 866, Weight: 62, Width: 472

Package Quantity

1

Part Number

FB407SBKL-EU

Product Group

Sports

Product Type Name

HEALTH_PERSONAL_CARE

Publisher

Fitbit

Size

Large

SKU

FB407SBKL-EU_Nero-L

Studio

Fitbit

Title

Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker with Wrist Based Heart Rate Monitor – Black/Large

UPC

816137020244

Color

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