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Spectra 360 Electrode Gel Parker Labs, Each 250GM Tube
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on January 19, 2012
I use this gel on my chest strap heart monitor while I exercise. I have used several different gels in the past and this is definitely my favorite. It's thicker than the other gels I've used, so I can use less of it. I put a small amount along the bottom of the heart monitor, and then wet the top part so it keeps the electrodes wet.

The other thing I really like about it is that the tube is made of a thicker material than some of the other gels I've used. Since I don't use a ton of it, I've had issues with the plastic cracking after a couple of months with other brands, but Parker's tube is very sturdy.

Highly recommended!
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on January 20, 2012
Up to now I'd simply wet the electrodes on my Polar HRM strap or the Timex IronMan Global HRM strap that goes with the GPS watch. But it's winter, and with the air as dry as it sometimes gets here the 'trodes would tend to dry out and it could take up to 15 minutes after the start of a run for the perspiration do it's thing and allow readings to show correctly. This gel put a stop to that - now the BPM is fairly accurate from the start of a run to completion. After the run it cleans off easily. My only (pleasant) surprise is the size of the tube - it's going to take a long time to use all this up. Not complaining.
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on July 22, 2014
I bought this to improve the signal from the Backyard Brains EMG SpikerBox and it does the job. Without this, the popsicle/tack electrodes that the SpikerBox guys recommend don't conduct very well when applied dry to the skin. In fact, another electrophysiologist and I spent a good hour figuring out how to get a better signal out of the box. Finally we realized that some saline was the trick to getting any signal at all. The electrode gel works much better and reliably gives a strong EMG signal. It has worked perfectly for several sessions where I've demoed EMG signals to/on high school students.
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on December 18, 2012
This product works for heart rate monitor straps as it has been reported by several other reviewers. The consistency is truly like that of some sort of hair gel and does not run/slide off of the strap. The tube itself was bigger than the pictures suggest. A side note is that if you want to carry a smaller package of this gel in your gym bag, you can put it in a small Tupperware for easier access. It will stay good if sealed properly.

Ultimately the issues that I was having with my HRM not due to the gel. When my HRM was working with the gel, it didn't suffer from spikes..etc.
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on February 22, 2013
It makes for a great connection, although I sweat enough to provide the same connection :) I bought Timex Mid-Size T5G941 Easy Trainer Watch for me and one for my friend and they are perfect! There are extremely SIMPLE! Nothing fancy or elaborate, I was just looking for something to ensure my heart rate wasn't too much. It amazing that one might feel like their heart is beating out of their chest, just to find that you are not even at your hard core caloric burn rate yet, lmao. If you want an easy way to pay attention to your heart's work, this is the way to go.
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on March 6, 2011
I use this 5 days per week with my HRM. Bought it after I started to lose HRM signal. I do sweat a lot but am a bit hairy on the chest. Since I started using the Spectra Gel I have not lost a beat. Very easy to apply (I use about a large gum drop on each of the 2 sensors) and easy to clean up. No odor or residue. Great price for such a large amount. Just ordered my 2nd tube. First one is almost out but has been used 5 days per week since the end of August 2010 - at least 6 - 7 months of supply. Very happy with all aspects of the product. Highly recommended.
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on January 13, 2014
I bought this gel to use with my Polar heart rate monitor. The monitor has a strap for around the chest. You need to wet the strap so the electrodes make connection until you become sweaty. I found the wetting to be problematic and dripped water on the floor. Well, that could have been my fault.

Using this gel solved my problem with the monitor strap. Just place a small amount on the strap electrode and smooth it over the length of the electrode. A facial tissue or paper towel easily cleans your hands and the monitor works very well.
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on January 24, 2014
I have a heart rate monitor (polar) that has trouble picking up the readings. The chest strap doesn't always function properly, even with brand new batteries. Enter Electrode Gel. The first time it took a few minutes for the watch to finally kick in. Once it did, the gel seemed to keep it registering most of the time. (I think in a week, it dropped the signal once). It's exactly like you'd expect - cold and gooey going on. IMO - I'll be investing in a heart rate monitor that doesn't need a strap but for the electrode gel it does what it says.
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I have an Omron pain relief device, and, while it helps a lot with pain, the pads give out fairly quickly and are expensive to replace. I tried this gel on some pads that were no longer functioning well, and they worked like new. How long their life is extended remains to be seen, but I'm very pleased so far. There are some products specifically meant for these pads, but some of the reviews say it makes them hard to get off, and I have sensitive skin. This gel worked like a charm. It only takes a little, so it's quite a bargain.
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on December 29, 2012
I bought this after having some troubles getting my chest strap to connect with my heart rate monitor during exercise. It was often difficult to get it to register and then would sometimes cut out in the middle of my workout. This gel helped a lot! My heart rate initially registered much faster and I found that I had fewer interruptions during my workout. I just used a drop on each electrode of the chest strap and it worked great. Plus the tube is HUGE and will last a very long time. Definitely recommended.
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