Polar OH1 Heart Rate Sensor
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- Convenient - Embrace the freedom of Polar OH1's unmatched diversity for use in countless different sports. This optical heart rate sensor offers an easy-to-use alternative to heart rate chest straps
- Versatile - pair it with your favorite smart phone, iPhone or Galaxy app, your Polar watch or other training device or broadcast your heart rate data in a group environment
- Built-in memory - store up to 200 hours of training data
- Updatable - heart rate monitor contains firmware updates that enhances its functionality
- Rechargeable - heart rate monitor lets you enjoy 12 hours of operating time on its rechargeable battery
- Providing versatility, comfort and simplicity, the Polar oh1 is an optical heart rate sensor worn on the arm. Whether running, riding, or rocking a workout at the gym, this heart rate monitor armband accurately and consistently captures heart rate using P
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Polar Beat & Polar Flow
Try Polar OH1 with Polar Beat, Polar’s free fitness and training app and get real-time heart rate on the screen of your phone during your workouts.
Polar Flow is Polar’s free app and web service that helps you plan, sync and analyze your training, follow your progress and find inspiration for training from others.
Optical Heart Rate Sensor
Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensor tracks heart rate from the arm and makes heart rate tracking easier than ever. It’s a great alternative for heart rate chest straps. It attaches to your arm with a comfortable textile armband and measures heart rate with Polar’s high-quality optical heart rate solution.
- Optical heart rate (6 LED solution)
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Works with all Polar BLE devices, Polar Beat and many other fitness apps
- Built-in memory (4 MB, 150-200h of training time)
- Waterproof (30 m)
- Machine-washable textile armband
- Rechargeable battery (up to 12h of operating time)
- Updatable firmware
Polar OH1 streams heart rate to Polar sports watches, cycling computers and compatible apps and gym equipment via Bluetooth. It’s a great alternative for a chest strap heart rate sensor.
Train with an app
Polar OH1 is compatible with many popular fitness apps on both iOS and Android phones. Try it with Polar Beat, Polar’s free training app.
Train without your phone or a watch – Polar OH1 has a built-in memory for up to 200 hours of training data. You can easily sync your training data to Polar Flow, Polar’s free app and web service.
Comfort and convenience
Polar OH1 is easy to put on and take off anytime, anywhere. You can wear it on your upper arm or forearm. Heart rate tracking is now simpler than ever.
|Heart rate||Optical||Chest strap|
|Placing||Upper arm or forearm||Around the chest|
|Internal memory||4MB, up to 200 hours of data||With Polar Beat, for one session|
|Bluetooth Smart connectivity||✓||✓|
|Battery||Rechargeable (USB, battery life up to 12 hours)||Changeable|
|Works with Polar products||✓||✓|
|Works with Polar Beat||✓||✓|
|Works with fitness apps||✓||✓|
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It is sooo much easier to just slip on my arm and get to it, instead of having to just about expose myself in order to wrap the strap around my chest and hook the transmitter on when I’m running late to classes. Also great not to have to constantly rinse a stinky, sweaty strap.
Only negatives are with Polar instructions which they make you have to dig for in order to pair the OH 1. Note: you have to pair it inside of Polar Flow and Beat BEFORE you pair it in your phone’s general Bluetooth settings. One other issue is the button function is a little tricky at first, you have to hold the button down a long time before the green light gives a final quick two flashes and shuts off. Also, although it has its own memory, I pair it with my Polar A300. It took forever and apparently some magic to finally pair them even though I followed the scant instructions I found. However, the A300 still can’t detect the OH 1 when I’m trying to do the fitness test on it.
All that being said, I’m LOVING the ease and accuracy of this training companion!
* Reliable HR reading - tracks well with my polar chest strap, and works better than the strap when it's very cold (<<0 deg C).
* Compact size.
* Good charging solution (small USB dongle).
* Easy and pain-free pairing with my V800.
* Activation button is small, and it can be difficult to press under layers of clothing. Thus you need to turn it on before you get fully dressed, which further exacerbates the battery life issue.
* Battery life well below advertised amount. This should not occur, since there would seem to be very little variability in use cases for the device.
* So small that it's very easy to lose.
Based on the above, I am looking forward to the OH-2. But I am using the unit, and it will be great in the summer, when chafing from the chest strap can become a real issue.
I installed the "free" Polar Beat iPhone app and then paid an $7.99 "in app" activation fee to turn on all the features.
I went to the gym and took the five minute Polar Beat "fitness test", which showed I was "very fit". Then I got onto a treadmill, set incline to 15 degrees and speed to 2.5 mph, and started the Polar Beat "running training" mode. (Personally, I find *walking* at a 15 degree incline with one hand on the railing is better exercise for the heart than running).
I was able to watch my heart rate at all times on the iPhone during my workout, on the Polar Beat iPhone App. I adjusted the speed of the treadmill based on the heart rate appearing in the Polar Beat App. It was interesting as well as empowering to see how my heart rate would change based on the speed mph changes I made to the treadmill. I especially liked the way the heart beat on the iPhone App turned a menacing red when I raised my heart rate to 141--- this let me know to slow down the treadmill to get my heart beat into a lower range.
It was simple through the Polar Beat iPhone App to connect my heart rate to the Apple Health App. In the Apple Health App it now shows my heart rate, and I will be able to check any day of the year (going forward) and see what my heart rate was on that day.
In summary, this product does exactly what I need and is very simple to use. All I needed was a goof proof, simple and reliable way to know my heart rate while I am walking on a treadmill with one hand on the railing, with my iPhone resting on the treadmill where I can see it. Am very pleased and would buy it again.
UPDATE: A great feature is that after the first BlueTooth pairing during the first usage, it remembers the BlueTooth settings and you never have to configure it again. So for example today I simply pressed the button to turn on the heart monitor and then opened up the Polar Beat App on the iPhone and clicked on "Start Running Training". Everything "just worked" perfectly. I have cross checked the heart rate on the Polar OH1 to the heart rate reading on the tread mill (requires both hands on the rail for 60 seconds) and found they match almost exactly. The Polar OH1 is *especially* useful because it alerts you instantly if you are above your target heart rate. I found today that I was constantly going into the 141 to 145 range, and was able to immediately slow down the tread mill until I was back under 140. Without the Polar OH1 I never would have known.
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I set the OH1 up by downloading the app (Polar Flow) and turning the device on.Read more