ePulse2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch & Calorie Counter

2.8 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews
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  • 2" high
  • 2.5" wide
  • Armband heart rate monitor and calorimeter that requires no chest strap or special watch
  • Calculates calories burned, target exercise zones, and average, maximum, and minimum heart rates
  • Full-color, programmable OLED graphic display; rechargeable 3-volt button cell battery
  • Integrates light sensor and microchip technology to accurately read heart rate
  • 1 size fits all; starts working immediately with simple input of personal data

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Product Description

EPULSETM 2 HEART RATE MONITOR & CALORIMETER :: Your best ever workout is now within your grasp. Literally! The ePulseTM 2 Heart Rate Monitor & Calorimeter keeps all your vitals at your fingertips with it's easy to use technology. Comfortable and convenient, with a continual display of your heart rate, calories burned, target heart rate zones, and the elapsed exercise time. Important Note: Since ePulse2 has a rechargeable battery some units (less than 5%) may discharge due to shelf life. The battery can be brought back with a simple procedure if this is the case. The users must plug in the charger for ten minutes and then hold the on button down for 15 seconds and release. The charging circuit will engage and operation will be normal.

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • ASIN: B003YDOO2K
  • Item model number: EP2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2010
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,489 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)
    • Average Customer Review:
      2.8 out of 5 stars 234 customer reviews
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    By Tom O. Scott on January 23, 2011
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    I bought this with high hopes, and for the most part, I've been satisfied. I'm not going to repeat the positives that others have mentioned here.
    For me, there are two negatives:
    1) Battery life: If you leave the display running, the battery runs out in less than 3 hours. I understand the battery will last longer if you set the display to "on demand". However, since I'm a bicyclist who regularly takes 50 mile + rides, this is not a very convenient option.
    2) No memory. My cyclometer, which costs quite a bit less than the ePulse, keeps the stats for the last ride in memory. This does not. If the unit shuts down because the battery ran out, you're SOL.

    I suspect that in 3 years or so, we'll be able to get a version that's cheaper and solves these problems neatly. But just be aware of them before you buy!

    Update, a month later: Do NOT buy this item if your exercise sessions last more than 2 hours! The longest I've ever got the battery to keep the unit functioning is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then it just shuts off and you lose all your data. Sure, you can set it for "on demand" display, but a 2 hour battery life is ridiculous, especially when the manual says you can get 6 hours.

    If your workouts are less than 2 hours, this will work fine for you; otherwise, try something else.
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    The Good:
    Easy to use, probably accurate, fun

    The Bad:
    Short battery life (2-3 hours max), must plug the charger into a usb port of a computer to charge up (!!!)

    I've had this hrm since March and at first it charged up via a plug. Then it stopped working. HeartRateMonitorsUSA did not want to give me my money back & suggested that I phone up the mfr of the item - Impact Sports & gave me an 888 number.

    So I did. The person on the phone told me to use the USB port and plug in my HRM!! I thought that was odd and I don't like doing that, in other words, I have my laptop plugged in and this hrm must be plugged into it to charge up all night long in order for it to work!

    The charge is 12 hours! I turn my computer off at night, but now I can't because this hrm must be plugged in! How inconvenient is that? Plus as stated before this hrm only works for 3 hours.

    I'm stuck because I'm allergic to metal and can't wear a Polar. I have to wear this thing. I like this thing a lot, but it needs to be updated to address the battery issue and the plug into a computer via a USB port issue in order to work. It's pretty expensive too.

    UPDATED REVIEW 4/25/11 - Talked to Impulse Sports & they are sending me a brand new one. They have also fixed the battery issue and the new battery is 6 hours, NOT THREE anymore! They also said that AMAZON has the latest ones, so be careful where you BUY IT, buy it from AMAZON.

    POSITIVES are that this works great & that those of us with a NICKEL ALLERGY, or METAL ALLERGY can wear this without any issues. This is pretty much the same as the one in the EA Sports Active 2 package - which comes for free, only it's smaller and cooler looking. I LOVE THIS!!!!!
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    I got this because I absolutely detest the chest strap of an HRM. I already HAVE a chest strap in the form of a bra, and the double strap was a real buzz-kill. Plus since there isn't a transmitter involved I don't have to worry about the signal from other devices or substations or whatever interfering with the HRM (my old Polar had a tendency to skyrocket the pulse when I passed a power substation on my route).

    The ePulse2 is a much more comfortable solution, and while all the velcro is a pain in the winter when you have to constantly pull your sleeve(s) over it to check it, when wearing short sleeves it's great. A bit worried about the oddly-placed tan-line that I'm sure to develop, but perhaps I can switch arms and positions on the arm to combat that.

    Speaking of positions---I get good readings no matter where I put it on my lower arm, even my wrist. That is even better than I had hoped for, so kudos.

    This HRM seems fairly accurate, although there are times on hikes when I don't feel that it's registering correctly (climbing a hill, obvious increase in effort, and it registers a mere 90-something instead of the near double HR that it FEELS like both with the effort and a pulse check using my fingers). However, MOST of the time it seems pretty close. I've double checked it at rest with the HRM on my blood pressure cuff, and also using the count message, and it seems correct at those times.

    The battery life IS an issue, and I lost one workout before figuring out that I would HAVE to use demand mode for my longer bike rides or risk losing my data.
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    The concept of a "strapless" heart rate monitor has a fairly mediocre image to overcome, causing speculation among potential buyers. After looking at the options to leave the strap for good, and reading reviews for alternative technologies, I was ready to replace my old Timex strap HRM with a new one of similar design. Then I found the ePulse2. Some good reviews, but didnt really see the hardcore scrutiny I would give. So I gambled and bought one from Amazon.

    I took the maiden voyage today, had the strap around my forearm as instructed, along with having my Garmin Forerunner 205 (no HRM) and my old Timex ironman HRM watch and strap. Two watches and a chest strap, plus the forearm strap, I was wired for sound. Off I went for a 7 miler, varying my pace along the way. I had set all the personal info on the ePulse, got a signal and took off.

    It was a mostly sunny spring day, so very bright at high noon. I had difficulty with reading the LED display, hard to read in the bright daylight on either setting for the display, normal or daylight -- I tried both. I had to try to shadow the face of the display a bit to get a good look by putting my arm at weird angles, either with or without sunglasses on. I think I can find a way to work around this with just the right viewing angle, but this is hard to do while running along at cruising speed, so I will need to get more practice. Tree shade definitely helps. An LCD display would have been a much better design, esp. at this price point, hence 4 stars instead of 5.

    I had the strap around my forearm near the elbow, and it stayed put (I thought it would slide down to the wrist, but did not even when sweaty). I was able to get the same performance from the sensor when the entire strap was around my wrist next to my watch.
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