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DEEEBEE's Photo DEEEBEE Posts: 8,194
7/7/20 11:59 P

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You're right. Zips are no longer manufactured. I was forced to buy an Inspire watch, but what I did was remove the device from the watch band. I prefer my own watch. The Inspire is smaller than the Zip, but I have a teeny tiny bag about 1" square that closes at the top by pulling a thin string that is threaded through a narrow hem at the top. I wrap that string around my bra strap and I will not be losing it EVER! One could easily be made. I happened to have this very small bag--it was attached to a gift I received. I lost Zips many times. A few times they malfunctioned. Still, I liked the Zip very much. Now, every few days I take the Inspire out of the bag and charge it on the charger that came with it. I like the Inspire very much, but not on a plastic watchband. Like you, I don't care what else it does...I only want a step count.

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7/7/20 9:52 P

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I've owned several zips.... and I prefer it because I clip it to my shoes to get a real "actual" count of steps. The first zip I had came out of the case and I lost it..... I tried to retrace places I was but no one admitted to seeing it (dog park and Vet's office) which I find it hard to believe as it was the bright lime green. So anyway I bought another one... this one I was replacing batteries every couple WEEKS! I finally contacted fitbit and they told me the little metal thing in the zip and that did nothing.. finally they replaced it. The replacement was worse than the first one! I was changing batteries every 2 to 3 weeks it was driving me crazy! I decided to go ahead and just buy another zip. I got it and it was working great! no problem! then I lost it too! smh someone said to contact fitbit and they'd replace it and they did only again this one didn't work as well. I finally bought another one and I've done pretty good with it. I think they should take these back and try to figure out what the problems are with them to help with the manufacturing issues. I do find it gives me "false" low battery readings. If I tap on the screen then it will show up the battery is full. I usually buy energizer or duracell batteries now as I found off brands never last as long.

I like the zip... I just want to count steps.... I don't want to know how long I sleep or climb or move my arms.. I just want to count steps and this is all I need. (actually I don't think they are making the zip models anymore and they are harder to find)

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DEEEBEE's Photo DEEEBEE Posts: 8,194
1/12/19 12:33 A

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Buying cheap can be expensive! Duracell batteries are pretty good. I see my note from 2015. I still love my Zip. It's easy to change batteries. If you wear the FitBit on your arm, it counts whenever you move your arm, so I prefer the Zip which I keep in my bra.

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1/11/19 6:07 A

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Oh yes, definitely had problems. But it was with dollar store batteries, lost a couple of days due to that, very discouraging. Last replacement was with a Duracell, so far so good!

My daughter sent me her Flex, she got the Flex2. I do not recommend it! So irritating and frustrating to NOT be able to see how many steps I've taken during a walk. I dual tracked it with 1. my Zip, and then 2. an Ozeri manual (so extremely accurate). The Flex was low by 2000 steps on a 5000 step walk.

I hope you are able to resolve this, it's worth it.

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2/23/15 12:08 P

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Never had a problem with battery life. In fact, I was surprised on just how long mine seems to last!

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2/23/15 10:44 A

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I think the problem is that the battery is easily jostled out of place and when that happens I have to remove the cover and play with it a little bit. I'll try to be more careful with it, but if this continues to be a problem I may look into a different product. Thanks for the replies, everyone!

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2/22/15 8:12 A

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My husband's Zip is having a problem now. First battery only lasted about 4 months. Replaced it and only got about two weeks. Working with costumer service now, but no answer yet.

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DEEEBEE's Photo DEEEBEE Posts: 8,194
2/22/15 12:45 A

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I've been using a Zip for several years. The battery usually lasts 4-6 months. I buy two at a time at Walgreens so I have a ready replacement. I get a warning about the battery getting low in plenty of time to insert a new one. To me, the short life of the battery does not seem like a problem. I love the Zip otherwise.

I buy Duracells.



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2/21/15 6:51 P

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a lot of people have that issue with the battery not living a long life.

confact fitbit's customer service and a lot of time they have suggestions and might even replace your unit for you

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2/21/15 6:41 P

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Has anyone else experienced poor battery life with the fitbit zip? The battery that came with it last for a really long time, longer than the 6 months that it's supposed to. I changed the battery a few weeks ago and the level is now at 50%. I've tried all the suggestions I found on the fitbit website (fiddling with the little metal piece inside the battery compartment etc.) to no avail. Not sure what I should do. Keep replacing the battery? Just get a new zip? Or should I just switch to the flex? Although I've read that the fitbit flex doesn't hold a charge for more than a couple of days.

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