Is the Fitbit Charge 5 Waterproof?

Fitbit Charge 5 is not water proof , it is water resistant and has a water resistant rating of 50 meters, which means that it can be used while taking a shower or while swimming up to 50 meters of depth or other water sport activities like taking a swim at a lake or a pond.

Let’s explore further to know more about the water resistant capabilities of the Fitbit Charge 5.

Waterproof vs Water Resistant

Waterproof and Water resistant are not the same. Waterproof is a debatable term as there is no unit or standard that defines what makes an item waterproof. Its a loose term which ideally means that an item can be submerged completely in water at any depth and for any duration of time.

Water Resistant on the other can be measured using IP Ratings or Ingress Protection Ratings which is used to rate the devices based on tests that are conducted to determine how how much water or dust an item can be exposed to.

Fitbit Charge 5 is not Waterproof it is water resistant and has a water resistant rating of 5 ATM or 50 meters, which means that it can tolerate splashes or spills and you can take it swimming in the pool or the ocean, as long as the depth does not exceed 50 meters.

Precautions and maintenance of your Fitbit Charge 5 after usage in water:

  1. Do not expose your device to extreme temperatures.
  2. Do not expose your device to extreme pressures.
  3. Avoid exposing your device to soap, detergents, shampoos, nail paint removers, perfumes, insect repellants, lotions, sunscreens or other substances which have chemicals in them as they degrade the water resistant capabilities of the device over time.
  4. If you are using your device while swimming in the ocean or pool, make sure to rinse it with fresh water once you are out of the water.
  5. You can use a mild cleanser and water to regularly clean your device.
  6. You can use lint-free cloth to wipe and clean your device.
  7. Do not use hot dryers to dry your device as the hot air might damage certain sensors or components.
  8. Do not dive into a pool from a height while wearing the device.

Water Lock

Your Fitbit Charge 5 comes with a feature known as “Water Lock”, you can use the Water Lock feature to deactivate the screen from accidental touch while in water.

Some Fitbit devices including the Charge 5 automatically initiates the “Water Lock” feature when you are in water, which means that if you have forgotten to manually lock the screen then you don’t have to worry as the Charge 5 will automatically do it for you.

It is important to note that “Water Lock” feature has nothing to do with the water resistant capabilities of the Charge 5, you still have to follow the guidelines of the manufacturer with regards to usage of the device in water. This feature will just deactivate the touch screen from accidental touches and taps while you are in water.

Conclusion

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a water resistant smartwatch having a rating of 50 meters and therefore, can be used in water under circumstances where the device is not exposed to extreme temperature or pressure.

It can be used while swimming or showering, but it is not ideal for deep water activities, and activities which involve exposure to chemicals like chlorine or salt water and high temperature.

It should however be noted that the water resistant capability of any electronic device including the Fitbit Charge 5 degrades over time and a number of factors like exposure to salt, chlorine, shampoos, perfumes, conditioners, insect repellants, lotions sunscreens, exposure to high velocity water (example during water sport), extreme temperatures, dropping the device can affect the water resistant capability of gadgets over time.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is a great device for tracking your fitness, and it definitely adds to the impressive range of features that it offers.

FAQ’s

Can you wear it while swimming in the sea?

Yes, Charge 5 has a certified water resistant rating of 50 meters so it can be used for swimming in the sea. Make sure to rinse it with fresh water once you are out of the sea.

Can you wear it while swimming in the pool?

Yes, you can wear it while swimming in the pool, however make sure to rinse it with fresh water once you are out, as the chlorine in the pool water might start degrading the components of the device.

Can you wear it while swimming in the lake?

Yes, it can be used for swimming in the lake.

Can you wear it for sauna?

No, it is not advisable to use Charge 5 while in sauna because the higher temperature might damage its sensors.

Can you wear it while taking a shower?

Yes, you can wear it while taking a shower, but ensure you don’t expose it to high temperatures as the steam might enter the device and damage or hamper the internal components.

Can you wear it in a hot tub?

No, it’s not recommended as higher temperatures might affect and damage the internal components of the smart watch.

Can you wear it for jacuzzi?

No, it’s not recommended due to higher temperatures.

Can you wear while scuba diving?

No, it’s not recommended due to high water pressure.

Can you wear it  for snorkeling?

Yes, you can wear it for snorkeling.

Can you wear it for Kayaking and canoeing or white water rafting?

Yes, you can wear it for Kayaking and canoeing or white water rafting.

Can you wear it in the rain?

Yes, you can definitely wear it in the light rains.

Can you wear it while washing dishes?

Yes, you can wear it while washing dishes.

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