Fitbit, a leading brand in fitness trackers and smartwatches, offers a variety of models with different features and capabilities.
When it comes to water resistance, many users are curious to know which Fitbit models can be safely exposed to water.
In this blog post, we’ll explore the water resistance of current Fitbit models, discuss factors that can affect water resistance, and provide guidance for caring for your Fitbit after it gets wet.
Fitbit Models and Their Water Resistance
Below is a list of current Fitbit models and their water resistance status.
- Fitbit Charge 5: Water-resistant and can be safely used during activities like swimming. It has a battery life of 7 days.
- Fitbit Luxe: Water-resistant and suitable for water-related activities. It has a battery life of 5 days.
- Fitbit Charge 4: Water-resistant and safe for use in water. It has a battery life of 7 days.
- Fitbit Versa 3: Water-resistant and can be used for swimming and other water-based activities. It has a battery life of 6 days.
- Fitbit Inspire 2: Water-resistant and suitable for use in water. It has a battery life of 10 days.
- Fitbit Sense: Water-resistant and can be safely used in water. It has a battery life of 6 days.
- Fitbit Inspire HR: Water-resistant and safe for use during water-based activities. It has a battery life of 5 days.
- Fitbit Versa 2: Water-resistant and suitable for use in water. It has a battery life of 6 days.
- Fitbit ACE: Showerproof, but should not be used when swimming.
“Water resistant”, in this case, means the trackers can be used in up to 50 meters of water, according to Fitbit.
Factors That Can Affect Water Resistance
While Fitbit models are water-resistant, there are certain factors that can affect their water resistance over time. These factors include:
- Wear and Tear: Continuous use of the device, accidental drops, and exposure to harsh conditions can lead to wear and tear that may compromise the water resistance of the device.
- Extreme Temperatures: Prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures, such as hot saunas or icy waters, can affect the seals that help maintain water resistance.
- Chemical Exposure: Exposure to chemicals like chlorine in swimming pools, saltwater, or certain soaps and lotions can degrade the seals and affect water resistance.
Caring for Your Fitbit After Getting Wet
To ensure the longevity and water resistance of your Fitbit, follow these guidelines when caring for your device after it gets wet:
- Rinse and Dry: After swimming or exposure to water, rinse your Fitbit with fresh water to remove any chemicals or salt. Gently pat the device dry with a clean, soft cloth.
- Avoid Charging: Wait until the device is completely dry before charging it. Charging a wet device can cause damage to the charging port and other internal components.
- Check for Damage: If your Fitbit was submerged for an extended period or in deep water, check for any signs of damage or moisture inside the device. If you notice any issues, contact Fitbit customer support for assistance.
Our Fitbit Water Resistance Tests
To ensure that Fitbits really are water resistant, we tested several models in the real world. We did this by swimming with the watches, showering with them, and also dunking them under running water.
We dunked the Fitbit Versa watch under running water. It survived the water resistance test with no issues. We also wore it for several months with no water incursion.
We swam, showered and otherwise submerged the Fitbit Sense for months with no issues. Here’s how it did in our dunk test.
Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 is indeed water resistant. We tested this through daily wear, and also a full dunk test.
Fitbit models are designed to be water-resistant, making them suitable for use in water-based activities such as swimming. However, it’s important to note that water-resistant does not mean waterproof, and care should be taken to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use in water.
Additionally, understanding factors that can affect water resistance and knowing how to care for your Fitbit after it gets wet will help you enjoy your fitness tracker for years to come.
If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that can accompany you during water-based activities, any of the Fitbit models listed above will be a great choice.