Fitbit Blaze Water-Resistant Feature - January 2019
Fitbit brand watches have amassed a massive following from people seeking a means to track their daily routines and exercises. The company has produced some renowned products that have been well-received by users. One of the most popular Fitbit offerings is the Blaze model.
The Fitbit Blaze is a fitness tracker that also shares many of the same functions of a smartwatch. At $200 in the U.S. market, it is also competitively priced.
Water-Resistance vs. Water Proofing On The Fitbit Blaze
The level of water-resistance is a common concern for people looking to purchase a fitness tracker; these people tend to be more active, and being active can mean getting wet. Whether you’re a swimmer, a sweater, or you have the tendency of getting caught in the rain, it is important to know how much water your fitness tracker can handle.
The Fitbit Blaze is indeed water-resistant, but this is not to get confused with waterproof. While Fitbit will not release its official water-resistant rating, the Fitbit Blaze can definitely withstand sweat, splashes, and some rain.
However, the waterproofing implemented on the device is not necessarily robust enough to protect the interior components if the watch is submerged in water. Unfortunately for swimmers, this device should not be worn while swimming. Furthermore, according to Fitbit’s community blog, owners of the Fitbit Blaze also shouldn’t wear their watches while they shower.
Why Fitbit Is Not Waterproof
It is possible that Fitbit opts do not fully waterproof their products because it can hinder the accuracy of the sensors. Some of the sensors used in fitness tracking need to interact with the outside environment. For instance, the altimeter used in detecting elevation changes needs exposure to ambient air so it can accurately determine the air pressure. Fully waterproofing the watch limits the sensors abilities to detect the outside environment.
Additionally, Fitbit has said that the Fitbit Blaze was not designed to perform readings in aquatic environments. Therefore, there is no need to waterproof it as this would increase cost and serve no purpose to the consumer.
The video below puts the Fitbit Blaze to the test. *WARNING* do not try this at home: