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AAFES (military/vets only) Garmin Vivoactive HR Activity Smartwatch $81.51 plus extra 15% off for Star card use

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Its 81.51 AFTER star card discount. 95.98 with any other method.
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Their site was down for 30 hours but it is back up and in full swing. Great sale on everything starting today.
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I really liked this watch. It was great for tracking my runs and battery life was pretty good too.

It didn't stand up to well to daily wear while working though. I'm a military guy who works in construction. I cracked the screen on two of them, and my second one finally shit on me while I was chainsawing trees while clearing roads in the Virgin islands and Puerto Rico last fall after the hurricanes.

Would I buy it again? For this price, absolutely. If I worked in an office. I've since moved on to a Samsung Gear s3 frontier and I love that watch. It does a lot more than the Garmin. But I really miss the garmin's battery life.

If you like to run and want to track your runs, this great for that. Just don't wear it while turning wrenches or using BFH's!
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DavidF1980, I salute your sheer manliness. I think maybe I used a chainsaw in Gears Of War and that's as close as I've ever come.

I picked up one. Running/biking is my use case. There seem to be a decent number of DOAs with this watch, but sounds like Garmin will play ball if that happens.
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Shit. Back to $120 Frown
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Mine was DOA. Won't take a charge. Sigh.
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Mine was DOA. Won't take a charge. Sigh.
The watches shipped should have FW 3.4 and shouldn't suffer from the low power glitch. Try these two things:
  • Disconnect the charging cradle and press the left button for two or three seconds. The power should come on. With the charging cradle connected, it does not respond to the power on procedure.
  • With the charging cradle connected, press the left button for twenty seconds and then release. A faint "GARMIN" should appear in the center of the screen which shows a soft reset.
If these don't work, you may have an earlier FW version and have to do the 30 "on-off-on-off..." contacts with the charging cradle. I don't know if this will also work by connecting and disconnecting the USB connector from a power source. This will allow tiny, quick charges to be added to the battery until enough of a charge has accumulated to allow a normal charge to begin. If you get it working this way, update the firmware to possibly prevent this in future.
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The watches shipped should have FW 3.4 and shouldn't suffer from the low power glitch. Try these two things:
  • Disconnect the charging cradle and press the left button for two or three seconds. The power should come on. With the charging cradle connected, it does not respond to the power on procedure.
  • With the charging cradle connected, press the left button for twenty seconds and then release. A faint "GARMIN" should appear in the center of the screen which shows a soft reset.
If these don't work, you may have an earlier FW version and have to do the 30 "on-off-on-off..." contacts with the charging cradle. I don't know if this will also work by connecting and disconnecting the USB connector from a power source. This will allow tiny, quick charges to be added to the battery until enough of a charge has accumulated to allow a normal charge to begin. If you get it working this way, update the firmware to possibly prevent this in future.
Interesting. How long do you leave it on/plugged in before unplugging it again?
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Interesting. How long do you leave it on/plugged in before unplugging it again?
Nevermind, I used a USB power source with about 7 seconds before turning it off again. 2 off, 7 on, rinse repeat. Used a power strip with a switch to make it easier. It had the old firmware for sure because that's the first thing it updated after installing the Connect app.

Thanks again!
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Interesting. How long do you leave it on/plugged in before unplugging it again?
I should only need a quick second or two on and then a second off. A charge will only be applied at the very beginning of the contact before electronically disconnecting. It's those little charges at the beginning of each contact that eventually add up to a borderline acceptable voltage level. This method should work unless the battery has sat fully discharged for a considerable amount of time. Garmin says this is a firmware issue, so make sure to update once you get it going.
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Nevermind, I used a USB power source with about 7 seconds before turning it off again. 2 off, 7 on, rinse repeat. Used a power strip with a switch to make it easier. It had the old firmware for sure because that's the first thing it updated after installing the Connect app.

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I am glad that it worked! There a lot of cool apps at https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/dev...ostPopular
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I am glad that it worked! There a lot of cool apps at https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/dev...ostPopular
Thanks! the backlight seems pretty dim on this thing. Perhaps I'm just doing something wrong.
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Thanks! the backlight seems pretty dim on this thing. Perhaps I'm just doing something wrong.
Yes it is pretty dim. I think the default is 3 out of 9. Even at full brightness it is still relatively dim. This is one of the reasons that the battery will last as long as it does. The display is designed to look better in bright lighting. Outdoors during the day, the screen is brilliant and colorful even without any back-lighting. I set mine at 5 to see if it impacts battery life. The display is bright enough to read the screen, but I guess we are used to massively bright phone screens. The panel is designed to look its best in bright light, which is the opposite of most of our computing devices. Makes for a bad watch, but wonderful as a physical activity tracker.
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Yes it is pretty dim. I think the default is 3 out of 9. Even at full brightness it is still relatively dim. This is one of the reasons that the battery will last as long as it does. The display is designed to look better in bright lighting. Outdoors during the day, the screen is brilliant and colorful even without any back-lighting. I set mine at 5 to see if it impacts battery life. The display is bright enough to read the screen, but I guess we are used to massively bright phone screens. The panel is designed to look its best in bright light, which is the opposite of most of our computing devices. Makes for a bad watch, but wonderful as a physical activity tracker.
I see. I had it at 9 but didn't expect to keep it there. Now to dig through the apps. Got any recommendations? I'm a biker and runner.
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