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Polar Electro RS800CX Specifications
PARTS ......................................... 3
Optional Accessories ...................... 4
2. GETTING STARTED ............................ 5
Menu Structure................................ 7
3. PREPARE FOR TRAINING ...................... 8
Plan Your Training ............................ 8
Using an Accessory With Your RS800CX
Training Computer ............................ 9
4. TRAINING ..................................... 10
Wear the Transmitter ........................ 10
Start Training................................. 11
Information on the Display...............12
Personalize the Display...................15
Combine Exercises........................15
5. AFTER TRAINING ............................. 16
Care and Maintenance....................... 17
Caring of Your Product ...................17
Service .....................................18
Changing Batteries........................18
Precautions .................................. 19
Interference During Exercise ............19
Minimizing Risks When Exercising......20
Technical Specifications .................... 22
Guarantee and Disclaimer ................... 25
Congratulations! You have purchased a complete training system tailor-fit to your training needs. This
guide will help you along using your new Polar RS800CX training computer. For more detailed
instructions, consult the complete user manual on the CD-ROM included in the package.
Polar RS800CX training computer: displays and records your heart rate and other exercise data during
Polar WearLink® W.I.N.D. transmitter: sends the heart rate signal to the training computer. Includes a
connector and strap.
CD-ROM: includes the Polar ProTrainer 5
training computer.
software and the complete user manual for the RS800CX
With the Polar ProTrainer 5 software you can plan your workout in advance with multiple planning options,
and transfer the settings to your Polar product. After training, you can analyze the results with versatile
graphs which you can customize according to your needs.
Download the complete user manual from the CD and read through carefully to make the most out of your
training computer.
Polar RS800CX Training Computer Parts 3
Optional Accessories
Polar s3 stride sensorTM W.I.N.D.: transmits the running speed/pace and distance measurements to your
training computer. Also measures running cadence and stride length.
Polar G3 GPS sensorTM: provides speed, distance and location data, as well as track information, in all
outdoor sports using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
Transfer your track data to Polar ProTrainer 5 software to view in Google Earth or to convert into a GPX file.
For more information, see software help.
Polar Cycling Speed SensorTM W.I.N.D.: measures speed and distance when cycling.
Polar Cadence Sensor
W.I.N.D.: measures cadence, i.e. crank revolutions per minute when cycling.
4 Polar RS800CX Training Computer Parts
Before exercising with your training
computer, customize the basic settings.
Enter as accurate data as possible to
ensure correct performance feedback
based on your personal metrics.
To adjust the data, use UP, DOWN and
accept with OK. The values scroll faster
if you press and hold UP or DOWN.
To activate your training computer,
press OK twice.
The Polar logo will appear. Press
Language: Select English,
Deutsch, Español, Français or
Getting Started 5
Start with basic settings is displayed. Press
Time: Select 12h or 24h. With 12h, select AM or
PM. Set the local time.
Date: Set today’s date, dd=day, mm=month,
Units: Select metric (kg/cm/km) or imperial
(lb/ft/mi) units.
8. Weight: Enter your weight. To change units,
press and hold LIGHT.
9. Height: Enter your height. If you use imperial
units, first set feet (ft) then inches (in).
10. Birthday: Enter your date of birth, dd=day,
mm=month, yy=year.
11. Sex: Select Male or Female.
12. Settings OK? is displayed. Select Yes: Settings
are accepted and saved. The training computer
displays the time. Select No if settings are
incorrect and need to be changed. Press STOP
to return to the data you want to change.
6 Getting Started
Menu Structure
Getting Started 7
Plan Your Training
You can utilize the ready-made exercises or create your own using the training computer. Go to Settings >
Exercise . The following exercises are installed on your training computer:
Free: Free exercise with no preset settings.
Basic: Basic training with moderate intensity. Duration around 45 min.
Interval : Basic interval training. Exercise starts with a 15-minute warm-up, followed by a 1km interval
and a 3-minute recovery period, repeated 5 times. The session ends with a 15-minute cool-down.
OwnZone: The training computer automatically determines your individual aerobic (cardiovascular) heart
rate zone. This is called OwnZone. Suggested duration for the exercise is 45 minutes.
Add new: Create and save your own basic exercise. You can store a total of 10 exercises + 1 Free exercise
in your training computer.
For instructions on creating new exercises on your training computer, see Prepare for Training in the User
You can also create more versatile exercises and transfer them to your training computer by using Polar
ProTrainer 5 .
8 Prepare For Training
Using an Accessory With Your RS800CX Training Computer
Polar RS800CX training computer is compatible with the following Polar W.I.N.D sensors:
The Polar s3 Stride Sensor W.I.N.D, Polar G3 GPS Sensor, Polar Cycling Speed Sensor W.I.N.D and the
Polar Cadence Sensor W.I.N.D for a bike.
If you purchase a new sensor, it has to be activated by and introduced to the training computer. This is
called teaching and takes only a few seconds. Teaching ensures that your training computer receives
signals from your transmitter and sensor only, and enables disturbance-free exercise in a group. For more
information, see Feature Settings in User Manual.
Before entering an event, make sure to perform the teaching process at home. This is to prevent interference
due to the long-range data transmission.
If you purchased the sensor and training computer together, as a set, the sensor will already have been
“taught” to work together with the training computer. In which case you will only need to activate the
sensor in your training computer. For more information see Feature Settings in the User Manual.
Prepare For Training 9
Wear the Transmitter
Before starting training recording, you need to wear the WearLink.
Wet the electrode areas of the strap well under running water.
Attach the connector to the strap. Adjust the strap length to fit
tightly but comfortably.
Tie the strap around your chest, just below the chest muscles,
and attach the hook to the other end of the strap.
Check that the wet electrode areas are firmly against your skin
and that the Polar logo of the connector is in a central and
upright position.
Detach the connector from the strap when you are not using it to
maximize the transmitter lifetime. See detailed washing instructions
in Care and Maintenance.
10 Training
Start Training
Wear the transmitter and an optional sensor* as instructed in the
sensor's user manual.
Start heart rate measurement by pressing OK on the training
computer. Within 15 seconds, your heart rate will appear on the
If you are going to use a shoe or a bike sensor* during training,
select the sensor in Settings > Shoes/bikes. To use a GPS
sensor, select Settings > GPS > On.
Stand still and wait until the training computer finds the sensor
signal (runner/biker /GPS symbol stops flashing).
Start exercise recording by pressing OK.
Alternatively, select Settings to change or view different settings
before exercise. For further information on all the settings available,
see the user manual.
*Optional Polar s3 stride sensor W.I.N.D., Cycling speed sensor
W.I.N.D. or cadence sensor W.I.N.D. required.
Training 11
Information on the Display
Your training computer offers you a simultaneous view of three different lines of exercise information. By
pressing UP or DOWN, you can view different displays. The name of the display appears for a few
seconds. The name indicates the lower row information. The display varies depending on the sensors you
have installed, which features are set On and what kind of exercise you are performing.
Default displays while exercising:
Heart rate view
Speed/pace / Calories
Heart rate
Stopwatch view
12 Training
Lap time view
Zone pointer
Heart rate
Lap time
Speed/pace view
Distance view
Countdown timer
Zone pointer
Distance / Lap time
Training 13
Altitude view (displayed only if altitude is activated in Settings > Features .
Heart rate
Exercise created with Polar ProTrainer 5
If you have downloaded a program from the software, you can see the details of your exercise session on a separate
display. For further information, see Perform Programmed Exercise. You cannot modify this display using the
training computer.
14 Training
Personalize the Display
You can personalize your training computer display to feature whatever information you prefer viewing
during training, either by using the training computer or the ProTrainer 5 software. The information
available depends on the features that are activated. See Personalize Training Computer Display in the
user manual for more information.
Combine Exercises
The RS800CX training computer offers you the option of combining consecutive exercises. When you start
a new exercise session within an hour of the previous exercise session, Combine exercises? is displayed.
To combine your current exercise session with the previous exercise file, select YES. The multisport
exercise view is displayed during training. A maximum of ten exercises can be combined.
Multi-sport view
Total distance of combined exercise
Total calories of combined exercise
Total duration of combined exercise
By using Polar ProTrainer 5 software, you can combine exercises after training and analyze them further. For
further information, see Polar ProTrainer 5 help.
Training 15
Care for your transmitter after exercise. Detach the transmitter
connector from the strap and rinse the strap under running water
after every use. Wash the strap regularly in a washing machine at
40ºC/104ºF at least after every fifth use. For complete care and
maintenance instructions, see Care and Maintenance.
To view basic data on your performance, see File on your training
computer. For deeper analysis, transfer the data to Polar ProTrainer
5. The software offers you different options to analyze data with.
The Exercise Log lists a maximum of 99 exercise files.
The Weekly summary displays summaries for the past 16 weeks.
Totals include cumulative values recorded during training
Delete files. To view exercise data, press OK and scroll UP or
For further information on how to review training information and to
transfer data to ProTrainer 5 software, consult the User Manual.
16 After Training
Care and Maintenance
Caring of Your Product
Like any electronic device, the Polar training computer
should be treated with care. The suggestions below will
help you fulfill guarantee obligations and enjoy this
product for many years to come.
Detach the transmitter connector from the strap and rinse
the strap under running water after every use. Dry the
connector with a soft towel. Never use alcohol or any
abrasive material (steel wool or cleaning chemicals).
Dry and store the strap and the transmitter connector
separately. Wash the strap in a washing machine before
long-term storage and always after use in pool water with
high chlorine content.
Keep your training computer and transmitter in a cool and
dry place. Do not keep them in a damp environment, in
non-breathable material (a plastic bag or a sports bag) nor
with conductive material (a wet towel). Do not expose to
direct sunlight for extended periods.
Operating temperatures are -10 °C to +50 °C / +14 °F to
+122 °F.
Wash the strap regularly in a washing machine at
40ºC/104ºF or at least after every fifth use. This ensures
reliable measurement and maximizes the life span of the
transmitter. Use a washing pouch. Do not soak, spin-dry,
iron, dry clean or bleach the strap. Do not use detergent
with bleach or fabric softener. Never put the transmitter
connector in the washing machine or drier!
Customer Service Information 17
During the two-year guarantee/warranty period, we
recommend that you service the product at an authorized
Polar Service Center only. The warranty does not cover
damage or consequential damage caused by service not
authorized by Polar Electro. For further information, see
”Limited International Polar Guarantee”.
Changing Batteries
To change the batteries of the training computer or
transmitter yourself, carefully follow the instructions in
the user manual. All batteries are changed the same way.
If you would prefer Polar to replace the battery, contact an
authorized Polar Service Center. The Service will test the
sensor after replacing the battery.
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Excessive use of the backlight drains the training
computer’s battery more rapidly. In cold conditions, the
low battery indicator may appear, and disappear again
when you return to a warmer environment. To ensure the
maximum lifespan of the battery cover, open it only when
changing battery. When changing the battery, make sure
the sealing ring is not damaged, in which case you should
replace it with a new one. Battery kits with sealing rings
are available at well-equipped Polar retailers and
authorized Polar Service Centers. In the USA and Canada,
sealing rings are available at authorized Polar Service
Centers only.
Keep batteries away from children. If swallowed,
contact a doctor immediately. Batteries should be
properly disposed of according to local
Interference During Exercise
Electromagnetic Interference and Exercise Equipment.
Disturbance may occur near microware ovens and
computers. Also WLAN base stations may cause
interference when exercising with RS800CX. To avoid
erratic reading or misbehaviors, move away from possible
sources of disturbance.
Exercise equipment with electronic or electrical
components such as LED displays, motors and electrical
brakes may cause interfering stray signals. To solve these
problems, try the following:
Remove the transmitter from your chest and use the
exercise equipment as you would normally.
Move the training computer around until you find an
area in which it displays no stray reading or does not
flash the heart symbol. Interference is often worst
directly in front of the display panel of the equipment,
while the left or right side of the display is relatively
free of disturbance.
Put the transmitter back on your chest and keep the
training computer in this interference-free area as much
as possible.
If the training computer still does not work with the
exercise equipment, it may be electrically too noisy for
wireless heart rate measurement.
Customer Service Information 19
Using RS800CX Training Computer in Water. The training
computer is water resistant. However, heart rate
measurement does not work in water. You can use the
training computer under water as a watch but it is not a
diving instrument. To maintain water resistance, do not
press the buttons of the training computer under water.
Using the training computer in excessive rainfall may also
cause interference.
Minimizing Risks When Exercising
Exercise may include some risk. Before beginning a
regular exercise program, it is recommended that you
answer the following questions concerning your health
status. If you answer yes to any of these questions, we
recommend that you consult a doctor before starting any
training program.
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Have you been physically inactive for the past 5 years?
Do you have high blood pressure or high blood
Are you taking any blood pressure or heart medication?
Do you have a history of breathing problems?
Do you have symptoms of any disease?
Are you recovering from a serious illness or medical
Do you use a pacemaker or other implanted electronic
Do you smoke?
Are you pregnant?
Note that in addition to exercise intensity, medications for
heart conditions, blood pressure, psychological conditions,
asthma, breathing, etc., as well as some energy drinks,
alcohol, and nicotine may also affect heart rate.
It is important to be sensitive to your body’s responses
during exercise. If you feel unexpected pain or excessive
fatigue when exercising, it is recommended that you stop
the exercise or continue at a lighter intensity.
Notice to individuals with pacemakers, defibrillators or
other implanted electronic devices. Individuals who have a
pacemaker use the Polar training computer at their own
risk. Before starting use, we always recommend a maximal
exercise stress test under a doctor’s supervision. The test
is to ensure the safety and reliability of the simultaneous
use of the pacemaker and the Polar training computer.
If you are allergic to any substance that comes into
contact with your skin or if you suspect an allergic
reaction due to using the product, check the listed
materials in Technical Specifications. To avoid any skin
reaction to the transmitter, wear it over a shirt, but
moisten the shirt well under the electrodes to ensure
flawless operation.
The combined impact of moisture and intense abrasion may
cause a black color to come off the transmitter’s surface,
possibly staining light-colored clothes. If you use insect repellent
on your skin, you must ensure that it does not come into contact
with the transmitter.
Customer Service Information 21
Technical Specifications
Training computer
Battery life:
Battery type:
Battery sealing ring:
Operating temperature:
Wrist band and buckle
Back cover:
Watch accuracy:
Accuracy of heart rate
Heart rate measuring
Class 1 Laser Product
Average 1 year (1h/day, 7 days/week)
O-Ring 20.0 x 1.1, material silicone
-10 °C to +50 °C / 14 °F to 122 °F
Polyurethane, stainless steel
Polyamide, stainless steel complying with
the EU Directive 94/27/EU and its
amendment 1999/C 205/05 on the release
of nickel from products intended to come
into direct and prolonged contact with the
Better than ± 0.5 seconds / day at 25 °C /
77 °F temperature.
± 1% or 1 bpm, whichever larger.
Definition applies to stable conditions.
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Current speed display
Stride sensor: 0-36 km/h or 0-22,3 mph,
cadence 0-255 rpm
G3 GPS sensor: 0-250 km/h or 0-155,3 mph
Speed sensor: 0-127 km/h or 0-78,9 mph
Cadence sensor: 15-200 rpm
Altitude display range:
-550 m … +9000 m / -1800 ft … +29500
The Polar wrist unit calculates altitude by
using the standard average altitude at
defined air pressures according to ISO
Ascent/Descent resolution: 5 m / 20 ft
Training computer limit values
Maximum files:
Maximum time:
Maximum manual laps:
Maximum automatic laps:
Shoes 1/2/3 total distance:
Bike 1/2/3 total distance:
Total Shoes / Total GPS /
Total Bikes distance
Total distance:
Total duration:
Total calories:
Total exercise count:
Total ascent:
Total odometer:
99 h 59 min 59 s
999 999 km / 621370 mi
999 999 km / 621370 mi
999 999 km / 621370 mi
999 999 km / 621370 mi
9999h 59min 59s
999 999 kcal
304795 m / 999980 ft
999 999 km / 621370 mi
Battery life of WearLink
W.I.N.D. transmitter:
Battery type:
Battery sealing ring:
Operating temperature:
Connector material:
Strap material:
Polar ProTrainer 5™
System Requirements:
Windows® 2000/XP (32bit), Vista
IrDA compatible port (an external IrDA
device or an internal IR port)
Additionally, for the software your PC must
have a Pentium II 200 MHz processor or
faster, SVGA or higher resolution monitor,
50 MB hard disk space and a CD-ROM
Polar WebLink using IrDA Communication
System Requirements:
Windows® 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
IrDA compatible port (an external IrDA
device or an internal IR port)
Average 2 years (3h/day, 7 days/week)
O-ring 20.0 x 1.0, material silicone
-10 °C to +40 °C / 14 °F to 104 °F
Polyurethane/ Polyamide/ Polyester/
Elastane/ Nylon
Customer Service Information 23
The Polar training computer indicates the level of physiological strain and exercise intensity. It displays performance
indicators and environmental conditions such as altitude and temperature. It also measures speed and distance when
used with s3 stride sensor/bike speed sensor/G3 GPS sensor, running cadence when used with s3 stride sensor, cycling
cadence when used with a cadence sensor and location data when used with G3 GPS sensor. No other use is intended or
The Polar training computer should not be used for obtaining environmental measurements that require professional or
industrial precision. Furthermore, the device should not be used to obtain measurements when engaged in airborne or
underwater activities.
The water resistance of Polar products is tested according to International Standard ISO 2281. Products are divided into
three different categories according to their water resistance. Check the back of your Polar product for the water resistance
category, and compare it to the chart below. Please note that these definitions do not necessarily apply to products of
other manufacturers.
Marking on case back
Water resistant characteristics
Water resistant
Protected against wash splashes, sweat, raindrops etc. Not
suitable for swimming.
Water resistant 30 m/50 m
Suitable for bathing and swimming
Water resistant 100 m
Suitable for swimming and snorkeling (without air tanks)
*These characteristics also apply to Polar WearLink W.I.N.D. transmitters marked Water resistant 30m.
24 Customer Service Information
Guarantee and Disclaimer
The guarantee does not cover any damage/s, losses,
costs or expenses, direct, indirect or incidental,
consequential or special, arising out of, or related to the
product. During the guarantee period, the product will
be repaired or replaced at an authorized Service Center
free of charge.
This guarantee does not affect the consumer’s statutory
rights under applicable national or state laws in force, or
the consumer’s rights against the dealer arising from
their sales/purchase contract.
Limited International Polar Guarantee
This limited Polar international guarantee is issued by
Polar Electro Inc. for consumers who have purchased
this product in the USA or Canada. This limited Polar
international guarantee is issued by Polar Electro Oy for
consumers who have purchased this product in other
Polar Electro Oy/Polar Electro Inc. guarantees the
original consumer/purchaser of this device that the
product will be free from defects in material or
workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.
Please keep the receipt or stamped Polar Customer
Service Card, which is your proof of purchase!
The guarantee does not cover the battery, damage due
to misuse, abuse, accidents or non-compliance with the
precautions; improper maintenance, commercial use,
cracked or broken cases and elastic strap.
This product is compliant with Directives 93/42/EEC and
1999/5/EC. The relevant Declaration of Conformity is
available at
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Polar Electro Oy is a ISO 9001:2000 certified company.
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The material in this manual is for informational
purposes only. The products it describes are subject to
change without prior notice, due to the manufacturer’s
continuous development program.
Polar Electro Inc./Polar Electro Oy makes no
representations or warranties with respect to this manual
or with respect to the products described herein.
Polar Electro Inc./Polar Electro Oy shall not be liable for
any damages, losses, costs or expenses, direct, indirect
or incidental, consequential or special, arising out of, or
related to the use of this material or the products
described herein.
This product is protected by one or several of the following
patents: US 5486818, GB 2258587, HK 306/1996,
WO96/20640, EP 0748185, US6104947, EP 0747003,
US5690119, DE 69630834.7-08, WO 97/33512, US
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ES1047774, FI112844, EP 724859 B1, US 5628324,
DE 69600098T2, FI110915. Other patents pending.
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