Polar FT7™
Getting Started Guide
1. GET STARTED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Get to Know Your Polar FT7™
Training Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FT7 Buttons and Menu . . . . . . . . . . .
Basic Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. TRAINING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Wear the Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Record Your Training Session. . . . . 7
Start Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Stop Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Transfer Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Caring for Your FT7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Precautions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Technical Specifications. . . . . . . . . . 12
Guarantee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Get to Know Your Polar FT7 ™ Training Computer
Training computer records and displays
your heart rate and other data during
WearLink ® transmitter transmits the heart
rate signal to the training computer. The
WearLink consists of a connector (A) and
strap (B).
The full FT7 user manual can be
downloaded at www.polar.fi/support.
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Get Started
FT7 Buttons and Menu
UP: Enter the menu and move through selection lists,
adjust values. Change the watch face with a long press in
the time view.
OK: Confirm selections, select training type or training
DOWN: Enter the menu and move through selection
lists, adjust values
Exit the menu
Return to the previous level
Cancel selection
Leave settings unchanged
With a long press, return to Time view
Illuminate the display
With a long press, enter quick menu in Time view (to
lock buttons, set alarm or select time zone) or during
training (to adjust training sounds or lock buttons)
Get Started
Basic Settings
To activate your Polar FT7 training
computer, press and hold any button for
one second. Once the FT7 is activated, it
cannot be switched off.
Language: Select Deutsch,
English, Español, Français ,
Italiano, Português, Suomi or
Svenska with UP/DOWN. Press OK.
2. Please enter basic settings is
displayed. Press OK.
3. Select Time format.
4. Enter Time.
5. Enter Date.
6. Select Units Set metric (KG, CM) or
imperial (LBS, FT). By selecting
lbs/ft, calories are displayed as CAL,
otherwise they are shown as KCAL.
Calories are measured as kilocalories.
7. Enter Weight.
8. Enter Height.
9. Enter Date of birth.
10. Select Sex.
11. Settings OK? is displayed.
To accept and save the settings,
select Yes. FT7 enters Time mode.
To change the settings, select No.
Re-enter your basic settings.
You can modify your user information at a
later date. For more information, consult
the full user manual at
Get Started
Wear the Transmitter
Before starting training recording, you need to
wear the transmitter.
Wet the electrode areas of the strap well
under running water.
Attach the connector to the strap. Adjust
the strap length to fit it tightly but
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 Customer Service Information.
Record Your Training Session
Stop Training
Start Training
Wear the transmitter and the training
Press OK and select Start. Wait
until your heart rate is displayed and
then press OK to start the recording.
To modify sound, heart rate view or other
training settings before starting the
training session, select Training
To pause the recording of your
training session, press BACK. To
continue training recording press OK.
To stop the recording, press BACK
once more. Stopped is displayed.
A summary of your training session
appears. For more information on
reviewing your training data, consult the
full user manual at www.polar.fi/support.
Your training file is saved only when the
recording has lasted for more than one
Transfer Data
For a long-term follow-up, transfer your
training files effortlessly from FT7 to
polarpersonaltrainer.com. There you can
see detailed information of your training
data and get a better understanding of
your training. First you need to register at
polarpersonaltrainer.com and after that
you can transfer your Training data.
For data transfer you need an optional
Polar FlowLink data transfer unit and
WebSync software, or alternatively you
can transfer your training data manually
to polarpersonaltrainer.com. For more
information on data transfer, consult the
full user manual at www.polar.fi/support
or polarpersonaltrainer.com "Help".
Caring for Your FT7
Training computer: For complete care and
maintenance instructions, see the full user
manual at www.polar.fi/support.
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
WearLink transmitter: 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
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
We recommend that you have the battery
replaced by an authorized Polar Service Center.
They test your Polar FT7 for water resistance
after battery replacement.
Minimizing Possible Risks
• The low battery indicator is displayed when
10-15% of the battery capacity is left.
• Excessive use of the backlight drains the
battery more rapidly.
In cold conditions, the low battery
indicator may appear, but will
disappear when the temperature rises.
• The backlight and sound are automatically
turned off when the low battery indicator is
displayed. Any alarms set prior to the
appearance of the low battery indicator will
remain active.
To change the battery yourself, consult the full user
manual at www.polar.fi/support.
Customer Service Information
Training may include some risk. Before
beginning a regular training program, answer
the following questions concerning your health
status. If you answer yes to any of these
questions, consult a physician before starting
any training program.
• Have you been physically inactive for the
past five years?
• Do you have high blood pressure or high
blood cholesterol?
• Do you have symptoms of any disease?
• Are you taking any blood pressure or heart
• Do you have a history of breathing problems?
• Are you recovering from a serious illness or
medical treatment?
• Do you use a pacemaker or other implanted
electronic device?
• Do you smoke?
• Are you pregnant?
Note that in addition to training intensity,
medication for heart conditions/blood
conditions/asthma/breathing/etc, as well as
some energy drinks, alcohol, and nicotine may
also affect heart rate.
flawless operation. If you use insect repellent on
your skin, make sure that it does not come into
contact with the training computer or the
It is important to be sensitive to your body’s
responses during training. If you feel
unexpected pain or excessive fatigue when
training, stop the exercise or continue at a
lighter intensity.
If you have a pacemaker, defibrillator or
other implanted electronic device, you use
the Polar FT7 at your own risk. Before starting
use, take a maximal training stress test under
the supervision of a physician. The test is to
ensure the safety and reliability of the
simultaneous use of the pacemaker and the
Polar FT7.
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. Moisten the
shirt well under the electrodes to ensure
Customer Service Information
Technical Specifications
WearLink Transmitter
FT7 Training Computer
Battery type
Battery life
Average 12 months (training 0.5
h/day, 7 days/week)
Operating temperature -10 °C to +50 °C / 14 °F to 122 °F
Wrist strap material
Back cover and wrist Stainless steel complying with the
strap buckle
EU Directive 94/27/EU and
amendment 1999/C 205/05 on the
release of nickel from products
intended to come into direct and
prolonged contact with the skin.
Watch accuracy
Better than ± 0.5 seconds/day at 25
°C / 77 °F temperature.
Accuracy of heart rate ± 1% or ± 1 bpm, whichever larger,
definition applies to steady state
Water resistance
30m (Suitable for bathing and
System Requirements
Battery type
Battery life
Customer Service Information
CR 2025
Average 2 years (1 h/day, 7
Battery sealing ring
O-ring 20.0 x 1.0 Material FPM
Operating temperature -10 °C to +50 °C / 14 °F to 122 °F
Connector material
Strap material
35% Polyester, 35% Polyamide,
30% Polyurethane
Water resistance
30m (Suitable for bathing and
Polar WebSync
Software and Polar
PC MS Windows (2000/XP/Vista)32
Water resistance of Polar FT7
To maintain water resistance, do not press
buttons under water. For more information, visit
http://www.polar.fi/support. Water resistance of
Polar products is tested according to
International Standard ISO 2281. Please note
that these definitions do not necessarily apply
to products of other manufacturers.
This limited Polar international guarantee is
issued by Polar Electro Inc. for the
consumers who have purchased this product
in the USA or Canada. This limited Polar
international guarantee is issued by Polar
Electro Oy for the consumers who have
purchased this product in other countries.
Polar Electro Inc. / Polar Electro Oy
guarantees to the original consumer/
purchaser of this product that the product
will be free from defects in material or
workmanship for two years from the date of
Please keep the receipt or stamped Polar
Customer Service Card as a proof of
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.
The guarantee does not cover any damage/s,
losses, costs or expenses, direct, indirect or
incidential, consequential or special, arising
out of, or related to the product. During the
guarantee period the product will be either
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.
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KEMPELE, Finland.
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