Fitbits have A LOT of issues when it comes to their straps, either they would just completely fall off from the tracker, the buckle would just break, or it’d simply be irritating to your skin. These are the issues users have experienced when dealing with the strap issues.
Fitbit straps break often especially if it shows signs of workmanship defects. The poor quality of the straps is one of Fitbit’s downsides and without the warranty protection, you may resort to fixing it yourself or buy third-party straps.
Read on to make sure you know what causes these straps to break easily and take some precautionary steps by following my tips to maintaining your Fitbit straps.
How Long Should A Fitbit Band Last?
Fitbit bands would typically last 1-2 years. It will show wear and tear which means you need to replace it sooner or later. The life expectancy also depends on the type of band your Fitbit has. Nylon, leather, stainless steel, and silicone are some of the materials used in Fitbit bands.
Fitbit bands are pretty known for breaking faster than its life expectancy. Some issues would include the plastic nubs of the bands breaking and, in some cases, the entire band would have issues like coming off completely, bad glue, and buckle problems.
Here are the different type of straps Fitbit has to offer with their trackers:
Leather straps can last hundreds of wearing but every wearing reduces its life expectancy and it will stretch out the strap and wear it down faster.
Rubber can be a practical choice of straps when it comes to Fitbit, it’s a bit elastic, easy to clean, and because of its flexibility it won’t break easily.
Amongst the other types of bands, the nylon bands are the best because they are woven, they aren’t fragile like stainless steel but also won’t show visible wear and tear compared to leather.
· Stainless Steel
Stainless steel can be a great choice if you want that classy semi-formal look on your Fitbit. Damages to this type of band is not visible until it suffers accidental damages, you might see scratches from here and there but it’ll withstand long term use if maintained correctly.
How Long Would Each Band Last?
Each band are made with different materials, thus have different life expectancy. I prepared a table for you to read and use as a guide together with some notes on how you should avoid using this specific type of band.
|Type of Fitbit Band||How Long It’ll Last|
|Leather||Around 1-2 years, depends on band maintenance and occasions used. NOTE: Leather bands are fragile when water is splashed to its finish because it’ll lose its supply quality and turn brittle.|
|Silicone||Around 2-3 years, it survives slightly longer than leather because it’s easier to maintain and more elastic and flexible.|
NOTE: The nubs could wear out or fall off, make sure that you’re careful when locking it in before wearing it.
|Nylon||Around 3-4 years, it’s way more durable since it’s woven, 3rd party bands are washable too which brings more convenience to you, the user. NOTE: It gets dirtier quicker since dead skin can stick to nylon a lot quicker so I suggest using/buying a darker color of a nylon band.|
|Stainless Steel||Around 2-3 years, stainless steel are incredibly durable but fragile in certain conditions. You can easily damage its finish when dropped at a height. NOTE: Avoid having it in contact with water because if even the band/strap is stainless, the pins that keep them together aren’t, especially the ones provided by 3rd party retailers.|
Tips To Maintain Your Fitbit Bands
A Fitbit with a broken band is a useless Fitbit because you really have no way to wear it or even use it as effectively. Without the band, it’s just a small box of metal. Here are some tips I can give you based on my experience on wearing Fitbits.
- Fasten Your Band Properly
You should fasten your Fitbit with the right tightness so that it won’t damage the buckle/nubs in your band, to know more about where you should wear a Fitbit, read my complete guide to where you can wear a Fitbit.
When exercising, move it higher on your wrist with around two finger widths around your wrist bone because the heart rate sensors work best when they maintain consistent contact with your skin. After an exercise, you may loosen it up according to your liking.
- Clean Your Band Regularly
This should be a hygienic habit of yours since dead skin and dirt will eventually accumulate and stick to your band. For leather and nylon band users, your band will be smelly if you don’t keep it clean.
Wipes can be used to clean your leather bands while you can clean your nylon bands with running water and mild soap such as Cetaphil to make sure it’s clean. Dry it off in room temperature, not directly exposed to sunlight.
- Keep Your Band Waray From Liquids
Fitbit bands are nowhere near waterproof, they are water-resistant though but that doesn’t mean that the bands are going to maintain its original quality. For instance, leather can be brittle once it gets into contact with liquids which can lead you to replacing it in the near future.
- Take It Off From Time To Time
Not all bands are meant to be worn all the time because it can cause some rashes when worn 24/7 without taking it off at all. Bands made out of steel, nylon, and leather should be taken off from time to time so you avoid irritation and reducing the band’s quality.
These tips are based off of my experience so make sure you follow them and avoid mistakes I’ve made in the past or potentially breaking your Fitbit and speaking of breaking a Fitbit, make sure to read my article do Fitbit break? To know more about Fitbit’s durability issues.
Can A Fitbit Strap Be Replaced?
The strap/band is connected to the tracker with quick-release pins, screws, clips, or buttons. To replace a strap, remove it and detach the broken Fitbit band. Once removed, install the new band and attach it by pushing its metal clip into the device’s band clasping buttons.
Fitbit has a lot of issues with its bands because according to some users, the stock band that comes with it breaks off easily. If it breaks while your warranty period is still eligible, then you’re in luck and just have to contact Fitbit support for replacements/repair.
If you have a broken Fitbit strap that’s out of warranty period, then you need to buy straps from Fitbit’s store, or opt to buy cheaper third-party straps from Amazon. You can also try to repair it on your own depending on how badly damaged your strap is.
Other than using super glue to keep your strap attached to the tracker, there really is not many ways you can replace it, read my article on fixing a broken Fitbit band to learn how you can fix and replace a broken strap.