How to Buy a Heart Rate Monitor on eBay

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How to Buy a Heart Rate Monitor on eBay

If engaging in cardiovascular training, a heart rate monitor can be an invaluable workout companion.

This guide gives some fundamental information about heart rate monitors, offering tips and guidelines on the different products and features available.

Once comfortable with the basics, search through eBay’s wide selection of heart rate monitors for a suitable device.

A heart rate monitor is a device that is worn during exercise to supervise the heart rate, allowing tracking of fitness levels.

Cardiovascular exercise is an essential part of any fitness regime, but the best results are only obtained when the exercise raises the heart rate to target levels.

A heart rate monitor provides real-time heart rate readings, allowing adjustment to the intensity of the workout and optimisation of fitness.

Maximum and Target Heart Rates

Heart rate is measured in beats per minute (BPM). When exercising, target heart rate should be between 50% and 85% of maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is calculated by subtracting the user’s age from 220. Target heart rate will therefore vary depending upon age, as well as current fitness.

The table below gives a rough indication of the target heart rates to aim for during exercise. Beginners should keep within the “Low Intensity” bracket to start with, whilst people with advanced fitness levels should aim for the “High Intensity” range.


Maximum Heart Rate

Target Heart Rate Range (BPM)


Low Intensity (50 - 60%)

High Intensity (60 - 85%)



103 - 123

123 - 174



100 - 120

120 - 170



98 - 117

117 - 166



95 - 114

114 - 162



93 - 111

111 - 157



90 - 108

108 - 153



88 - 105

105 - 149



85 - 102

102 - 145



83 - 99

99 - 140



80 - 96

96 - 136



78 - 93

93 - 132



75 - 90

90 - 128



73 - 87

87 - 123

The higher the intensity of the workout, the higher the heart rate will be within the target range. It is important to not exceed maximum heart rate, as doing so can cause adverse effects and endanger health. By using a heart rate monitor, it helps to ensure that you are exercising both effectively and healthily.

Types of Heart Rate Monitor

There are three general types of heart rate monitor:

· Chest Strap Monitors

These strap snugly around the chest, with a sensor positioned close to the heart. Data is transmitted wirelessly from the strap to a separate device, such as a watch worn around the wrist. Some chest strap monitors, such as the Polar H7, may transmit data via Bluetooth to a mobile phone. Whilst many chest straps are separate devices worn underneath clothing, there are some chest monitors built-in to items of sports clothing, such as a sports bra.

· Watch/Strap Only Monitors

More advanced heart rate monitors, like the Mio Alpha, use optical sensors on the back of a watch or armband to continuously measure the pulse through the skin, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap.

· Finger Sensor Monitors

Also known as touch or pulse sensor monitors, these offer an on-demand read out instead of a continuous reading. Usually worn like a watch, there are sensors on the device that require pressing against with fingers whenever a reading is desired. Examples include the Genki 6-in-1 and the Mio Triumph range. Whilst finger sensor models generally include fewer features, they are often a cheaper alternative to other types of monitor.

Heart Rate Monitor Features

A variety of features and functions are available from different models of heart rate monitor. Basic models may display little more than current heart rate and a timer, whereas more advanced models may include several additional features. These include:

· speed and distance readings

· pre-programmed workouts


· calorie counter

· altitude

· waterproofing

· split timers

· backlight

· Alarm for when you leave your target heart rate zone.

Buying a Heart Rate Monitor on eBay

Once you have decided which type of heart rate monitor you want, you can find it quickly and easily on eBay. You will find a wide range of products on offer from well-known brands such as Polar, Garmin, ePulse, Mio, Ekho, Suunto, New Balance and Bowflex.

First of all, you should navigate to the Sporting Goods category and click on Accessoriesunder the Fitnesscategory.

Then, from the categories list on the left of the page, click on Heart Rate Monitors.

You will find several other options available on the left-hand side of the page. Under the “Condition” heading, for example, you can select from “New” or “Used” items. If you only wish to view items located in Australia, you can use the “Item Location” heading to select “Australia only”. If you are on a strict budget, you will also benefit from specifying a price range using the “Price” slider.

You may also find some exclusive offers on eBay’s Deals page. With a range of deals on new products that are updated daily, you may find a heart rate monitor on offer in the Sports Equipment section.

Keyword Search

If you are looking for a specific heart rate monitor, you might prefer to use the Keyword search bar at the top of the page. For example, if you wished to purchase the Polar FT7 heart rate monitor, you would simply need to type “Polar FT7” (without quotation marks) into the search box.

You can also select “Include Description” to expand your search results. Visit eBay's Searching Helppage for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you’re looking for, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay. eBay will then email you when a matching item becomes available.

Shop Around

You should spend some time researching the different heart rate monitors that are available on eBay. The more you shop around, the more you will appreciate the different options available to you, giving you a better chance of finding the right item.

As well as browsing current listings, you can also use the advanced search options to include completed listings in your search results. This will give you a better idea of the prices you should expect to pay for certain heart rate monitors.

Buy Heart Rate Monitors with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know Your Item

Read the details in the item listing carefully.

Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.

If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.

Know Your Seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

· What is the seller’s feedback rating?

· How many transactions have they completed?

· How many positive responses do they have?

· What do buyers say in their feedback?

· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?

· What are the terms and conditions?

· Are buyers positive about the seller?

· Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.


Look to purchase a heart rate monitor that is suitable for specific needs. For example, if the aim is to improve your general fitness by jogging in an urban area, a basic model will suffice. If training for a triathlon, however, a more advanced, waterproof model that records speed, distance travelled, and other additional data may be required.

When looking for a heart rate monitor on eBay, remember to read the detailed item description carefully, ensuring that the monitor has all of the features required.

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