Gadgets and devices are desired because of their aesthetic, functionality and for the accessories. The Fitbit Charge 2 HR is one of the most popular heart rate monitor devices manufactured by Fitbit.
Apart from the fact that it looks good and achieves its main objectives, people like this device because of the health value and most importantly how the watch straps (bands) are easily replaceable.
You have the option to change up your look i.e. have different straps for different occasions. In other words, you can fulfill two objectives at the same time with the Fitbit charge 2 (health and fashion).
There are 5 popular Fitbit charge 2 HR replacement bands, however, for this article, we will compare and contrast two replacement bands ( stainless steel vs silicone)
Fitbit Charge 2 HR Stainless Steel Replacement Band vs Silicone Band
Stainless Steel Watch Straps
Stainless steel bands for Fitbit Charge 2 are crafted from high-quality steel. They are water resistant and can thus be worn in different weather and climatic conditions. With a stainless steel band, you don’t have to fear the rain or a few splashes of water. They are comfortable enough to be worn during exercise while sleeping and during a normal day.
Fitbit Charge 2 Stainless steel band is popular for its ability to effortlessly bounce between formal and casual wear. It is also a great choice when it comes to wrist and watches band because it is durable and requires minimal care.
- Environmental friendly
- Luxurious appearance
- Water resistant
- Breathable (not all)
- No (sweat, stinks, stains)
- Color varieties
- Feels heavy
- Needs additional care (polish/shine)
- Not super comfortable (during exercise it might pull your hairs)
- Loose easily
Silicone Watch Straps
These are the most popular replacement watch straps for Fitbit Charge 2. They are very flexible and more comfortable than the original bands. The material is easy to clean, water resistant and best suited for high-intensity workouts. In fact, the sporty version of the Charge 2 bands created for athletes is made of silicone. The perforations make it more breathable and therefore more comfortable during intense exercise.
Silicone replacement bands also pair well with both formal and casual wear. However, unlike stainless steel, you need to carefully consider the color of your bands in relation to your outfit.
- Fashion benefits ( huge varieties of colors)
- Not 100% heat resistance
- Sticky during sweat
- Non-breathable (except perforated)
How to Change Stainless Steel and Silicone Bands for Fitbit Charge 2
At the end of the day, you will still need to change your straps whether you choose to get steel or silicone replacement bands for Fitbit Charge 2. Although it sounds like a daunting task, it is pretty simple. For each band, you will need to:
- Turn over your tracker
- Identify where the band joins the tracker. The area should have a tiny button
- Press the button and gently pull the band out (if the band doesn’t come off easily, gently move it is detached from the tracker at the base
- Take your replacement band and attach it to the tracker
- Gently push it in until you hear a ‘click’ sound to ensure that it’s firmly attached
Repeat the same process for any Fitbit Charge 2 replacement band
The options for replacement bands for Fitbit Charge 2 are quite a number. Apart from silicone and stainless steel, you can also get these bands in leather etc. The choice ultimately depends on your style, budget, and level of physical activity.
While leather isn’t suitable for workouts, silicone and stainless steel are. However, because of how flexible and breathable the bands are, silicone is best for those who are extremely active and sporty.