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  1. carlos
    June 1, 2015

    I used my garmin forerunner 110 for the first time this past Saturday. It went under water for less then 5 seconds. Now it’s NOT working. I know it’s water proof. What can I do. Any tip/help would be appreciated.

    • DC Rainmaker
      June 1, 2015

      You can try letting it dry out. You can take it apart a bit and see if that helps, but I’d just give it a few days inside a bowl of rice first.

      The unit is technically IPX7 waterproof, so you should have been good. What usually causes waterproof issues though is a small crack if it was dropped (or a manufacturing issue).

  2. Michael
    July 11, 2015

    Thank you! This was very informative. The factory-provided owner’s manual is woefully incomplete.

  3. TR
    October 23, 2015

    Is it normal that I’ve just had to replace already a 2nd FR110 due to misting issues ?

    First one lasted 6 months and got replaced by a refurbished unit, which worked in the same conditions until almost one year later now, when it occurred again. The temperature was about 7°C both times and mist was inside the unit. I’ve contacted Garmin in my country and they replaced it again with a refurbished unit. Now I don’t know what will happen next year, when the warranty goes out, I’ve already expressed my dissatisfaction with them (and that I will buy a different vendor in the future) when sending it in and they said they’re sorry.

    On the same note, my brother bought a FR15 last year which also started misting now after one year, which makes me think that the quality on those entry Garmin devices just ain’t good enough to last the warranty period. At first I thought about FR25 when seeing the initial review, but now I’m just done with Garmin.

    Am I exaggerating here ?

    • DC Rainmaker
      October 23, 2015

      So every once in a while Garmin tries to state that the misting is normal, but ultimately – it’s not (and is extremely rare).

      The misting occurs in one of two scenarios:

      A) A unit is dropped (or whatever) and somehow loses it’s waterproofing seal. With the FR110 that’s honestly pretty easy because it has such a poor (almost no) waterproofing.

      B) During manufacturing, there’s an issue where the humidity inside the plan isn’t correct – which can result in the misting appearing later at certain temperature combos.

      In the case of the two, A is the most common, but B does happen from time to time. I haven’t honestly heard of anyone seeing it on the FR15 (or FR25), but it was far more common on the FR110/FR210 due to the lack of proper waterproofing.

    • TR
      October 24, 2015

      Regarding A : I’m positive I was careful with both of the units, the purchased and refurbished one, unless it just happened over time as you said.

      As for B, I suspect that the refurbished unit was better (and perhaps more recently) built, since I continued with workouts over winter without a single case of misting. But then the case A happened again.

      I didn’t test the newly received unit at same conditions yet, but I do have the whole winter in front of me, so plenty of time for that. I guess if it occurs again, then I could really try to press them for a model upgrade, specially if the waterproofing is originally so bad and they don’t advertise against using it in such conditions.
      I’d understand it happening in a highly humid climate, but I live in central Europe. Bike rides in the summer are far more humid then now and there never were any signs of water damage or misting.

      Thanks for the prompt reply and thoughts, I really appreciate it.

    • TR
      December 8, 2015

      Hey Ray,

      just a follow up on this issue.

      The 2nd unit I received had started to show similar symptoms with misting, so I’ve sent it back again to service with explanation of the issue (quoted you as expert statement regarding FR110 being poorly waterproof) and a demand to swap it for FR15 (50m WP, equivalent in price/value) as per instructions from tech support.

      I’m happy to say, I did receive a brand new FR15 unit, so props and thanks to Garmin for handling this and thank you Ray for sharing your insight.

  4. Liesje
    March 18, 2016

    Very useful all this info. I only do not know how to toggle while running between heart rate and time. Or did I miss that somewhere in the manual?
    I want to see my heart rate during running but definitely also total time!

  5. L. Shell
    June 10, 2016

    “Note that most GPS watches actually show ‘instant pace’, whereas the FR110 shows lap pace. What’s the difference? Well, pretend you’re running 5 miles at a constant pace. In the middle of that effort you decide to sprint all-out for 30 seconds. In the ‘instant pace’ scenario, the speed/pace would show your speed at that exact point in time (fast). But the ‘lap pace’ speed would only show that as an average over the entire distance of the lap (5 miles as an example), so it wouldn’t change the speed displayed very much at all (and be slower looking). Just something to be aware of.”

    Ugh. Thanks. I always wondered what the hell was up with that. I never knew it was a lap pace and not an instant pace. That’s annoying but it explains a lot.

  6. Ivan
    November 10, 2016

    i have a problem with my 110..
    Well the problem is that my battery drains fast in GPS mode ,it takes about 1,5 hour of my training to watch goes off.
    In power safe mode it holds charges well …should i replace battery or do something else ?
    Pls help…

    • Cristian Ciolea
      November 10, 2016

      Hey Ivan.
      I have the same battery problem, and that’s why I switched off the GPS when setting the time (now I have it on manual); it took a long time until it reached full GPS signal and the battery was drained in a few minutes, even after a full charge. I contacted Garmin, and they said that after 2 years they do not guarantee the same results as a new watch has, and they offered me a deal: I send them my old 110 and I can buy a new 110 at a lower price. That didn’t help much, to be honest.

  7. Marcia
    March 3, 2017

    Boa tarde, tenho um Garmin forerunner 110 é preciso de uma nova pulseira, pois a mesma quebrou. Como posso adquirir uma nova pulseira? Obrigada

  8. Em
    January 5, 2018

    Thanks for a really informative review. I am feeling a bit lost in the world of Google and your review was the 1st that really told me everything! The 2 features I really want on my running watch are instantaneous speed (not average or lap pace) and to be able to download & play my audio book from the watch, without carrying my phone, obviously this watch isn’t the right one for me. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks, Em

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