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Powerlabs chest hear rate monitor – An alternative to the usual

A contender against the Wahoo Tickr?

The Powrlabs heart rate monitor has to contend with the Tickr’s default status and with its price (£39.90 here in the UK) and reliability and there is nothing to dislike about the Tickr – but can the powrlabs be a great alternative?

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Powrlabs got in touch and the firm specialises in indoor cycling tech and their list of products can be discovered behind this link:

https://www.powr-labs.com/collections/all

We got hold of the powrlabs chest heart rate monitor. We compared the data with that from an Apple Watch series 6 and whilst hammering away on an indoor smart trainer.

As we always do, we are not a unbox; test once and then write up review page. We like to take things through their paces. The powrlabs HRM always connects quickly and even with the sometimes temperamental RGT Cycling virtual training platform.

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The HRM attaches to our favourite running data device – the Incus Nova

To the business end of the device:

The only thing that we really don’t like is the price. In our humble opinion, it needs to compete on price with the Wahoo Tickr. The powrlabs chest strap heart rate monitor sells on Amazon UK for £51 and on the firm’s own website at $45

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What we like is:

Fast pairing with other devices

Ant + and Bluetooth (BLE) 5.0

Good battery life (10 months based upon 2 hours per day of use) and with a free battery replacement during the first year of ownership

A soft and easy to put on chest strap, that provides a readable heart rate straight away

Accurate to the Apple Watch Series 6, with a couple of beats

In summary:

A very strong alternative to the Wahoo Tickr and similar. There is an armband alternative and if the price came in at under the Tickr, a real winner.

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