Firebelly Device

Turn on your Firebelly device by pressing the top button once, put the device in place under your goggle strap or cap (wherever it is comfortable for you) and press the top button again to put the device into swim detect mode.  Then just swim and start hearing the performance feedback.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

You can press the start button to put the device into swim detect mode any time.  Generally it is better to wait until the device is in place and you are ready to start the set so Firebelly isn't detecting your preparation actions as swim motions (e.g. adjusting goggles, cap, etc.).

on Monday January 23 by Super User

No – once the unit is turned on simply hit the top button once to put the device into swim detect mode (flashing blue led). Once in swim detect mode, all detection of starting, stopping, rest periods, etc. is automatic.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Firebelly uses the same type of advanced 3D sensors that are used by smartphones to detect motion.  Firebelly uses advanced algorithms to detect swimming specific motions such as when you start, stop, and turn.  It then determines the time between these swim events.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Yes.  The start beep is a confirmation that Firebelly detected the start.  The timer clock starts when you drop your head to push off and streamline off the wall.  Typically you will hear the start beep 1-2 seconds after you start.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

While you are resting between swims Firebelly is always looking for motion that looks like you are starting the next swim.  Sometimes the device is fooled by movement such as dipping your head to rinse your goggles.  As long as you bring your head back up and hold it level and still for a second or two, Firebelly will automatically reset and be ready for your next swim.  This is called a "false start" detection.  When Firebelly resets from a false start it will sound a double beep to let you know it has reset.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

No. The device is designed to recognize the four competitive swim strokes and either flip turns or open turns. Accuracy is best if you keep your head level and still right before pushing off and for a few seconds after you stop (until you hear the audio announcements start).

on Monday January 23 by Super User

With bone conduction audio the sound bypasses your ear canal and is transmitted directly through your skull to your inner ear. In this way you can hear even when your ears are plugged with water.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Yes. Bone conduction audio is actually the primary way in which you hear yourself talk and is why you think your voice sounds different when you listen to a recording of yourself. In some ways it is safer than audio through the ear canal where high volumes can damage your hearing.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Very likely - the goggle strap slot is wide enough to accommodate most size goggle straps and either single or double straps.  The Firebelly device works best with straps that aren't too stretchy.  Bungee straps work well.  You can also wear the device under your swim cap instead of under the goggle strap.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

The side buttons are used to select between the configured modes. The buttons are similar to the volume buttons on a smartphone (+ and -) and scroll through the default and custom mode options (if any are configured on the device by the Firebelly App).

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Yes! Sometimes it is nice to be able to change between the configured modes during the same workout or set. For example, you may only want splits every 50 or 100 on a longer swim and every length on a shorter one.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

A full charge will last from 6-8 hours of swimming time depending on the frequency of audio feedback (more frequent feedback reduces the battery life).

on Monday January 23 by Super User

When the device first powers on, you will an hear the battery level (high, medium, low).  You can also see the levels on the Firebelly App without connecting to the device.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

The Firebelly device has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that is designed to last the entire life of the device.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

The device can store over 1 million yards/meters worth of swim data. We hope you fill it up quickly!

on Monday January 23 by Super User

Yes, although the workout data stored on the device and is displayed in the Firebelly App by date and time and not user.

on Monday January 23 by Super User

The device has been designed primarily for pool use.  The device does not float which may make it difficult to find if it is dropped.  Salt water may damage the device.

 

on Monday January 23 by Super User

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