My wife and I love our Fitbit Force bands, but my wife did get a little rash due the nickel allergy that has now generated a recall. We were thinking of ways to provide a simple fix and thought electrical tape that was roughly the same width as the band could be worth a shot.
Here is what we did:
1. You have to use a super-sharp X-ACTO knife and electrical tape. My wife has a great little setup with board and sharp knife, so it was no problem. Depending on the width of the tape you have, you might just be able do a few cuts.
2. You probably want to cover the whole bottom of the band. YMMV in this, but it was easy to do and still keep neat and clean. We did the main area covering most of the bottom area.
3. Press the tape down into the region where the USB charger cable connects. The teeth of the cable grab inside the area, so you can cut the oval out with the knife.
We used tweezers to get the little piece out easily.
4. Test the charging cable. It’s possible it will be more snug than it was because if the extra width of the tape, but it is workable and charges.
5. See how it goes. My wife isn’t ready to send it back and go back to a Flex. Also, the alternative vendor options are not compelling right now after you are used to what the flex can do. We will see how the next product from FitBit fares. If there is no real alternative to it now, we thought the tape hack was worth a shot.
Hope this helps those that want to keep their Forces but have that allergy issue.