The Omron HJ-113 is a well kept secret. It is very similar to the very popular Omron HJ-112 but costs about three dollars less on Amazon.
The HJ-113 is one of the Omron’s GOsmart™ Dual-Axis Pocket Pedometers. These are the perfect way to track your exercise program – easily, accurately and over time. The 2D Smart Sensor Technology in the Dual-Axis Pocket Pedometers enables the pedometer to be placed horizontally or vertically while accurately counting steps. The HJ-113 can be worn at the hip, placed in a pocket or clipped to a bag for added convenience.
The HJ-113 has a large LCD display with a clock. It measures steps, aerobic steps and minutes, calories, and distance. It also measures fat burned. Its memory stores a full week of exercise so you can review previous day’s history. It automatically resets the exercise history at midnight so you start every day with a clear day memory.
What’s in the box? Pedometer, battery (CR2032), screwdriver, strap, clip for strap, holder, and instructional manual.
The features and benefits of the Omron HJ-113 are:
- Dual-axis acceleration sensor counts steps when placed horizontally or vertically
- Counts every step quietly and accurately
- Measures steps, aerobic steps, time, and distance
- Calculates calories burned
- Stores 7 days of information in memory
- Resets automatically at midnight so it’s ready to go every morning
- Includes: clock, lithium battery, holder, strap and clip
- 1 year limited warranty
Here is the specification sheet from the HJ-113 instruction manual. The items in the red ovals are the differences between the HJ-113 and the HJ-112. To read a comparison of the two units, go to Differences between HJ-112 and HJ-113.
The red rectangle indicates that the HJ-113 works in English units of measure. There was a claim on the Net that the HJ-113 was a metric units of measure pedometer.
You can download the HJ-113 instruction manual, but Omron did not make it easy to read. You will have to rotate it 90º to read it. It is displayed two pages side by side so you will have to zoom in unless you have really great vision.
The following is a very informative Amazon 5-star Review by L. Burger. The reviewer owned the more popular HJ-112 before he ran it through the washing machine. (No, Omron pedometers will not survive a washing!) He replaced it with the HJ-113 and here is his review.
Great Alternative to the HJ-112, September 10, 2009
I’ve been a real advocate of the Omrom HJ-112 for years. Absolutely loved my old HJ-112… Unfortunately I got careless and accidently left it clipped to my pants and ran them through the washing machine… So I decided to get a new pedometer. I was intrigued by this new model and decided to give it a try. I really like it. It has some improvements over the HJ-112 and it’s less expensive to boot! Briefly here are the differences: 1) It’s smaller in circumference, but slightly thicker. 2) It has a different paint job. 3) There’s one less button, the reset function has been removed, which I rarely used on my old pedometer. 4) The real improvement is that while the HJ-112 stored your KCal burned, total steps, aerobic steps, and total miles for 7 days it did not save your aerobic minutes. They were only visible for the current day. The HJ-113 stores aerobic minutes as well as all the others for 7 days. This was a great improvement for me. I like to log my aerobic distance as well as time. It helps me to calculate walking speed, a component of my program I’m trying to improve. 5) They’ve also included a fat gram burned on the KCal display. Frankly it’s just the KCal divided by 9. It doesn’t add anything for me, but it might help motivate someone else.
So overall I think this model is fantastic; it offers all the benefits of the HJ-112 (I find it’s every bit as accurate, etc) and it has a few added benefits of its own. Namely: it’s slightly smaller, it stores your aerobic times as well as distance for 7 days, it calculates fat grams burned, and it’s cheaper! FYI: mine came with battery, so that’s not how they’re trying to save $. I got mine via Amazon/J&R and even with the nominal amount of shipping ($2) it was still less expensive than the HJ-112. I heartily recommend it, it’s a great motivational tool. Also contrary to info in other reviews this is not a European model; all the distances are in miles, weight input is in lbs, stride is in inches, etc.
You can read the actual review on Amazon along with other HJ-113 reviews.
So for about a $20 bill (plus shipping), you can buy this pedometer on Amazon and upgrade your walking program.