The BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription includes a premium gps handheld. A large, 3” sunlight-readable color display is easy to use. Multiple Global navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can be used to track your travels in more challenging environments. Access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription is available. Up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar are supported by expanded wireless connections.
👤There are now four handhelds with InReach. Here is a quick listing of the models followed by a more detailed description of their pros and cons. The already successful gpsMAP 66st was added with InReach satellite messaging, and weather forcasts. The InReach models have a battery life of 35 hours under normal use. InReach Explorer+ is the longest lasting. 24k maps of North America and navigation built-in are included in InReach. InReach SE+ The InReach is the same as the Explorer+ but without maps and navigation. The mini version of the SE+ has half the battery life, half the size, and weight. Let's get some basics out of the way. If you expect to be beyond cell coverage, buy this or one of the other InReach models. It could save your life. The InReach two-way satellite messaging feature costs more to buy than aGPS receiver alone and requires a subscription for the messaging feature, like all utilities, phone, cable, electricity, etc. It is a two-way process. Sending a message high into space and needing lots of battery power is different to the gps system. Text and email messages can be sent to anyone in the world with a phone that can send normal text and email messages. Cell texting uses a grid of towers nearby just waiting to take your message and pass it on, but it will take longer. There are no cell towers in the wilderness. Each of the 70 satellites takes about 90 minutes to circle the Earth. The chance of your device communicating with a satellite depends on a number of factors. If you want the best chance of quicker communications, you should get into an open space where the chance of seeing a passing satellite or two is greater. Messages take time to be sent and received. The InReach SOS system has had over 3000 search and rescue responses. It is reliable if you understand how to use it. Smoke signals are your next best option. If you carry a phone with the EarthMate app, you will be able to use the phone's touch keyboard to type messages, and topo maps of North America will be included. Even if the InReach doesn't have built-in maps, you can still use EarthMate on your phone without a cell or internet connection. I've used the other handhelds as well. Here are my recommendations for the best and less useful features. My tests show that they all do the same things. The messaging service subscription cost is the same for all models. Here is a list of what each means. The proven system of gps handhelds is used to build the gpsMAP 66i. It uses a system of device integration and coordination. It is the first time that the InReach has completely broken free from the original system. You can read the manual online for a full understanding of what the system will do. A larger screen and full InReach technology. There is a lot of wireless and wi-fi connection to other watches, sensors, and health devices. It is possible to store, classify, and share activity, routes, waypoints, and other data in the cloud. The built-in TopoActive map supports turn-by-turn prompts on the trail when using a route and has lots more short local trails than the Explorer+ which requires you to download additional OpenStreetMaps directly into its built-in free space or into a paired phone. You can download directly into the gpsMAP 66i free, but BirdsEye Satellite Imagery is not good enough to add photo data to your maps. The optional City Navigator North America NT map will make theGPSMAP 66i look and act like a dedicated road gps for driving. It has thousands of points of interest. It can be searched and found with on-road turn by turn calculation. Voice notifications for upcoming turns and traffic conditions are not found in dedicated automobileGPS devices. You can buy just one device that will work well on the road and the trail. There are some things that are CONS: The battery life is only 35 hours. This can be extended by careful planning. This is not a good choice for multi-day excursions due to the limited battery life. Many of the handy gpsMAP features are not used in the wilderness beyond cell or internet access. Best. For people who like the full featured Garmin fitness and activity gear, welcome access to Garmin maps and the Garmin cloud systems, and don't often venture into the wilderness for more than a long weekend, this is for them. When you go beyond the cell system, most of the features of the gpsMAP are gone. Bring an external battery pack with you in case of an emergency and if you need to text with rescue responders. The current Top of the LineGPS handheld has many features and is powered by InReach technology. It's a great choice for casual hikers. I think the Explorer+ is the best handheld for people who are going to be beyond Cell coverage for a while. It will last 100 hours under normal conditions and over a month with careful planning. The built-in map of North America is similar to theGPSMAP 66i. This map is not a TopoActive map with the ability to have turn-by-turn prompt tones. After your phone dies, this unit can stand alone. There are pros and cons. A built-in 24k topo map of North America, long battery life, and weather forecasts from the backcountry are all included. A built-in digital compass, accelerometer, and altimeter is needed for precise location and bearing info. The Explorer+ can store additional information internally. The TopoActive maps like theGPSMAP 66i are not compatible with the fitness, exchange, and TopoActive systems. Best. Long distance hikers, hunters, and boaters want to be able to navigate without a phone, and they expect to be beyond cell service for many days. The InReach SE+ has the same size and satellite messaging as the Explorer+, but without the Map and navigation features. There is a 100 hour battery for satellite based weather forecasts. The explorer+ has the same rugged case and waterproof standard. The Explorer+ is $50 more expensive. Spending a small amount of money on the Explorer+ will give you more value in navigation and location capability. Best. Those who only want off-grid communications, and long battery life, are for. The smallest, lightest, and most difficult to use is the InReach Mini. Pair it with a phone. You have easy messaging with contacts, routes, and waypoints, as well as a free full features topo map of North America. There are pros and cons. Light and small. It's easy to carry with you when the car dies in a cell dead zone. There are some things that are CONS: It was dangerous to write messages from the device. 50 hours of battery under normal use. The Explorer+ has half the battery life of the SE+. There is no map for navigation. To see a map and navigate, you need to pair your phone with a gps device. Cell phones will not last as long. navigation goes also when they lose battery. The Mini is lighter and smaller, but it will need a phone to navigate and a battery pack to charge both devices. Best. For people who just want to be able to communicate from beyond cell service for convenience or safety in emergencies and like the fact that when connected to a phone running the EarthMate app it provides a great detailed map and navigation, it's for them. Those who like its small size and weight don't need an extended battery life. The average day or weekend hiker, hunter, or boater likes the security of weather forecasts in the wilderness, two-way SOS, and the ability to keep in touch with home. When things go wrong, anyone can get help from a dead cell zone. Which model is best for you? The Explorer+ is the best choice if you are a long distance hiker, hunter, or offshore boater. It has a long battery life and you can download maps and charts to your phone for many days off the grid. If you need to communicate with rescue responders in case of a SOS emergency, you should save 25% of your battery. If you hike on weekends or the occasional vacation for a few days, the InReach SE+ or Mini will serve you well. The free EarthMate app is installed on your phone so you can use it for navigation. The Mini is a good option for anyone who wants to reach out to family or friends from dead Cell areas. It's small, easy to carry and always there when you need it. An annual subscription is worth the peace of mind. If you are an active biker, runner, or other sport enthusiast who spends most of the time within the Cell system range but likes weekends or a few days in the wild, you might consider theGPSMAP 66i. It costs more, but it integrates with the existing Garmin systems that will work in the wilderness, but are helpful when you are back in your home base. There are lots of short local trails on the built-in map. It can be helpful to use TopoActive turn-by-turn maps for pre-defined routes to make sure you don't miss a vital turn. Adding a North America NT map to your carGPS navigator will save you hundreds of dollars. All of the InReach included devices will allow you to send and receive texts or emails from anywhere to anyone, get weather forcasts anywhere via the satillites, and get help for any emergency from a flat tire to a broken leg in the wilderness. They all work well. The service plans are priced according to the budget. The cheapest plan costs less than fifteen dollars a month. I pay more than that for my coffee and pastry breaks. If you want the ability to uninstall the device and not pay for the months you don't need it, the unlimited plan is worth it. The yearly contract plans keep the device active at all times. I carry a MINI at all times on the Annual Safety plan for $13 per month. This gives me peace of mind that I can communicate when the car breaks down. If I press the button, GEOS will call my roadside assistance provider. I can text a family member. I have an Explorer+ for those multi-day photo expeditions where long battery life is important. The Explorer+ is on a plan that costs $70 per month but only has unlimited messages for a certain period of time. Hopefully this has helped. The best InReach device for your needs and budget is needed. Is it worth it? Consider the consequences of being unable to communicate when misfortune strikes you or someone you meet. The InReach has saved many lives. You should stop and enjoy the view no matter what you do.
The product is certified to look and work like new. Functional testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging are included in the process. The product may arrive in a generic box with all relevant accessories. Only sellers with a high performance bar can sell Certified Refurbished products on Amazon. The display has a landscape or portrait view. ABC sensors have a compass, a barometric altimeter and a accelerometer. Ruggedized for the outdoors, it is strong against dust, dirt and humidity. It is water-rated. The activity profiles include climb, hike, hunt, bike, geocache, fish and more.
👤Great unit. Primarily used for hiking and geocaching, it fills my needs. The batteries are on par with other units. The unit has a problem with the CHIRP function. Was this a deal breaker because the unit will power off on it's own within a minute of power on? I would have expected a better due diligence on the R&D department and some reasonable testing to find issues like this. I don't think I've ever seen a chirp cache in my area. I paid for this feature and I would like to see it work. The screen dim/timeout is the second issue. The unit should be visible during daylight hours and backlit at night. In order to see the screen, you need to have the back lighting on. Again, not a deal breaker, but when caching you really need to use the screen more if you are hiking. I don't know how this affects battery life, but I'm pretty sure it will. I would have liked to know more about the useage of this unit before caching. It's similar to a smart watch in that it works with a smart phone. It doesn't replace the phone while caching and doesn't function well as a stand alone unit. You need a fully chewed phone with a full range of features to take full advantage of the Geo capabilities. I recommend this unit if the headaches don't bother you. It has a great interface and doesn't want it to look like a kids toy. It's easy to update, it's easy to use and it's easy to upload maps.
👤The Oregon 700 was not as good as I had hoped. The battery life was not advertised. The screen was hard to see in the sun. It was difficult to navigate through the menus. The on/off button was not good and you have to hope you got it right. Press it hard and hold it for a few seconds until it makes a couple of small noises to turn it off. Couldn't get a satellite signal from inside my house, but I could see a message that asked if I wanted to continue. That was done with both gps and GLONASS on. You have to buy detailed maps separately if you want to download them for free. I'm talking about the Garmin in the past tense. I returned it. I'm going to try ONX Offroad on my phone.
👤This works great for me. It's great if you get a re-chargeable battery kit, but it's better if you get a better battery. I took this out on a hike recently and was able to find a number of caches in the area, it was definitely more accurate than my phone.
👤I had a handheld unit that I wanted to upgrade. The company was not supported in the US. Went with this unit after a lot of thought. It does a great job and I use it mostly for geocaching. The unit looked brand new when it arrived.
The handheld gps is reliable. The display has a sunlight-readable color and display size of 220 x 220. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the Topo Active maps. Tracking in more challenging environments is possible with the support of gps and GLONASS satellite systems. There is 8 gigabytes of internal memory for map downloads. Up to 25 hours in the gps mode with 2 AA batteries.
👤A lot of the negative reviewers didn't understand what they were buying when they ordered this. This isn't a replacement for your maps and it isn't intended to be. Some of the negatives are positive features. It was large. It's large, but it will take a lot more beating than a small smart phone. The shape makes it easier to hold in the hand. 2. There is no touchscreen. Have you ever tried to use your phone in the rain? Touchscreens are great in warm climates. It is designed for use in dirty environments. 3. The user interface is outdated. This sort of phone is similar to a 2008 cell phone. The layout is easy to set up and contributes to the battery life. 4. AA batteries. The eTrex doesn't have a rechargeable battery like every other electronic device. It's difficult to understand why they think this would be a good idea. If you're out on a long hike/camping/hunting trip for several days, it's unlikely that you'll have access to a charging port, which makes it easier to just pop in two new batteries when the old ones run out. 5. There is a memory capacity. The maps take up the entire integrated memory. You can buy a 32gb card for $6 and download as many maps as you want. There are lots of videos on how to do this. 6. There is no map detail. I haven't encountered any flaws with the maps, so unless you're trekking through Gates of the Arctic, you'll probably be covered on any state or local trails. 7. Inaccuracy of location. The registered location is close to where I'm actually standing. My cell phone is usually off by 50 to 100 feet. It's not the point of exactitude, it's to help you find your way back to your camp, etc. Being off by a few yards isn't a big deal if you're within sightline. There are 8. There are noroutable maps. It operates differently than your phone's map app. You type in the address and it takes you there. It's not clear why people think it won't. There are 9. The features and interface are confusing. I can't believe this one. There are lots of videos and articles on how to use features. I download AllTrails Pro trails into Basecamp and then export them onto the eTrex when I'm ready to go. I follow the trail on the device. There are two more When I go on a non-prepared trip, I use the eTrex to record my track and save it on the device, then I plug it into my computer and send it to Basecamp. Done. If you're outdoors a lot, you're willing to dedicate minimal time to understanding how to use it, and you understand that this sub-$200 gps that will last you for a decade is not intended to replace your $800+ cellphone.
👤The company is abysmal. The product they have created is straight out of the era of the Blackberry. They offer nothing in the handheld market that is close to a modern device. This piece of hardware and software is not good. I will return it. I didn't return the inferior Garmin that I have in my car, and it burns me up. Never again! The screen is tiny, and I have encountered other issues in my brief period of ownership. I need to hike in the desert. The screen is useless. My phone works in the same way with no glasses. - The best tech minds don't work for Garmin. - The screen gets bumped in your pocket and you lose battery life. You can't search for a location by state, it returns zero results. The method to change the order of items in the Main menu is different from the Route Planning menu. - The deleted tracks menu contains all the settings. What? There are no maps. The data is solid, so I give this 2 stars instead of 1 Since my return of this device, I have been using a solution. I wanted a dedicated device just for mapping, I hike extensively off trail. I bought a burner phone at a box store and it works without being activated. I disabled all the apps that I could. I bought and downloaded Gaia for mapping and route finding. You can download maps before you leave. You can get phone service if you don't have to download maps, but it will cost more. I made the device bulletproof by adding a protective case with a backpack clip and an external battery pack. The setup has been great. Gaia is awesome. There are maps on the screen. The hardware and software are easy to use. The accuracy is very good. I have access to a lot of maps. Finally, it's a cheaper option. It's shocking that the company that does this can't do it.
The new version of the eTrex 30 bundle has a 65k color display. A large amount of map information is contained in a large amount of internal memory. HotFix and GLONASS can be used for quick fixes. Three-axis, tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter. Paperless geocaching supports GPX files to easily load coordinates, 25 hour battery life, and wireless capabilities allow you to share information with others. Paperless geocaching supports GPX files to easily load coordinates, 25 hour battery life, and wireless capabilities allow you to share information with others.
👤I bought this for my uncle. Cell service was unreliable out on the trails, and the pre-loaded map already had the trails on it. It works well. We can change the batteries on the trail if we need to. We've never had to change the batteries on the trail because the gps is good. We were out there all day. Would recommend.
👤A nice package of gps and software. The map works well. There is nothing about Canada. I'll have to buy another map. The screen is clear and the manual is easy to read. Plugs into the PC. You can use a remote power source with theusb cord. I've used the unit a few times and like it a lot. Fast shipping. A nice bundle!
👤It's difficult to set up and didn't have instructions. You got a free year of maps, but there was no code for it, so you had to buy them yourself. I would buy the cheaper version that didn't come with the free year.
👤I was really happy with my purchase. It helped us at the end of the walk by making sure we didn't walk too far out of our way when we made a wrong turn.
👤This thing showed me some walking trails to a lake, old and new skidder roads, and I don't know how I went this long without it.
👤There are too many limitations with the control button. It seems that the batteries last a long time.
👤Fast shipping and enjoying the device. Exactly as promised. The price is great.
👤I liked the convenience of using the most, but the switch was the least convenient.
See your surroundings with a 1-year Birdseye Satellite Imagery subscription. Montana locates its location quickly and precisely, thanks to its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabledGPS receiver, Hotfix satellite prediction and GLONASS support. Track manager is able to organize and navigate through the track logs. CAPTURE THE MOMENT is a digital camera that has 8 megapixels and can be used for higher quality images and better resolution.
👤Preface: I just want to say that the product from Garmin is a good one with features that help navigate and rugged materials. It's like using 15 year old cellphone technology if you're using a Garmin product. It's the Blackberry that ignores innovation in key areas of user experience such as web browsing, excellent cameras, etc. I still think there's plenty of room for user experience improvement, even though that's not what the gps is supposed to do. There is a nice size screen and excellent back lighting. The combo of the powered/locking mount and the RAM mount was great. The battery life was good. It comes with cables and instructions. None of those things failed me. It doesn't come with a case, but it does have a map loading that's hesitant, and it's incongrocy zooming. I spent 18 hours in the wilderness of Washington and I swear it was 50% wrong on forest/fire service roads, and that's probably a data quality issue from the data source. It was difficult to find alternate routes with the 380T in the field because of the scrolling/zooming. In an example, I was plotted a course from forest service roads down through a campground and into the trees down a barely maintained foot trail, apparently because it connected to a road 2.5 miles away. It was a one way trip of hope and fear that I might have to figure out how to ride my bike back up a brutal path. I know I can get out of the hills on foot if I need to. This is a good unit. It feels and acts like a cellphone. Base Camp can be used to plan your back country trip so that you can have sat image as well as route. If you're a back country motorcyclist, you may be better off just using the maps on your phone. If you want to know if we can improve our HHGPS units to be even better than they are today, you should buy a SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 and pay attention to the user interface on GOOGLE EARTH.
👤The device works great, but it's not clear how to use it. I thought I would get great looking maps out of the box when I turned it on. Wrong. You have to download Basecamp, highlight the area you want detailed, and then download it to the gps device. You can only get maps in certain areas. This is free and included. It makes sense that there would be too much data to have maps of the whole USA. You just have to tell the device which areas you want. It's beyond me why the instructions, website, or support pages don't state this. It took me a lot of headaches to get to this point, but you might have read about it right away. I like it now.
👤I would give this product a good review since it was the only game in town in the late 90's. Back in the 90's, I used to own a gps navigator that was great. It's too old now. I am going to do the JMT next month and I got this unit. I went to the White mountains to check it out. I had a phone and a unit. The map was hard to read. There is no way to change the color of the track. It is green. When on trails, the topo maps have a green hue. The zoom is slow in response. The battery life is not near what they advertise. It took mine 8 hours. My phone was still working. I had to change my batteries. Come on, get with the times! One job is included in this unit for $500 or more to show you where you are going. My phone did more than that. This century, update your software. I'm sticking with my phone.
The high performance gps and navigators. Without an internet connection or a monthly subscription, the utility of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is enhanced. Adds barometric altitude for pilots and raw barometer readings for boaters with a built-in digital barometric sensor. The data can be streamed directly to a PC or Mac. It adds easy access to recorded data logs, which can be up to 200 hours worth of storage. Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch form is carrying the power burden of determining your position without a 24 hour battery. Without an internet connection or monthly subscription, the high performance gps receiver will enhance the utility of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
👤When taxiing at large airports, I rely on the Bad Elf for position accuracy. I used this for a couple months without any problems after I bought it in December, and it locked onto satellites quickly. It became unreliable for no reason. I placed it in the cockpit, but it couldn't lock onto satellites. Sometimes it would work and sometimes it wouldn't. I don't know what to expect when I turn it on. It worked for most of my flight across the Atlantic, but for the last couple hours of the flight it wouldn't lock onto any satellites, even though it had them in view. Sometimes it will power off after a few minutes, even though the battery shows 3 out of 4 bars. My coworkers don't have these types of problems. Over the last few weeks, I have contacted Bad Elf, and they were very responsive, but they still didn't fix the problems. Bad Elf customer service will not return my emails, will not provide a replacement or repair, and will abdicate their responsibility in covering their product. The seller won't offer a return because it's past the 30 day return policy. I spent over $200 on a product that only works intermittently. I can not recommend this product, and I am not happy with Bad Elf customer service.
👤After I went into tunnels on road trips, my Pro+ stopped tracking and didn't reacquire again. It would power on out in the open and not find any satellites for an hour or so, and then it would magically pop in. Load an older firmware was what worked for me. I manually loaded the next older firmware, 2.1.43, after my unit came with 2.1.44. I ignore the bad elf app's upgrade notice because it's been rock solid. If I hold the button in while I power it on, the factory resets back to 2.1.44, even after I upgrade to the latest version. I have no problems with both 44 and 50 so far. If it helps someone else, please post it. I can report that the BadElf has worked perfectly every time I have powered it on since I reverted to the older version in October. When the gps signal is blocked, it regains lock right away. The BadElf has worked great using 2.1.43. I upgraded to the new BEGPS-2300-v2.1.52b0 and so far it's good. I will post an update if something changes. The BEGPS-2300-v2.1.52b0 was good for a while, but on my last long road trip it stopped tracking after 30 minutes, and it wasn't in a tunnel. Going back to 2.1.42.
👤I had to return the Bad Elf because it had a bad battery. I got a new one and within 4 months the gps screen went black and won't work at all. I had this for a while and Bad Elf said Tough Luck PAL! No help or ideas on how to fix it. I am an Airline Pilot and I am very grateful that this was not required equipment. Trust me when I say it is a waste of money. At airshows, where I fly a WW2 Warbird for exhibition purposes, I am often asked what kind of accessories I recommend. I warn those who are in the market to stay away from Bad Elf Products because they are trash and have no place in a cockpit. If you want to find your home while driving a moped, good luck, but you have been warned. I will give you my email address if you spend $200 on a Bad Elf product, and it will work just as well as anything they send you. You can not say you were not warned.
Every fishing environment has a rugged design. Transmit power: 200 W (RMS) and frequencies: 50/77/83/200 kHz. The handheld has a high-sensitivity gps receiver and a 2.6-inch color display. It's perfect for water sports and boating. BlueChart g2 is a built-in. The U.S./Bahamas has coastal charts with shorelines, depths, and more. A built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter is included. Share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches with other compatible device users.
👤The garmin 78sc worked for a week, then got an error message that it couldn't unlocks maps, and then they said garmin knew about the problem and a fix was being worked on.
👤I have used this device extensively, including over a 47 day kayak trip from Anacortes, Washington to Petersburg, AK. It's an awesome tool when it's functioning correctly. There are some design defects that need to be fixed. 1. The rubber covers for the power andusb ports leak salt water and can cause problems. Positive enclosures that never leak are what my other IPX 7 devices have. 2. The device consumes more power when loaded with a lot of waypoints. I was able to see this over a long period of time as I deleted routes and waypoints. As data grows, it never gets to sleep because the software loop always evaluates everything rather than what's currently relevant. 3. The unit OFTEN was locked up. This would require removing the protective cover and restarting. It's not something you want to do in windy conditions. I stopped using this feature eventually. I love it when it works. Before paddling on salt water, I have coated protective covers with Aquaseal. I have to remove it before I can connect it to the computer. They are very close to a great design and I want to love it. Wouldn't it be great if they listened to their customers better? January 7, 2020. I would like to add to my review. Over 34 days, last summer, circumnavigated the island by kayak. I loaded my gpsMAP with a lot of data. While following tracks the battery never locked up. I think software changes have fixed my complaints. Poor design of port covers will leak.
👤I bought the product to replace my old handheld 76c. It was a workhorse and the maps were small. The device could be used with WP. I was disappointed that the charts had no detail, like buoy markings, when I purchased the 78sc. I only had a giant marker on the scale of a small scale chart, because making scale larger resulted in the loss of any useful landmarks. Tech support said to me "what do you expect with a handheld and limited memory?" Over a decade later? The 76c is not a replacement for the 78sc, which is a handheld marine chart. The screen size is smaller than the older model. I would not recommend this device for use in the water.
👤Over the years, I've used a number of Garmin handhelds. I bought this unit to replace the failed one. The 78sc was expected to be a decent replacement. This is not the case. The hardware seems very good, but the software is terrible, especially compared to the oldGPSMAP 76. After I downloaded my old routes and waypoints, I tried to use the unit on my sailboat for a race around the cans. After loading up a route consisting of A, B, C, and A, the unit did not flip to the next waypoint, once a waypoint is reached. I couldn't find a way to flip it. It's difficult to explain, but you will find it annoying. TheGPSMAP 76 was superior in this area. There are two more You can't tell on the navigation page what your next point is. Unlike the 76, it is not displayed. There are 3 more The "active route" page doesn't give any information about the route's waypoints, just the names. Again, unlike the 76. The points are listed in order of distance, not alphabetical. It is hard to find what you are looking for if you have a lot of waypoints. There are five When you are on a sailboat in moderate seas, the speed andvelocity made a good jump. The 76 allowed you to take averages for a longer period of time. The option is not available on the 78sc. The unit is hard to read when the backlight is off. The battery life is poor with the backlight on. The user interface of the 78sc was dumbed down by Garmin. A disappointment. The 78sc is almost useless for me.
It is durable, constructed to military standards. Accurate positioning can be provided with the use of gps, GLONASS and galileo satellite systems. Smart notifications allow your device to receive emails, texts and alerts if you misplace your navigation sensor. In watch mode, the battery life can be up to 1 month. The user manual is a PDF manual in the product description.
👤I have been using this in the Army for over a year and I love it. I used to have a Fortrex 401 and loved it. There were some issues with the 401 that this solved. I will compare the two. The biggest changes from the 401 to the 601 are as follows. 1. The life of a battery. If you are using these in the military, or just use them often, you need an upgrade like this to justify it. I went from having to change my batteries every mission to changing them every 3-4 days of heavy use. 2. The ability to tell time in a watch is great, it saves you from having to carry something around your wrist, and works well. You wont have to worry about draining your battery supply for a watch because the watch only mode allows you to use this without taking much battery life at all. 3. Back light. The back light is better than the orange light. On the other side of the spectrum, it has a night vision mode that is very dim and can't be seen past 10 meters on the dark nights. 4. There is a screen. It has a bigger screen and a better resolution, making it easier to see what is displayed. 5. The location of the gps device. The gps seems to connect a little faster than the 401, but that is not a big deal. Overall, I think. This thing is amazing if you are in the military or use a lot of gps's. It works well and is small. The battery life alone makes this worth the upgrade if you already own a 401.
👤The army infantry is very useful in the field. The mode was more needed than expected. This garmin has many options and abilities. Didn't notice a huge difference in performance for 401. The screen may scratch easily under use.
👤I bought the 601 to replace the 401 that was stolen from my luggage a few months ago. Foretrex is the only line of gpss that do the job for me when I'm hiking or dog sledding in the winter. I can operate it with gloves on, and the batteries can be replaced quickly after the cold kills them. I've operated the 401 in temperatures as cold as -38C/ 36F without any issues. ICs have gotten a lot more power efficient since the 401 hit the market, and the biggest upgrade that the 601 provides is the greatly improved battery life. The way I burn through the batteries will pay for the unit within its lifetime. The improved screen resolution and support for Galileo are nice, but not a big deal to me. I had a lot of trouble getting the 401's interface to work with modern PCs because it was persnickety. The 601 seems to have fixed that. You don't need to use the software to work with it because it is a mass storage device with a full GPX file system. I was able to populate the Foretrex with waypoints from a database of mountain peaks by copying a hand-written GPX file to GARMIN/ GPX/WPTS. GPX on the Foretrex filesystem. The new band is cheap and not as comfortable as the old one. It's hard to remove it to get to the battery compartment. The Berry Amendment requires that units sold to the US military come without the band that is made in China. It's probably easier to attach your own band with some compromises made by Garmin. Bigfoot's one-star review only mentioned the missing satellite-accuracy display, but I've been able to reproduce it. I'll take his word for it, but I haven't missed any. The maximum elevation drift off I've seen is about 60 feet, which is1-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-6556
Add Gps. You can strengthen your Gps signal on any device by connecting via wireless. The free downloadable app provides accurate gps coordinates, position update rate change, and much more. Being able to add accurate gps to your device will allow you to use hundreds of available apps. The Gps receiver has a battery life of over eight hours of continuous use and comes with a usb charging cord. That will stick to most surfaces.
👤It works better than I anticipated. I have an older WiFi only iPad Mini that I wanted to use for navigation but it doesn't have built-in gps. When I connected my iPad mini to the dual XGPS105A via a wireless connection, it asked to download the accompanying app. The app is useful. It tells you the number of satellites you are connected to, the signal strength, position information, and the battery status. I turned it on in the house because I couldn't wait but I was able to connect to multiple satellites with ease. I thought I would have to go outside. With the gps locked and loaded, I tried out some maps. Both worked well. My weather radar map is now location enabled. Awesome. I have taken it down the road a few times now, about 100 miles total, without issue, but I will update this review once I have a longer road trip under my belt. I didn't expect to see the app mentioned in any of the reviews or forums. This thing is special. I can't wait to try it out against other devices, like a newer iPad, windows tablets, and some surveying equipment. I will report back, but so far it's been good.
👤Don't buy anything from AXXERA or DUAL. The unit will work for 25 times, then the internals will short out, killing the battery, but they will sell you another battery. Next year there will be some other name. They changed their names to keep up with consumer fraud. Don't buy anything made by these people. You will be sad.
👤I bought a gps receiver for my Jeep. This product works in conjunction with my Apple iPad and provides pin point accurate gps for any app you are using. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to connect to my iPad via BluTooth once I turn on the puck. This could be my fault. Overall very pleased! It's easy to charge up at home or in your vehicle. Very easy to use. I stuck a piece of tape to the back of the vehicle and it still works.
👤For almost two months, use the dual XGPS150A with my iPad 2. Since the iPad 2 didn't have a gps receiver installed, I decided to use the dual XGPS 150A, which is described in the technical documentation to receive 12 gps and up. The dual XGPS15A is a free navigation app that has a very simple and minimalist design. The dual XGPS150A receiver is small and has Haptics very pleasant. The gps is green. The Bluethooth connection is created relatively fast after switch on, but the GLONASS satellites are not supported, but they are displayed in the app, but they are crossed out. It happens in dense forests on winding roads and in large cities close to tall houses. When you're on foot in New York, Boston, and Chicago, the pressure point is non-tactile, so locating is almost non-existent. The dual XGPS150A would no longer splash water and dirt if you removed the plastic cover and cut a hole in the non-slip pad.
Alpha 100 has a 3-Inch glove-friendly color touchscreen. Track and train a combination of twenty dog devices from up to 9 miles away. The map includes terrain, topo elevations, summits, parks, coastlines, rivers, lakes and more. There is optional map data that supports it. A built-in barometric altimeter and electronic compass.
👤I use this for hiking. It gives me a good idea of what's going on. There are lots of places to take your dog hiking off leash in Seattle. My dog and I enjoy the freedom of hiking. My dog likes to hunt for rodents in the forest while we hike. She gets more exercise and stimulation if she is on a leash. She is in great shape because of it. She knows where I am when we hike and rarely goes off more than a few hundred feet. If she sees a deer, she goes for up to 5 minutes. After the chase, she was able to find me until she got lost. She ran after a deer and I kept hiking, thinking that she would find me as usual. She headed in the wrong direction because she couldn't find me. I was worried that I would never see her again after searching for her for an hour. It's a really bad feeling. I found her waiting next to my car at the trailhead, 2 miles from where we separated. I decided to invest in the Alpha after that traumatic experience. It has been great. Even though she is not always in my line of site, I can still keep track of my dog. If I can't hear or see her, I no longer have anxiety. She is not called out to make sure she is by. She keeps track of where I'm located by not calling out to her. She could hear me from further away if I called out to her. She has not gotten lost since I started using the Alpha nine months ago. I don't hike without it. I gave it 4 stars because it takes a while to lock on to a signal when you first turn it on. The screen should be a bit larger and the hand held part is bulky. The technology seems to be a bit old fashioned. The handheld and collar are waterproof. I'm not sure what the range is. I tested it in my neighborhood and it tracked up to 2 miles. The 9 mile estimate is only possible in ideal conditions where there are no trees, buildings or hills between you and the dog.
👤The older Astro that I owned for 3 seasons broke, but I still own it. The Alpha was bought a few months ago by me. I use it for upland game hunting. The measurement of elevation gained for my own hiking was incorrect, overstating the amount of climb that I hiked on a typical day. The system worked well, tracked the dog well, and the shock function was adequate, but occasionally my pointer would ignore it even at the highest setting. The locator sound on the Dogtra collar is what makes me use both collars. The dog on point feature stopped giving me an alert when the dog first went on point, but then stopped showing the dog's position even if it was on point. It created a lot of confusion because I didn't know if my dog was on point or not. The GO TO wouldn't lead me back to my truck after the malfunction. I was stuck in a zoom out mode that made it impossible for me to zoom in to see myself and my truck on the map. I couldn't navigate to my truck. I found my way back using landmarks and memory. After 3 months of use, I decided to return it to Amazon. This was outside of the 2 month return policy, but Amazon honored the return. I liked the unit so much that I wanted to buy a new one. I will update after I use it.
The design is water resistant and has a button. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the U.S. and Australia. Know where you are with a high-sensitivity receiver with quad helix antenna and multi-GNSS support. Up to 16 hours in the gps mode.
👤I used the garmin gps for my hiking trip around the Grand Canyon and other areas in Arizona. I explored the Arizona desert mountains in a Polaris RZR. I was surprised that it showed the main off road trails. It was pre-installed with the Arizona topo map. The map had all the trails I needed. After clearing the prior way point, I would mark it as a way point. Before starting a new trail, be sure to clear your previous foot tracks. I was able to find my way back to the car because of it. I left the alkaline batteries on for 14-16 hours to test them before I traveled. I set it to satellite mode to maximize battery life. The screen was at 50% brightness. Under the system settings, be sure to select the type of batteries you are using. I used Energizer batteries and they lasted longer. After using it for a few days around my home area, the user interface is straight forward. I watched a few videos to make sure I knew how to use it. I don't know why people give this device poor reviews. The buttons are nice. The screen is easy to see in the sun. A traditional compass and map is required. Be sure to know the area you are going to be in.
👤I read all the negative reviews and felt that the hand-held unit would work the same as the advertised one. After reading about the need to work through the base map and purchase additional maps for areas I frequent, I took the risk. I couldn't get the map to download. I contacted support after trying it on two different computers. I was sent a link that wouldn't open. I followed all the instructions, but was still unable to download the detailed hunting topo map I wanted. I wish I'd saved the money on the unit because I got a refund for the extra map purchase. A good old fashioned magnetic compass would help me with my purpose.
👤I have been using gps units for hiking. I liked my gps. It was easy to use. It was a dream to have file management. It was time to buy a new gps after 12 years of service. I chose the 64Csx because I wanted a state-of-the-art unit with a camera and flashlight. I had trouble getting maps from the website. I was on the phone with Tech Support for 2 hours to get the unit activated and download maps. I was very happy with the help the technician gave me. I am satisfied with the unit. There is a lot of memory to hold the topo maps. I believe it will hold 5000 waypoints, which is more than my old unit held. I don't think there is a limit on the number of tracks. It is easy to use. My old unit was easy to manage. The unit has a trip odometer, map, compass and elevation pages. The gps map 64csx has a rating of 5 stars. It must be with the software. I wanted to download maps from the gps. The gps has to be attached to the computer as an external drive to use the maps. BaseCamp's file management is not intuitive. I would give BaseCamp a low mark. I could write about it. I'm not rating BaseCamp. You can't avoid BaseCamp if they are pairs. Please update Map Source and ditch Base Camp.
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