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#51

Ded Driver
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30 September 2020 11:00 pm

ran my little GPS Compass all day today. fully charged & turned on at 7am, it ran close to 12hrs (was still running just after 6pm), but was flat when I got home & checked it at 7:30pm
So thats not too bad I reckon for what must be a tiny (Lithium) battery in such a small unit.


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#52

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30 September 2020 11:31 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

ran my little GPS Compass all day today. fully charged & turned on at 7am, it ran close to 12hrs (was still running just after 6pm), but was flat when I got home & checked it at 7:30pm
So thats not too bad I reckon for what must be a tiny (Lithium) battery in such a small unit.

Wow. Thats good. They only advertise them as 10hr battery life. Means it will still last a whole day once aome battery degradation sets in. Has a 390mah battery i believe.
As long as it gets me back to withong 30m of the car it should be easy to spot and be back to safety. Cant wait to get mine. Will be able to focus more on the detecting and immediate area i am in big_smile

#53

Ded Driver
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30 September 2020 11:45 pm

Its not a top dollar unit, so having an average? quality battery, I would guess it will drop to 10hrs soon enough, then in a couple of years probably only a few hrs. Still good value for the money tho'


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#54

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01 October 2020 12:10 am

Even if it lasts for a season battery wise i will feel its good value, because i didnt get lost and die! smile between now and when it lets go i will research the more expensive ones a bit. Even the more expensive ones batteries will die eventually so just have to decide if its better value to go for a dearer one and get a few extra years on battery of just get one of these each time the battery dies

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#55

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01 October 2020 08:09 am

I use this app. Works well. You can turn off your phone if it interferes With the detector and just turn it on again if you need to find your way back to your car or camp. Used it yesterday in unexplored, steep, bushy country with no reception.
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#56

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01 October 2020 09:52 am

Ded Driver wrote:

Its not a top dollar unit, so having an average? quality battery, I would guess it will drop to 10hrs soon enough, then in a couple of years probably only a few hrs. Still good value for the money tho'

Mine lasted approx 2 years then batt was knackered, now have an etrex 20 no rechargables. Tried to replace battery in it but would turn on and blank out, it now lives in the bin smile

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#57

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01 October 2020 11:54 pm

Thanks Katabatic for adding the link to the etrex 10 manual. Instructions look to be very confusing & poor. Interesting that some of the feedback by people that have purchased the Garmin unit, even those that had earlier versions, claim the instructions to be poor & have reverted back to the older unit. May see if I can find a used earlier one still with its instruction booklet.

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hippyhunter
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10 October 2020 11:27 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

ran my little GPS Compass all day today. fully charged & turned on at 7am, it ran close to 12hrs (was still running just after 6pm), but was flat when I got home & checked it at 7:30pm
So thats not too bad I reckon for what must be a tiny (Lithium) battery in such a small unit.

Did you need to calibrate yours at all DD? I am having issues with mine not working properly. I mark a POI and walk 100-200ft away and the arrow keeps pointing in the direction i am walking (opposite direction to POI). I notice it says something about calibration in chinglish, but is a bit hard to understand.
I am hoping i just need to calibrate it. It seems to funtion properly apart from its sense of direction. Also tried a mobile phone app. (Find your car) and that worked as expected. Was hoping this mini gps would have similar performance.

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10 October 2020 11:37 pm

interesting problem Hippy.
Mine was fine out of the box, although it does need to be moving to get a proper direction. I guess yours may need calibrating.
I also notice they arent real fast at acquiring a full set of sateelites from a cold start.
Maybe try using it a few times in one day, turning it on & off, & see if it starts to read more accurately


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#60

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11 October 2020 12:46 am

Yeah i saw it needs to be moving to work. Factored that in on first few tests. I will try calibrating it. Seems i need to activate calibrate and walk in a figure 8 for 30 seconds. lol
It gets full 4 satelite signal and seems to work in other ways like distance from POI.
Good to get a reference from another user in regards to the compass part. Sounds like mine is definately not functioning properly neutral

#61

Ded Driver
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11 October 2020 12:27 pm

Hippy, I suggest making that figure 8 fairly large due to the gps resolution around 10-20m. ie, make each loop about 20m across.
At the cheap price point, I figure a 10-20% dud rate would be likely.
I wasnt expecting too much from mine, but am pleasantly surprised.


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#62

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11 October 2020 07:10 pm

I tried doing a calibration. It maybee seemed to help a bit. It pointed generally to the waypoint from about 200m away. As i got to more around 50m away it started pointing me in the wrong direction, but still counted down in distance of i moved closer to the waypoint and upwards if i followed the arrow from the 50m distance.
When i was calibrating could only trot off about a 20 metre figure 8 within 30 seconds without actually jogging.
Anyway, i will give it a test next time i go bush but will have the phone and app handy in case of it doesnt do the job. I still get the feeling its not performing optimally going on your observations DD, but could also be my expectations are too high. I do like the idea of them if they work as expected. Might even look into a bushnell one once stock is available again and have given this one a shot in the bush.

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#63

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11 October 2020 08:46 pm

SCOOPY wrote:

Thanks Katabatic for adding the link to the etrex 10 manual. Instructions look to be very confusing & poor. Interesting that some of the feedback by people that have purchased the Garmin unit, even those that had earlier versions, claim the instructions to be poor & have reverted back to the older unit. May see if I can find a used earlier one still with its instruction booklet.

I hear what you’re saying….but in my experience this is a problem not unique to Garmin…..or GPS in general.
Most consumer electronic equipment these days provides capabilities way beyond the needs of the average user.
I have a 65” Panasonic TV…..I use about 4 or 5 of the keys on the around 40-key remote.
I used to have two Minolta XD11 SLR cameras that I lugged around the world with me for years…..only ever had to remember Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO, and Focus.
Now I have a Panasonic DSLR…it has a 220 page manual…..I just leave it on Intelligent Auto sad
One of the issues with gadget manuals these days (aside from the proliferation of Chenglish as a new form of communication, and the desire of most manufacturers to save paper) is the assumption that if you are buying the gadget then clearly you must know exactly what it is that you want to do with it, and therefore must have a complete and total understanding of the technology and terminology involved in its use.
This, of course, is very often not the case.
You can take this from an electronic gadget tragic.
Don’t be put off by the Garmin manual…..most of the information that you will need is all there…..it’s just buried in amongst a whole lot of other information that you probably have absolutely no need for whatsoever.
And all in a generous 12 pages smile !
Hands-on is the answer…get the thing, play with it, use it, compare the observed results with info in the manual…..there will be a surprising correlation.
The eTrex10 puts a hell of a lot of power in your pocket….more importantly, it provides reliability and dependability….attributes that are both desirable and essential in its field.
You will also find that Dr. Google will always come up with far simpler, more understandable, and better presented explanations than you’ll ever find in any manual.

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#64

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11 October 2020 10:08 pm

A bit OT, but would just like to add that a recently experienced exception to the general rule regarding manuals mentioned above has been the Minelab Equinox 800 manual.
This manual contains an excellent introductory section, explaining the technology, terminology, and operating criteria involved in use of the device.
It then goes on to detail the specific operation of the 800 with excellent illustrations accompanied by easily digested explanatory text.
I know quite a few consumer electronic manufacturers who would do well to study this manual and have a crack at emulating it.
It’s not rocket science.

#65

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15 October 2020 04:47 pm

Ded Driver wrote:

Hippy, I suggest making that figure 8 fairly large due to the gps resolution around 10-20m. ie, make each loop about 20m across.
At the cheap price point, I figure a 10-20% dud rate would be likely.
I wasnt expecting too much from mine, but am pleasantly surprised.

After doing a bit of reading of reviews etc. on the bushnell backtracker i have noticed an amount of people having the similar issues with those as i am experiencing with the mini gps. Hoping it works better in the bush. Otherwise am guessing i just ended up with a lemon.
On the brighter side the android app i downloaded for free works perfectly. Shits me having to carry a 7 inch slab around in my shorts though.

#66

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15 October 2020 10:41 pm

I guess carrying the phone is also handy to call 000 if you get bitten by a snake. The camera is handy too at times

#67

Ded Driver
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15 October 2020 11:00 pm

hippyhunter wrote:

I guess carrying the phone is also handy to call 000 if you get bitten by a snake. The camera is handy too at times

In WA goldfields if you get bitten by a snake you call a Dingo
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to come & chew your leg off. playful skull


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#68

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15 October 2020 11:18 pm

Ded Driver wrote:
hippyhunter wrote:

I guess carrying the phone is also handy to call 000 if you get bitten by a snake. The camera is handy too at times

In WA goldfields if you get bitten by a snake you call a Dingo
.
.
.
to come & chew your leg off. playful skull

Wow. That would be a tough choice. Who do u call to get rid of the dingo after your leg is gone. Haha argh . I still havent seen a snake since ive been detecting. Im sure i will once im living in the region and able to go detecting more often. smile

#69

Ded Driver
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15 October 2020 11:25 pm

Once the dingo has your leg he will run off with it, so you're safe from him.
Then if you can stop the bleeding you might live long enough for a rescue team to reach you.
Better odds than waiting it out with a snake bite lol


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