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GPS, maps, coordinates and datums oh my!

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: GPS, maps, coordinates and datums oh my!
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2018, 11:45:07 AM »
BK and Gorpchomper, do you have battery issues with your 64s?  I have mine set to turn off the screen after a couple seconds and updated firmware that was supposed to help with some battery life bugs, but a couple weeks ago, I was down to 1 bar from a new set of batteries after a couple hours, and it will die on me within a day of hiking.

I used to have the 60csx, and it would run about two days on batteries.  Also, when I first got the 64s, it's electronic compass was horrible.  I had to recalibrate it all the time and ultimately switched to using a real compass (it could easily get 180 degress off in a short time).  There was a firmware problem that fixed that, and I haven't had any problems since.

Aside from batteries, the 64s has been great though and it is probably the most rugged piece of electronic equipment I have used.  I have treated it very, very poorly, and aside from some scratches, it's holding up. just fine.

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Re: GPS, maps, coordinates and datums oh my!
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2018, 11:57:01 AM »
BK and Gorpchomper, do you have battery issues with your 64s?  I have mine set to turn off the screen after a couple seconds and updated firmware that was supposed to help with some battery life bugs, but a couple weeks ago, I was down to 1 bar from a new set of batteries after a couple hours, and it will die on me within a day of hiking.

I used to have the 60csx, and it would run about two days on batteries.  Also, when I first got the 64s, it's electronic compass was horrible.  I had to recalibrate it all the time and ultimately switched to using a real compass (it could easily get 180 degress off in a short time).  There was a firmware problem that fixed that, and I haven't had any problems since.

Aside from batteries, the 64s has been great though and it is probably the most rugged piece of electronic equipment I have used.  I have treated it very, very poorly, and aside from some scratches, it's holding up. just fine.

Sorry, but I don't have a 64s. I'm still running a 60Csx and get about 20 hours continuous battery life.
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Re: GPS, maps, coordinates and datums oh my!
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2018, 02:27:15 PM »

And the proper, but rarely used, plural of stadium is stadia.

Much like the proper, but rarely used, plural of radium is radii.  :evil:
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

Re: GPS, maps, coordinates and datums oh my!
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2018, 08:46:34 AM »
BK and Gorpchomper, do you have battery issues with your 64s?  I have mine set to turn off the screen after a couple seconds and updated firmware that was supposed to help with some battery life bugs, but a couple weeks ago, I was down to 1 bar from a new set of batteries after a couple hours, and it will die on me within a day of hiking.

I used to have the 60csx, and it would run about two days on batteries.  Also, when I first got the 64s, it's electronic compass was horrible.  I had to recalibrate it all the time and ultimately switched to using a real compass (it could easily get 180 degress off in a short time).  There was a firmware problem that fixed that, and I haven't had any problems since.

Aside from batteries, the 64s has been great though and it is probably the most rugged piece of electronic equipment I have used.  I have treated it very, very poorly, and aside from some scratches, it's holding up. just fine.

Ach, sorry, just now seeing this. Went on a two week vacation out West, back last week but don't think i've checked in here.
In answer to your question: No, but I don't rely on handheld GPS like I used to and might not notice certain vagaries of battery usage. I only used it for one loop hike in Guadalupe Mtns NP; and previously an overnighter in GUMO, but it lasted plenty long there. I certainly would have noticed it if it had only given me a couple of hours.

Re: construction of the device. One weird thing is that it seems the clips/springs that hold in the batteries are a skosh too small. Makes for an extremely tight fit for the batteries, and I actually broke one of the clips installing/removing batteries at some point. But the thing seems to still work.

 


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