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Old 12-13-2019, 07:59 AM
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Thanks to the crappy Duracell batteries that leaked, my Garmin (dated GPSMap 78) handheld that I keep in my ditch bag shit the bed. Discovered during my annual check on everything. Batteries were dated 2028 and installed Jan this yr. Any recommendations for a replacement?

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Navionics app on your phone.......
Old 12-13-2019, 08:38 AM
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I don't keep a spare phone in my DITCH BAG... Hence specifically asking about hand held GPS to go in ditch bags, not phone app's.
Doubt my iPhone is waterproof either...
Anyone else....
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An old smart phone is not a bad idea. Cheap, and waterproof, if it’s in a LifeProof case. Rechargeable, and like all cell phones, it has a very good GPS receiver regardless of whether it is part of a cellular network.
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some smart phone screens will not accept touch input if they are wet or have moisture on them

not too mention they dont have external GPS antennas if you are bobbing up and down in a swell...

also many handheld vhf have gps capabilities. what is the case you think you need a handheld gps unit? for giving coordinates?

just food for thought...

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My uncle had a Garmin GPSMAP 78sc that he really liked. The idea of a smartphone in a LifeProof case is also a good one.
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i have the GPSMAP 64. Works well.
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I have the map 76 and it's a great unit. It always works.

. I challenge any smart phone to say that. If you activate a smart phone at sea, outside of cell service contact, 1 out of 10 times you might have issues from my experience. Of course they are GPS enabled it just a quirk of navionics.

And if you think a smart phone has more reliable batteries then Duracell I would suggest otherwise. It's so easy to swap out AA batteries no rechargeable can compare.
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Originally Posted by Scotsman View Post
Thanks to the crappy Duracell batteries that leaked, my Garmin (dated GPSMap 78) handheld that I keep in my ditch bag shit the bed. Discovered during my annual check on everything. Batteries were dated 2028 and installed Jan this yr. Any recommendations for a replacement?

Thanks,

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You also bring up a good point on changing out your ditch bag flashlight batteries once a year. I had to recently throw away a pelican flashlight that was ate up (connectors) from battery leakage.

I changed out the small hand held for a newer one that has GPS capability.


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Good point about the batteries
Even more important as more people switch to electronic distress beacons

I second the idea of a GPS capable HH radio
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Originally Posted by tvguy243 View Post
Good point about the batteries
Even more important as more people switch to electronic distress beacons
I second the idea of a GPS capable HH radio
I was just looking at my flare box and the HH electronic light. The flares themselves were all just expired...and the flare light was still OK. I never thought to check battery condition. Thanks for the suggestion...will bring mine inside to a warm dry place and remove batteries while in storage.
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Standard Horizon HX870 or HX890..
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Personally I would try to clean it up with some contact cleaner and if that didn't work. Just pick up another on Ebay used. I have a 76 that I picked up for $60 bucks a couple years back to use as a backup and keep it loaded with the Energizer Lithiums and have had great luck with them. I use it on a regular basis because I have more spots saved on it too.
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I'll suggest getting another Garmin GPSMap 78 H/H which is a good device. It wasn't the fault of the Garmin the batteries leaked.
But if you only would use it as an emergency get-home nav device there are certainly a lot of cheaper models that would provide basic functionality for that.
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I just recently started a thread about Durajunk batteries leaking. LOTS of people having the identical issue. You may want to search and read the thread.
The first think I would do is contact Duracell and provide pictures of the defective batteries and the Garmin GPS. I believe they will reimburse you for your damaged unit. They did reimburse me for an LED flashlight but only after I got angry and raised hell with their representative.
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Have you thought about purchasing and wearing a GPS watch? I always wear mine, it’s fully recharged from home and no matter what happens I’ve got a reliable Garmin GPS right on my wrist.
I have a Garmin Fenix 5. Great watch, fast GPS, very reliable. Just another option...
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Thanks for all the suggestions and discussion-good stuff.

Im reluctant to depend on a phone, even one in a protective case. A few yrs ago friends flipped a small work boat in cold water conditions. Two of three phone were instantly dead, the other managed to phone his vet to relay a call for help-only number that apparently worked. Good outcome, all still alive, but could easily have gone a different way.

Mystery, mostly if the day comes and we sink id like to know where we are to help with rescue (I also have EPIRB). Also incase other main powered nav. electrics fail (for whatever reason) i can still navigate, or at least know where I am (non-life threatening situation). This is not a worry wort type thing-I have a single engine boat and fish inshore and offshore. I assess my risks and plan accordingly. But we don't need another of those threads....

MilkesExpress and others, thats not a bad idea to update my basic Icom handheld to a newer model with gps capability, but like anything else in my life i have a hard time replacing if its not broken...

Tarponecharter, I remember your battery thread, I commented on it, then forgot and only now checking out everything-battery powered on the boat. Figures that I didn't take any pics, cleaned it up and only found out after it wouldn't power up. Moving to Energizer lithiums.

H.


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Local Costco has the discontinued Garmin eTrex 30x for $129.00 Should work fine for what you're wanting a hand held to do.
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Another vote for the Standard Horizon HX890.
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Originally Posted by Scotsman View Post
Thanks for all the suggestions and discussion-good stuff.

Im reluctant to depend on a phone, even one in a protective case. A few yrs ago friends flipped a small work boat in cold water conditions. Two of three phone were instantly dead, the other managed to phone his vet to relay a call for help-only number that apparently worked. Good outcome, all still alive, but could easily have gone a different way.

Mystery, mostly if the day comes and we sink id like to know where we are to help with rescue (I also have EPIRB). Also incase other main powered nav. electrics fail (for whatever reason) i can still navigate, or at least know where I am (non-life threatening situation). This is not a worry wort type thing-I have a single engine boat and fish inshore and offshore. I assess my risks and plan accordingly. But we don't need another of those threads....

MilkesExpress and others, thats not a bad idea to update my basic Icom handheld to a newer model with gps capability, but like anything else in my life i have a hard time replacing if its not broken...

Tarponecharter, I remember your battery thread, I commented on it, then forgot and only now checking out everything-battery powered on the boat. Figures that I didn't take any pics, cleaned it up and only found out after it wouldn't power up. Moving to Energizer lithiums.

H.
Be aware that I also tried the Energizer Lithium batteries in my handheld VHF radio and they would not work. Display on VHF read high voltage. Apparently the lithium batteries when new have a slightly higher voltage than a standard alkaline AA battery. I installed six Energizer alkaline AA batteries and it worked just fine.

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