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Offline Fred Hiltz

which GPS for trans Am touring?
« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2005, 08:27:31 am »
GPS III ... solar panel ... NiCad ... People laughed at me for being such a geek but I never got lost and they did.

What a great story! Given your experience, how would you power a receiver if you were to do it again with today's GPSRs? The same way or:

1. A 19-oz charger and a small bag of rechargeable NiMH AA cells, enough to last between overnights at power outlets. Figure two riding days on two AA cells.

2. A larger bag of alkaline AA cells, enough to last between towns where one can buy more. Figure three riding days on two AA cells.

Another better option?

Fred


Offline jblodgett

which GPS for trans Am touring?
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2005, 10:37:02 am »
I am still using the solar panel, although with newer GPSs you don't need the external NiCads.  This is because the external power input (from the solar panel) both powers the GPS and charges the GPS's internal lithium battery. Without the NiCads, it is necessary to regulate the output from the solar panel, however.  Older GPSs like the GPS III could not charge their internal batteries from the external power source, hence the need for the external NiCads.  NiCads, while being old technology, are better than lithium batteries for this purpose because of their tolerance for the widely varying charging conditions caused by the solar panel.

What am I using now?  I still use the GPS III in areas covered by the base map.  I use a Foretrex 201 for other areas.  I am thinking about splurging and buying a Quest so I can have detailed maps just about anywhere I go.