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Garmin - GPSMAP 62S review by TransalperNZ

I love this GPS a lot more than my older Garmin Etrex Legend HCX and I also consider it worlds above the old Garmin MAP60's that I have spent time with while helping friends.  Unlike the zumos, older Etrex and Map60 units these can navigate larger raw track files as used on the likes of the Dusty Butt 1000km Adventure now days without recalculating or dropping important track points.
It is not perfect, but then I don't believe any of them are.  Using the free Open maps it sometimes crashes or does strange route recalculations where I suspect we are approching the boundries of map tiles.  I'm tending toward thinking it's my map choice more than an issue with the actual GPS.
One thing that concerns some people is that if you want to power it externally then you need to jack up some kind of water resistant USB plug, but for me a couple of rechargable Sanyo Eneloop AA batteries are just fine. They normally last me a full day even with the screen back light on.  In fact I often continue to use them until they go flat which could be two or three days in not riding all day, but if it's to be a big ride such as the Dusty Butt 1000km ride with 500km/day over about 12 hours/day then I put a recently charged set in at the start of each day.

The Vibration Shutdown Issue:  When I started using this GPS on  the little revvy WR I started experiencing the vibration induced shutdown problem, same as i had with my old Garmin Etrex Legend HCX.  The Warranty period was over so to fix it I opened up the case and soldered little wires (smaller and neater the better) between the contact pads and little fingers on the under side of the battery compartment.  See the photo attached.  The gps has not misbehaved in that way since.

GPS mounted with a RAM Mount with the bottom of the RAM cradle taped up on the Transalp. You can also see the heavy use wear on the buttons.
Wiring fix for the Garmin vibration shutdown issue.
Wiring fix for the Garmin vibration shutdown issue.
Be careful opening it all up not to break the aerial or disturb anything else. Take care closing it all back up, it becomes a squeeze and extra wires rubbing over the large silver pads seems to interfere with things. I think I should have found some thinner wires and someone who could solder neater than me.
TransalperNZ
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