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Battery life in Garmin GPS
« on: June 23, 2015, 06:02:07 pm »
How long would you expect the batteries to last in the Garmin GPS Oregon 600] please?

I have just been given one for my birthday, and today after a full days walking [ about 6 hours, and 3 hours yesterday] I got a low battery warning, which seemed very quick to run down - or am I expecting too much from the X2 AA batteries? Thanks for any help Jenny.

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Re: Battery life in Garmin GPS
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2015, 07:54:22 pm »
I have a Garmin Oregon 300. I find that the regular Duracell AA batteries last a couple of caching trips, i.e. perhaps max 8 hours. The Duracell Ultra Power batteries last notably longer than that. After the initial 'Low battery' message, I find they don't run out straight away.  :)

It may save money in the long-term to purchase rechargeable batteries. I'm not sure how long these last, or exactly how they work, since I (for some reason) have never got round to buying these  :o Perhaps someone else can answer this?

Hope I answered your question though, and happy birthday by the way. Enjoy your GPS  :)
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Re: Battery life in Garmin GPS
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 08:27:59 pm »
That does seem short, its specs say it should get 16 hours but that is using their own batterys (not AA) and they always exaggerate :(
The oregon 600 is very fussy about its power source. If your using alkali batteries see if you can get two NiMH or Lithium AA batteries instead as the manual says they will work better (especially if you plan on using its camera) and they are more suited to outdoor temperatures. You would also get the benifit of being able to charge them. Check that the settings on it have your type of AA battery selected as well.

Also try managing your power use. Have the backlit turn off after a few seconds of no use and turn on "power saving mode" in the settings which will turn off the screen completly when the backlit times out. Try and keep your screen brightness at the minimum you need to clearly see it, instead of having it allways at max. (Not sure how easy it is to change the brightness on it, if its very accessible you can change the brightness while your using it)
You could also decrese the mapping speed as well, depends how detailed you want the gps to recored where you walked.

Enjoy your birthday and new GPS!

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Re: Battery life in Garmin GPS
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 09:35:32 pm »
Thanks very much for your replies - all very helpful. I shall pass the technical suggestions onto my husband, who is the technical half of the partnership.

We were very concerned as a friend [ who has a different type of GPS] claimed that her batteries lasted ' months'!

I'm certainly finding the Garmin fun to use, so far it has helped us to get back onto our route when we have gone wrong, and we get a satellite signal when in woodland which has been a problem when my husband was only using his phone!

Thank you for my birthday good wishes, sadly the years seem to pass more quickly - especially now we have found this wonderful hobby of Geocaching, and such a friendly and helpful group of fellow cachers. Jenny :)

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Re: Battery life in Garmin GPS
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2015, 10:30:37 pm »
Some units have different settings for different types of battery...
Is yours set correctly, for the type of battery you are using?
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Re: Battery life in Garmin GPS
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 09:17:07 am »
Sorry I haven't replied sooner, Bear 'n Ragged, not been able to access laptop for a few days. I have passed your suggestion over to the technical expert [ husband!]. He is researching getting re-chargeable batteries ATM. As we are going to the Essex Mega in July/August we wanted to be sure to have enough 'battery power'  Thanks for your suggestion Jenny. 

 


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