- Running GPS – Long battery life?
After finding out that my trusty Garmin eTrex is no longer supported by Garmin, has no Mac drivers, can’t connect to Basecamp, etc… I’m now on the lookout for another GPS that is small, light and has battery life approaching 24 hours.
Every “watch” type GPS that I have found on the web seems to have a good battery life when used in watch mode, but then falls to about four hours when the GPS kicks in. Since this is going to be used for training for my 69 mile thingy, and I plan to be out for a damn sight more than that without charging facilities, I need something that will last a lot longer (probably up to 24 hours) or lasts a lot longer and runs on replaceable batteries (like my eTrex) so that I can swap them out for fresh.
So far, the only wearable option seems to be the Foretrex 301/401 (do I want to sacrifice an hour of battery for a digital compass/barometer?). Does anyone have any other suggestions?Posted 5 years agogeoffjSubscriber
A Forerunner 10 on each arm – seriously.Posted 5 years agoPeterStarkissMember
Forerunner 305 has a function that records data when a parameter changes, I can’t remember the exact details but there are setting for recording all data every second or when it changes.
By changing mine to the later mode the battery life is days, I’ve never found out how long but it lasted well over 75 miles recently including stops.Posted 5 years agoPeterStarkissMember
Page 47. Data Recording. Standard mode 3.5 hours.Posted 5 years ago
Smart Recording as far as I’ve tested it > 8.0 hours.McHamishMember
I’m currently considering a Suunto Ambit
Looks like a nice watch from the marketing material but it’s pretty bulky when on the wrist and I think it’s side profile could have been designed better. Although apparently it’s GPS fix is better than the Garmin Fenix due to the external antenna, so perhaps the rounded design of the underside of the watch is intentional.
Take a look at this review…dcrainmaker review
Regarding battery life, in the marketing material Suunto state;
15 hours with 1 second GPS fixPosted 5 years ago
60 hours with 60 second GPS fix
30 days without GPS switched on.
Sneaky Craig, sneaky!
McHamish, Yeah, a lot of people I know use the Ambit or a Foretrex because of the battery life. That site is a good one though and I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes reading that and browsing the rest of the site. I’ve just found his Fenix review, so that should keep me quiet for a bit!
I do like the customisation capability, but the initial outlay is frightening.Posted 5 years ago
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