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    im currently using my e71 but am now looking for something more rugged and able to take on batteries for multi day rides. can anybody suggest some unit? must be less than php10k hehe i dont want to just crash and destroy something expensive

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    Hi, would like to ask how long does the E71 battery last if you had the GPS on all the time? on my i780 the battery drops quickly with the GPS on.

    There is always a debate between having an all in one device and a dedicated device, and I am for having dedicated devices specially if using battery power, because of what you mentioned. I want my phone to have a charge even if my GPS runs out of power, or vice versa.

    Now for what GPS unit you can get, your budget probably makes your choices very small. I was going to say get an Oregon handheld, but they might not be within your budget (please check coz I don't know how much they cost).

    What you want probably are the waterproof ones for MTB.

    On the other hand, you might want to look into buying some kind of a case that will protect any unit you buy from water or shock or both. Heck if you are good at homebrewing lock and lock type cases can be used to house GPS devices. There is also a thread about Bike mounts somewhere in the forum please check it out.

    Lastly, if you want a double purpose unit, check out the Nuvi models, again please search in the forum for that, these can be used for biking, walking and of course in cars.

    On the other hand, why not buy a 2nd or 3rd battery for the E71 and just buy a case for it to protect it

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    handheld gps would be fit for you, but quite expensive. it uses batteries AA battery & can either be the dispoasble AA or rechargeable AA. likewise, construction of handheld gps are rugged ,water resistant or to some extend waterproof.

    you can choose from colorado, oregon, dakota series and the e trex.

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    Hi, actually the battery of the e71 with the gps on is pretty good. using sports tracker, longest workout time on a bike is 12hours 10min continuous. the route is from antipolo to alfonso tagaytay and back but the battery is near empty when i got home.

    ive thought about getting extra batteries for my e71 but problem is i have to stop the workout when shutting down the phone and start again

    wait are gps units the same too? for an example i have a multiday bike ride and i have to change batteries, can i still continue the track?

    i was initially looking at the foretrex 401 but now am considering the dakota 20, any thoughts on the dakota?

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    Frankly speaking if you are getting 12 hours continues use on your E71, that is probably going to be better than a Nuvi or maybe even an Oregon. I am surprised that the battery consumption is so low, specially as the GPS as well as the cellphone part of the E71 is using up battery.

    Unfortunately I don't think they will continuesly track if you need to change batteries, you still could merge 2 tracks anyways using mapsource if you like.

    I'd still recommend having a spare battery just in case you need to make calls and your primary battery is running out.

    I like devices that uses AA batteries coz then you can have rechargable batteries like the eneloop batteries to change whenever they need replacing, heck you can go to a sari sari store and buy AA batteries if necessary. But unfortunately the Nuvi series do not have this feature, but most of the hand held GPS I think does, and I as I said am a fan of those. Unfortunately I am stuck with a Nuvi unit myself, but for Car use that is okay as I have a Car charger. My Nuvi only will last me half a day (6 hours) of continues use, if I am lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arvin555 View Post
    Frankly speaking if you are getting 12 hours continues use on your E71, that is probably going to be better than a Nuvi or maybe even an Oregon. I am surprised that the battery consumption is so low, specially as the GPS as well as the cellphone part of the E71 is using up battery.
    i was actually surprised myself that the e71 can run up to that time. i just did a 10hour ride to lucena and the phone still had 2 battery bars left.

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    Unfortunately I don't think they will continuesly track if you need to change batteries, you still could merge 2 tracks anyways using mapsource if you like.

    I'd still recommend having a spare battery just in case you need to make calls and your primary battery is running out.

    I like devices that uses AA batteries coz then you can have rechargable batteries like the eneloop batteries to change whenever they need replacing, heck you can go to a sari sari store and buy AA batteries if necessary. But unfortunately the Nuvi series do not have this feature, but most of the hand held GPS I think does, and I as I said am a fan of those. Unfortunately I am stuck with a Nuvi unit myself, but for Car use that is okay as I have a Car charger. My Nuvi only will last me half a day (6 hours) of continues use, if I am lucky.

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    that was also what i was thinking. units running on AA batteries are more practical especially when travelling in provinces where you can just buy the batteries instead of charging the unit

    i saw one seller from sulit.com.ph selling a dakota for php17k + is that an ok price? or would you just recommend getting from the US?

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    i uses a colorado series mounted in my handlebar....and im happy with it...shock proof, water proof and has a good signal. http://flic.kr/p/8LyN8p
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    Quote Originally Posted by milesyoung View Post
    actually the battery of the e71 with the gps on is pretty good. using sports tracker, longest workout time on a bike is 12hours 10min continuous.
    seems like your gps usage is mostly for track logging. if that's the case, a cheaper option is to just get a gps logger. depending on the model or settings you choose, some of them can log for more than a day continuously. most units are small enough that you can put it in a pocket.

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    Default looking for a gps for mountain bike too

    i'm a newbie, and looking for a gps for mountain bike too. Can i use the Nuvi series of handhelds? what do you recommend TIA.

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