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Losing the track when changing batteries
May 17, 2012
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Yeah, I have the same problem bushwhacking.
So here's what I tried and it works pretty well.
I hang the case on my pack and it tracks fine.
I can see the screen and everything is protected.
This is a Pelican 1060 micro case;


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May 17, 2012
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As for the battery pack, I've looked at them, but I'm often involved in bush whacking and ledge climbing and misc. connecting wires would inevitably get torn off.

May 17, 2012
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dwcarr1 wrote:
I will see if I can reproduce this on my eX710 and if so, then I'll forward to Eric. I say that, because that is always the first thing he ask me - "have you reproduced the problem?" So, I check it out in the next couple of days and let you know what I find, because if the unit is dumping the active track just because it loses battery power for a few seconds then that absolutely needs to be fixed. Personally, when I'm 20 miles out in the desert, if the unit did that you me it could get me into a heap of trouble trying to find my way back out!!! :huh:

David

Exactly, you've hit the issue right on the head. This can be a real safety issue. As I said, my Triton doesn't seem to do this now. I remember when I first got it, it would run out of track and start over and you would lose the beginning of the track but that was fixed at least for any distance that I travel.

Also, from the responses, I'm curious why it doesn't seem to happen on all the units.

May 17, 2012
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By the way, I have never experienced loosing my active track while changing batteries, but I usually save & start a new track when I change them.

I just hang a bag on the handlebar and strap it tight with a velcro strap, it looks goofy but it works pretty well.
That little power pack will power the 710 at least 20 - 30 hours before needing recharge.
On really rough trails it wouldn't be too good but I'm too old & fat to ride really rough trails now anyway. 😛
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May 16, 2012
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phild31 wrote:

...I have & use a Hyperkin portable power pack for extended hikes/rides....

Phil - can you show us how you set up the power pack when you are riding? Do you mount it on the handlebar of the bike?

May 16, 2012
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soleful2001 wrote:

My active track is preserved until I either clear it or save it.

Same here.

May 16, 2012
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I have not experienced this on my Ex610. In fact just took an overnight trip where I had to change batteries.

I will see if this can be replicated. Actually I hope I am unable to replicate it!

My active track is preserved until I either clear it or save it.

May 16, 2012
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Boondeck wrote:

One thing I have been learning recently with my x610 is that I need to save the track before I change the batteries or I MAY lose it. It does not seem to happen every time.

With my Triton is was the opposite. I had to remember to clear the old track before starting a new one or I had a garbled mess with lines connecting the old hike to the new hike.

What with having to change the batteries as often as four times or more on some hikes it's easy to forget to save the track before changing the batteries.

Is there anything that can be done to have a complete track of a long hike without making the save track before every battery change?

I will see if I can reproduce this on my eX710 and if so, then I'll forward to Eric. I say that, because that is always the first thing he ask me - "have you reproduced the problem?" So, I check it out in the next couple of days and let you know what I find, because if the unit is dumping the active track just because it loses battery power for a few seconds then that absolutely needs to be fixed. Personally, when I'm 20 miles out in the desert, if the unit did that you me it could get me into a heap of trouble trying to find my way back out!!! :huh:

David

May 16, 2012
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If you really want to be green, have rechargeable batteries with you and power the unit from a battery pack check out the Goal Zero portable solar powered kit.

Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit

I've had one for a while now, it works as advertized and the batteries are pretty good.

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May 16, 2012
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I don't know of anything on the unit to save tracks while changing batteries.

But if you have a power supply to plug into the unit while you change batteries the unit will not be shut down.

I have & use a Hyperkin portable power pack for extended hikes/rides.

Hyperkin on Amazon.com

It's light weight, small and has 10,000 mAh it runs my 710 for 20 - 30 hours!

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May 16, 2012
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One thing I have been learning recently with my x610 is that I need to save the track before I change the batteries or I MAY lose it. It does not seem to happen every time.

With my Triton is was the opposite. I had to remember to clear the old track before starting a new one or I had a garbled mess with lines connecting the old hike to the new hike.

What with having to change the batteries as often as four times or more on some hikes it's easy to forget to save the track before changing the batteries.

Is there anything that can be done to have a complete track of a long hike without making the save track before every battery change?

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