May 11, 2011
your right about the low power. i have been doing some testing and realized the hybrid 1400 mah have only have the rated amp hour capacity of the sanyo or others (over 2000 mah), therefore the gps reads them as half dead before i even start. as for the infinicells i charged them on my rayovac ic3 15 minute charger 4 at a time until it shut off the next day, but i found that if i took 2 out the charger would come back on and continue charging the remaining 2 to a higher rate.
i have decided to order 4 new rayovac IC3's anyway and use the others for my flashlight. they where hard to find because they stopped making them years ago (lack of sales, not a bad product)but one guy was smart enough to buy them up cheap.
just for general knowledge i bought 8AA and 4AA ic3's 10 years ago, i lost 5 AA's three years ago still working good, 2 went bad and i still have one. i have 3 AAA,s (one went bad) and after 10 years there all reading 1.35v and between 900 - 1000 mah after charging a month ago(there only rated for 800). when i first bought them i put 2 aa's in a krypton flashlight and it stayed on for 7 hours. i recharged them for 15 minutes and did it again, they lasted 7 hours. i did that a total of 4 times with the same results. i only had to swap in two fully charged batteries once after a full day of shooting with my digital camera. there the only rechargeable battery i know of to actually exceed manufactures specs.
March 17, 2010
May 11, 2011
i just got an Explorist 310, it's a real nice unit for the price ($199). the base map has every road on it i could ever need, even ones that are now only 4 wheeler trails. i don't use it to geocache, i use it to fish lakes that are pretty well inaccessible to people (rocky barrens, thick waste high brush, bogs and heavily wooded).
i trace the easiest route on google earth, convert a couple of times and insert it as a track.
my problem is that i have 2 sets of rechargeable batteries for it, Rayovac Hybrid (1400 mah) and Infinicell (2500 mah)from the source (radio shack). i read the battery thread below and it does not apply to my situation, every time i load them the unit says "low battery" and shuts down. the only way to get them to work is take them fresh off the charger but then there dead the next day.
they are 1.2 volt batteries and the rayovacs read 1.34 volts, the infinicells where 1.31 volts and both where off the charger for only a week. the gps is set for rechargeable, it works fine with energizer lithium's and even cheaper duracell alcaline's.
i have no problem getting out with a compass but an almost straight line makes for a rough trip out.