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Old 12-15-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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Factory Recall: Spot Locator Gen2

i was at rei this afternoon and the salesperson told me that the gen 2 was taken out of their shelves and stockrooms. they were all recalled.

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so if you're expecting this one for xmas, you may have to wait till the issue (not sure what?) is resolved...
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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so as not to confuse anyone, here are pics of the spot messenger gen 2

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:04 AM   #3
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Yeah, that happened last week. They are supposed to have the new ones in today.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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Based on the battery life and miscellaneous specs between the Gen 1 & Gen 2, I'd rather have the Gen 1, anyway.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:55 AM   #5
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Spot vs. Spot 2

My google-foo sucks.

Where can I read about the differences between the two? Especially the features that might make me want the original?

Thanks!

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:27 AM   #6
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From the SPOT website.

Gen 1

Battery
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2 AA Lithium
Power ON, unused:
Approx. I year*
Tracking mode:
Approx. 14 days*
S.O.S./911 mode:
up to 7 consecutive days
Check / OK:
1900 messages*
*Under normal usage a full battery charge should meet or exceed these amounts


Gen 2
3AAA lithium
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:50 AM   #7
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GPS type devices to the GPS forum.. off it goes.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #8
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Damn, I bought two of the Gen 1's for the kids for Christmas, guess I was smarter than I thunk.

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Only some units are affected by the recall, but the recall notice was sent to all SPOT 2 owners, so even though they can clearly identify which units are affected and who owns them, it’s in their database, each customer will need to check to find out if their SPOT 2 is affected. They explain that this will allow them to deal with other owners who hear about the recall, but via other means such as this posting, and won’t know if it covers their SPOT 2. We can think of a number of ways to accomplish this that doesn’t inconvenience owners with out an affected unit, but… At least they are working to do the right thing.

In discussing this issue with SPOT representatives, they explained that the problem which they relate in their notification as being “not meet(ing) battery and messaging operating specifications,” is that at least some of the SPOT 2 devices are indicating via the “ON” button flashing red that the batteries require replacement well before they actually do. I suppose that this is better than waiting until it is too late, but clearly it presents its own problems. SPOT says they have not been able to determine what specific units are affected, so they are exchanging all units.
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Damn, I bought two of the Gen 1's for the kids for Christmas, guess I was smarter than I thunk.
hope you got the $50 REBATE!...
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GPS type devices to the GPS forum.. off it goes.

thanks GB..
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:14 PM   #12
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Based on the battery life and miscellaneous specs between the Gen 1 & Gen 2, I'd rather have the Gen 1, anyway.
Like KLRs, eh?

The Gen2 has a much better UI, which is reason I hesitate to recommend the Gen1 to folks.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:51 PM   #13
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Like KLRs, eh?

The Gen2 has a much better UI, which is reason I hesitate to recommend the Gen1 to folks.
Been using my Gen 1 for over a year. It works just fine.
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Been using my Gen 1 for over a year. It works just fine.
I got no problem with it, but when I loan it out, people have trouble.

And it doesn't do well when you drop it on the road and a truck runs over it.
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I got no problem with it, but when I loan it out, people have trouble.
Even better, that way they won't be inclined to ask. I don't think it's difficult, even Steve can drive one.
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