battery life of 60csx?

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  1. jimmy2020

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    looks like it runs on 2 AAA's. How many hours can you typically get out of a set. I have an old etrex and battery life is more like 6 hours (ie..dies during a long day).
    I'm headed down to ride in Costa Rica and seems like the 60csx is going to be my companion and I don't plan to hardwire.

    Thanks Jim
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  2. CanyonRider

    CanyonRider Been here awhile

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    Two AA not AAA. Mine lasts around 5-6hrs as I recall. I went ahead and hardwired after my first all-day trip. You should really consider hardwiring.
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  3. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    2 AA's. I have the 60Cx but the only difference is that I dont have a baro altimeter or a magnetic compass Not sure if those two features on the Csx eat up considerably more battery power or not.

    With the backlight turned off and regular alkaline batteries I get roughly 14 hours. with the Li batteries I get considerably more time but I have not made a note of it.

    With the backlight on I estimate that I get around 8 hours.
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  4. tedder

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    supposedly they last 16-20 hours.

    But if you are on a bike, expect it to turn off automatically unless you hardwire. Any bumps, even on-road, will cause it to do so.

    It isn't hard to hardwire, even on a rental bike (assuming that's what you are doing in CR).
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  5. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    I throw my 60CX in a small tankbag (Wolfman) on my XR650R when doing some offroad desert stuff. I usually get a few days of riding out of a set of AAs. IIRC, 5 days of baja riding and on all the time, I think I only went thru 2 sets of AAs.

    When on a KLR or Vstrom, I have it hardwired and a RAM mount. hardwire is much better and then backlight stays on full time.

    I am very very satisfied with my 60CX :thumb
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    thanks guys. it will be a rental in Costa Rica and I guess I will hardwire as most of you have suggested.
    Does the hardwire have an inline fuse so I could connect straight to the battery? I'm asking because I once fried an ETREX.
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    Um, the wire I have in front of me doesn't have a fuse, but it uses a very tiny gauge wire. I don't know how you could fry a 60, unless you reversed the polarity.
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    For those too useless to build this up themselves (like myself), touratech does a nice little kit:

    http://www.cycoactive.com/ram/ram60.shtml


    [​IMG]
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    FYI, I just called Touratech and it sounds like it can be wired directly to a M/C battery. It supposedly handles a range of 6 - ~20 volts. Where the ETREX, that I fried, is limited to 5 volts.
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  10. markjenn

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    I wouldn't screw around with hard-wiring on a rental. Irrespective of the setup hassle, many of the touring companies really don't want you messing around with their bikes. The drop out problem is curable by shimming the batteries and the back-lite is worthless except at night. I get 15 hrs +/- (basically 3-days if you turn it off at stops) on disposable AA's without backlight on. And being able to pop it out of the mount when you leave the bike without having to screw around with wiring is nice. KISS.

    If you do hard-wire and don't shim the batteries, you need to remove them - leaving them in and unshmmed may still cause dropouts, even with hard-wiring.

    - Mark
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    I've never had dropouts while the 60 series was powered externally with batteries installed. Ever.
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  12. Countdown

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    Doesn't mean it won't happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ever!
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  13. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    I've had good luck with putting a bit of dielectric grease on the battery contacts of the 60CSx and that stops mine from turning off in bumps. 99 cents for a pack at the counter of just about any autozone or advance autoparts. I do have mine hardwired now though.
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    Nope, but I've been using the 60 series since 2004, have gone above the arctic circle, to the equator, and dual-sported in some incredibly difficult places and haven't had it drop out. I've had the RAM mounting balls break from vibration, I've had parts of motorcycles fall off from vibration, and I've had the whole assembly fall off in offroad crashes. But the GPS hasn't turned off.

    I'm not saying it won't happen- markjenn says it does, and I believe him. I'm saying I haven't seen it.
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    Incase anyone else encounters it, I was having dropouts under battery power & not external power.

    Garmin support suggested it was due to a full memory card, so I upgraded the size, reset the unit & its been fine since.
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    Actually to be ruthlessly fair, I've never run mine for a distance hard-wired so I can't talk about it from personal experience. But on these and other forums, there are a numerous reports of dropouts even with hard-wiring. And I believe there's enough smoke that there's probably a fire, although certainly there are many who have no problems at all. Heck, there's probably quite a few who have had no dropouts, wired or unwired. YMMV was never more appropriate.

    Hard-wiring saves worrying about putting batteries in, saves a few toxic milligrams of stuff going into landfills, and if I had only one bike, I'd probably do it. But I've got six and I hate running dongles - I've just done it too many times. And when you rent bikes, the less things you have to worry about, the better. My point was only that hard-wiring isn't necessarily the cure-all to the dropout problem and shimming does seem to work for most, so if you want to go wireless (and certainly the 60-series has the battery life to make it feasible), start with shimming.

    - Mark
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  17. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    A friend of mine has a 60Cx and suffered dropouts with the batteries in and hard-wired. The shimming solution fixed it for him. FYI.
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    I have a 60 Cx.

    I didn't have a stopwatch running, but I get at least 10 hours on a set of batteries with the backlight set to turn off after 15 seconds. That is a conservative estimate.

    Do the numbers: from Germany to the UK and then to Canada by air including stops, etc. and I still had 1 of 4 battery bars still showing.
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    I also put one ear plug under the batteries to cushion and snug them up.
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  20. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    I've been getting good life out of Lithium batteries lately. I haven't used a stopwatch but they seem to last twice as long as anything else, but cost twice as much. So it evens out.
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