Designated GPS unit vs. Smart Phone

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by NJDirtRiders, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Queen of Spades

    Queen of Spades tall drink of water

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    This is why I grimaced learning that S6 and later models do not have replaceable batteries.
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    BigFatAl Been here awhile

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    These work good,wrap around any handlebar and hold well.



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  3. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    My phone charger is currently the Battery Tender charger and I have another one just like it from another manufacturer but with an LED instead http://products.batterytender.com/Accessories/USB-Charger-QDC.html Nothing wrong with the chargers. I've also had one of the Chinese 5V USB devices you can directly wire to the battery. I haven't had it on lately so dunno how it does. I did have it wired up when the Husky battery died and left me stranded.
  4. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Have you checked the chargers with another phone to verify that they can reliably output 1200ma?
  5. BigFatAl

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    Get one of these USB testers !!
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    Mine has given my a lot of info on my charging problems .


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  6. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    I run my Nomu S10 all day on the bike plugged in to a Battery Tender branded USB charger. At the end of the day it has about the same charge that I start the day with. I generally turn it off but leave it plugged in during rest stops and it will gain charge fairly well.
  7. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Ok, that's how I was running mine and it killed a battery (9 yo so can't complain to much) and contributed directly or indirectly to my VFR r/r connection failing. Granted, I can charge it at home and run it all day and still have battery life left, but I want to be able to charge it off the bike for long trips and not have to worry about it doing bad things to my battery.

    BigFatAl, I just ordered a similar one and it should get here in a week.

    DollySod, I'll check how my Galaxy S6 charges off the bike later today.
  8. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    I'm sorry man, your usb charger did not kill your battery or the VFR regulator/stator.
  9. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I just tried the S6 and it took less than 2 minutes to change 2%. Waaaaaaaaaaaay faster than the S10! Why is this?

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  10. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    The S6 has quick charge 2.0 built in. Not all phones can swing 1200-2000 ma, but the Samsung can.
  11. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Probably not but what a coincidence.
    Like I've stated, I suspect the battery was 9yo which is over double the life expectancy, but I just replaced that R/R connector on the VFR last year. I just didn't use dielectric grease on the connection and will do that this time. I remember the charger was hot when it happened but I don't remember if that's normal or not.

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  12. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    There's no way for the USB charger to put enough load on your charging system to damage your regulator. Your headlights and starter motor and tail light and ignition system and fuel injection system all pull way more amperage than that little charger that pulls at most 2 - 2.5 amps.
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  13. vagabondmatt

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    Hi Folks, I have a question that isn't specific to smart phone vs. designated GPS, but definitely relates. I can't find a better thread to post this in, so I am hoping to get your feedback. For those like me who have gone the route of using a smart phone for offroad dual sporting (i used OsmAnd+), where are you storing and sharing your tracks online? I know the dedicated GPS folks have websites and apps for doing that, but what about smart phone users? I'll give you a specific example of where my question is coming from: I recently moved to another part of the U.S., and I would like to view existing tracks or notes from other gps users so that I can explore dual sport riding in my area - especially smaller bike off-road stuff. Dual Sport Maps seems to be dead or at least unavailable to new users, and not sure if GPSies is my only option. Thanks for your feedback! Cheers
  14. webmonstro

    webmonstro A Aventura Continua....

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  15. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    I use Dropbox mainly. If you don't want to spend the money on their fees, there is Google Drive and if you value privacy, Nextcloud which you can run on your own server or oneo fthe various hosting sites - these are an inexpensive solution.
  16. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Google drive is pretty cool, because your can upload/download/share super fast and easily.

    gpsies is cool because you can plan and share.

    I like gpsies because it has sharing permissions/groups and it isn't cluttered
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  17. TO Scootz

    TO Scootz Adventurer

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    Here's a cut and paste from my report on the S10: From post number 2117

    "Half way back to my house I pulled over and checked my watch and the battery level. I had been riding two and a half hours and still had 75% of the battery charge. I'm guessing the battery would last an easy six hours, a fair bit more if I'd turned off the wifi and bluetooth. At this point I plugged the phone into my 2.1 amp USB charger, left OSMand and the music on, and headed home. I arrived a home a half hour later, checked the battery state and found a 83% charge, despite the drain of GPS, bluetooth, and a screen at 75% brightness. I'm very happy with my new GPS/phone."

    So 8% charge in 30 minutes, with the GPS map on, calculating position but not navigating, and Rocket Player bluetooth streaming music to my Sena. I was probably using the S10's provided USB cable. I've also used a short USB cable that came with a Anker speaker and a trimmed down red strip cable from 3BR. They all seem to work fine. Mind you, USB chargers and cables all seem to have their own style of black magic <grin>.
  18. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    This is charging off the provided wall wart with the red band cable. Pretty typical of everything I've tried now, using different configurations on and off the bike. The phone starts out around 2300ma and gradually works it's way down to 0 but does charge. I think I just have to charge this thing the night before.[​IMG]

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  19. Eatmore Mudd

    Eatmore Mudd Mischief on wheels.

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    Noice !

    Where'd you buy it ?
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  20. worwig

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    Very confusing.
    It shows 61%. Yet it also shows 4.189 volts. 4.189 volts is near the absolute maximum voltage that you ever want a LiIon battery to reach before it becomes a fire hazard. Basically, it should be indicating very close to 100%, if it truly is 4.189V.
    I suspect that info on the screen is suspect. You need a real meter in the line.