Garmin 62 stc

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by brian777, May 19, 2014.

  1. brian777

    brian777 We're there!

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    Hello!

    Looking for pros and cons of the Garmin 62 stc for dual sport riding. Looking for feedback on this unit.

    Thaniks!
    Brian
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  2. mcnut

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    Get the 78 instead of the 62 as they are virtually the same function/spec, but the 78 has a much better power plug option for hard wiring.

    Why do many skip past the 78 if it is the preferred choice? It is only listed in Garmin's "On the Water" line, the 78 has the buttons on top (Better IMO) which is counter to what people are used to and finally the 62 seems the logical successor to the wildly popular 60 but the 60 had the good connector the 62 doesn't.

    Garmin 78, the best way to go if you like buttons!

    Bruce
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    $150 at WestMarine.com
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  4. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Just picked a 62stc from REI for $249, this being my first handheld GPS I think its going to be big asset to my gear. Given its only battery powered, AA are cheap and I can purchase additional rechargeable batteries to keep it going.

    Now back in my GPS noob hole :rofl
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    Vibration is enemy of GPS, always use the light weight AAs which are not cheap, $5 every other day. Power from motorcycle is free, batteries then last almost forever.
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    I use the same model and will be trying my AC power cord with a small inverter. Maybe. Someday. Possibly.
    Does it sound doable? I have some regretts on this model but will live and learn.
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  7. Countdown

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    Are you really serious? The question is; is it safe? I guess if the inverter has a "ground fault" protection circuit that trips on 5 mA differential between black & white wire, it can't kill you but I wouldn't trust it.

    A much safer option is a 12V to 5V (USB) power converter. Only danger is if it fails shorted, it toasts the GPS.
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  8. justdirtyfun

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    This stuff should be simple but its not. For example, when connected to a pc the connection will only tranfer data but using the ac cord it allows gps function and bypasses the batteries.
    Because of this I assumed a 12 to 5 volt input might act like a pc connection and try to transfer data. Somewhere in the usb connector must be a signal wire to differentiate between the two connections.
    This hopefully makes some sense to a few people. Any thoughts?
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  9. he man

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    I believe there are special USB cables that only trigger the power function instead of the Computer connection function.
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  10. brian777

    brian777 We're there!

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    I was going to buy the REI deal but having power is a real plus!
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    Very few if any.
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  12. FriedDuck

    FriedDuck Why die all tensed up?

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    As long as there's a thread going....

    Is the screen on the 62 large enough to make it usable while moving? I'd really like to get a track-enabled GPS and the 62stc keeps going on sale making it awfully tempting.

    I like the buttons vs. touch screen & it seems to do everything I'd want. That screen reminds me of digital cameras from 2005 though.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
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  13. HogWild

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    The 78sc is on sale right now for $199 at West Marine (no camera or topo map). The screen and functions of the 78 are otherwise the same as the 62, but the 78 has the 12v power connector that makes it a superior choice for motos (no 12v connector on the 62). The screen size on the 62 and 78 is too small to read text and details while riding, but if you're following a track, you can see the track line fine.
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    If you are honest with yourself about your 2-3 ft eyesight! If you need help with menus in restaurants you don't qualify.

    Bruce
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