Garmin Oregon.....Thoughts/Reviews/Opinions?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Piston, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Shov3BR

    Shov3BR Tinkerer

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    Lots of emotion on this topic so I'll put in my two cents worth and shut up.
    • USB connectors are not made for high vibration environments with the USB Type B Mini being the worst. We sell USB cables for powering Garmin Nuvi GPS from a generic USB power port. I have to say that they are our biggest warranty issue.
      This in spite of the fact that we had our tooling changed to extend the rubber as far over the metal shell as the USB spec would allow and increased the Shore hardness of the rubber as much as possible without affecting the functionality of the strain relief.
      But, it's what we have to work with so we carry on.
    • The USB Type A connector (the big end that plugs into the power port, computer, etc.) is much more robust. We have never had a failure on that end of the cable or with our USB power ports. But then again it is much larger with lots more contact area and support surface.
    • Dielectric grease is a better choice than Vaseline for keeping contacts clean. You don't need thick, you need a thin film for corrosion protection. Vaseline is hydrocarbon based while dielectric grease is silicone based. Hydrocarbons have adverse affects on some materials where silicone is neutral to just about everything.
  2. Emmbeedee

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    Ok, that's done and dusted.

    What oil should I use in my bike?









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  3. byways

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    The guy could've at least made a typo, grammatical error ... something ... But noooo ...

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  4. EmmEff

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    Same here... I keep the backlight off completely in daylight.
  5. byways

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    Hmmm. I'll give it a try. And run solely on batts, too. Should be a nice, bright 90-degree day here Sunday as always in eastern Idaho.
  6. EmmEff

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    Did you put something in the battery compartment to ensure a solid connection?
  7. EmmEff

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    Trying to start a credentials pissing match now? Really...
  8. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I would but I am too lazy. The batteries last pretty long anyway without turning it off.
  9. byways

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    Nope. But just got back from riding a mix of pavement, dirt, even had a get-off (testing purps only, of course :muutt). Ran it soley on the two lithium batts. Worked perfectly!

    I had the backlight set to turn off at 2 mins. So, I'll see how long the batteries last. But for now ... Countdown was right again! Disconnect the USB and you disconnect the USB problem.

    Still can barely see the details of the screen, tho. I wonder if that issue is to some degree with the screen protector I adhered to the screen ...
  10. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I like the low self discharge rechargeables in mine. I get at least 14 hours out of a set. It could be longer as I am not sure. I know it lasts all day and the battery still says half full. I set the backlight to 30 second though.

    Oh. The screen protector could be causing issues. I don't use one on mine and it looks great. I kind of wish I had because I hit my helmet on it once when I had the rear tire fall in a hole and stopped the bike quickly. The Oregon has a big smudge down the middle of the screen from the impact.
  11. NordieBoy

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    Yep, but to stop/reduce vibration, thicker is better.
  12. byways

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    Where does one get low-discharged rechargeables? I've a stock of lithiums from Sam's Club ... $20 pack.

    As for seeing the screen, I don't use it for navigating so much, mostly for keeping track of where I've been lost.
  13. byways

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    So I calculate that by using lithiums, I'll need to change battery pairs 90 times to = the add'l $300 or more over the cost of a $200 Oregon for 1 Montana 650. By then, Garmin may have the bugs worked out of the Montana and I'll get one.
  14. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    They are becoming more common. They are availabe at Walmart and other stores. They are usually called precharged Nimh. The best known are Sanyo Eneloop. Duracell and Kodak makes some as well as some other off brands. They are great because you don't always have to charge them before you use them.
  15. byways

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    Thanks for that tip! I'll look for them when my 12 pack of lithiums is done.
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  17. Countdown

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    So Dialetcric grease on the contacts and Vasaline or wheel bearing grease on the sides! I still like black tape better for more fricition.
  18. NordieBoy

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    But tape puts pressure on the case and case seals...
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    Good point, but never saw a leaker.
  20. ratthing

    ratthing refrigerated cybercanine

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    Thanks very much for this pointer, Emmbeedee. I haven't seen a single reference to activity type settings anywhere during my research.

    My biggest frustration with the GPS is the lack of complete documentation/obscurity of the interface (esp given the age of the technology). I've seen some bad user interfaces and docs in my day, working in IT, but we rarely see a product with such mature technology.

    Thanks again!