NUVI waterproof question

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Shmandy, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Shmandy

    Shmandy Fat guy riding!

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    I have looked in multiple reviews and topic searches and still cannot find this answer!!!

    I am looking at buying a NUVI 550 or Zumo 220, I just cant seem to tell if they are only waterproof when running on batteries??? Can you have then plugged in and still maintain the waterproof nature? is there a special plug that has some sort of gasket seal that keeps the power port on the unit from rusting or getting all screwed up? will the regular cord be fine?? Help

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  2. Shmandy

    Shmandy Fat guy riding!

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    Really?? Nobody has experience
    With this?
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  3. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    Get whatever GPS you want. Just carry a sandwhich bag and an elastic band and you have a water resistent unit. It's very cost effective, and short of being underwater, it works!!
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  4. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    I have a NUVI 500. The plug just has a rubber cover that really does not make it anymore waterproof if it is not on. The only problem I have had is some green corrosion in the receptacle. This was cleaned off easy. I would say the submersion rating is either way. Mine did die after three years. $99 to replace.
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  5. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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    I have a Nuvi 550. It also has a rubber gasket and I haven't had problems with corrosion on connectors.

    It has a usb connector for power - so I suspect that over time it can become corroded.
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  6. Shmandy

    Shmandy Fat guy riding!

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    Appreciate it! I've got mine on order and just was worried as I do ride in rain a moderate amount and didn't know if I always had to disconnect it and run on batteries during those times.
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  7. abhibeckert

    abhibeckert Long timer

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    I reckon you'll be fine. Low voltage stuff usually doesn't mind a bit of water.
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  8. joeoldbmwrider

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    Zumo 220 is waterproof whether on batteries or powered. Have 1 no problems wet or dry :1drink
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  9. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Short answer, yes and no.

    If the USB outlet has it's cover on you can submerge the unit.

    If you have the power cable plugged it and it is mounted in the GARMIN cradle then water should not get to the plug as the Garmin cradle covers the plug.

    If you are using a RAM cradle (slightly different) then the plug and cable are exposed to the elements. More so on a naked bike.
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  10. srferrin

    srferrin GS-Obsessed

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    Ram Mounts makes the AquaBox series of mountable cases. They are waterproof, allow you to add a lock for security, have a port for power/headphones, and best of all, allow full screen touch operation. Great for making the cheaper Nuvi series waterproof. Also work real well with iPods and iPhones. The screen on the box allows touch sensitivity on the i-devices.
    Ram Mounts are super secure and I've never had one loosen or break.
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  11. Emmbeedee

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    The Ram Aqua boxes heat up really seriously in the sun. And the touchscreen is such a sticky material that using a gps inside the box was frustrating. I bought two and sold them almost immediately since they were useless to me.

    YMMV, but I hated them.
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  12. Umarth

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    to prevent the connectors from rusting and will also act as a water barrier, you can fill the connector (female) with dielectric grease.

    In my case, the gps unit never comes off the bike it's pretty much a fire and forget thing. if you take the gps off the bike and grease it more often.
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  13. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    I've been using a Ram AquaBox with a Nuvi 750 for a few years. It's a good way to waterproof the Nuvi. The flexscreen works well with gloves on, though it gets abit dirty when riding off the beaten path. I wash it in the sink with dish detergent, rinse, and it's good to go. I have Ram ball mounts on all my bikes, and swap the Aquabox between them. If you don't have a waterproof gps, the Aquabox is a good solution until you can get one. YMMV.
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