Ultra rugged Kyocera phones,GPS smartphones ..my guide

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by PDX Alamo, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Sim cards are for cellular communication, a Sena uses BT to connect to devices. So yes, it will still connect without a SIM card.
  2. LogHouseBikers

    LogHouseBikers Following the front tire... Hopefully... Supporter

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    Thanks! Most of this technical wizardry is over my head. Usually I have to ask my daughter for help.:confused
  3. LogHouseBikers

    LogHouseBikers Following the front tire... Hopefully... Supporter

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    Can anyone tell me if the Ulefone Armor 13 can be used on AT&T and/or Verizon?
  4. MarkH67

    MarkH67 Been here awhile

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    Apparently the comms that come with my Schuberth C4 Pro are made by Sena and my Armor 13 connected to it with no problems. I wouldn't expect any problems connecting to any BT device as I'm sure the BT on the Armor 13 would conform to all the relevant standards. It can connect with BT just fine to Escort or Valentine One radar detectors, for example.
  5. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I'm going to guess the plug was not making connection for some reason. I'm currently using a 2.1 amp charger with my Duraforce XD and right-angle magnetic cable and the phone stays 100% charged no matter what. Have had similar results with much lower-powered chargers.
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  6. zonth

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    Ok. Good to know. Plan to swap out new cords and a new usb charger
  7. dflow

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    The magnetic connection can be an issue if you allow the cord to dangle unsupported as it appears in your setup/pic. Try routing it under or along side the phone body with a loop in it leading to the connection. The unsupported weight of the cord and constant shock/movement when riding breaks contact.
  8. zonth

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    UPDATE
    I think i had a bad connection to my switched source. When taking the mask down one of the wires was out of the connector. Dont have much confidence in these. So re-wired with new heat gun/solder type connector. And a new usb connector.

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    You'll have WAY better luck with that solder n' seal connector, they're excellent. Make sure you keep heat on it long enough to reflow the solder into the wire splice. If you aren't familiar with wiring, look into the Western Union splice and do one of those as well as the solder n' seal. If you want something easier and less permanent, but comparably reliable, look into Posi-Lock connectors.

    If you ever find yourself needing spade connectors again, I highly recommend getting the kind that heat shrink onto the wire. Electrical tape really doesn't have any place in automotive electrical systems because it doesn't seal well and peels off over time, creating shorts and other gremlins in the system. Personally, I don't use spade connectors anywhere except to attach wires to relays, and I usually crimp them down gently onto relays to hold them tighter. I switched completely over to posi-locks for wire-to-wire connections and haven't had one fail in something like 45000 combined miles across two vehicles that I beat the hell out of.
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  10. zonth

    zonth Been here awhile

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    excellent electrical advice, thanks. Wont use those spade connectors ever again. Ive used those posi-taps before, seemed very reliable but ive never been able to find them at the autoshop (autozone)
  11. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I've never found them at O'Reilly, Autozone or Advanced Auto. Carquest used to carry them in larger stores but it's been a number of years since I last bought any. I don't normally use Posi-taps or Posi-lock connectors for stuff I am wiring up in the shop (preferring splice, solder and heat-shrink for that) but I usually carry a few on long trips to make emergency repairs. The Posi-lock connectors are also good for connecting things, like spot lamps, that you might want to remove or replace at some later date. They sure are proud of those things though. I would never use them for anything requiring more than a couple of connections.
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  12. Cyclepath

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    Hi zonth. I don't ever use electrical tape even the expensive stretchy kind that can withstand heat. I like to use liquid tape and you can find it at just about any auto motive store. I even use it at the ends of shrink tubing around the wire. Has been working good for me for many years. :-)
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    I buy them on ebay
  14. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    First choice is probably on-line but if you want some "now" and have a Carquest nearby, it might be worth checking.
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    My DFP is getting pretty slow and the battery life is declining fast, so I'm looking for a new phone to replace it as my music/navigation tool. I won't be running with a sim card, and I'd like a slightly larger screen but can't step up to a tablet due to limited cockpit space. I'd like to spend $200 or less. Would something like the Samsung Galaxy S8+ or Active be a good replacement? Are there other android phones/phablets that I should be looking at?
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    I really want to like the Samsung S8 Active, but keep seeing remarks about the screen getting burned in and softness of the glass. Otherwise, it looks good on paper.
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    Is anyone using an adhesive Quadlock adapter on the a Duraforce Pro? Wondering if it’s held up for off-road use.


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  18. Mr VenCo

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    I have been using the adhesive adapter for thousands of off-road miles with zero issues
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  19. MrMac

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    I replaced my DFP with a Ulefone Armor X7 pro as my primary phone. The DFP still does duty as a backup GPS to my even older Samsung S4-active..! I keep thinking one of them will bite the dust at some point, or will just become obsolete.. The Ulefone has been great so far!

    One interesting note: I bought my DFP through AT&T several years ago and just recently moved the SIM card to the Ulefone. Since they still show me as having the DFP, AT&T just sent me a new (no-name brand) Android phone to replace my DFP, at no cost! The reason is because they will be shutting down their 3G network sometime next year and the DFP will apparently not be compatible with the network changes. The phone they gave me is basic Android 10, non-rugged, but still works pretty well. Not sure what I'm going to do with it though except keep it as a spare..!
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  20. arr2

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    Works well on the DFP. I use them on a KTM 450XCW off road ,,,,,,,no problems.
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