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#51400 - 01/10/09 08:18 PM The SatMap Active 10
BobTheFish Offline
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Registered: 01/10/09
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What should i say?
I think this gadget is a one off that's just brilliant cool

I haven't done the C2C yet but I'm planning to do It next yr (May 2010). I want to do It in 3 parts, 3 weeks 3 days in each week. Thats doing it in 9 days, but from what I've been reading I think that's a bit ambitious!

I've spent the last week organising my trip, I've used the SatMap Route Planner Software, Planned my route (following the AW Route) and got it all sorted on my SatMap. I'm not doing the camping lark, rather have a good nights sleep.


Anyone that thinks the SatMap has its floors then please tell me, I've used it now on about 5 or 6 walks ands I cannot find any faults!!

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#51401 - 01/10/09 08:45 PM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: BobTheFish]
slowcoach Offline
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Cost, obviously .... you need to be a regular walker in order to get a return on your investment .... 300 for the basic model (or cheaper on ebay or with YHA/Ramblers/Camping Club/Scouts/Guides/Still breathing discount at most retailers, plus the cost of mapcards. Mine was bought for me .... 500 including 2 site-centred mapcards but it has been a superb investment. I have twice been caught outside on my own when the weather has closed in .... once up Meldon Hill and once up Outberry ....both featureless areas of the North Pennines without any paths. The Satmap got me off effortlessly.

Also, although I use the powerpack, I always feel the need to carry the original battery holder plus spare rechargeable batteries. There could be a problem getting the powerpack recharged if you are too remote for an electrical socket.

The major, overriding advantage however, remains that it is the only unit that uses genuine OS maps.

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#51405 - 01/10/09 10:00 PM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: slowcoach]
scaredovheights Offline
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Registered: 21/09/09
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Do you think the plus version is worth the extra?

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#51408 - 02/10/09 07:14 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: scaredovheights]
slowcoach Offline
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Apologies ... I can't answer this one .... I have the first model so I have no experience of the new one. I suppose the answer is .... how much do you intend to use it once you have completed the C to C?

I have added the powerpack (35 from Amazon) to my basic model.... which really is an essential. This is included with the PLUS ... so factor this cost into a basic model. I use the rechargable lithium battery but carry the original battery pack and standard rechargeable batteries as backup. I assume (but can't confirm)that this is possible with a PLUS

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#51411 - 02/10/09 09:06 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: slowcoach]
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I have thought about buying a GPS for walking for a while but as I always take a map and compass and can navigate reasonably well I have never got round to buying or even using one. The other reason is the additional weight as I try, although not always successful, to keep the weight down. However as I intend to walk Land's End to John O'Groats next year having a GPS would be of benefit especially one with OS Maps.

My question, if someone could take the time, is how much does this GPS weigh, the powerpack, batteries, spare batteries and anything else that you need to carry to make it work. Thanks in advance for anyone who has one and has time to reply.
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#51414 - 02/10/09 10:20 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: Harland]
BobTheFish Offline
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It doesn't weigh that much it's like a big mobile phone. I don't have the extra power pack, but it uses 4 AA batteries, and I've just been running mine on 4 Duracell AA's and still have a full battery readout. I've used it for a total of about 14 hours so far. I'm going to keep track on the ammount of time these batterys last, cause if it's a fair time then just taking 4 AA batteries as a spare would be the best answer.

The main benefit of the SatMap is how easy it is to use, I used to have a Garmin eTrex, Nightmare in comparison.

It may take out the excitement of map reading, but it gives you more time to enjoy the walk and less time being worried about which way to go!!

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#51415 - 02/10/09 10:30 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: Harland]
slowcoach Offline
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Loc: Yorkshire
Hi Harland

I've just weighed mine ....

Satmap, mapcard, case and rechargeable battery (as used on walks) ... 338gm
charger ........ 141 gm

Remember you would need to be able to recharge the lithium battery every couple of days or so. Disposables are useless ... I got 5 hours from a new set of 3 Duracell with the screen on low (at a cost of 3.19).

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#51416 - 02/10/09 10:33 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: slowcoach]
slowcoach Offline
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Sorry Bob ... I wasn't picking faults ... you must have been typing the same time as I was and I hadn't seen your post.. No offence intended.

Are you sure that it requires 4 batteries ... mine only takes 3!!! Perhaps the PLUS is different in this respect.

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#51417 - 02/10/09 11:04 AM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: slowcoach]
BobTheFish Offline
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Doh! 3 is the right answer, just making sure you were paying attention!

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#51420 - 02/10/09 12:51 PM Re: The SatMap Active 10 [Re: BobTheFish]
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Thanks to both of you, I think that I may put it on my Christmas list - wish my mum was still alive, I'm sure she would have bought it for me!
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