Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Buying A Used GPS Receiver

I have never been a proponent of buying used electronics.  This is especially true for remanufactured electronics.  I have seen many used or remanufactured receivers fail during classes that I teach.

Used receivers in thrift stores, estate sales and auctions are generally overpriced and significantly outdated; overvalued and obsolete.

In the last 18 months my opinion has changed a bit.  I purchased a remanufactured Garmin Nuvi GPS for my car.  It has worked like a champ.  It’s been used on multiple trips and has not let me down.

I recently purchased a used Garmin eTrek Vista Cx.  This model retailed for over $300 when it was first introduced, can be found on  around for $120 today. I recently found one at a swap meet for $35.00; it was in fine condition.  All this receiver needed was a new Micro SD card for a current map package.

If the hiker is in need of a back-up receiver here is what I would suggest:

·       Keep an eye on the blog  The blogger keeps an up to date site on what is happening in the world of GPS receivers.

·      Identify what models are of interest and then visit Ebay, Amazon and to get a price baseline.

·         Get a relatively current model.  For example, Garmin models such as the 60 or eTrek series should have the following nomenclature next to the model name such as H, or HCx (Garmin GPSmap60CX.)

·      A receiver is in reality a hi-tech piece of equipment.  If the viewing screen is badly scratched or the case is cracked or showing signs of rough wear walk away from it.

·     Never buy a receiver without a demonstration.  Take some AA batteries with you when you go shopping.

·     The receiver should track satellites within a few minutes of being turned on and should be locked on, ready to navigate in 4-6 minutes (ball park estimate.)

·      Determine how much mapping capability it has.  For example, my old Garmin GPSmap60 receiver had the capability to store 100 mega bites of data which approximated to about half of the state of Oregon.  Receivers with micro SD cards offer more capability.

·       Retain all paper work and warranty info supporting remanufactured product.

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