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Satmap Active 10 review | GPS battery

Published on: Tuesday, November 24th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Satmap Active 10 review

Satmap GPS field test

I do miss a lanyard, when hiking I don't need anything else, to be honest. The PLUS version does come with a case. The latter includes a wrist lanyard which can be attached to the Satmap by rather feeble connections. And sadly enough, you have to detach them to be able to place the device inside the case. There are no openings in the cover of the bag to fit the lanyard. In order to be able to connect the carrier belt to the case, you need to use thin, metal bayonet hooks, which appear to be just as feeble. I'd prefer a lanyard that can stay attached at all times. A small adjustment to the cover would considerably improve the user's ease of the case.

 

Satmap Active 10 battery

Satmap Active 10 battery

Power supply for the GPS handheld device

If you use regular AA batteries, you will need 3 pieces, which is a rather odd amount. It is of course an advantage that even AA batteries fit, although for this review, I also received the Powerpack. This contains the 2700 mAh Li-Po battery; a much better power source. According to Satmap specifications, this battery lasts about 3x longer than AA batteries when it is fully charged. It does however require converting the device, which is admittedly a bit of a fiddle. The battery holder is clamped and is connected to the interior via small white connector. This connector has to be released, after which the battery has to be connected to a similar small connector. This construction seems rather feeble.

Satmap outdoor GPS navigation system

Satmap outdoor GPS navigation system

Lithium Battery power pack

I think it is best to always use the Lithium battery. The price one has to pay for the Powerpack is however not quite clear. Only the UK web site reveals a price, £ 49.99. Not only is the battery included, but also a charging cable for the car lighter and a power adapter. Thanks to the Advanced Power Control option, one charging load will get you quite far. One disadvantage I came across is that in my opinion the battery status does not indicate the remaining power, but the voltage the battery delivers. Right at the end of the user period, the indication drops very fast. You'd expect to be able to carry on for a couple of hours, yet the battery depletes within some tenth of minutes. Charge regularly, is thus my suggestion.

 

Lithium Ion polymer battery

Lithium Ion polymer battery

Battery compartment

Battery compartment

Energizer AA batteries

Energizer AA batteries

 
 
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