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Old 05 January 2014, 20:01   #1
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Lowrance elite 5 HDI or Raymarine Dragonfly?

I'm re-wiring the new boat and need to add a sounder/plotter to it with a budget of around 450 and I think I've narrowed it down to either the Lowrance elite 5 HDI or Raymarine Dragonfly (no charts needed at the moment).

I'll be diving from the boat hence looking at units with downscan imaging. The dragonfly has a slightly larger screen but the lowrance has nmea0183 output/input for the vhf although this isn't a deal breaker as I also have an older lowrance globalmap 5150c plotter with nmea out so this could feed the vhf if I went for the dragonfly.

I just can't decide between the two so does anyone have any experience of either and can help make my mind up?

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I was looking at the Lowrance elite 5 HDI, and I was advised to get the HDS unit as this has an SD card slot - for adding charts, downloads and updates etc.
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Just bought the lowrance elite 7 very happy with the unit so far.On the DSI side you can see two divers at 29.4 m
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has the elite 7 got an SD slot, and can you load up navionics?
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has the elite 7 got an SD slot, and can you load up navionics?
Yes I have a navionics gold card in it.
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hmmm... I asked Lowrance directly about what unit I should get when I sent my 3500c and x102c in for repair as they were beyond repair. I asked about this unit as I wanted a wider single unit to replace both - but they said that it wouldn't support navionics...
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hmmm... I asked Lowrance directly about what unit I should get when I sent my 3500c and x102c in for repair as they were beyond repair. I asked about this unit as I wanted a wider single unit to replace both - but they said that it wouldn't support navionics...
My old navionics card from my 3500c dose not work in the new unit'
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Hi Steve,

They might have meant that the cards from the older units are standard SD cards and the new units are micro SD cards.

The photo is the card I got with my unit.
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hmmm... I asked Lowrance directly about what unit I should get when I sent my 3500c and x102c in for repair as they were beyond repair. I asked about this unit as I wanted a wider single unit to replace both - but they said that it wouldn't support navionics...
As far as their website is concerned both the Elite HDI 5 and 7 both support Navionics charts but in Micro SD format. I believe they do do a version of the elite 5 which is a sounder only not plotter/sounder so this may be what they were talking about.

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I now think the reason was down to the fact that I had an SD card from the 3500c and not a Micro SD. So they sold me the HDS units giving me the option to re-use the navionics card from the 3500c, then when I had paid and the units shipped from Europe told me my SD card was faulty - so had to buy a new card anyway.
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