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Old 16 November 2006, 05:41   #21
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The reason is that the whole unit is IPX5 but when flush mounted the front panel is waterproof.

So if the unit lets in water via the front end it get replaced.
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It is flush mounted so I hope not to be in touch.
TVM for your prompt response to my email.

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Nothing waterproof about the box, except perhaps the printing.
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Old 16 November 2006, 06:47   #22
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Hi All,

In my opinion there are only 2 makes to buy

1. Garmin
2. Raymarine

Just my input and Ive used both with no problems at all.

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Old 16 November 2006, 07:41   #23
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In my opinion there are only 2 makes to buy

2. Raymarine

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Noooo - not Raymarine (for anything handheld anyway...)
My RAY101E handheld (~6months old) is now refusing to charge via the mains adaptor and my RC400 chartplotter (~8months old) literally gobbles batteries.
Je suis not happy with Raymarine.
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Old 16 November 2006, 07:51   #24
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my RC400 chartplotter literally gobbles batteries.
duz itt ownly doo batterries?

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Noooo - not Raymarine (for anything handheld anyway...)
My RAY101E handheld (~6months old) is now refusing to charge via the mains adaptor and my RC400 chartplotter (~8months old) literally gobbles batteries.
Je suis not happy with Raymarine.
Can you charge the batteries outside the unit?

And what sort of batteries do they take? IF they are say AA type you can buy higher capacity ones.
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duz itt ownly doo batterries?

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Well I wish it would "do" something other that batteries - would be a lot less time and expense for me
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Can you charge the batteries outside the unit?

And what sort of batteries do they take? IF they are say AA type you can buy higher capacity ones.
Yep - take the batts out of the unit and charge them seperately. Have bought higher capacity batteries also - still crap. The performance seems to be getting worse too ... charged it up on Fri night and by Sat pm it wouldn't even power on ... pretty rubbish, bearing in mind that this is my backup and wasn't being used on Sat.
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Sorry to say this is not the first time I have heard this.
Try it with non rechargables.

Geonav do the same chart plotter for less money.

The batteries in both are Nimh as standard and like ni-cads need looking after.

Whilst I agree that Garmin kit is great I would not touch anything with the Raymarine badge on it IMHO.
I have used both in anger many times and the Garmin wins hands down everytime.

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NiMH need a lot less care than NiCad's; don't have that dreaded memory effect, either.

That said, there are a couple of things to avoid with NiMH cells: Heat and Shock. Drop a cell on concrete (or other hard surface), and it's quite likely to be damaged. Allow a "fast" charger to overheat it, and ditto. They also don't like to be run down to nothing.

In some cases, a full (or nearly full) discharge, followed by a slow charge will recondition the cells; in other cases, toss them and replace. A pulse load tester goes a long ways in weeding out good from bad. One such tester is here: http://www.thomas-distributing.com/z...ery-tester.htm

The one thing you need to watch in NiMH vs alkaline is the cell voltage: Alkalines are typically a tad over 1.5V, NiMH (and NiCad's) are somewhere right around 1.2V. Some equipment will run fine on the 3V alkalines provide, but refuse to run on 2.4V.

That said, most late build NiMH cells will far outlast alkalines in use; but are not for long-term emergency equipment. NiMH cells self-discharge at a rate of about 10%/month (as I recall), so if you pop them in your handheld VHF, and throw that in your console for a few months, well, you're going to be doing a lot of talking to yourself when you need help.

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NiMH need a lot less care than NiCad's; don't have that dreaded memory effect, either.

That said, there are a couple of things to avoid with NiMH cells: Heat and Shock. Drop a cell on concrete (or other hard surface), and it's quite likely to be damaged. Allow a "fast" charger to overheat it, and ditto. They also don't like to be run down to nothing.

In some cases, a full (or nearly full) discharge, followed by a slow charge will recondition the cells; in other cases, toss them and replace. A pulse load tester goes a long ways in weeding out good from bad. One such tester is here: http://www.thomas-distributing.com/z...ery-tester.htm

The one thing you need to watch in NiMH vs alkaline is the cell voltage: Alkalines are typically a tad over 1.5V, NiMH (and NiCad's) are somewhere right around 1.2V. Some equipment will run fine on the 3V alkalines provide, but refuse to run on 2.4V.

That said, most late build NiMH cells will far outlast alkalines in use; but are not for long-term emergency equipment. NiMH cells self-discharge at a rate of about 10%/month (as I recall), so if you pop them in your handheld VHF, and throw that in your console for a few months, well, you're going to be doing a lot of talking to yourself when you need help.

HTH;

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Sounds like a lot of looking after to me

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