Thread: tapping power for portable GPS..
07-14-2008, 02:56 PM #1
tapping power for portable GPS..
I would like to know... has anyone SUCESSFULLY(meaning no stalled crafts 200 mi away from land or getting stranded in ANY due to this new Install) installed a cable(power) from the Battery to power up a portable Gps unit?I have the Garmin unit 76CSX.... I forgot to replace my batteries yesterday...I was just screwing around was not far from Shore all but just wanted to play Navigator.. I Bought the cable but never Hooked it up. It's only 2 wires.. so it ain't no thing.. but i was just curious..
07-14-2008, 06:42 PM #2
I dont see why you couldnt run a wire off the battery - and + terminals to power the unit but I dont know about how the water would affect the area that plugs in the back. I have the same gps so if you try it and it works good ,post back.
07-14-2008, 11:32 PM #3
Dedicated GPS Power
Got dedicated power cable for Garmin GPS 440/540 Chartplotter with G2 3d Vision. Runs straight to 2nd battery.
But for regular handheld gps, Id just carry 4 extra AA batts.
07-14-2008, 11:37 PM #4
Thanks for the reply.
Good unit huh? I also go the extra maps with it for the NE.. I gave it to a friend to test out last fall.. he told me that it's a good unit and it will be more than i will ever need.
I would probally keep the unit in the "glove box" while underway.. looking at it occasionally. althought looking at it all the time would be neat... I have to think about safety first. I found out that some place require your head to be on a spindle.. not staring at a NAV screen... I know me.I know what i would do.. If i do do this i will lwt you know...
07-14-2008, 11:40 PM #5
2nd battery huh? That sounds like a good idea.. but i know that i would not go that route.. Carrying The AA's are looking better to me all the time...
07-15-2008, 12:04 AM #6
07-15-2008, 12:10 AM #7
Yeah who you go crazy? certainly not! I'll bet you would not even hear of such nonsense!
The Cord is supposed to be used in the Marine Envoirment, but you are right... after looking at the Garmin cable .. I do agree.. the wires do look a tad flimsey.. I dont think the thing uses much current... Hmm... better to be safe than on fire!
07-15-2008, 06:43 AM #8
do not use copper wire.
use a marine grade fuse holder
solder and heat shrink wire to wire connections and then coat them in a sealing compound
07-15-2008, 07:44 AM #9
Hardwire your GPS. We have bar mounted units shutt off all the time because the AA will loose just a brief contact and shutting off the GPS. Sucks rebooting it especialy in an offshore race. Hardwiring it aviods this problem.
07-15-2008, 07:56 AM #10
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