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  GPS - exposed contacts
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-10 9:48 AM (EST)

I want to reiterate Tom's statement about exposed contacts on waterproof units.

I have a Garmin Rino 520 with exposed recharging contacts. Perhaps this unit is waterproof in Garmin's Kansan freshwater lake, but it is NOT waterproof in coastal waters. Splashing the unit with seawater (a conductor) causes a short across the charging contacts.

The best that Garmin would offer when I contacted them was a replacement battery and the suggestion that I use a waterproof bag for my WATERPROOF Garmin Rino.

Not a happy Garmin user.


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  GPS contact points
  Posted by: wavetamer on Apr-28-10 1:17 PM (EST)
Thanks for adding validation to my concern. It struck me awkward from the start.. What, a simple camp or similar might protect a $300+ piece of electronics! Definitely a case is needed for even the most waterproof of the lot. Safe paddling!


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