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post #1 of 24 Old 06-28-2007, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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GPS Power; switched or unswitched?

Always live, or ignition?
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Always live, or ignition?
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It depends. If you don't have battery power in your GPS, and you might want to use it with the bike off, go the unswitched route (so to speak).

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UNSWITCHED!! If not, and as if Tom mentioned your GPS doesn't have batteries that will kick in when DC power drops out, the GPS will have to resynchronize with the satellites every time you turn the ignition on and off.

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I have my Zumo unswitched, I hate having to paste different tracks together because of loss of signal, or GPS shutting down. It will take days for the GPS to drain the battery so you don't have to worry there.

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Unswitched. Mine plugs into a powerlet on the fairing. It's nice to be able to let the satellites acquire while I'm getting myself ready to go. Or, to have it keep all the info on the ready if I make a quick gas or photo stop.

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Unswitched. Mine plugs into a powerlet on the fairing. It's nice to be able to let the satellites acquire while I'm getting myself ready to go. Or, to have it keep all the info on the ready if I make a quick gas or photo stop.
Mine, a Garmin, is set up the same way so that it stays on as long as it's plugged-in. It's not a threat to drain the battery because I'm not likely to leave it in the cradle that long for someone to steal.

I might have to be careful about any heated clothing I might use the Powerlet for but I'm unlikely to leave a heated vest or gloves with the bike for very long either and certainly not knowing they're plugged in and operating.

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I run my Zumo switched. During shut off of the keyed igniton, there is a garmin delay timer on the zumo which asks the user to turn off the unit, or go to battery. I always go to battery after shut down. I think its like 30 seconds before shut down.
I may reconsider, but for this season I am content. As I have allot more to learn in its usage such as the filing system and access to downloaded maps.
Typically I am worried about battery drainage as I use the GPS for outback trips where I have few human contacts.

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I use a garmin 60Cx and mine is unswitched. I generally turn off my GPS when I leave the bike and remove it if unattended other than in my garage.

If the GPS can run 12 to 20 hours on the little AA batteries then really this can't be much of an issue for the Bike Battery.

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Unswitched. On my recent 9-day ride, I regularly found myself working with it while stopped. It was nice to not have to turn the key on and off everytime I wanted to do something with it. Plus it didn't need to go through its power up routine everytime I stopped for gas or a break.

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