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The Satmap Active 10 is purpose built for the great outdoors, offering a long battery life in a waterproof and shockproof casing. The maps are supplie...

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Review of "Satmap Active 10"

published 13/02/2009 | rbell5ciao
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Pro Quick access to OS maps
Cons Cost and Power
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"Knowledge at a price"

SatMap: Knowledge at a price

With long trips planned with my cycle in next couple of years my thoughts turned to navigation.
My previous experience showed that I could spend some time each day either wondering
if I was where I thought I was and stopping to ask or figure it out, or worst still going down the wrong road wasting time and energy.

So I thought an investment in the Satmap system would eventually pay off in saved time, energy and piece of mind.
TD my test runs prove it to be true. The Satmap has guided me over several routes through Cheshire?s back waters.
A test trip to Snowdonia in the 'summer' of 2008 (the wettest ever) proved the devise
invaluable. It withstood large amount of rain/water from the sky and passing traffic.
Also I was alarmed when it fell out of my hand onto a concrete farmyard and despite the drop it continued to work.

The great thing is I know exactly where I am and how far to go etc
In fact in Snowden I found I kept the screen most of the time. It's reassuring to note
things as they pass by and to get ready for roundabouts or crossroads etc.

Although this does not have a odometer it can replace all the other normal functions that
you get with a cycle computer and you don't need to fiddle about attaching things to the wheel. With a route planned you can also see a profile of the terrain and get the total
ascents/descents you have to do on route.

Along with the OS map, it has info boxs on bottom of screen that you can set to display
2 or 4 items of information, giving 'speed now', 'average speed' etc

There is however one drawback for me in all of this and that is the issue of power.
Unlike the traditional paper map this gadget needs a battery of one sort or another.
When camping the opportunities to use a wall charger are probably zero so you have to carry what you need.
The Satmap either uses 3 AA batteries or a bespoke rechargable pack (£30 each)
I find that when cycling I have been checking my position probably every 10 mins.
So overall usage with screen on was about 6 minutes an hour.
The battery pack I found lasted about 10 hours with this level of usage.

A test of 3 AA batteries (supermarket own brand) with screen on continuously got me 6 hours of use for about 90p.
Note: The devise still uses power to keep the GPS going when screen is off.

The battery packs are probably the best option at present for a day trip.
I was informed when I rang Satmap that they may be developing a cycle dynamo with a USB output to the Satmap so charging would take place as you go along.
This would be great if ever it appears on the market at a reasonable price.

Conclusion:
TD I have no regrets about this purchase although the cost could put some off
Remember after the devise itself you have to buy maps (about £150 for the whole of Britain at 1:50K) at either the 25K or 50K detail,
a cycle mount, powerpack and spare batteries as needed.
I would trust this devise when walking/cycling etc to get me to where I wanted to go
but I would always take a paper map just in case of failure or loss of power.

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Product Information : Satmap Active 10

Manufacturer's product description

The Satmap Active 10 is purpose built for the great outdoors, offering a long battery life in a waterproof and shockproof casing. The maps are supplied on map cards that simply plug straight into the Active 10.

Product Details

Product Description: Satmap Active 10 - GPS receiver

Product Type: GPS receiver

Display: 3.5" colour

Recommended Use: Automotive

Interface: USB 2.0

Receiver: SiRFstarIII

Features: Digital player

Card Reader: SD Memory Card

General

MPN: 89500

Product Type: GPS receiver

Recommended Use: Automotive

Receiver: SiRFstarIII

Integrated Components: Digital player

Card Reader: SD Memory Card

Interface: USB 2.0

Aerial: Built-in

RAM: 128 MB

Display

Type: TFT - colour

Diagonal Size: 3.5"

Connections

Interfaces: USB 2.0

Battery

Type: Alkaline - AA type

Included Qty: 3

Required Qty: 3

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