Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Garmins on long rides?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Garmins on long rides?

Old 08-29-09, 04:45 AM
  #1  
deepakvrao
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
deepakvrao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bangalore India
Posts: 2,385
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 391 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 11 Posts
Garmins on long rides?

We have rides sometimes which are whole day long and guys have Garmins which die out. I came across a few products that might help

https://www.gomadic.com/garmin-edge-e...-extender.html

https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11927

https://energizer.com/products/energi...y-charger.aspx

Tried a search here but did not come up with anything. Any idea about how good these would be? What do you guys do for long rides? Can you charge the Garmins from say a pack like this while its being used on a ride?
deepakvrao is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 07:58 AM
  #2  
umd
Banned
 
umd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 28,387

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
The 205/305 should last at least 10 hours on a single charge. The 605/705 lasts about 15. I've used the 305 in the past with a cell phone battery booster like the ones you linked to.
umd is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 08:07 AM
  #3  
DataJunkie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I had a 15 hr ride in July and used a cheap usb battery booster I found at target. These things can be found just about anywhere.
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 08:21 AM
  #4  
deepakvrao
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
deepakvrao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bangalore India
Posts: 2,385
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 391 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 11 Posts
Thanks guys.

Just another question. Did you guys ride with the charger plugged in or did you charge the Garmin during breaks?

UMD,

I know its supposed to last 10 hours, but does it really? And I would hate to lose data on my longest ride :-)
deepakvrao is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 08:51 AM
  #5  
bumperm
bumpersoar
 
bumperm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Minden, NV
Posts: 138

Bikes: Trek Madone 6.9, Trek 5000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Got two of the Duracell USB chargers at Cosco (came two to the pack). It does charge the Garmin 705, but it only works with alkaline batteries - - won't work at all with NMH rechargables batteries - - bummer.
bumperm is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 09:24 AM
  #6  
dark13star
Mountain Goat
 
dark13star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 2,244

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My longest ride this year was 12 hours. My 705 showed about a third of the battery left at the end of the ride.
__________________
"I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
https://herodot.us
dark13star is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 10:16 AM
  #7  
DataJunkie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 14,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
Thanks guys.

Just another question. Did you guys ride with the charger plugged in or did you charge the Garmin during breaks?

UMD,

I know its supposed to last 10 hours, but does it really? And I would hate to lose data on my longest ride :-)
I did both. At one break I forgot to plug it in. So I plugged it in and threw both my garmin and the charger in a jersey pocket. My garmin is able to keep a signal while in said pocket.
DataJunkie is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 10:51 AM
  #8  
dark13star
Mountain Goat
 
dark13star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 2,244

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Glad to see this thread. I have recently started using my 705 for backcountry stuff and it works fine. Biggest issue is lack of replaceable batteries for multi-day trips (and limit of 100 waypoints). I am going to try it next time I go out for a few days, but the way this season is going, that is likely to be next year.
__________________
"I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
https://herodot.us
dark13star is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 11:07 AM
  #9  
johnny99
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 10,879
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
$50 from Lance Armstrong's new sponsor: https://www.radioshack.com/product/in...LAID=336284232
johnny99 is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 11:18 AM
  #10  
tntyz
Senior Member
 
tntyz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nabob, WI
Posts: 1,274

Bikes: 2018 Domane SL7

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 24 Posts
Longest ride on my 305 was 8 1/2 hours - no problem. On long rides I switch over to "smart" record mode b/c of storage limitations. I don't need all those detailed data points to tell thatI'm slow!
tntyz is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 11:54 AM
  #11  
jgt_madone_newb
Oops... Madone-less
 
jgt_madone_newb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Olathe, KS
Posts: 189

Bikes: seven Axiom SG, Spec Roubaix Expert Di2, Trek DS8.4, Trek Sawyer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I got one of the Energizer chargers from my 305 when I was going on RAGBRAI for a week this year. I may be missing something, but I found that the plug from the charger wouldn't fit while the Garmin was mounted on the bike. That said, my Garmin never died during the day, and I used the Energizer to charge it at night.

Another issue worth mentioning if you're on a multi-day event - the Garmin has a limited capacity for data storage. I was riding for seven days with no opportunity to upload data. At the end, I had the basic mileage and time info for the whole week, but the detail information on elevation, cadence, etc., etc., was lost from the first 2 1/2 days.
jgt_madone_newb is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 06:07 PM
  #12  
dark13star
Mountain Goat
 
dark13star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 2,244

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jgt_madone_newb View Post

Another issue worth mentioning if you're on a multi-day event - the Garmin has a limited capacity for data storage. I was riding for seven days with no opportunity to upload data. At the end, I had the basic mileage and time info for the whole week, but the detail information on elevation, cadence, etc., etc., was lost from the first 2 1/2 days.
Just do each day as an individual ride, have a card installed, and "save to card."
__________________
"I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
https://herodot.us
dark13star is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 06:47 PM
  #13  
johnny99
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern California
Posts: 10,879
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by dark13star View Post
Just do each day as an individual ride, have a card installed, and "save to card."
I assume you have a 705. The Edge 305 cannot use memory cards.
johnny99 is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 06:48 PM
  #14  
umd
Banned
 
umd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 28,387

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac SL2, Specialized Tarmac SL, Giant TCR Composite, Specialized StumpJumper Expert HT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
I know its supposed to last 10 hours, but does it really? And I would hate to lose data on my longest ride :-)
It is supposed to last a lot longer than 10 hours, but about 10 hours was usually what I got. The 705 can go all day without any issues and there are no [practical] storage limitations either.
umd is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 08:08 PM
  #15  
dark13star
Mountain Goat
 
dark13star's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 2,244

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse 3 Carbon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
I assume you have a 705. The Edge 305 cannot use memory cards.
Yes, sorry about that.
__________________
"I would be an historian as Herodotus was." Charles Olson
https://herodot.us
dark13star is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 09:17 PM
  #16  
Butcher
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kent, WA
Posts: 495

Bikes: 2005 S-Works SR Equipped,1978 Tom Ritchie Road bike, Kuwahara Tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
15 hours with a 705 was no problem on a long one day ride.
Butcher is offline  
Old 08-29-09, 09:52 PM
  #17  
Pugsly
Ride to Ride
 
Pugsly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 641

Bikes: Fuji C7 full DA

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
for my 305 I've used one of those cheap 4-AA USB chargers (connected up while riding) - works really well, as it depletes the AA batteries before it starts to draw down the battery in the 305. If you are doing much more than 130 miles or so you need aux power for the 305.

I've yet to find a long enough ride to really challenge my 705. I find I can get in a couple of good long rides before the battery starts to get low.

When I do week long rides, I try and charge it a couple of times overnight when I can find a plug.
Pugsly is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.