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Posted: 12/29/13 04:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking for advice or input about a handheld GPS unit to be used for basic geocaching.

I guess I'd like to stay under $150.00 if possible.

Any advice?

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Posted: 12/29/13 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a Garmin, Oregon 450. It will cost a little more than $150 but well worth it. Check on the internet for the lowest price.


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My daughter uses her smart phone and gets everyone she's gone for. Although I not sure how well it would work if you don't have Cell reception.

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You can use a smart phone with a 10 dollar app however it will eat up the battery pretty quick.

Look for a Garmin 62 series. Back around Christmas they were on sale for 199. That is an excellent unit

You can also go to the forums on the Geocaching Web Site and read what everyone else is using.

I have an old Garmin 60Csx which is obsolete and I'll sure hate to see it go.





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dbbls wrote:

I use a Garmin, Oregon 450


I have a 450 - love it. But the eTrex 20 is also a very nice unit and cheaper.

Most cell phone 'GPS' apps use the cell network for maps, location services, etc. They don't work if you can't reach the cell network.


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Posted: 12/29/13 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WoodGlue wrote:

I'm looking for advice or input about a handheld GPS unit to be used for basic geocaching.

I guess I'd like to stay under $150.00 if possible.

Any advice?

WoodGlue


I have a Magellan explorist GC handheld GPS and it's OK finds all the caches that I go after, their may be better ones out their but I paid $100.00 for mine. Get one that is paperless so you can have the hints to finding the cache, that way you don't have to make notes.
I know people that use a smart phone and like them.
If you haven't gone to the geocache,com site go check it out, it's a lot of fun geocaching, we do it while camping.


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They are all real good these days.

Even my old marine units work well enough to get a person on top of a cache. All the unit has to do is point correctly and read out feet to where it thinks you want to be.

There are two smartphone apps called c:geo and GPS Essentials. They only need the network to collect maps if they are needed, but we only use the maps to get in proximity, then it is "follow the arrow".
Oh, And Both apps are free.

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Posted: 12/29/13 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an old black and white Garmin Etrex Legend works just fine.





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Another vote for the Etrex.

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Posted: 12/29/13 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, thanks everyone for your input!

I am going to be partial to a dedicated GPS unit as I am in the truck (I use a TomTom VIA 1605 for RV's) Plus I do plan on eventually geocaching where there is no cell service available.

So, paperless is the way to go...

Is a color display necessary or not (just a nice thing to have?)

WoodGlue

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