A few weekends ago I was caught out on a run when my new Garmin Forerunner 610 ran out of batteries 4:20 into my run. I had a feeling it was going to happen as it had beeped ‘Battery Low‘ a few times. I ended up having to guess how far I had to go and was a little annoyed my full 4:30 / 24 mile run had not been fully captured. But nevermind.
I noticed this most when we were in San Francisco and I’d leave my Garmin 405 on all day just to track where we went. It always only recorded 6 hours at the most. 😦
The battery life seems to depend on what options you have set as various things can drain the battery, things like (on the 610) having:
- The mile split alerts going off.
- The mile split vibrations going off.
- The backlight turned on for any longer than the minimum time (8 seconds).
- Using the watch: pressing the screen (on the 610) or the wheel (on the 405).
I’ve found that a reboot usually helps too. So, if you’ve experienced an episode when you’re Garmin’s battery life under performs, try a reboot and it should last for longer the next time you try to record an activity with it.
However if you’re willing to spend a few pounds, there are a few ways you can extend the battery life of your Garmin:
It’s a bit of a steep price, but you do seem to get a lot with the External Power Pack:
- External power pack with permanent mini USB connection.
- Folding solarmonkey solar panel.
- Female USB2 connector.
- Female mini USB to 3.5 x 1.1 convertor tip.
- Velcro strap to attach solar panel to rucksack, tent, etc.
- Bike bracket with Velcro strap.
- Universal mains charger.
I had thought about getting it for my Christmas from some nice person … but then another solution was suggested to me. 🙂
Here’s what I found for my Garmin 610 or 405:
Make sure you get the Instant one and not the Pocket one as the pocket one doesn’t have an outlet for the normal USB connector which you will use to charge the Garmin.
You will charge your Garmin from the Instant USB charger just the same way you would from the mains – with the charging cradle you got with the Garmin. Or you can buy a spare charging cradle from Garmin.co.uk for £18.99 (incl P&P) like I did. 🙂
So all in all, the extra battery charging apparatus I got cost me just £34.48! 😀
And I didn’t really need to buy an extra charging cable, but it means I can leave my cable for charging my Garmin in one place without having to unplug it all the time. 😀
Thank you Santa (Ross – my big brother :-D)!
That should do me for running the (10-12 hours?) of the Highland Fling and all of the training runs leading up to it!