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Batteries last only 20 minutes?

Hi, I use brand new 2000 NiMH batteries in my GPSmap 176C, which I use for my camera as well. They are fully functional. Nevertheless after 20 minutes the Garmin warns of empty batteries and shuts down some seconds later.
I am punching in waypoints and so the backlight is on for all the 20 minutes. The GPS is set into simulator mode to save energy (since I am inside anyway). Any idead if this battery sucking is normal or what I could do? PC connections doesn't work because I have not the right sonnector.
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  • yorick_obean Jan 21, 2009

    Thanks so much for trying to help me. Unfortunately, the GPSmap 176C doesn't offer to choose from a a battery type - nor can I hokk it up to a computer for an update (due to the lacking connector at the PC. But thank you anyway!

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NiMH batteries work on less voltage than Alkaline batteries, so the unit thinks the batteries are low when they are just the wrong type, put Alkaline batteries in {and turn off the backlight if possible} and you will get your 8 hours of use.

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Most Garmin GPS's will let you change the type of battery you use (Alkaline or NiMH) in your setup/system menu. Choosing the correct type should improve the effectiveness. Also a firmware update is always recommended in helping the overall unit run smoothly.

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