- Size (LWH): 7.3 inches, 4.9 inches, 1.8 inches
- Weight: 1.6 ounces
Magellan GPS Blazer12 Waterproof Hiking GPS
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- Powerful 12-parallel channel receiver
- Super-sensitive quadrifilar antenna
- Wraparound rubber armoring, weatherproof
- 100 landmarks, one reversible route with 10 legs
- Easy to use, and it floats
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Setting up the Blazer 12 was easy. We just installed the batteries and initialized the receiver by answering a few on-screen questions about our location and the time and date. The unit assumes that you already know a little about basic map reading, longitude, and latitude, but the User Manual introduces you to the Blazer 12's features in no time.
It took a little over three minutes for the Blazer 12 to get a position fix after initializing. After that, marking our initial position was as easy as pressing the Mark button. We watched our precise longitude and latitude change as we walked and drove; the Blazer 12 tracked our distance as we moved. As we returned to our initial position, the Blazer 12 guided us back with the appropriate directions.
The Blazer 12 is rated to last 20 hours on two alkaline batteries; ours lasted eight hours on two Ni-Cad batteries. The unit is also rated to retain its memory for 30 minutes without the batteries; we checked ours at one hour and the memory was still intact.
Considering the low-cost peace of mind that the Blazer 12 provides, it's hard to imagine trekking into the unknown without one.
- Rugged, waterproof construction
- Easy-to-follow instructions
- No I/O or PC support
- No built-in atlas
Top Customer Reviews
When the blazer 12 is used in conjunction with a map its performance has been flawless for me. However, it can be used without a map if all you are doing is marking and traviling to and from known locations. The accuracy seems to be as close to dead on as a gps can get.
This is a great product for those who want just a basic navigation tool. I just don't have anything bad to say about it. I suppose if you wanted an automapping feature or external int. or pc interface capability this is not the one for you.
The only real downfall with this unit is that it takes a very, very, very, VERY long time to get an initial fix if the batteries die or are removed longer than 20 minutes. It forgets EVERYTHING and must be reset. The reset program loads the system with a default location you specify (i.e. US states, Candian provinces, etc.) and the unit then tries to figure out which satellites can be seen from a "default" lat/long preprogrammed for that state. Sounds great...Works lousy. For example I'm in the far Southwestern tip of Virginia. Only problem is that the default location for Virginia is 5 degrees East of me in longitude...meaning the unit really can't see the sats it thinks it can. And to compound the problem, I live equidistant from the preprogrammed locations for TN, KY, WV, VA, and NC.
I put fresh batteries in mine today, plugged in the way points I wanted to go and took off. An hour's drive later I arrived at my destination (luckily, I didn't need the GPS..this time). Still no lock. Then came home and put the unit on my back fence. Two hours later, it locked for the first time. Now it works right off the bat.
Overall, not exceptionally bad for the right price, but know what you're getting into beforehand. It's not a unit that you can slap batteries into and go on a whim.
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