Handheld GPS Benefits
While phones have built-in apps for navigating, considering them as an accurate handheld GPS is a mistake. Once you’re navigating remote or difficult terrain, a handheld GPS is a must for topographical maps, waypoints, weather updates and even SOS messaging.
A lot of unpredictable instances can happen during a supposed fun adventure. From inclement weather to encountering wild animals, it’s not farfetched for these things to happen. That’s why we highly encourage people to get portable GPS devices. Phones are simply not enough to map out your destination and lead you to a safer track. Fortunately, here at Electric Bug, we supply a wide range of options that you can choose from. From handheld GPS for your next hike to waterproof marine GPS with charts for boating and fishing.
Features to consider for your new Handheld GPS
There are a large number of hand held GPS on the market, with minimal to extraordinary numbers of features. Consider what you will be using your hand held portable GPS for and what features you may need:
- Waypoints and Accurate Mapping
Marking your waypoints is a great way to stay on track. A handheld GPS allows you to plan your route using the preloaded topoactive maps and other information at your fingertips. The Etrex 22x is a low-cost option.
- Weather Alert
Many GPS models have a weather alert feature to notify you of coming weather events. 5 day weather forecasts as well as ABC sensors, are especially useful in a handheld GPS to help you be as prepared as possible. Try the GPSMAP 66s.
- SOS and Emergency Alerts
Most new GPS, such as the Montana 700i have an integrated SOS button. Some are even able to transmit over satellite networks for global safety. In the event of an emergency, a GPS allows authorities to track your location accurately, so you can be found as quickly as possible even when off the beaten track.
- Coastal Charts
If you are going offshore, a GPS such as the GPSMAP 79sc is purpose built with you in mind. Features include coastal charts, fogproof screen and floating body.
Why buy a Handheld GPS at Electric Bug?
A handheld GPS is not just for hikers and adventurous people. It is also ideal for accurate surveying by professionals. That’s why Electric Bug offers a range of products that can fit any of our customers’ needs.
“After-sales service is the key. Not only do they know their products but they put customer service on another level. I purchased a GPS navigator a few weeks before the Adelaide caravans camping show from them and the item was considerably cheaper for the show. I enquired and mentioned I should’ve waited to buy it. The manager at the show took my name and number and refunded the difference. I don’t think too many businesses would’ve done that. Special thanks to Anthony. Why would anyone go anywhere else”.
Check out a couple of the best handheld GPS options: