GQotDPinterestHey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Cache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

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We recently asked: Geocaching Question of the Day: How far is your Find Farthest from Home?

Geocachers definitely like to travel! Lots of interesting travel and holiday stories were shared. So here’s what we heard:

  • Kari on G+ shared: 1600 miles. Nothing is very far when you live in the middle of North America.
  • Tom shared: You got me beat, Kari, but not by much. 1,528 miles here, and for the same reason - I'm near the middle of the continent. Getting much farther away requires travel to remote places with extreme climates, or crossing an ocean or two.
  • David on Twitter shared: 1,376 miles from home while in Jamaica on a cruise.
  • Dora shared : 7,903 km (from BC Canada to Osaka Japan)
  • Don on FB shared: 9,249 miles from home, between my home in the U.S. and a cache I found while on a trip to Australia. BTW, on another trip I have another in which I found 2 caches that were 9,226 miles apart... ON THE SAME DAY.
  • Guy shared: 7417.31 Miles away found while I was deployed to Afghanistan –thank you for your service!
  • My furthest is 4851, a virtual in France. I was chaperoning my nieces on a European trip in 2005 and also got my furthest North find in Northern Scotland about a week later!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching adventures, and you can too, if you-

From our traveling experts, Peanuts or Pretzels - this month's guest blog is for all of you who are traveling to GeoWoodstock soon!  Take it away, Liz and Josh!

Fun Things to do in Denver

It's almost of the biggest Geocaching events in the world is about to take place in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending? Have you planned out your road trip to GeoWoodstock, including making your list of "must find" geocaches? Well don't forget to also look up some of the fun things to do in Denver during your visit. Denver is an awesome place, with so much fun to be had. Check out some of our picks for fun activities in Denver during your visit!

Denver Skyline at Blue Hour

For The Outdoor Enthusiasts

Colorado is home to some of the most scenic areas in all of the US. There are plenty of hiking, camping, and exploring opportunities for those who love to enjoy the great outdoors. One place that we highly recommend visiting is Rocky Mountain National Park. We love our national parks and it's always great to support them, but this is one of the best! The park is not far from Denver, in the mountains northwest of the city -- so it is particularly convenient for those travelers coming from the north of the west into town.

Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is another great park that's actually just 30 minutes from Denver, just a quick drive west into the mountains. With more than 12,000 acres of dense forest, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as horseback riding. From the lookout, visitors can even see 100 miles of the continental divide!

Another epic place to visit in Colorado is the Garden of the Gods. Located south of Denver in Colorado Springs, this is a must-see for anyone coming from the south into Denver for GeoWoodstock -- and a highly recommended side-trip for visitors coming from other directions. Visitors can hike around and even climb on some of these amazing rocks, and kids will love the interactive activities in the "Kids Corner" at the visitor's center. But there are also exciting Jeep and Segway Tours to choose from, a truly unique way to experience this memorable place.

View of the Stage

Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park is also a highly recommended place to visit just outside of Denver. This natural amphitheater is a true wonder, but it also has an interesting visitor center...and it's just fun to walk around.

Oh, and there IS a Geocache hidden don't forget to grab it (we found it)!
Geocaching at Red Rock in Colorado
Geocaching at Red Rocks in Colorado

For the True Adventurers & Adrenaline Junkies!

For those of you who might be looking for even more adventure during your visit to Denver, you won't be disappointed with the variety of exciting and even some extreme activities. Personally, we love ziplining because it combines a bit of adventure and excitement with the beautiful scenery. And what better place to go ziplining than around Denver - with those spectacular mountain views?!?!

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Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventures is actually located up in the mountains fairly close to the Littleton area, where the main GeoWoodstock festivities are being held. But for those coming from the south, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a convenient option located in Colorado Springs.

If you are looking for something totally new and unique, then check out SUP-Glo Night Paddling right in Littleton! It's basically night time paddleboarding, and you have led lights on your board, which light up the water all around you. We've actually gone night paddle boarding before in Thailand, not Denver -- but it was by far one of the coolest things we've done! It's so peaceful and calm on the water, you can watch the sunset and see the stars, plus the fish actually come out and follow the led lights! So you can see them in the water, it's really cool. No need to worry, SUP-Glo is actually a great activity for kids and everyone in the family! Definitely check it out.

Of course, Denver has many other adventure activities to choose from -- such as white water rafting and rock climbing. In fact, if you are new and want to learn how to rock climb check out some of the half day beginner courses available which are also great for families!

For the Beer-Lovers Out There!

Beer-lovers rejoice, because they take their beer seriously around Denver! In fact, there are numerous opportunities for you to sample some of the finest beer around. Of course there is the big one, the Coors Brewery in Golden. We've done that tour before and really enjoyed the experience, and the sampling room!

But if you are more into the craft beer (as we are), then Denver won't disappoint! There are numerous craft breweries in the area. From Breckenridge Brewery, Avery Brewery, Boulder Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Co. and more! But if you would rather sit back and let someone else drive you around on a beer tasting tour, then you will definitely want to check out the Denver Craft Beer Tour!


If you are more into wine then beer, then don't worry...Denver still has you covered with the Mile High Wine Tour!

For the Family or Non-Cachers Traveling With You

Being the Fourth of July holiday, we are sure that you may have some other family members traveling with you who want to do some other activities besides Geocaching. Places like the Denver Zoo or the Downtown Aquarium are a great way for those non-cachers to spend their day while you are enjoying the festivities. Other sites include the famous Molly Brown house, the 16th street Mall (which is great for walking), the Buffalo Bill Museum and even the Children's Museum of Denver or the Natural History Museum.

Buffalo Bill Museum

If you are looking for a way to see many of Denver's sights in an easy and convenient way (also good if you are history buff), then check out the Denver City Sightseeing Tour. But if you are also interested in some of the natural surroundings as well as the city, then how about the Denver Mountain Parks With Optional City Tour option.

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Have Fun Planning Your Trip to Denver & Enjoy GeoWoodstock 2016!

We hope you have a blast in Denver. It's by far one of our favorite cities in the States, mostly because of the combination of amazing scenery and outdoor activities with great city attractions and museums. No matter if you are coming from the north, west, east, or south...there are lots of road side attractions and fun things to do along the way.

Just the Resource for You!

To help you plan out your route to GeoWoodstock in Denver, we've put together a complete GeoWoodstock 2016 Guide including interactive maps, highlighted Geocaches, GeoTours, road side attractions, and fun activities everyone will enjoy. We've also included some hotels and camp sites that are convenient for your travels -- so be sure to check it out today!

Don't delay, because the event is just around the corner.

Happy Travels & Happy Caching to you all!


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Are Geocache Icons Important to You? Geocaching Question of the DayHey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  This week we're running a "Flashback Friday" recap on the Geocaching Question of the Day.  We'll be back to normal next week.  

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Are geocache icons important to you?

After reading through all the answers, it really was a mixed bag, and really depended on your geocaching goals.

So here is what we heard:

  • Jim on Facebook shared: No. But they do come in handy when I want to ignore or filter.
  • Danno on Twitter shared: they are not anymore. First two years I cared about icons and numbers now I just want to have fun.
  • Jo on G+ shared: Yes and no.  It's great to see those statistics and to try to find more of a type that is under represented.  But at the end of the day, we'll go after pretty much anything.
  • Tom shared: If I'm using the map, yes. If I'm looking for what to find, yes. Otherwise, no.
  • Michael shared and interesting way to, well, ‘profile’ another cacher. He shared: Not important to me, but when I look up another cacher it is the first thing I look at to see what they are interested in.
  • Irene on Twitter shared: Yes they let me know what kind of cache I am trying for & there are challenges where you need different icons.
  • Don on Facebook shared: Yes, to help me identify the different types of caches in an area. I will make a special trip for a type of geocache.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about cache icons, and you can too, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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The Cache Crate for May 2016 was sent a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!   This month's box was a theme box full of snacks to take with you while geocaching!

In case you didn't know, a Cache Crate is a fun box of geocaching and outdoor gear delivered to your door!  Sign up for your Cache Crate by clicking here!

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Here's what was inside:

1 Tall Boy Pint Cup

(A repeat. So those that have been with us a long time will now have a pair, and all the newer subscribers will finally get theirs!)

Jelly Belly Sport (assorted: Extreme w/ caffeine)  and Jelly Belly EXTREME Sport for Quick Energy!  

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24 1-oz bags of Sport Beans jelly beans in assorted flavors from Jelly Belly. With vitamins B, C and electrolytes. Great for exercise. Made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.

1 Original Trail Mix (Powers Candy & Nut)  


The trail mix that started it all! Real Milk Chocolate and California Thompson Select (Low Moisture) Raisins blended with a wholesome combination of freshly roasted Peanuts, Whole Almonds, and Cashew Pieces.  This company is local to Spokane, WA.

1 Juno Bars -apple crisp (Bumble Bar)


2 Official Geocaching Sticker (Tan & Green)


This is our new green and tan versions of the small geocache sticker -perfect for wrapping around a 35 mm film can, or to put on any sized container!

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This month's geochallenge has been issued!  Will you accept the challenge?

To help you with this #geochallenge, we thought we would give you a Trackable 101 to help you accept the challenge:

Trackables 101

What are trackables you ask? They are items that are uniquely identified (special unique code on each one) that are meant to travel from place to place, person to person.

Maybe you’ve heard of those traveling gnomes that people take with them on trips and then take their picture at scenic spots? Or how about Where’s George Dollars that you can track by the serial number to see where this dollar has been spent before?

Trackables are usually found in geocaches -but not always! They move from place to place, picking up stories along the way. You can add your own story, or live vicariously through each trackable’s adventures.

Trackables come in many forms, such as:

Here are some great hints to help you learn more about trackables, and some basic etiquette for handing trackables.

A Travel Bug is a trackable item that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. More here:

Trackables usually have goals. Read the trackable page, recent logs online or in the cache logbook, and look for a goal tag with many trackables. Don’t move it contrary to its goals.

Pick up a trackable? Log it ASAP. If you hold onto it more than 2 weeks, you should email the owner as a courtesy.

You do not have to leave a trackable in order to pick one up.

Don’t wish to pick up a trackable? You can discover it. Tells owner that it is not missing.

Do not log a discover if you haven’t actually seen or handled a trackable.

Don’t grab trackable from other geocacher until it is dropped into a cache or event. You may mess up miles or goals.

Is the trackable missing? Mark it as missing on page. Prevents others from looking for it.

Promo trackables: jeeps, diabetes. Do not collect and hoard; these are meant to be shared.

Many trackables have their own icon that will show on your profile at when you discover or grab them.

Some trackables aren’t in caches; they are on cars, shirts, bikes, etc. These are usually discovered.

Many geocachers buy and keep their own collection of trackables and will share at events to be discovered, or even trade online.

If the trackable goal is known and you cannot fulfill it, place it where someone can, or pass it person to person to fulfill its goals.

Do you have any  more tips to add?  Please do so in the comments!

Geochallenge of the month is about Trackables!

Do You Activate All Your Trackables?Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  This week we're running a "Flashback Friday" recap on the Geocaching Question of the Day.  We'll be back to normal next week.  

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Do you activate all of your trackables?

After tallying all the answers, we found that it, well, really depends on what you plan to do with your trackables.

So here is what we heard:

  • Terry on FB shared: I did not activate coins previously but I just went through and did proxies of all the coins and set those free. So now, yes, I do. A year
  • Adam shared: Previously I didn't activate my personal coins. Recently I decided that didn’t make any sense since the whole point of them is that they ARE trackable. So now my coins are active but in my collection so they can't be moved.
  • Kathleen shared: I am trying to get them all activated. Some I've been waiting to see what I'm going to do with them (TB tags).
  • Another Adam shared about his coin collection. He said: Not all of them, there are a few that I keep to sell or trade with. Usually these are duplicates that I own that are popular. Unactivated coins come at higher value in trade even though you can adopt coins that are activated. Strange concept that I understand. Like most collectors I keep my coins, Activated and unactivated in pristine condition in a private collect to be admired by friends and family.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about trackables, and you can too, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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The Cache Crate for April 2016 was sent a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!

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Take a Look Inside the April 2016 cache crate from cache advance


Here is what's inside this month's Cache Crate!

Platypus SoftBottle

Platypus Water Bottle for cache crateNothing’s cleaner, greener*, or more versatile than a Platypus SoftBottle flexible bottle. Whether you’re out running, catching a flight, or hitting the yoga studio after work, the SoftBottle flexible bottle is your source for easy hydration.

  • Lightweight and packable – 80% less weight and bulk than a hard bottle.
  • Taste-free as well as BPA-, BPS-, and phthalate-free.
  • Food-grade liner with rugged exterior is pliable and durable.


RiTR Green Stapled 3 1/4" x 4 5/8" book:

Rite in the Rain NotebookThe Rite in the Rain Staple-Bound Notebook is compact, flexible enough to slip into a pocket, and its durable cover defends against weather and wear. The patented paper is water-resistant, archival-grade, and available page patterns are optimized for your data collection.  This is a notebook that can be brought anywhere and survive any weather.



Weather Resistant First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for Cache Crate

  • First aid kit stows conveniently in your car and is ideal for outdoor activities
  • Red case only

Fisher Space Pen: SPR82 - Red Pressurized Stick Pen

Rocket Space Pen for cache crate

  • Writes at any angle, even in Zero Gravity. Simply the most versatile pen ever made.
  • Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
  • Each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled, hand tested, and carries a lifetime guarantee against all manufacturing defects
  • All Brass and steel construction

Trackable addon: Blue Glitter Butterfly Cachekinz

Blog Post mentioned in the packing slip:
And the Cache Crate members are having a coloring contest to help us with a Cache Crate GO Fish geocoin design!
Coloring Contest for April cache crate members

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Planning an afternoon of power caching? Maybe a 24 hour Cache Machine Run? Ready for an all-day cache adventure? We’ve had some great times power caching and would like to share some tips with you.

Just what are 'Power Caching' and 'Cache Machines' you ask?

Power Caching is any geocaching adventure for the main purpose of finding many caches over a space of time, such as an afternoon or even a 24 hour straight geo-marathon.

Pre Dawn Start!
Pre Dawn Start!

Cache Machines (popular in the US Northwest) are organized group-caching on a pre-planned route, usually from dawn to dusk, with a group dinner following the day’s activities. Travisl is the main organizer and his profile has the upcoming schedule of Cache Machines and also a great tutorial on how to put one together.

We know caching isn’t all about the numbers. We all geocache for all different reasons and some with certain goals in mind, and these can vary from day to day. So if you are thinking about a Cache Run, here are some tips to get you off to a good start and keep you going:

Location: Plan ahead and look over the area you want to cache in. Is the cache density good enough for you to find the caches you want to find? For speed caching, pick caches that are all on one side of the road; it’s hard to pass up caches on the other side, but you can come back for them later. It’s safer to not cross oncoming traffic.

20160320_114049Caches: Of course 1/1 caches will usually be faster to find. But we’d like to recommend that you throw in more difficult and higher terrain caches throughout the day. You will be ready for a challenge to clear the brain, and a good hike does wonders for your caching stamina.

Food: Geocaching is hungry business! Even if you are caching in an urban area, it’s a good idea to bring along a lunch and lots of quick snacks. You may not find a good place to stop and eat so having food along can save the day. If you are caching in a new area we also recommend chatting up the locals for dinning suggestions -you can find some great places this way!

Water, caffeine, beverages: Bring along enough beverages to keep you going. Geocaching is thirsty business too! Just as mentioned above about food, beverages can be hard to find on a power run.

Communication:  Before heading out, be sure that everyone on the trip has a good understanding of and agreement with your Power Run goals. Be sure to get everyone's cellphone number BEFORE you head out. If you are caching with a group, we recommend using FRS radios for instant communications. Geocachers traditionally use channel 2.

Logroller-1Geocaching supplies: Be sure to have plenty of batteries, pens/pencils, extra log sheets, and swag and trackables for trading. You can make up a special stamp or group sticker for the day, but we recommend NOT using stickers on micro caches as they can quickly fill up the cache container causing extra work for the cache owner. On Cache Machines, one signature (such as "TCCM" for Tri Cities Cache Machine last weekend) can cover everyone in your group for micro cache logs. Be sure to do any cache maintenance that you can, and add extra log sheets to caches that might be getting full. Always Cache In Trash Out (CITO).

Bathrooms: These can also be hard to find -don’t pass up a bathroom break! We also recommend bringing wipes and other cleanup items to use throughout the run.

Local street maps: Even if your GPS has roads on them, a local map can be helpful as roads do change and you will get more detail.

Pets and small children: Power Runs are a lot of in-and-out of the car and park-and-grabs. These are not much fun for little children and hard on pets too, especially if it is hot, or even just sunny. We recommend leaving them at home or being sure that everyone understands what the day’s activities are all about.

First Aid Kit: It’s all fun and games until someone gets a cut or other injury. Be sure to check your kit before heading out to see if it is well stocked and if anything has expired. On a recent power run our driver got a head cut, and we discovered that the first aid kit was all out of band aids. Duh!

Keep it going: Lastly we recommend keeping an eye on the gas gauge (running out of gas sure can ruin the day!) and and the setting sun if you don’t want to cache in the dark. Of course you should have a flashlight or headlamp with you just in case and if you want to carry on after dark. And of course, it is all about having fun, right?

Do you have any additional power run tips or stories to add?

Last night we lost one of our local geocaching community members, Larry Canfield. He had terminal cancer; we only found out he was ill very recently.

Cardinal Flyer Larry was very well known in the Geocaching world by the name Cardinal Flyer. Larry, his wife and granddaughter (as Team Nimrod) hid "Caitlyns Caches" throughout the Inland Empire. Larry was a prolific geocacher and has 234 hides in the area. If you have ever cached in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area you've probably found at least one of his Caitlyn Caches, named after his beloved granddaughter, Caitlyn.

Team Nimrod and Martin 5Pictured here is one of Jerry Martin’s (IE Chapter WSGA Representative), memories of caching with Larry. There will be an event in the next couple of months to honor/remember Larry.

In the meantime, we have contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign to help with costs and expenses. We encourage our caching community to pause for a moment, and to consider donating as well. Let’s help this family in their time of need.

February 2016’s Cache Crate is all about use, care and maintenance of your device. Taking good care of your phone and/or GPS will keep you and your devices happy and finding (and hiding) geocaches out in the field for a long time!


1. Your GPS or phone is NOT waterproof!

It may be water-resistant but most devices are not waterproof. Over time water resistance is reduced, the rubber on the GPS body and the flap that protects the USB port degrade and loosen, water and dust may begin to enter these areas after time.

When I once was geocaching via boat I jumped in the water to get to shore, my Garmin Colorado went under water, I didn't think too much about it, shortly after it was not operating. Bring a ziplock bag with you for those rainy days or if you might take a swim with your GPS.

2. The mini-USB or power port needs to be closed all time when you’re in the field!

This mini-USB or power port is very important! You can’t transfer or connect your GPS device with your computer if this port has trouble, or power your phone. Make sure this port is protected especially during usage in the field to avoid dust and water particle to prevent corrosion. Do not open the port unless you are loading caches or powering up.

3. Do not mix partially used batteries with new batteries, this can disturb electricity current that will affect your GPS device.

4. Do NOT mix the types of batteries.

There are several kind of batteries on the market:

a. Carbon, cheap and easy to get.
b. Alkaline, a bit expensive. This is the standard battery for GPS
c. Rechargeable battery (NiMH or Li-Ion), more expensive but you can save the environment.

Never mix them! For example, you put a carbon battery then an alkaline battery for your GPS. The chemical reaction is different and it can cause leaking on the batteries that can damage your device.

5. Remove the batteries when the GPS is not used.

This will prevent any chemical leaking from the batteries especially when the device won’t be used for long time. Remember:  Any kind of electronic device will be damaged if exposed by chemical ingredients from the battery.

6. Store your GPS or phone in dry place!

Humidity is the main enemy for every electronic device including your GPS and phone. Humidity can make the corrosion process faster in your device. Using a dry box to store your GPS is recommended.

7. Use cases for your devices to keep them protected from drops, water spills, scratches and dirt.

I buy mine from the camera department or sporting goods store. I just got one that can be looped thru a belt or backpack hip belt.

8. Screen guards.

These are great to help protect your screens from scratches and drops. They are made to fit your device or can be cut to fit with a scissors.

9. Your GPS transfer or phone power wire.

Be careful with this. Keep it from kinking and being tossed about, laying on the floor, etc. I like to get a couple additional transfer and power cables and keep one in my vehicle, one in my geo bag, etc. I've had to do "Pocket queries' 'On the go" several times, sometimes in my vehicle with my laptop, other times at a public library or computer store.

Use care when plugging in your transfer cable to your GPS. This includes cell phone charging cables, keep things "In line" and don't force connectors into your devices. I have several vehicle GPS Nuvi's that don't work anymore because the power cable connector to the device has loosened and won't provide constant power, There are fix remedies to be found online but I haven't tried them yet.

10. Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a rough cloth each time you replace batteries.

11. Take your GPS devices with you.

Thieves love these so it is best not to keep an automobile GPS on the mount when you are not in the car, boat or bike. Take them with you or put them in a trunk. Just don't leave it in plain view or you may get it stolen. Most insurance companies will not cover a GPS if stolen as they are portable and not part of the original car built-in components. You will need to make a claim on your renter’s or home owner’s policy.

12. Hot & cold.

In cold temperatures it is very important to not let any GPS or phone sit in cold weather below 32 degrees. That insulated camera bag will help keep it from cold dipping temperatures when it is not in use. Most GPS units and phones do not like heat if they can't breathe.

When you stop to have a lunch break in summer, your car temp can soar as there is no air flow.  So once again keep devices in an insulated camera bag out of direct sunlight and protect them from the heat. When in use in extreme hot weather make sure you have your air conditioning on or a few windows rolled down for air circulation. Wait to use the unit when the car has cooled a bit.

13. Keep your devices clean.

Keep your GPS and phone screen clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth, like the one included in February’s Cache Crate.

If your touch screen does not work properly then break out your owner’s manual and recalibrate it.  Most GPS units and phones are set up for this and will get you running again. It is very simple to do.

When your device arrives make sure you keep your receipt, the original box and all paperwork contents in case you ever have a problem with your unit and need warranty repair. This is a good way to send it back, just like it arrived!

Contact the Manufacture immediately if you have any problems with setup or you're not getting the response you expected to troubleshoot before contacting your dealer you purchased from.  Most problems are just a setting that can be fixed with the MFR tech support.

Your GPS with an Internal antenna will only work when mounted near your windshield or if it has a clear view of the open sky so it can read the satellites.

Keep learning about your GPS, experiment with the button features, read the manual and check online for tips and help.

Update your devices from time to time online.


Battery care & information 

Power Saving Tips for Phones:

  • Black wallpaper
  • Turn down your backlight –don’t use adaptive/auto brightness
  • Turn off your GPS (location service) when not actively using it
  • Use a shorter screen timeout setting
  • Switch off vibrate
  • Use Plane Mode if you don’t need to be connected
  • Keep your apps updated
  • Explore your phone’s basic battery saving mode

Bonus material:

What is battery memory effect?

Battery memory effect is about batteries remembering remaining charge if you didn’t let them go all the way to zero too often. So a battery frequently charged from 20% to 80% might ‘forget’ about the 40% that’s left uncharged (0-20% and 80-100%). Sounds crazy but that’s sort of true – but only for older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, not the lithium-ion batteries in your phone.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so you almost need to do the opposite – charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50% or more most of the time. When it drops below 50% top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40% to 80% in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20%.

Remove batteries from a device when it is not expected to be in use for several months.

Remove batteries from equipment while it is being powered by household (AC) current.

Make sure that you insert batteries into your device properly, with the + (plus) and – (minus) terminals aligned correctly. CAUTION:

Some equipment using more than three batteries may appear to work properly even if one battery is inserted incorrectly.]

Store batteries in a dry place at normal room temperature.

Do not refrigerate batteries; this will not make them last longer. Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places.

Do not attempt to recharge a battery unless the battery specifically is marked “rechargeable.”Some dead batteries and batteries that are exposed to extremely high temperatures may leak. A crystalline structure may begin to form on the outside of the battery.



You should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium-ion, and zinc air batteries. In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AAs or AAAs, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

Some retailers often collect batteries and electronics. Some communities offer recycling or collection of alkaline batteries—contact your local government for disposal practices in your area.

To find a rechargeable battery recycling location near you, visit Earth911 at, Call2Recycle® at or recycling

If recycling is not an option, alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode.

Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, some manufacturers like Duracell have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from their alkaline batteries since 1993. Those alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals—steel, zinc, and manganese—and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks.

Do keep batteries, especially small and coin lithium batteries and the devices that use them, out of reach of children. If swallowed, coin lithium batteries can cause serious injury in less than two hours.

Contact the National Battery Ingestion Hotline for more or 202-625-3333

DON’T dispose of batteries in a fire — they may leak or rupture.

DON’T disassemble, crush, puncture, or otherwise damage batteries. This can result in leakage or rupture.

DON’T carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.


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