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Garmin 66 vs 62S

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I went from a 60Csx to a 62S several yrs back.   

 

A few of my dislikes on the 62s is the battery life, even with a 2 min screen timeout.   The calibrate compass is really a pain since it is 3 axis. 

 

I have not been keeping up with the releases until I was at REI today and saw the 66s.   

 

Any one who has had a 66 for a while, could you please comment on battery life and features that I may not have seen on the two units I have owned.

Thanks

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So to step back....  What problem are you having with battery life?  It should be the same for a 62 as for a 60, around 12 hours.

 

As for as features go, the 66 is quite different and it is well liked around here.  Have you look at the list of differences yourself first?

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To be specific in reply to queries I have had a 66st for 9 months now 

Very pleased with it 

Getting 8-10 hours with AA Panasonic pro Eneloop batteries which  I can recharge in 40 mins via USB

The screen has much greater sharpness  and is  daylight readable.  I don't have the backlight on at all.  Screen timeout only kicks in if you use the backlight. You won't need it 

Mirad  of other improvements 

The one to have 

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You leave the Panasonic in the gpsmap 66 and can load it fully in about 40 minutes via USB?

 

mine take about 6-8 hours for loading in the 66

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