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  • The changed charger

    Hi all!

    Does anyone know why Garmin has changed from the "perfect" wearable charger in Fenix 3 to the new "old style" one in Fenix 5?

    Best regards,
    Fenix 5X running the latest beta.
    Oregon 650t.

    Fenix 3 sold.
    GPSMAP 64s sold.

  • #2
    It's meant to now be the standard for everything new from what I understand, so they did something that could be used for any watch, any shape, etc.
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    • #3
      I preferred the old cradle charger and used it on longer ultras BUT it did require keeping the watch and cradle pins clean

      Time will tell if the new connection is better and if someone will market a right angle solution
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      • #4


        In use: fenix 5x, oregon 550t

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        • #5
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          Hahahahahaha I just spat coffee over my desk
          Last edited by SEILOGRAMP; 03-27-2017, 06:04 AM.

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          • #6
            NOOO WAY!

            That just looks ridiculous!

            Can't do that with a f5s...band is sadly too short (post)
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            • #7
              I'm just hoping that either garmin or a 3rd part comes out with a cable with a 90 degree bend on the end so you can plug it in, and the cable comes out under the side of the watch.
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              • #8
                It probably costs less to make, and it is less complicated. It's far superior in my opinion, for general charging. It's easier to fit in a bag and it's slightly lighter weight. I think they should come out with an additional wearable charger for those that need to wear and charge a watch at the same time. I'd be highly surprised if they're not working on one already.

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                • #9
                  Either Garmin or someone else needs to make a "clip-style"; done right that also resolves the "QR/bike mount" issue (there isn't one at present.)

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                  • #10
                    Of course I would like to have the possibility to load the watch while using it during an activity on the wrist, but to be honest, I think only a few people will use the watch for hikes etc. that takes longer as 12/14 hrs (and there is also the ultra track mode). No problem to charge the watch during a break (25/30 min. to load 20/25%) and on the bike, you can load it using the garmin bike mount (place the watch to the left on the mount).

                    And I think, a third party company will bring a angled charging cable on the market soon...A lot of people would by it (even if they don´t need it/ never will use it (except for testing)).
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Volker_I. View Post
                      Of course I would like to have the possibility to load the watch while using it during an activity on the wrist, but to be honest, I think only a few people will use the watch for hikes etc. that takes longer as 12/14 hrs (and there is also the ultra track mode). No problem to charge the watch during a break (25/30 min. to load 20/25%) and on the bike, you can load it using the garmin bike mount (place the watch to the left on the mount).

                      And I think, a third party company will bring a angled charging cable on the market soon...A lot of people would by it (even if they don´t need it/ never will use it (except for testing)).
                      You'd be surprised at the size of the ultra community who run long and slow who charge on the fly

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                      • #12
                        I'm running a timed 24hr race on the 8th with my fenix 5X. Doesn't matter how slow I run it'll still take 24hrs. If the fenix 5X charges as fast as my fenix 3 and Epix did it shouldn't be too much bother to just hold it in my hand while it charges. Of course, it'd be more convenient to be able to wear it. I'm halfway tempted to design and 3D print my own fenix 3-style charging cradle and hack a Garmin charging cable up to work through it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brucebb_ View Post
                          You'd be surprised at the size of the ultra community who run long and slow who charge on the fly
                          +1 :-)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jburchm1 View Post
                            I'm running a timed 24hr race on the 8th with my fenix 5X. Doesn't matter how slow I run it'll still take 24hrs. If the fenix 5X charges as fast as my fenix 3 and Epix did it shouldn't be too much bother to just hold it in my hand while it charges. Of course, it'd be more convenient to be able to wear it. I'm halfway tempted to design and 3D print my own fenix 3-style charging cradle and hack a Garmin charging cable up to work through it.
                            Can you have it ready for Endure 24 in June?

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                            • #15
                              Well I made some assumptions about what I'll find when I cut the factory cable open, but here's a design that I think will work. At the very least it proves that Garmin or someone else could bring such a thing to market. I have another cable on order and when it comes in I'll cut it up and fit it into the cradle.




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