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    Default How long will a Zumo XT run on its own battery?

    Anyone have experience with a Zumo XT in terms of how long it will last on a battery without wiring to your Spyder?
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    Maybe 1 or 2 hours. If fully charged. Why not just wire it somehow on the Spyder? Are you going to use it in your Boat? ........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Blue View Post
    Maybe 1 or 2 hours. If fully charged. Why not just wire it somehow on the Spyder? Are you going to use it in your Boat? ........
    No boat, just lazy.
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    I had the same question initially. I believe it is 4-5 hours but you need to test it. The first time I didn't have a full charge and it didn't last long. After that I just used a 12V on the bike I had then. The RT doesn't have one so now I'm looking at hard wiring. Fact is, it may be possible to do many shorter day rides without a charger. Another consideration to try is carry a small power pack like some use for their phones when a wall charge is not available. In that case it might be possible to do long day rides and still have backup power. Anker products and others have newly advanced small power packs for phones and laptops that fit in a pocket, or maybe along your handlebar.

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    Look at it this way: why be lazy now and buy into the long term PITA routine of having to take the device off your Spyder at the end of each ride and charge it for the next ride. Purchase a Kradellock, https://robertbeckerdesign.com/gps-locks/zumo-xt/, for the device and the only time you have to remove it is to download routes to it or for safe keeping when overnighting at motels when on tour.
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    How difficult to,wire? Any videos?
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    I know this,when it’s off the bike so I can load a fox file it’s only good for about a half hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyron View Post
    How difficult to,wire? Any videos?
    A lot of info here and youtube on wiring the Zumo XT for 20-21 models.

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    After running in my office for 3 hours on 90% brightness it went to 40% brightness and said must be hooked up to charger to resume brightness. Looks like wiring is the best option for any but short rides. I'm waiting on some posi-tap connectors but dread getting all the tupperware panels on the right side off in one piece and back together. Looks fairly simple but with my luck something won't go right.

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    I agree, anybody uses a portable recharger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyron View Post
    I agree, anybody uses a portable recharger?
    From the Zumo XT owner's manual, https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webh...B25FD823A.html.
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    On my 2014, I removed the analog gas gauge and used that power source to run the GPS. I mounted the GPS using the round Ram mount at the gauge location held in place by a flat aluminum bar from behind. I drilled screw holes through the bar to match the screw holes in the Ram mount. It was protected from the elements that way and easier to glance and see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyron View Post
    Anyone have experience with a Zumo XT in terms of how long it will last on a battery without wiring to your Spyder?
    Just rode 3+ hours with Zumo plugged into the USB receiver in the glove box. (I was using a charging wire purchased from Garmin.) The Zumo was set at 80% brightness. No degradation in brightness and I was linked to my helmet's Sena for voice guidance. After the ride I detached charging wire and Zumo was still at 100% charged.
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    The USB port in the glove box will charge any USB (5v) device, including your XT.
    Note that the XT won't be waterproof if you charge thru the USB port.
    Another reason to use the cradle direct wire w/fuse to the GPS connector on the right side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayBJ View Post
    The USB port in the glove box will charge any USB (5v) device, including your XT.
    Note that the XT won't be waterproof if you charge thru the USB port.
    Another reason to use the cradle direct wire w/fuse to the GPS connector on the right side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milryder View Post
    After running in my office for 3 hours on 90% brightness it went to 40% brightness and said must be hooked up to charger to resume brightness. Looks like wiring is the best option for any but short rides. I'm waiting on some posi-tap connectors but dread getting all the tupperware panels on the right side off in one piece and back together. Looks fairly simple but with my luck something won't go right.
    If use your battery for the power source you shouldn't have to remove any tupper ware .... just make sure the HOT wire is fused ..... Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bfromla View Post
    XT or the USB
    The XT USB port is waterproof only when it's not being used and is covered. If you charge via that port the 'hole' can get moisture/rain. Direct wiring eliminates the risk by drawing power from the cradle.
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    The OPs question makes perfect sense to me. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes I'll stop at a restaurant and bring the Zumo in with me to scan for new roads or destinations while waiting for lunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeWheels View Post
    The OPs question makes perfect sense to me. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes I'll stop at a restaurant and bring the Zumo in with me to scan for new roads or destinations while waiting for lunch.
    Well yes it dose but the OP is asking because he said he's being lazy and don't want to wire it up to the bike!
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    If it's wired to the bike it will be fully charged when it's taken into lunch for viewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    If use your battery for the power source you shouldn't have to remove any tupper ware .... just make sure the HOT wire is fused ..... Mike
    The XT actually requires no fuse due t its wiring harness, Mike . If it is relatively easy to get to the battery on an RT, the installation is a breeze. The is only one + and one - wire, unlike previous Garmin models. Took me all of 15 minutes to install it on the F3, including taking off one side panel for easier access.

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    If you wire direct to battery, the cradle power will always be on. The 21 RT has a switched 12v easily accessed on the right side.
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    Have only gone 2 1/2 hrs on mine. Did not check remaining battery level before I topped it off. Normally it's in the mount so it stays charged. Happened to use it in the car and don't have a mount there.
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