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Locosys GW-60

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Created by sailquik > 9 months ago, 5 Oct 2016
decrepit
WA, 8633 posts
19 Apr 2018 7:17PM
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BSN101 said..
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I understand that issues arise over time but is this plague problems?


This one is hard to call, I've had no problems with my watch, but I look after it.
I don't press buttons if they are wet or stress the strap more than necessary to fasten it.

It appears there is also a small number of people trying to put the GW60 down, how much of this is due to false or exaggerated claims is impossible to say.
So sorry I can give no assurances either way.

The GT31 certainly didn't have as many complaints, as far as I remember. The main problem with them was the USB connection, the pins either lost pressure or suffered from corrosion. Earlier firmware would crash every so often, and unplugging the battery was required to reset it.

The GW52's touch screen was problematic, and it was dampness sensitive.

Keeping everything dry was the main way to avoid problems, and it seems that continues.

Valdaron
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22 Apr 2018 6:02AM
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how is the hourly capacity of the locosys gw-60 recording - how many hours can I swim with it only by charging it

decrepit
WA, 8633 posts
22 Apr 2018 8:46AM
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Valdaron said..
how is the hourly capacity of the locosys gw-60 recording - how many hours can I swim with it only by charging it



Not long enough for us!

fully charged, very roughly about 5 to 6hrs

kato
VIC, 2264 posts
22 Apr 2018 2:33PM
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decrepit said..

Valdaron said..
how is the hourly capacity of the locosys gw-60 recording - how many hours can I swim with it only by charging it




Not long enough for us!

fully charged, very roughly about 5 to 6hrs


Pffff not even a normal days session without recharging

tbwonder
NSW, 92 posts
22 Apr 2018 9:40PM
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I managed to get 280km on the GW60 by topping it up during food breaks, so it is enough for normal people.
Now that I have the strap free version I can attach a usb charger to it whilst it is in the aquapac.

decrepit
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22 Apr 2018 7:57PM
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tbwonder said..
>>>> Now that I have the strap free version I can attach a usb charger to it whilst it is in the aquapac.


So how many people are going to cut there straps off?

boardsurfr
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23 Apr 2018 11:18PM
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decrepit said..
It appears there is also a small number of people trying to put the GW60 down, how much of this is due to false or exaggerated claims is impossible to say.


The GW-60 is a great GPS if you are lucky and don't run into problems. For the first few months after I got the watch, I recommended it to anyone who asked. I have since changed that based on my own experience, and what others have reported. I now recommend it only to windsurfers who plan to join the GPS Team Challenge (that's a small minority here in the US).

My wife and I have three GW-60s (plus GW-52, Canmores, GT31s, and more). When sailing, we almost always use the GW-60 because it's most convenient. Feedback during sessions is a minor advantage; for that, Android phones with GPSLogit or Windsport Tracker are better.

All our watches have intermittent problems with mounting on Mac OS X. This is unique to the GW-60 among dozens of USB dongles and devices that I use. It appears Locosys never bothered to test the watches adequately on Mac OS X.

I find the user interface of the watch easy enough, but I have talked to quite a few users who were confused by it. This is worst for Mac users, who have to remember the button sequences to delete display data and log data. Almost every user has been confused by the "deep sleep" feature, where the watch requires a power connection to wake up if it has not been used for a while. The typical conclusions are "the battery is broken already" and "the software is buggy". Locosys definitely messed up here, this is not mentioned at all in the "GW-60 QuickStartGuide".

Of the three watches I have, two have problems. One has a broken screen from a fall. The design of the watch, with the glass being higher than the bezel around it, makes such breakage too easy. Locosys was a pain to deal with when trying to get this repaired; it took months to get a definitely answer that the repair cost equals the cost of a new watch.

The second watch is a warranty replacement for a watch that stopped charging. The "GPS" button is very sticky, so it sometimes takes many tries to get any reaction. That's even more annoying since as a Mac user, I have to press it a couple of times to delete the data. Since getting the warranty replacement was a lengthy and painful process, largely due to slow responses and multiple requests for additional information from Locosys, I decided to keep the "slightly defective" warranty replacement instead of trying to get another replacement.

I'm by no means trying to "put the watch down". A small percentage of problems will occur with just about any product. How the manufacturer deals with this determines what customers think about the product and the manufacturer. Locosys still has lots of room for improvement there.

bedzplane
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28 Aug 2018 8:52AM
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Hi,

I am re-posting here since it may be more appropriate, can any of you give me some insight with my GPS not starting?

It was working fine until I let her stand off a couple of days with the battery flat.

Now that it is charged the watch mode and menu option works as before, but I cannot connect the GPS anymore, when I press the GPS button the screen turn off and the watch restart.

I updated the firmware to the latest (it updated without issues). But it is still the same.

The same problem also happens when I try to connect to GWS UTIL, clicking connect turn off the watch and restart it. The text display on UTIL says "Device in MTN mode." (no idea what that mean) and the watch doesn't connect. Strangely I could still update the firmware or I can connect it via MSC with no issue.

I tried many times over a few days and always have the same thing, whatever I press GPS or connect it via COM port it just restart the watch and no GPS start/no COM connection is achieved.

I don't exclude it could have taken water but there is no fog on the screen and there wasn't last times I used it.



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