Garmin Edge Touring query

Saluki

I've run away with my friends to..
Location
...New Tealandia
i wasn’t sure where to ask this.

I have a Garmin Edge Touring gps, and very nice it is too.

I was wondering if there is away of turning off the maps to save some battery. I can’t find anything in the system but remember someone saying that I can get it to do a breadcrumb trail rather than full mapping. Of course, I might just have imagined it.

Any tips at all?
Thank you.
 

Pale Rider

Legendary Member
I think the battery saving options relate to the backlight and how long before it automatically goes to sleep.

In the time honoured forum tradition of not answering your question, you could get a small power bank and plug that in with a short lead.

That would certainly give you all day operating capacity.
 
I don't have the Edge Touring so I'm also going to have a go at not answering your question and providing info that may be useless!

However, I do have an Edge 605. I keep my Edge in bike computer mode, whilst cycling, which on mine, is a simple Black and White screen. Whenever a turn is approaching, the unit beeps to get my attention and briefly shows me a small portion of the map, with the junction on and the direction I need to turn in. Otherwise, I just have my current speed and a couple of other data fields showing, which is all I need really. On a recent 12 hour day covering over 100 miles, I only used about 75% battery at most and never had any issues with knowing where I was going.

I don't know if the Edge touring has the same function? might be worth experimenting with on a local ride that you know well.
 

StuAff

Silencing his legs regularly
Location
Portsmouth
Edge 705 owner here. Having had a cursory glance at the Touring's PDF manual (good old Garmin....hopeless documentation) As @chriswoody has already stated, that way of operation (i.e. leave it on the data/lap screens most of the time) is the most power-efficient. If you leave it on the map screen, it'll live update, and use more power doing so. Keep the backlight on the lowest setting (or low as you can), and keep the backlight timer on the shortest interval. With all of that, you'll easily manage 10-12 hours following a track.
 

jay clock

Massive member
Location
Hampshire UK
I have a 1030 and I suspect similar. +1 for setting it up so that one of the screens is simply Distance to Next (assuming you are using navigation and not just looking at the map). Then map pops up at junctions. There is also a a battery saving function where is blanks the screen when not giving instructions and if you tap the screen it comes back alive...
 

StuAff

Silencing his legs regularly
Location
Portsmouth
Disabling the map should not, in my opinion, make any difference to power consumption. All it'll do is mean you can't check where you are. As Ian states, turning the map detail may help- certainly in reducing onscreen clutter.
 
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Saluki

Saluki

I've run away with my friends to..
Location
...New Tealandia
Thank you all.
I will have a good old faddle about with it today.

I am doing the Cambridge 100 tomorrow and don't need to have the Garmin direct me but just want the battery to last.
 
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