Tips to improve your Garmin Edge 1000 battery life.
It’s quite common to hear from people who have upgraded their Garmin from an older model, say the fantastic and reliable edge 800, to the newer edge 1000 only to be frustrated by how quickly the battery drains down.
There’s a few reasons why this might be expected.
Firstly, it has a larger screen. Screens suck a lot of power. Especially if you have the back light turned on.
Bluetooth connectivity with your smartphone, so you can receive text and call alerts on your Edge 1000, are quite handy but again, that Bluetooth is another big battery drainer.
Here’s a few ways to improve the Garmin Edge 1000 battery life.
It’s annoying when your device runs out of power on a ride. Follow these tips to extend the battery life of your Garmin GPS.
Minimise use of the backlight
This is probably the most significant factor.
Firstly, set the screen brightness as low as you can go without making it invisible. This will depend on the conditions and how sunny or overcast it is.
When you touch the screen or when it wakes up to prompt you with an alert, the backlight comes on and stays on for a set amount of time. The timeout value dictates how long it stays on. Set it to the minimum, 15 seconds.
Kill the Bluetooth
Bluetooth is needed if you want your Garmin Edge 1000 to talk to your smartphone. This is necessary if you want to get live text or call alerts on your Garmin screen, or to use the live tracking feature.
Many people report inconsistencies with the Bluetooth connectivity, and if devices are left in a state where they’re searching for another device to connect to, that’s only going to run the battery down faster.
So turn Bluetooth OFF if you don’t need it.
Magical sync over the ether.
If you like the fact that your Edge 1000 can sync your ride data as soon as you get back home automatically, you might not want to turn off the WiFi option.
But if you’re dead set on conserving battery life, kill the WiFi too!
Navigation – keep it simple
Your Garmin edge GPS uses more battery when the unit has to process route directions, so one way to minimise this is to turn off recalculation. This would normally kick in if the unit thinks you have gone off course.
There’s also an option to set it to “prompted”, which means it will ask you if you want it to recalculate.
Have a kip
No not you, your Garmin.
You should enable the Auto Sleep feature. This will help save the battery by allowing the unit to power down in those quieter, more restful moments. Like the cafe stop, when you’re busy stuffing your face with chocolate brownies. Probably best that the Garmin doesn’t see that anyway… Imagine all those extra calories it would report to Strava…
How long should the Garmin Edge 1000 battery last?
The official spec says about 15 hours if I remember correctly, but most people seem to report the figure of about 10% per hour, which would obviously total about 10 hours.
With the backlight on full brightness and with Bluetooth active, people generally report far less – between 5 and 6 hours of battery life. Maybe the Edge 1000 isn’t that suitable for long distance journeys?
Any more tips for saving Garmin Edge 1000 battery life?
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