7" GPS Windscreen Mounted Sun Protection

Submitted: Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 12:04
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Does anyone know of a product that covers the rear of these GPS's from the sun to protect them from the heat through the windscreen.
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 14:00

Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 14:00
Have you experienced any problems with heat? My cheap Chinese units seem to operate ok in such conditions.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 14:10

Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 14:10
It works fine, just concern that the unit gets mighty hot.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Saturday, Dec 06, 2014 at 18:42

Saturday, Dec 06, 2014 at 18:42
As do the more expensive Garmins. But the fact that they do "operate OK" is separate to the short internal battery life from the sun beating on the back of the case (matt black, inevitably, for reflection reasons). And I'm sure Garmins aren't the only ones to suffer this.

If the GPS is ONLY ever going to be used in the vehicle, maybe independent battery life doesn't matter. My first Garmin Nuvi (late 2008) has spent only nine months on the road, and the original unplugged battery endurance has dropped to about FIVE SECONDS. Yes, the thirty second shutdown after power-off gets to 25 seconds and "battery low" comes up. Our later Nuvi has a "sunshade" made from cardboard and the internal temperature would be a heap lower. Can't hurt.

And before people start saying "batteries don't last that long anyway", I have an early Li-Ion laptop battery dated 1997 that still delivers over an hour's run-time. There's more degradation due to elevated temperature than cycling in these batteries.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 15:57

Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 15:57
Check the specs for the GPS and see what the allowed operating temperature is.

I have always found in an air conditioned car with the air on heat not to be an issue,
I have however had item damaged when left in the sun with the car parked for instance.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Dec 07, 2014 at 08:13

Sunday, Dec 07, 2014 at 08:13
I stupidly left a tranny on the dash once and it turned into a plastic mess. Not a bad idea to cover it with something to stop the direct sun when the car is parked in the sun.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Vic - Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 17:57

Friday, Dec 05, 2014 at 17:57
I use a baseball cap, works a treat and most of the time shades the screen.
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, Dec 07, 2014 at 07:37

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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 at 01:50

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 at 01:50
just use a black cap - keeps the sun off it and that must be good. rgds
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 at 11:46

Tuesday, Dec 09, 2014 at 11:46
If it's only for when the vehicle is parked, we use any, or all, of these: baseball cap (as others have suggested), small handtowels, or a windscreen sunshade.

They keep these items concealed from prying eyes too.

When underway, the air-con sorts the temps out.

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