Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Wrist-top computer

  1. #1
    Senior Member Jim lombard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Washington in March
    Posts
    921

    Wrist-top computer

    I have the Casio Pathfinder altimeter purchased 3 years ago. I'm considering the Suunto Vector as a replacement for this.

    My main frustration with the Casio is how quickly it burns batteries. I get about a year out of the Lithium. There's a little metal band that holds the battery in which requires very delicate manuevering to get the battery out without breaking it (which I've broken.) I just sent mine to Timemasters and they put the battery in, re-calibrate the barometer, time, date, etc, check the gasket and mail it back for about $20. I wouldn't mind this if the battery lasted two years or so.

    How difficult is it to replace the batteries on the Suunto? Do the batteries last longer?
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.

    http://www.onchristspath.com/4Kpage.html

  2. #2
    Senior Member spongebob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Portland Avatar: Eating my supersized 99 cent snow cone from the 14/411 store.
    Posts
    219
    I have the Suunto X6 which is similiar. The first battery only lasted three months out of the box, which was pathetic. The second battery lasted me ten months. The good news is the X6 takes a regular watch battery you can but at any store. I'm not sure if the Vector has the same generic battery setup. The battery is simple to take in and out. I now carry an extra battery with me.

    Adrian

  3. #3
    Senior Member Jim lombard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Washington in March
    Posts
    921
    The first battery only lasted three months out of the box
    I guess I should feel fortunate that my first battery lasted nearly a year. Thanks for the information on the Suunto watch!
    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.

    http://www.onchristspath.com/4Kpage.html

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    northern NY in the Seaway Valley
    Posts
    53
    I bought a Suunto Observer two years ago at EMS in Lake Placid and got it for a good price and on sale. I opted for a Suunto over some of the others because you could replace the battery by yourself and didn't have to send it in like you do with some of the other altimeters. The salesman told me the battery should last at least a year. So far I've had it two years, have gotten lots of use from it, and have not replaced the original battery yet. Yeah, I know, it's overdue for a new battery.

    BTW, I love my Suunto Observer, and it's proven very accurate and reliable. Just before hikes, I'll set the altimeter at a known vantage point (like where I live), as you have to do with any altimeter due to barometric changes, and it's never let me down. It takes a while to learn how to use all the functions and modes, but this has been a great altimeter, and I wear it as a watch every day.

  5. #5
    Senior Member spongebob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Portland Avatar: Eating my supersized 99 cent snow cone from the 14/411 store.
    Posts
    219
    I agree with Steppinwolf that I really like the watch. It is one of my favorite things. (as you can see I have no life.) Suunto just sent all the good batteries to EMS in Lake Placid, and boned us LL Bean people in Maine.

  6. #6
    Senior Member skidoc22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Schodack, NY Pic: Allen!
    Posts
    182

    Angry

    I just sent my Suunto altimax back for repairs. Eight months out the barometer sensor died. They tell me turnaround time is about three weeks. So much for the summer hiking and biking season.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Ridgerunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Home : Sherbrooke, Quebec ; Avatar : La Cigarette Bleue
    Posts
    202

    Vector

    I have been the happy owner of a Suunto Vector for 4 years now and have no complaints. I would buy that same model again cuz I also have an E-Trex GPS. If I didn't have any of the two, I would probably buy a GPS with a built in barometric altimeter. I only use the GPS for mountaineering and trekking.
    "When in doubt, doubt."

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    95
    I have a Suunto Vector and it's been working pretty well. I have the original battery and it has lasted for about 1 1/2 years now. Since I haven't replaced the battery yet, looking at the directions, the battery is easy enough to replace. Quality has been excellent, and I never had a problem. So if you're in the market, I would recommend it.

Similar Threads

  1. Wrist watch for hiking
    By Billy in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-16-2020, 10:10 AM
  2. A trip and fall ... broken wrist
    By Mohamed Ellozy in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 07-08-2011, 09:34 PM
  3. Gloves w/ Wrist Guards?
    By MattC in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-18-2007, 11:51 AM
  4. Suunto X3HR Wrist-top Computer
    By Puck in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-28-2006, 05:32 PM
  5. Wrist watch-altimeter-thermometer-etc.
    By Mad Townie in forum General Backcountry
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 11-22-2005, 01:38 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •