hi fellow bikers i need some advise.I want a sat nav but dont want to buy a proper bike one as there quite pricey.I was wondering if any one knows if i can get a sat nav with a headphone socket built into it so i can just use my ear bud headphones to listen to the directions.It seems all the most recent sat nav,s no longer have the 3.5mm jack socket.If you can help that would be great.Make and model number would also be handy.cheers all
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Hi krazybiker I use a Peaklife gps this is an exellant bit of bit of kit and cost about £90 its dual purpose so can be used in car or on a bike with the supplied fixings its also waterproof and shock proof It is blue tooth wire free so has no audio connection socket I havent bothered with the bluetooth on mine as the screen is so clear and easy to read its unecessary.I have never been able to hear instructions thru any kind of headset because of wind noise.It also comes loaded with Uk and all Europe.If you are interested they are on E bay and direct from China
a cheap Chinese Bluetooth headset (Netphone DK118-1000m, fraction of the price of big brands) perfectly audible through 30db earplugs up to 3 figure speeds (though Google's directions come a bit slow for that). Wirelessly ooked up to a cheap second hand Android phone I can have music interrupted by directions for a couple of hours, even without putting the phone on a charger. The phone is a Motorola Defy, water and dust proofed, so I can mount it on an x-grip without any protection, but most of the time I leave it in my pocket.
Do you have a smartphone - if so why not use that? You can buy bike mounts for most smartphones these days and use either your earphones or a bluetooth set to connect to your helmet.
Satnav with Earphone Socket
I provide the service of installing earphone sockets in car satnavs. I too had the same problem of not wanted to spend hundreds of £s on a bike satnav when a Car satnav can do the job, just need a socket though. You can buy a cheap satnav and get a socket sorted for about £100, Good value for money!! please view my ebay page:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stick-a-headphone-socket-in-your-car-Sat-Nav-and-hear-it-on-your-motorbike-/110896931006?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item19d1f8e0be#ht_748wt_1059
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currys have a binatone r430 wide screen modle that does britian and island @£50 or r430weu which has western euope on @ £59 both have ear plug jack on them
...for a dedicated bike one if you're going to do serious mileage with it. I've tried a car sat nav, several mobile phone versions and all work ok but you soon get frustrated by sun causing screen-glare (especially if wrapped up in a 'waterproof' case), fiddly wearing gloves and general robustness.
Bike sat-navs are intended to take the abuse a bike will give them, have anti-glare screens which work well with gloves and often have bike-dedicated options including 'twisty route' for having some fun.
I've done a lot of miles this year and was constantly frustrated when using my phone or car sat-nav. I'm not being brand-specific (because the Garmin option is supposed to be better if more expensive) but my Tom Tom Rider Europe ticks all the boxes and hasn't let me down yet (touch wood). I've never had an issue seeing the screen even in direct sunlight, which was the biggest bug-bear when using a sat-nav case.
EDIT - If you have a big twin or vibey bike then bike sat-navs are built to deal with this. Car sat-navs may not take vibrations time and time again.
hi i use a Binatone R350 Sat Nav that has a headphone socket in there about £55 and very good