Buying Magellan batteries for your GPS devices takes some consideration if you are going to get the best value from your battery purchase. But what are the specific factors you should consider when buying your next battery?
The factors to consider are the:
- Magellan Battery Model and Part Numbers
- Magellan Battery Voltage
- Magellan Battery Capacity
- Magellan Battery Retailer
Magellan Battery Part Number and Model
The number of Magellan GPS devices is extensive and being sure you get the right battery for your Magellan is essential. Be sure when you are reviewing a particular battery you match the battery part number on your old battery to the battery you are considering to buy. Another aspect to buying your next Magellan battery is to match the model of your GPS to the battery. An example of both of these would be at the Magellan Explorist 980771-04 Battery page.
On that page you will see both a compatible model list and a list of compatible part numbers. They both look like:
Compatible with and fits these models: Explorist 300 Explorist 300R Explorist 360 Explorist 400 Explorist 500 Explorist 500 LE Explorist 600 Explorist 700
Compatible Part Numbers: 980771-04, 980771-05, 980771-06
As you may discover, though, the compatible model list and a list of compatible part numbers are extensive they may not cover all of the available Magellan GPS Devices. If your part number or model is not on the list be sure to ask the retailer. Chances are it probably fits and the retailer can cross reference your model with Magellan to confirm.
Magellan Battery Voltage
When buying your Magellan batteries it is essential to buy the right voltage. An incorrect battery voltage will damage your battery, charger, power tool or all three. The voltage will be listed on your battery. The voltage typically is 3.7V but on occasion it can be 3.6V. To see examples of the voltages go to this page Magellan GPS Batteries and scroll down to see the various voltages. The voltage of the Magellan battery is an electrical measurement of energy potential. Mathematically voltage is commonly measured by V= I x R; where V=Voltage, I=Current, R=Resistance. Voltage can also be defined as Electrical Potential difference – a quantity in physics related to the amount of energy that would be required to move an object from one place to another against various types of force. In the fields of electronics the electrical potential difference is the amount of work per charge needed to move electric charge from the second point to the first, or equivalently, the amount of work that unit charge flowing from the first point to the second can perform. A battery contains four unique types of voltage measurements (float, nominal, charge, and discharge). Each voltage measurement type residing in a battery effects battery life.
Magellan Battery Capacity
The battery capacity of your Magellan battery is also a very important factor. In a nutshell the higher the capacity the longer the battery will last in between charges. For big jobs this longer runtime is critical and worth the extra money it will cost. To see an example go back to the Magellan Explorist 980771-04 Battery page and you will see that this Magellan Explorist 980771-04 Battery has a capacity of 2200 mAh (this is the same as 2.2 Ah).
Magellan Battery Retailer
Finally when choosing your Magellan batteries, be sure to consider from whom you are buying. Factors to bear in mind when selecting the retailer is: price, ship costs, where they ship from, how long shipping takes, battery availability, customer service, return policy, warranty, and the testimonials about the retailer from previous customers. All these factors will help you come to a decision about where to buy your Magellan batteries.