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Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s

Product Codes: GAR78, GAR78S

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s handheld GPS systems feature a 2.6-inch colour TFT screen and is preloaded with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief.

In addition ONLY the GPSMAP 78s model has these premium features:
‣a 3-axis compass,
‣barometric altimeter

The GPSMAP 78 and 78s are both waterproof, plus they float on water! GPSMAP 78 has a 20 hour battery life and supports paperless geocaching using GPX files.

A worldwide basemap is included and additional maps are available to further enhance the units capabilities, e.g. BlueChart maps are perfect for navigating the waters and coastline on a dinghy, yacht or boat.

Garmin GPSMAP 78 - £209.99

Garmin GPSMAP 78s - £269.99

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s are premium handheld GPS devices designed for use on water. Slim and lightweight, its dimensions are 66mm wide, 152mm in height and 30mm deep and features a transflective TFT colour 2.6-inch diagonal sized screen. It can be powered by 2x AA batteries or NiMH or Lithium battery (both not included) with a battery life of 20 hours.

The difference between the Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s is that the 78s includes a 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter.

You can also buy either the Garmin GPSMAP 78 or GPSMAP 78s with Garmin BlueChart g2 UK and Ireland Marine Charts. To view and buy one of these bundles instead click here.

These special UK marine bundle packs represent a massive saving when considering the price of the chart alone is £219.99. Available whilst stocks last.

The GPSMAP 78 and 78s handheld are not only waterproof to IPX 7 standards but they also float on water. Additionally the SD/microSD Card slot is located inside the water-tight battery compartment so you can add more mapping capabilities to the device without being concerned about water-damage.

Preloaded to the premium GPSMAP 78 memory is a worldwide basemap with shaded relief. These maps can be expanded making the GPSMAP 78 more versatile. You can install BlueChart g2 marine maps showing depth contours and port plans, etc. You can turn the GPSMAP 78 into a car sat nav using the City Navigator NT Maps. Furthermore you can add Topographical mapping and GB Discoverer maps to this handheld GPS for use on foot, or on a bike.

This Garmin handheld device has a high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix satellite prediction meaning it will quickly get a GPS connection and maintain this connection in built-up areas and woodland, for example.

This Garmin system also features Custom Maps. This makes it possible to convert paper and digital maps to your GPSMAP 78. This enables you to store tracks, routes, landmarks, points of interest, etc for your journey. Plus with its internal 1.7GB memory you can store up to 2000 waypoints, 200 routes and 10,000 points on 200 saved tracks.

The Garmin GPSMAP 78s also supports paperless geocaching using GPX files, GPSMAP 78s will store data including the location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions. Data can also be shared with other compatible Garmin devices. For example, you could share your waypoints, routes, geocaches, or even your favourite fishing location.

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s Features

‣Transflective 2.6-inch LCD sunlight readable colour display (160 x 240 pixels)
‣Worldwide built-in basemap with shaded relief
‣3-axis compass and barometric altimeter (only on the GPSMAP 78s)
‣High-sensitivity, WAAS-enable GPS receiver and HotFix
‣Rugged, waterproof (IEC 60529 IPX7)
‣Floats on water
‣microSD card slot for optional mapping
‣Up to 20 hours of battery life, battery type: 2 AA batteries (not included) NiMH or Lithium recommended
‣Full-speed USB
‣NMEA 0183
‣1 year guarantee

Map Coverage

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s are preloaded with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief. Please note: Additional maps can be loaded to the GPSMAP 78 and GPSMAP 78s. The GPSMAP 78 and 78s both feature an SD/microSD Card slot, an easy way to add new maps and mapping updates.

What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)

Product code: GAR78

‣Garmin GPSMAP 78
‣USB cable
‣Wrist strap
‣Quick start manual

Product code: GAR78S

‣Garmin GPSMAP 78S
‣USB cable
‣Wrist strap
‣Quick start manual

Garmin GPSMAP 78/78s Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s? We sell the full range of genuine and compatible accessories for use with the GPSMAP 78/78s including a carrying case, retractable lanyard, marine mast mount, marine mount, auto mount and vehicle power cable.

View all Garmin GPSMAP 78 accessories

View all Garmin GPSMAP 78s accessories

Please note: Some accessories are only compatible with the GPSMAP 78s, e.g. Garmin Tempe. Therefore please select your Garmin GPSMAP 78 model to view compatible accessories.

Garmin GPSMAP 78/78s Maps

Garmin GPSMAP 78 and 78s are both preloaded with a Worldwide basemap with shaded relief. However, a number of other maps supplied on SD/microSD Card are also compatible including street-level road maps - perfect for cycling of using your GPSMAP 78/78s in a car, 1:50K and 1:25K Ordnance Survey maps - ideal for hiking and walking the countryside of Great Britain and marine BlueCharts - ideal if you want to navigate the waters around the UK, Europe or further afield.

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Garmin GPSMAP 78/78s Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: Transflective, 65-K colour TFT (160 x 240 pixels)
‣Touchscreen: No
‣Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included)
‣Waypoints/favourites/locations: 2,000
‣Routes: 200
‣Track Log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
‣Basemap: Worldwide
‣Built-in memory: 1.7GB
‣Accepts data cards: microSD card
‣Waterproof: Yes, IPX7
‣Dimensions: Width - 66mm, Height - 152mm, Depth - 30mm
‣Weight: 218.3 grams (with batteries)
‣Guarantee: 1-year
‣Garmin GPSMAP 78/78s manual

Manual requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download a free copy here

This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Why buy from us?

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Page updated: 29th November 2017


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