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Can Microsoft USB GPS dongle be exposed to high temperature?
SnakeDoctor
Can the GPS dongle that comes with Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 take the heat it will likely be exposed to while sitting on the dash of a parked car in the sun? The interior of the car will be quite hot and the dongle itself is black which would seem to contribute to it getting very hot internally.
Larry
Great question. I have never personally done any 'oven' tests on the new Navation GPS locator but I have never had one melt yet. I am sure someone on the forum must have some experience to share as we all use it on the dash or there-abouts.
MisterMoonlight
SnakeDoctor said:

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Can the GPS dongle that comes with Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 take the heat it will likely be exposed to while sitting on the dash of a parked car in the sun?
I personnaly never put my dongle on the dash, but use the usb extension cable to wrap it around the front window rear center mirror. This way the dongle is not touching anything (just floating in free air and i keep the usb cord short to the mirror holding), it is near the front window (seeing the sky to maximise signal probably), only the cable is touching something not the dongle. Letting the dongle in the car like this in the summer, i never experiment any over temperature problem with it...

I cannot say that this is the best way to do it, but it works for me...
SnakeDoctor
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I personnaly never put my dongle on the dash, but use the usb extension cable to wrap it around the front window rear center mirror.
That probably helps but it still seems to me that if the angle of the sun is such that it is shining on the dongle, it would get very hot internally. I personally don't like wires that run through my field of view while driving.
Ken in Regina
I don't know about the Navation dongle you're refering to but perhaps this will help. I have an external GPS antenna that I've used for years on my Garmin iQue 3600. The internal antenna in the device is not great and the GPS receiver is older technology so using the external antenna helps greatly.

What matters to you is that the antenna lays on the dash and never leaves, winter or summer, rain or shine. It sits on a little patch of rubberized drawer liner to keep it from sliding around on the dash. It gets so hot sometimes in the summer sun that the little patch of shelf liner almost glues itself to the dash. Sometimes when I go to move the antenna to clean the dash or windshield it takes a little twist and pop to get it loose.

The antenna is still working fine after at least five years of such treatment. I know it's working well because I tried the antenna with my Nuvi 765T a couple of days ago just out of curiousity (it pins the signal strength on every satellite in view!).

It is an active antenna with similar electronics inside as a GPS receiver so the experience should be relevant.

...ken...
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
...to clean the dash or windshield ...
Where does it say we have to do that?
Ken in Regina
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Where does it say we have to do that?
I don't know about your vehicle but after two or three years mine gets kind of disgusting...

...ken...
southfloridacourier
I am located in South Florida and my dongle has been on my dash in direct sunlight for the past two years and still works flawlessly. I have never moved it and even when parked at home it is in direct sunlight.
SnakeDoctor
Good to know. Thanks for the reply.
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