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    etrex vista hcx vs dakota 20

    I heard that the vista out lasts the dakota on battery life but if you only use it on the road periodically, and keep the device turned off most of the time....does it really matter? Even though the vista gets more battery life, the dakota has a bigger screen and is easier to use, so that would mean you use less time to operate ther device, so wouldn't that even things out?

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    How much difference are we talking here? Is it just a couple hours? Or longer? Battery choice can make a couple hours' worth of difference just by itself.

    Your usage patterns also make a difference. Electronic compass use eats the battery. Same with the backlight. Do you ride all day, or do you tend to do more frequent rides of a couple hours?

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