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More thoughts on LifeTag, a battery issue for some

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

2 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    If the LifeTag’s only power down when the system is powered down, then 200hrs of life is pretty much useless. I suppose you could put a switch on the LifeTag base station (assuming that turning off the base station would trigger the tags to turn off) and remember to turn it on/off as needed.
    This kind of product is about offshore passages. 200 hrs is about 8 days, a moderate passage length for most of us. Sounds like a fresh set of batteries for every passage to be sure they’re up to speed; a couple of sets for a longer passage like a Transatlantic or Transpac. Nobody wants to deal with the battery dying in the middle of the night, alarming the off watch and creating chaos like an errant smoke alarm at home.
    The snap fit case also doesn’t sound like it is offshore ready either. Are there any gaskets or rings?
    I’m trying to buy only Lithium Ion recharable products, anything else is either unreliable or a hassle. Come on Raymarine, get with the program!

  2. Kees says:

    Since the lifetags communicate by radio waves, you should be able to put them into standby mode by putting them into a faraday cage — such as a biscuit tin.
    Personally, I’m sticking to the keep-everyone-on-board mentality on offshore trips.

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