[aprssig] Flaming AvMap G6

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun May 8 20:54:33 CDT 2016


I would talk to AvMap first.  Any time a device catches fire, the 
manufacturer SHOULD be interested in hearing about it.  They might want 
a chance to do a postmortem on it without it having been subsequently 
messed with.

Scott
N1VG

On 5/8/2016 4:50 PM, Andrew Pavlin via aprssig wrote:
> I always wondered why the AvMap G6 was considered a hot property, and 
> I found out today when mine caught fire.
>
> It was doing a lousy job of syncing up to satellites to get a fix, and 
> then the fix was really bad (always off the road). Suddenly, I heard a 
> frying sound and clouds of vision-obscuring acidic smoke poured out of 
> the back of the thing. A bit of a shock to happen on the Interstate 
> highway, but I kept my cool, pulled the cigarette lighter power cord 
> for the GPS, rolled down the window to clear the smoke out of the 
> car., then slid the power switch on the device to OFF, took it off the 
> magnetic mount bracket, and unplugged the cable to my Kenwood D710.
>
> I haven't had a chance yet to open the GPS up, so I'm wondering if 
> anything is salvageable. If it was just the battery going bad, can I 
> get another battery, or is the rest of the circuitry toast?
>
> Anyone else ever have a "feature" like this?
>
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
> author of YAAC
>
>
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