Summary: This product was a lot of fun for the first 2 years, but then it stopped acquiring my position. Clear sky, didn't matter. It would run out of batteries before it would acquire me. After doing some research, I found that a hard reset may help restore this so I tried it. Sure enough, it worked... for 2 weeks. Last weekend I am out ice fishing, and it magically stopped working again and hasn't acquired me since.
Summary: I purchased the iFinder H20C to use mostly on vacation trips.I wanted a hand held unit for out of car use, since I have a Garmin Streetpilot that I use in my car. On a recent trip I turned the H20C on and it would not lock onto the satellites. I performed both the Soft and Hard reset. Tried the external antenna. Nothing worked. No satellite lock. Called lowrance Tech Support and waited for 56-Min. before I was able to talk to a Tech support person.
Summary: If you search the internet you will find many complaints about this product. Just stops connecting with satellites and the Customer Support response is send it in with $180 and we will replace it. Some have sent theirs back multiple times in warranty. Unfortunately mine was just out of warranty when it died. Will never own Lowrance products again.
Summary: I have had this unit literally since it first came out--January 2006. I use it exclusively for geocaching and have the Topo Maps version 6 for it. I did a lot of research before settling on this unit because as one reviewer stated it gives the most bang for the buck. I find it gives me a great lock even under heavy forest foliage. I also get a lock inside my house still after 4 years of use.
Summary: My Lowrance H2O C is like new, never dropped or abused. It worked fine when I first got it. I stored it for a few months and now it will not lock on GPS at all. I have tried reloading software, soft boot, hard boot, still nothing. Support only says to send it to them with $150 and they will look at it. NO WAY!
Summary: Upon receiving my unit I promptly turned it on and paitently waited for a satelite lock which never came. Even going up 1000 ft in elevation didn't work. I checked to make sure the external antenna setting was unchecked, it was. Not to give up I decided an external antenna was needed and found them here at Ebay. [...] The external antenna made all the difference, it will even get a 3D lock indoors.
Summary: I purchased this product 2 years ago. It is used to mark waypoints on my favorite lake. I purchased the Fishing Hot Spots chip for it and proceded to mark favorite fishing places. It worked fine until this year. Now it will not lock on a satellite so all these waypoints that are on it are worthless. I have not contacted Lowrance about the problem, but after reading the other reviews there is no need.
Summary: I have used this gps about 7 or 8 times over 2 years, and now I get no gps lock. Lowrance says send $150.00, or wait until a new version comes out. A friend also bought one of these units after seeing mine, and now his won't get a gps lock. I don't know what is causing this problem, but I do know that I will never purchase another Lowrance product.
Summary: I have been searching for a handheld chartplotter where you can string a series of waypoints on the chart and create a route. The Garmins (Colorado and now Oregon) don't do it, you have to set waypoints then select them from an off chart list to create a route. Yes, for more details you have to buy a chip. A great marine chip for this unit is the Nautic Path which can be found on Amazon for $119.
Summary: I have been searching for a handheld chartplotter where you can string a series of waypoints on the chart and create a route. The Garmins (Colorado and now Oregon) don't do it, you have to set waypoints then select them from an off chart list to create a route.
Yes, for more details you have to buy a chip. A great marine chip for this unit is the Nautic Path which can be found on Amazon for $119.