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Magellan eXplorist 500LE

The eXplorist 500LE does not include a Li-ion battery or AC adap Read more

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Overall 8

Worthwhile purchase if the price is right.

svartalf, Ebay
28 February 2014
  • Summary: In it's day, it was a great little hand-held GPS unit. It helped me actually manage to navigate Washington DC to be able to find the National Mall. It should have an adapter that allows it to be used with 3 AAA batteries and a USB data/power cable set. It is capable of holding at least up to 8Gb (just tried it just now...) of map data in an internally held SDHC card- which should cover most of CONUS with few issues. Buyer, however, beware.
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Overall 2

Jeee unk

deardoff2006, Ebay
19 February 2012
  • Summary: I could not get it to work from day one. Unit contains no map is all I can get out of it. And now it ruin two weekends of riding for me. I'm not happy with this unit and I don't know if it's the product itself or just the one I got.
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I bought the unit a few years ago, when it came out.…

Big Hat, Trailspace.com
7 October 2011
  • Summary: I bought the unit a few years ago, when it came out. It was never user-friendly and tech support was nil. I threw it in a drawer and did not use it as I had planned. Now it seems Magellan has abandoned the Explorist line. Even the terrible tech support is gone. Run away from Magellan as fast as you can.
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Overall 8

Magellan explorist 500 le GPS

herb6146, Ebay
7 February 2011
  • Summary: I wanted an inexpensive Topo GPS. One must purchase ToPo disks. I was not able to find useful downloadable maps on the web. They may be there, but I'm not that computer literate. After some stumbeling around, I was able to get the maps that I needed onto the memory chip. I had to do this with a card reader since my windows xp computer would not recoganize the GPS. The process might be easier if you have facility with computers.
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Try as I might, I honestly can not find anything positive…

OpsChief, Trailspace.com
23 January 2011
  • Summary: Try as I might, I honestly can not find anything positive to say about the Explorist 500 LE, or Magellan for that matter. My GPS was purchased new in 2009 as a gift from my wife, and has never even made it into to the field. It has had issues from nearly the first day out of the box. Magellan tech support has been wholly ineffectual.
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Overall 10

this uint looks very good

huntfishseek, Ebay
21 December 2010
  • Summary: this is very easly to use thank you very much. works realy good.i use it to go hunting and fishing or around town or just playing with it.
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Overall 10

Great GPS

razbare, Ebay
16 December 2010
  • Summary: I bought this GPS to go geocaching.I was using a friends GPS and this is the one he had.We have had great luck with it so I wanted the same one.What was nice with it was I already knew how to use it and with us having the same one we can share maps.
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Overall 10


kiwi734, Ebay
13 November 2010
  • Summary: The explorist 500 is an Excellent item,love it would reccomend to any one.Quick delivry.Price very good.Can't find a better price.Friends had the same GPS and loved it.
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Overall 10


sexysatin1, Ebay
29 October 2010
  • Summary: It Workes Amazine is Much as It is Describes Love it so Much Bought one for my father in law if you love the Outdoors this is the Product for you living in the North and having so Much Bush around it has been a great to go atving and Feel safe with this product
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Overall 4

Okay, but no support available from Magellan

rbr_pinot, Ebay
27 October 2010
  • Summary: Not that easy to use, no updates available for the very basic maps. Frequent errors in elevations.
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