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Garmin GPSMAP 86i

Product Codes: GAR86I

Garmin GPSMAP 86i marine handheld GPS features a 3-inch 65K colour TFT screen and is preloaded with a worldwide basemap.

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i also features a built-in compass, barometer and altimeter.

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i model features built-in inReach satellite technology*. This satellite communication technology enables you stay in touch globally. You can send and receive two-way text messages, track and share your journey with friends, family, colleagues, etc, and, if necessary, trigger an interactive SOS to get emergency help.

You can also sync the Garmin GPSMAP 86i marine handheld device with compatible Garmin chartplotters and instruments and view real-time boat data displayed right on the screen of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. Alternatively, you pair with compatible smartphone to receive smart notifications on the screen of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i

Optional maps on microSD card can be purchased from ActiveGPS to add additional map detail to the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. For example for use on the water Garmin BlueChart g3 are the perfect maps to buy.

*Please note: a satellite subscription is required to enable the satellite communication features of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i.

Also available to buy is the Garmin GPSMAP 86s, the GPSMAP 86s doesn't feature satellite communication. All other features of the GPSMAP 86s are the same as the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. The Garmin GPSMAP 66i is black and white in colour.


Garmin GPSMAP 86i - £459.99


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The Garmin GPSMAP 86i marine handheld GPS device provides the marine-going adventurer, fisherman, etc with everything they could want to know when navigating coastal waters and inland waters alike. Featuring an impressive 65,000 colour transflective TFT 3-inch screen, the Garmin GPSMAP 86i features include built-in worldwide basemap, satellite communication - send and receive text messages and trigger an SOS alert, electronic GPS compass and barometric altimeter. The Garmin GPSMAP 86i also features the ability to connect to compatible Garmin chartplotters and compatible smartphones to share, access and relay information. What's more being designed for marine use the handheld Garmin GPSMAP 86i unit floats on water and is also waterproof to IPX7 standard.

Button operation

Unlike other Garmin handheld devices designed more for land based use, the marine designed Garmin GPSMAP 86i uses button operation to toggle through the units menu and select the information you require or wish to capture or navigate from. Button operation is preferred to the alternative, touchscreen operation, in marine environments where you will likely encounter spray, rendering touchscreen units inoperable.

Satellite communication and SOS

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i model features built-in inReach satellite technology*. This satellite communication technology enables you stay in touch globally. You can send and receive two-way text messages, track and share your journey with friends, family, colleagues, etc, and, if necessary, trigger an interactive SOS to get emergency help from a 24/7 global monitoring centre via the 100% global Iridium satellite network. You can also receive marine weather forecasts directly on the Garmin GPSMAP 86i, so you can make educated decisions based on local conditions or the destination ahead.

To trigger an SOS alert simply press the button on the side of the unit and for the first 10 minutes of your rescue, an updated location is sent to the emergency response service every minute. To conserve battery power after the first 10 minutes, an updated location is sent every 10 minutes when moving, and every 30 minutes when stationary.

*Please note: a satellite subscription is required to enable the satellite communication features of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i.

Built-in compass, barometer and altimeter

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i features a built-in compass, barometer and altimeter. When navigating, the compass heading points to your destination, regardless of the direction you are moving. When the compass points toward the top of the electronic compass, you know you are traveling directly towards your destination. The Sight N' Go feature allows you to point the Garmin GPSMAP 86i at an object in the distance, lock in the direction, and navigate to the object. The Garmin GPSMAP 86i built-in altimeter displays the elevation over the distance travelled. You can also select any point on the plot to view details about that point.

Optional land maps and marine charts

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i is preloaded with a worldwide basemap. Optional maps on microSD card can be purchased from ActiveGPS to add additional map detail to the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. For example for use on the water Garmin BlueChart g3 (pictured right) are the perfect maps to buy and use Garmin and Navionics data. Learn more about the different maps you can add to the Garmin GPSMAP 86i.

Rechargeable internal lithium ion battery

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i is powered via an internal rechargeable internal lithium ion. The battery life depends on your Garmin GPSMAP 86i settings, such as the tracking and message checking intervals. The internal rechargeable battery will provide:

‣Up to 200 hours via Expedition mode with 30 minute LiveTrack interval.
‣Up to 35 hours Default mode with 10 minute LiveTrack interval with auto recording.

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i battery life can also be further reduced by using the built-in torch and when using GPS and another satellite together e.g. GPS + GLONASS satellites.

Connecting with other devices

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i features the following three built-in connectivity technologies - Wi-fi, ANT+ and Bluetooth to connect to other devices and receive wireless downloads and updates. Using this connectivity you can sync the Garmin GPSMAP 86i with compatible Garmin chartplotters and instruments and view real-time boat data displayed right on the screen of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. Plus, the Garmin GPSMAP 86i can also serve as a remote control for convenient operation of your Garmin autopilot and select FUSION marine products.

Additonally, you can connect or pair the Garmin GPSMAP 86i with your compatible smartphone to receive smart notifications on the screen of the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. Alternatively, you can also sync the Garmin GPSMAP 86i with the Garmin Explore portal and app for cloud management of your favourite waypoints, tracks and routes.

Memory, waypoints and tracks

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i boasts an impressive 16GB memory. You can further expand this memory via microSD card. The Garmin GPSMAP 86i can save and store the following:

‣Waypoints/favourites/locations: 10,000
‣Routes: 250
‣Track log: 20,000 points, 250 saved gpx tracks, 300 saved fit activities

Also available to buy is the Garmin GPSMAP 86s (pictured right), the GPSMAP 86s doesn't feature satellite communication. All other features of the Garmin GPSMAP 86s are the same as the Garmin GPSMAP 86i. The Garmin GPSMAP 66i is black and white in colour. Compare all marine handheld models available to buy from ActiveGPS.


Garmin GPSMAP 86i Features

‣Transflective, 65K colour TFT 3-inch sunlight readable colour display (240 x 400 pixels)
‣Preloaded worldwide basemap
‣Built-in electronic and GPS compass with Course Pointer and Sight 'N Go features
‣Built-in electronic barometric altimeter
‣Built-in torch
‣Stay in touch with inReach satellite communication and two-way text messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required)
‣Stream boat data from compatible chartplotters and instruments to consolidate your marine system information
‣Functions as a remote control for convenient operation of your Garmin autopilot and select FUSION marine products
‣Adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications over swells
‣Uses GPS or GPS + GLONASS or GPS + GALILEO options for increased performance
‣Waterproof rating IEC 60529 IPX7*
‣Floats on water
‣microSD card slot for optional land maps and marine charts
‣Up to 35 hours of battery life via rechargeable internal lithium ion in 10 minute LiveTrack mode
‣Pair with your compatible smartphone to receive smart notifications
‣16GB internal memory
‣High-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
‣1 year guarantee

*The Garmin GPSMAP 86i can withstand incidental exposure to water of up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.


Map Coverage

The Garmin GPSMAP 86i comes supplied with a preloaded worldwide basemap. Additional mapping can also be added via the Garmin GPSMAP 86i microSD card slot located on the side of the GPSMAP 86i handheld device. Being aimed at the marine market, the Garmin GPSMAP 86i marine handheld s is ideally partnered with Garmin BlueChart g3. Garmin BlueChart g3 feature coastal and inland water charts with detailed contours which allow you to see 30 cm (1 ft)  contours.

What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)

‣Garmin GPSMAP 86i handheld with worldwide basemap
‣Powered mount
‣Lanyard
‣USB to Micro USB cable
‣USB to 2 pin cable
‣Mounting hardware
‣Documentation


Garmin GPSMAP 86i Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin GPSMAP 86i? Accessories available to purchase include a carrying case, belt clip and mains charger. View all Garmin GPSMAP 86i accessories.

Garmin GPSMAP 86i Soft Carrying Case

£9.99

‣Safely store your Garmin GPSMAP 86i when you're not using it with this Garmin branded soft carrying case.


Garmin GPSMAP 86i Auto Friction Mount Kit

£34.99

‣Portable friction mount for your dashboard. Easy to use and remove from your vehicle, no adhesion, no marks on your dashboard.


Garmin GPSMAP 86i Vehicle Power Cable

£18.99

‣Vehicle cigarette lighter adaptor with mini USB connection to your Garmin GPSMAP 86i navigation system.



Garmin GPSMAP 86i Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: Transflective, 65-K colour TFT (240 x 400 pixels)
‣Touchscreen: No
‣Battery: Rechargeable internal lithium ion
‣Waypoints/favourites/locations: 2,000
‣Routes: 250
‣Track Log: 10,000 points, 250 saved gpx tracks
‣Basemap: Worldwide
‣Built-in memory: 16GB
‣Accepts data cards: microSD card
‣Waterproof: Yes, IPX7
‣Dimensions: Width - 675mm, Height - 178mm, Depth - 44mm
‣Weight: 272 grams
‣Guarantee: 1-year
Garmin GPSMAP 86i manual

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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.


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