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Garmin eTrex 30

Product Code: GARE30N

Garmin eTrex 30 is the perfect handheld GPS system for walking, hiking and geocaching. It features a 2.2-inch 65k colour, sunlight-readable display and is both waterproof and rugged.

The eTrex 30 has 1.7GB of internal memory and is preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap. Additional mapping is also available which can be loaded to the Garmin eTrex 30 with ease making the eTrex 30 a very versatile device.

The eTrex 30 also features a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, a barometric altimeter and will share data wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld systems.



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The Garmin eTrex 30 is the ideal compact partner for hiking, cycling, driving, sailing and lots more. At just over 10cm in height, 5cm wide and 3cm deep it's small enough to fit into your pocket ready to assist you in your outdoor pursuits. Coupled with this the eTrex 30 also provides up to 25 hours battery life.

The eTrex 30 is part of the latest Garmin eTrex series and includes the following features:

‣Electronic compass and barometric altimeter
‣Internal 1.7GB memory

At the centre of the eTrex 30 is a sunlight-readable 2.2-inch (5.6cm) colour display. Plus finding your way around the eTrex 30 menus is easy using the unit's thumb stick. The eTrex 30 is built to withstand the outdoor environment. Its rugged construction makes it very durable and it is also waterproof to IPX 7 standards.

The Garmin eTrex 30 features built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass. This will display your direction even when not holding the GPS device level. It also has a built-in barometric altimeter which can calculate your altitude and help predict the weather conditions.

The Garmin eTrex 30 is also the perfect GPS device for geocaching. This Garmin GPS device is designed for paperless geocaching by supporting GPX files. It will save to your device co-ordinates of the geocache as well as the location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description. This saves you printing out the geocache details and carrying them around with you - just download to the Garmin eTrex 30 and go.

This Garmin handheld system also allows you to share data wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld systems. You can share waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches. Just find the data you want to share, press “send” and your friends can walk/hike the same route or visit the same cache as you.

The Garmin eTrex 30 features a microSD card slot and internal memory of 1.7GB. This enables you to expand the capabilities of the Garmin eTrex 30 system beyond the preprogrammed Worldwide base map. You can install Ordnance Survey maps with Garmin GB Discoverer for walking and hiking, load BlueChart g3 marine charts for days out on the water or even turn-by-turn road mapping utiliising City Navigator NT road maps. To find out more about eTrex 30 compatible maps and charts click here. Furthermore the relevant bike, boat, car or motorbike mounts are available to purchase from the eTrex 30 accessory page.

This Garmin handheld it equipped with EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction. This means your Garmin eTrex 30 will lock onto satellites quickly and accurately and will keep its GPS signal even in wooded areas and mountainous terrain. In addition the eTrex series also uses GLONASS satellites as well as GPS satellites. This results in 20% quicker lock on to satellites. In fact there are 24 more satellites to lock on to compared with using GPS on its own.

Handheld/Outdoor FAQs

Do you have a question about the Garmin eTrex 30 or other handheld GPS related question that's not been answered on this webpage? Please see our handheld and Outdoor GPS FAQs page for questions from other customers.Plus if the answer to your question isn't featured, use the online form to ask us for the answer. Alternatively please telephone 01733 777623 Monday to Friday (9:30am-5:00pm) to speak to one of our sales team.

Garmin eTrex 30 Features

‣Enhanced 2.2-inch 65k colour TFT display (176 x 220 pixels)
‣Worldwide built-in basemap with shaded relief
‣Paperless geocaching
‣3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter
‣1.7GB internal memory
‣microSD card slot for optional mapping
‣High-sensitivity, WAAS/EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix with GNSS support
‣Rugged, waterproof (IEC 60529 IPX7)
‣USB interface
‣Up to 25 hours of battery life, 2AA batteries (not included) NiMH or Lithium recommended
‣Supports spine mounting accessories
‣2 year guarantee

Map Coverage

Garmin eTrex 30 is preloaded with a Worldwide basemap with shaded relief. Please note: Additional maps can be loaded to the eTrex 30. The eTrex 30 features a SD/microSD Card slot, an easy way to add new maps and mapping updates.

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Garmin eTrex 30
‣Carabiner clip
‣USB cable
‣Quick start manual

Garmin eTrex 30 Accessories

Looking for accessories to use with the Garmin eTrex 30 handheld device? We sell a vast selection of genuine parts and spares including eTrex 30 carry case, retractable lanyard, carabiner clip, bike mount and car mount and car charger and Garmin Tempe.

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Garmin eTrex 30 Maps

Optional Garmin maps for Garmin eTrex 30 are supplied on SD/microSD Card, these include; street-level road maps - perfect for cycling of using your eTrex 30 in a car, 1:50k and 1:25k Ordnance Survey maps - ideal for hiking and walking the countryside of Great Britain and marine BlueCharts - ideal if you want to navigate the waters around the UK, Europe or further afield.

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Garmin eTrex 30 Questions and Answers

Question: Is the Garmin etrex 30 able to support blue chart? I would like them for the west of Ireland for kayaking.

Answer: Unfortunately, the Garmin eTrex series, including the Garmin eTrex 30 is not compatible with any of current the Garmin BlueChart titles.

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Question: Is it possible to purchase and download GSP maps for Garmin etrex 30 of the Pennine way?

Answer: We don't sell Garmin map downloads, we sell Garmin maps on SD card that are inserted into compatible Garmin devices e.g. Garmin eTrex 30. For downloads you will need to visit Garmin's website.

However, Garmin have discontinued the Garmin GB Discoverer 1:25K Maps of Pennine Way microSD/SD card map.

The map can now be found on either the:

Garmin TOPO Great Britain V3 PRO 1:50K microSD/SD card

Garmin TOPO Great Britain V3 PRO 1:25K microSD/SD card

Question: I'm looking for a cycle/walk map for each country in europe: not only cities but also for walking in the countryside or from village to village.

Answer: We don't sell Garmin map downloads, we sell Garmin maps on SD card that are inserted into compatible Garmin devices e.g. Garmin eTrex 30. For downloads you will need to visit Garmin's website.

Do you have a question about the Garmin eTrex 30? Submit your question via our contact page.

Garmin eTrex 30 Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: transflective, 65-K colour TFT (176 x 220 pixels)
‣Touchscreen: No
‣Battery: 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
‣Battery Life: 25 hours
‣Waypoints/favourites/locations: 2000
‣Routes: 200
‣Track Log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
‣Basemap: Worldwide
‣Built-in memory: 1.7GB
‣Accepts data cards: microSD card (not included)
‣Geocaching-friendly: yes (paperless)
‣Waterproof: Yes, IPX7
‣Dimensions: Width - 53mm, Height - 101mm, Depth - 33mm
‣Weight: 141.7 g with batteries
‣Guarantee: 2-year
Garmin eTrex 30 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.

Updates to this product are via the internet. At this product page we state compatibility with specific versions of current internet connection devices, for example: PC, laptop, MAC, smartphone etc. The Consumer Contract Regulations allow you 14 days, from receipt of purchase, to check compatibility with your internet connection device/s. If you choose to replace or update your PC, MAC etc. neither we nor the manufacturer will be responsible if the new/replacement Operating System (OS) is not compatible with the purchased product.

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