The Garmin Rino 650 GPS combines a 5-Watt FRS/GMRS radio
with a color touchscreen GPS
, allowing you to communicate over ranges up to 20 miles
. Other features include:
- Barometric altimeter and electronic compass
- Expandable memory for adding detailed maps on pre-loaded microSD cards
- NOAA weather radio with Specific Area Message Encoding, allowing you to see National Weather Service warnings and watches on the map screen
- Compatibility with Garmin's BirdsEye satellite imagery and user-created custom maps
Keep reading to see all the features
of the Rino 650 GPS, find out what activities
it can be used for, and what sport-specific accessories
you can get for it.
GPS with FRS/GMRS
The Rino is the only
place you'll find the combination of a GPS and FRS/GMRS with such a wide variety of capabilities. For those not familiar with 2-way radios, the FRS or "Family Radio Service"
system is for shorter-range transmitting and does not require a license, while the GMRS or General Mobile Radio Service
is for longer-range transmissions and does require a license. With the FRS/GMRS combination in the Rino 650, licensed users will have 22 channels on which to communicate over distances of up to 20 miles
, while non-licensed users will be able to communicate over 14 channels (in .5 watt mode) over distances up to 2 miles
The Rino 650 is ideal for search and rescue teams, hunters, guides, or anyone who needs to be able to communicate in the backcountry. The addition of a NOAA weather radio makes it even more useful for those whose duties require them to be outside in all
What features does the Garmin Rino 650 GPS have?
The Garmin Rino 650 GPS has the following features (click on the feature to view more details in a separate browser window):Color screen
, high-sensitive reciever
, electronic compass
, barometric altimeter
, detailed topo maps available
, expandable memory
, turn-by-turn directions
, displays satellite imagery
, custom maps
, Touch Screen
What activites can I use the Garmin Rino 650 GPS for?
Click on each activity to view more details in a separate browser window.
- Hiking: Once detailed topo maps are loaded, the Rino 650 will be great to help members of a hiking party keep in touch, or for emergency communication. The barometric altimeter and electronic compass are also features that hikers will appreciate.
- Backpacking: Keep up to speed on changing weather conditions in the backcountry with the NOAA weather radio included with the Rino 650 GPS.
- Geocaching: The high-sensitivity receiver on the Rino 650 will allow you to use the GPS for geocaching
- Hunting: Hunters will appreciate the text-message capability of the Rino 650 in situations where silence is necessary. They'll also enjoy the ability to load detailed topo maps, and the included hunt/fish calendar, electronic comapss, and barometric altimeter.
- Boating: The Rino 650 is waterproof to IPX-7 standards, and can load Garmin's Bluechart G2, Lakemaster, or Inland Lakes maps. The NOAA weather radio will help you beat dangerous storms back to port.
- Cycling: Add the optional bicycle mount accessory to take the Rino 650 on your road or mountain bike adventues.
What else do I need to know about the Garmin Rino 650?
Once you've loaded detailed maps, the Rino 650 will give you turn-by-turn driving directions (no voice commands), allowing you to navigate over local roads on your way to the trailhead. With the vehicle power cable, you can charge the lithium ion battery pack while en-route to your destination.
What accessories are available with the Garmin Rino 650 GPS?
- Auto Friction Mount
- Marine Mount
- Bicycle Mount
- Vehicle Power Cable
- Carabiner Clip
- Belt Clip
Still have questions about the Garmin Rino 650 GPS? You can see how it compares to other GPS units by checking out the best handheld gps buyer's guide
on the internet, or just contact us
with your questions. We always love talking about GPS!