The Active 10 Plus is a beefed-up Active 10 and, with a new rechargeable battery conversion kit, it’s a real contender and definitely the best of the OS mapping- compatible devices (all national parks 1:50,000 scale at £50; or £80 per national park at 1:25,000; or user selections available). Its strength is its huge screen, which gives superb definition, but PC transfers are quite complex compared to some devices and although the rechargeable lithium battery lasts well, it’s not an easy job to convert it back to AAs in the field should it run out. The SatMap website planning tool is a real plus, negating the need to buy digital-mapping and, although the unit’s a bit of a lump in the hand, it is easy to use with gloves on.
Size: 13 x 7.5 x 3cm
PC/Mac-compatible: PC only
Works with: Most software including Memory-Map
Other features: OS mapping (optional extra); rechargeable battery pack
Battery type/claimed life: Lithium or AA/up to 24hrs
Contact: 0845 873 0101 www.satmap.com
First published in Country Walking August 2009