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Hand held GPS receiver with color display with touchscreen, integrated base map, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter, USB interface and slot for optional µSD memory card.

The GARMIN Dakota 20 is very easy to use thanks to its touchscreen and its user friendly graphical interface. It supports multiple languages, has an integrated base map, an electronic compass and a barometrical altimeter. The Dakota 20 has 850 MB of built-in memory and a slot for a standard µSD memory card to store optional maps with even more detailed information, such as local roads, restaurants and points of interest. The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC. In order to use the Dakota's auto-routing feature which computes a route from the current location to any destination, an optional map which supports routing is required, such as City Navigator Europe NT. See MapSource for a list of available maps. The very sensitive antenna provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples).

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Differences between the various Dakota models:

All models provide similar functions; these are the main differences:

Feature / Model Dakota 10 Dakota 20
Internal memory 850 MB 850 MB
Slot for memory card - YES
Barometrical altimeter - YES
Electronical compass - 3D¹
Receive data from optional heart rate monitor - YES
Receive data from optional speed / cadence sensor - YES
Price Discontinued Discontinued

Compass¹)
2D: The GPS must be hold level for accurate readings.
3D: Tilt-compensated compass, does not require to hold the device level for accurate readings.


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GARMIN Dakota 20

Features:

  • Portable, easy to use, robust, waterproof to IPX-7 standards (withstands 30 minutes under water up to 1 meter (3 feet) deep).
  • TFT color display with background illumination (256 colors, 160x240 pixel).
  • Easy to use thanks to its touchscreen plus its user friendly, graphical interface.
  • Multilingual user interface in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish and Turkish.
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna.
  • Integrated world wide 3D map with countries, bodies of water, major cities and major highways.
  • 850 MB of built-in memory to transfer even more detailed maps with local roads, points of interest etc. from a PC to the GPS.
  • Slot for standard µSD memory card. Memory cards are available as an option.
  • Electronic 3D compass to check heading while not moving¹. "3D" means unit doesn't have to be hold level for accurate measurement. can be turned off so safe power, accuracy ±2°, resolution ±1°.
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording², range -610..9144 m (-2000..+550t00 feet); accuracy ±3 m (10 feet), resolution ±30 cm (1 foot)
  • Support for optional sensors such as heart rate monitor, cadence sensor or temperature sensor.
  • Powered by batteries (2x AA, last about 20 h) or by an external 12 V power source, e.g. from a car's cigarette lighter (power cord available as an option)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF³: approx. 1 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 30 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports WAAS (improves accuracy of position indication from typical better than 15 m (49 feet) to typical better than 3 m (10 feet))
  • Supports more than 100 different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -20 .. 70°C (-4° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (USB connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 100x55x33 mm (3.9x2.2x1.3 inches)
  • Weight: 150 g (5.25 ounces, without batteries)
  • ¹) In order to check the direction with a GPS, a minimal movement with a speed of at least 5..8 km/h (3..5 mi/h) is required. Where no movement is possible, a compass is needed.
  • ²) Even though a GPS provides accurate elevation information, the value slightly varies continuously. A barometrical altimeter is therefore more accurate, especially when summarizing elevation changes.
  • ³) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Preset profiles provide fast switching between different configuration settings of the device. Supports also user defined profiles.
  • Stores 1000 waypoints with name (30 characters), icon (choice of more than 150 symbols), comments (50 characters), coordinates, elevation and depth.
  • Stores 50 reversible routes
  • World map with zoom function in the range of 800 km to 20 m (500 mi to 80 ft)
  • Information on the map displayed in 5 levels of details.
  • Find waypoints, cities, points of interest, addresses etc. The objects you can actually search for depend on the maps loaded on the GPS. Various maps are available as an option, see list of MapSource products.
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Records the travelled path (track), capacity 10'000 track points
  • Stores 200 travelled routes (tracks)
  • Supports metric and U.S. units

Additional features:

  • Heart rate, requires optional heart rate monitor
  • Cadence of the crank arms, requires optional speed and cadence sensor
  • Temperature, requires optional temperature sensor
  • Geocaches
  • Time of sunrise and sunset, moonrise and moonset, current phase of the moon
  • Information regarding hunting and fishing
  • Area calculation
  • Calculator
  • Stop watch
  • Calendar
  • Position and signal strength of the satellites
  • Support for optional VIRB action cameras, see also TrailTech and VIRB
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GARMIN Dakota 20 overview:

Unit features of the GARMIN Dakota  20
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Main pages of the GARMIN Dakota 20:

Note: The images below show the display of the Dakota 20 in true resolution (160x240 pixels). This does not necessarily mean that the display is shown it its true size (36x55 mm). The actual size of these images depends on the properties of your display. Many of the pages are configurable, the pictures are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 43, rsp. 15 different values, see selection 1, rsp. selection 2. Unlike the Dakota 10, the Dakota 20 has a barometrical altimeter and therefore a menu item elevation profile.

Main Menu 1 Main Menu 2 Main Menu 3 Main Menu 4
GARMIN Dakota 20 main menu (1 of 4) GARMIN Dakota 20 main menu (2 of 4) GARMIN Dakota 20 main menu (3 of 4) GARMIN Dakota 20 main menu (4 of 4)
  • Show map
  • Find destination
  • Show compass
  • Save current position as waypoint
  • Show trip computer
  • Manage settings

  • To previous menu page
  • Show battery charge level
  • Show quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Manage Geocaches
  • Manage waypoints
  • Show elevation profile
  • Manage routes
  • Wireless communication with other devices which support this feature
  • Manage tracks

  • To previous menu page
  • Show battery charge level
  • Show quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Manage profiles
  • Show calendar
  • Manage active route
  • Show sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset; moon phase
  • Area calculation
  • Information about hunting and fishing

  • To previous menu page
  • Show battery charge level
  • Show quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
  • Calculator
  • Point and navigate
  • Alarm clock
  • Increase position indication by averaging multiple samples
  • Stop watch
  • Mark man over board location

  • To previous menu page
  • Show battery charge level
  • Show quality of the GPS signal
  • To next menu page
Satellites Elevation Trip Computer
Small Font
Trip Computer
Large Font
GARMIN Dakota 20 satellites GARMIN Dakota 20 elevation GARMIN Dakota 20 trip computer small font GARMIN Dakota 20 trip computer large font
  • Coordinates of the current location
  • Position of the satellites in the sky
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Strength of the satellites signals
  • Back to main menu
  • Accuracy of the position indication
  • Accumulated ascent
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Elevation profile with scale factors
  • Back to main menu

For each data field, you can choose from 15 different values2)

  • Time until sunset
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Current speed
  • Maximum speed
  • Time moving
  • Average speed (moving time only)
  • Stopped time
  • Average speed (total time)
  • Back to main menu
  • Change dashboard (profile)

Switch between small font as shown above and large font as shown on the right (touch icon buttom right).

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

  • Time until sunset
  • Current elevation above sealevel
  • Travelled trip distance
  • Current speed
  • Time moving
  • Back to main menu
  • Change dashboard (profile)

Switch between large font as shown above and small font as shown on the left (touch icon buttom right).

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

Base Map City Navigator Europe
(Street map, overview)
City Navigator Europe
(Street map with points of interest)
Topographical map
of Switzerland
GARMIN Dakota 20 base map, Zuerich and vicinity GARMIN Dakota 20 map view City Navigator Europe, example Zuerich City GARMIN Dakota 20 map view City Navigator Europe, example Zuerich City detailed GARMIN Dakota 20 topographical map of Switzerland, example Wengen

Pre-installed base map with major cities and highways, example Zürich and vicinity.

View of optional street map of Europe, example center of Zürich city (street maps of various continents are available as options, see MapSource).

View of optional topographical map of Switzerland, example Wengen (topographical maps of various countries are available as options, see MapSource).

Navigation
(Compass)
Track Navigation Map Route
GARMIN Dakota 20 navigation (compass) GARMIN Dakota 20 track GARMIN Dakota 20 navigation map GARMIN Dakota 20 route
  • Current speed
  • Distance to next turn
  • Estimated arrival time at destination
  • Estimated travel time to next turn
  • Heading to next turn
  • Back to main menu
  • Change dashboard (profile)

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

  • Travelled path (track) on map (dark red line, color selectable)
  • You can use a track as a route
  • Back to main menu

This screenshot has been taken with the optional topographical map of Switzerland (topographical maps of various countries are available as options, see MapSource).

Note: This feature requires an optional map which supports routing, such as City Navigator Europe NT, see MapSource.
  • Direction
  • Distance to destination
  • Estimated arrival time at destination
  • Map with current position (blue triangle), next turn (white arrow) and planned route (violet line)
  • Back to main menu

For each data field, you can choose from 43 different values1)

Note: This feature requires an optional map which supports routing, such as City Navigator Europe NT, see MapSource.
  • Turns with street or exit name, direction and distance
  • Back to main menu
  • To previous directions
  • To next directions
Calendar Alarm Clock Stop Watch Text Entry
GARMIN Dakota 20 calendar GARMIN Dakota 20 alarm clock GARMIN Dakota 20 stop watch GARMIN Dakota 20 text entry
  • Calendar with current day
  • Back to main menu
  • To previous month
  • To next month
  • Time of alarm (this will turn on the unit if switch off)
  • Turn alarm on/off
  • Back to main menu
  • Current time
  • Number of laps
  • Length of lap
  • Elapsed time last lap
  • Elapsed time current lap
  • Elapsed time (stop watch)
  • Elapsed time until last completed lap
  • Average lap time
  • Stop
  • Mark lap
  • Back to main menu

Various functions require the user to enter text or numbers. Chose a character by simply touching the screen.

  • Entry field
  • Backspace
  • Characters
  • Quit
  • Previous character page
  • Next character page
  • Enter

Data fields selection 1 on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 24hr Max Temp. Maximum temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
2 24hr Min Temp. Minimum temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
3 Accuracy of GPS The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
4 Battery Level Battery charge level.
5 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
6 Cadence Revolutions of the crank arm per minute (requires optional speed and cadence sensor).
7 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
8 Distance to Destination Current distance to the final destination.
9 Distance to Next Current distance to the next waypoint or turn.
10 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
11 ETA at Destination Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
12 ETA at Next Estimated arrival time at the next turn.
13 Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
14 Glide Ratio to Destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
15 GPS Signal Strength Strength of satellites' signals.
16 Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
17 Heart Rate Current heart rate - heart beats per minute, bpm (requires optional heart rate monitor).
18 Location (lat/lon) Current location as latitude/longitude coordinates.
19 Location (selected) Current location indicated in the selected format (datum).
20 Odometer Total distance travelled since last reset*).
21 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
22 Pointer Arrow that indicates the direction to travel to the next point on a route.
23 Speed Current speed.
24 Speed - Maximum Maximum speed since last reset*).
25 Speed - Moving Avg. Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
26 Speed - Overall Avg. Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
27 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
28 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
29 Lufttemperatur Current temperatur (requires optional temperature sensor).
30 Time of Day Current time.
31 Time to Destination Estimated travel time to the final destination.
32 Time to Next Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
33 To Course Direction to the planned course.
34 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
35 Trip Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
36 Trip Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
37 Trip Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
38 Turn The direction of and the distance to the next turn on a route.
39 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.
40 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
41 Vertical Speed to Destination The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.
42 Waypoint at Destination Name of the waypoint at the final destination.
43 Waypoint at Next Name of the next waypoint.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the Odometer and the Maximum Speed separately.

Data fields selection 2 on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 Ambient Pressure The uncalibrated current pressure.
2 Ascent Average The average vertical distance of ascents.
3 Ascent Maximum The maximum ascent rate.
4 Ascent Total The total distance ascended.
5 Barometer The calibrated current pressure.
6 Descent Average The average vertical distance of descents.
7 Descent Maximum The maximum descent rate.
8 Descent Total The total distance descended.
9 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
11 Elevation Maximum Highest altitude above sea level since last reset.
10 Elevation Minimum Lowest altitude above sea level since last reset..
12 Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal distance travelled to vertical distance.
13 Glide Ratio To Destination The glide ratio required to descend from your current position and elevation to the destination's elevation.
14 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
15 Vertical Speed To Dest The measurement of your rate of ascent to a predetermined elevation.
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Prices:

This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the Dakota 20.

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Options:

Car mounting kit, including:
  • Mounting kit with suction cup
  • Adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
  • Power cord for car cigarette lighter
Add item to shopping basket CHF 64 | EUR 56 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(Does not include mounting bracket)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Adjustable mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(Does not include mounting bracket)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 21 | EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter
(one such power cord comes with the car navigation pack)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 | EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange with PC
(one such USB cable comes with the Dakota 20)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Belt for heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Premium chest belt with heart rate monitor (soft fabric strap for more comfort) Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 | EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Belt for premium heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 65 | EUR 57 [Picture and details]
Bike speed and cadence sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 68 | EUR 59 [Picture and details]
Wireless Tempe temperature sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 44 | EUR 38 [Picture and details]
Chirp geocaching beacon Add item to shopping basket CHF 25 | EUR 22 [Picture and details]
Outdoor-kit with case Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 | EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Soft case Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Hard carrying case Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 | EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Case Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Protective skin Add item to shopping basket CHF 14 | EUR 12 [Picture and details]
Bike mounting kit Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | CHF 15 [Picture and details]
Belt clip Add item to shopping basket CHF 13 | EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Long lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 3 | EUR 3 [Picture and details]
Retractable lanyard Add item to shopping basket CHF 37 | EUR 32 [Picture and details]
Carabiner Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Backpack mount (tether) Add item to shopping basket CHF 30 | EUR 26 [Picture and details]
4.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 | EUR 8 [Picture and details]
8.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
16.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 | EUR 17 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Dakota 20 in detail.

MapSource, various µSD memory cards, DVDs and CDroms with topographic and street maps (products on DVD or CDrom require a computer and a cable for data exchange).

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Downloads:

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