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Review of FunTrek 130 by HOLUX
Sunday, 14 August 2011 18:31


FunTrek 130  Features

  • 3" (240 x 400 pixels) high resolution touch control transreflexive screen (with backlighting)
  • Weighs 124g only
  • 2GB of internal memory
  • Support Micro SD memory cards of up to 8GB
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfer
  • Removable 1050mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 12 hours of standby time (backlighting off)
  • IPX6 water resistance
  • Includes ezTour Plus & ezPlanner route planning
  • 3D electronic compass (points north)
  • High precision barometer
  • Multiple functions (alarm, stopwatch, calculator, calendar, health information, emergency first aid information etc.)
  • Built-in GPS satellite navigation

The device is sized a bit smaller than a Garmin Oregon, but has exactly the same display, with a diagonal of 7.6cm .
Garmin owners know that their devices have a beutiful screen, and the FunTrek makes no exception. The resolution is 240x400 or 400x240 in landscape mode.

For a pilot, screen visibility under direct sunlight is a very important issue. We took these pictures on a full bright day in july at 2pm in the afternoon, with the sun almost perpendicular, and no clouds. A perfect day for this kind of test. We have been comparing the FunTrek with a MIO400 Pna.




As you can see, even in the worst light condition, the FunTrek remains very well visible. This is very important given the small size of its screen. Normally, anybody looking at this unit under direct sunlights will say "Perfectly visible" with no exception.

The internal CPU speed is the same of a MIO 400, and thus there is plenty of CPU power for gliding calculations. LK8000 was tested using about 40-60% of available CPU power on the FunTrek, which is perfect and will grant very fast user interface response.

There are interesting things about this device:

1) Thanks to an efficient light sensor, it can automatically self adjust backlight to economize batteries. Using auto backlight, LK can run for several hours while recording (approx. 8-9 hours).
With full backlight on, 3.5 hours are nevertheless granted.

2) Backlight control is available during usage of LK. This means that you can anytime change settings.

3) It has a barometric sensor, thus providing baro altitude to LK.

4) It has a digital compass and a 3 axis accelerometer (G sensor) which is available to LK, though not yet used.

It connects (and recharges also) to PC using a classic MiniUSB plug.
Internal memory (2G) appears as a flash disk. It also has a MicroSD card slot. I have a 4G sd card, total 6G memory. Lots of space.

The internal GPS is very sensible, as you would expect from an outdoor unit such this one: it is waterproof and it was born as a bike computer.

Screen Size is 3 inches

This means that the moving map will be hardly readable, even if perfectly visible, from a 70cm distance on a glider.

However in this case, as you can see in the pictures, the nearest pages are still perfectly and optimally readable.

It is a perfect companion for cross country flights given the fact that once attached with some velcro on the glider it can be left on working with automatic backlight for many hours, and thus needs no power supply. No wires around.

An alternate solution, which is good for paragliders, is to have it attached to the wrist, just like a watch.

No Sound, only a buzzer

Well, in such a jewel there is no sound, only a buzzer like on watches. This is pity, but won't be a real problem during the flight because all beeps are quite loud.


LK8000 running on FunTrek

Thanks to Holux, we could integrate LK software making use of the FunTrek's internal sensors.

On startup, LK will find the pressure sensor and automatically adjust if for the QNH.

The logger will keep recording for several hours even with no power supply, if backlight is set to automatic with a 1 minute timeout on touch screen. Backlight controls are always available during flight, while LK is running, which is a special and very appreciated function! Because there are times we dont need backlight at all, and times we do want it full.


FunTrek is available at Wolf-Gear website and come preconfigured with LK8000.


There is a discounted price of 195euro (VAT included) which makes this device a real alternative to Garmin units and to PNAs for most cross country pilots.


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