How Do I Choose the Best Electronic Compass?

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An electronic compass generally has a digital display, making it easy to see in all lighting conditions. When choosing your electric compass, be sure it has a backlight, which will enable you to easily view the display in the dark. If possible, choose a compass that has an anti-glare feature as well. If battery life is important to you, inquire about a rechargeable digital compass. You can shop for your electronic compass at a sporting goods store, or you can choose from several varieties online.

Protection for your electronic compass is essential, especially if you travel or camp during inclement weather. Choose a compass that comes with a waterproof casing and protective pouch. If you're concerned about losing a small device while hiking or camping, choose a compass that has a sturdy clip for securing to a backpack or belt. Wearing the compass around your neck with a leather cord or lanyard may be convenient as well.

If you prefer an electronic compass for your car, choose one with the largest display for easy viewing. A model that uses double-sided tape to easily attach to any surface in your vehicle may work best. Some electronic compasses have other handy features, such as memory recall. This component saves your locations in memory, which is convenient. You might also prefer an electronic compass that has a built-in thermometer.


The electronic car compass is a good choice for road trips, as it is powered through your car's cigarette lighter. The car compass will save you the expense of having to replace batteries. If you don't want to attach the compass using adhesive tape, choose a model that is easy to mount.

When you are constantly on the move, you might prefer an electronic compass that has a triaxial feature. This option is similar to an anti-shake feature. Easy calibration is another factor to consider. If you're using an electronic compass that runs on batteries, look for a model that re-calibrates in less than 60 seconds.

A compact-sized compass may be important to you as well. If so, look for a digital compass in a key chain variety. Some small models also feature a safety whistle or flashlight. These are good for storing in your car's glove compartment or in an emergency travel kit. To save money, choose a model that does not require any monthly service fees or software to operate.


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