Could the magnets in the Black Diamond Magnetron carabiner affect the reliability of my GPS device?

Could the magnets in the Black Diamond Magnetron carabiner affect the reliability of my GPS device?

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By Silas Russell | Jul 27th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 27th 2015
Hi Silas, I'm not sure about your GPS device but Black Diamond do recommend that you keep your carabiners out of close proximity to avalanche transceivers. There is a chance that the magnets in your carabiner may effect an electronic compass device such as those you find in mobile phones, but the actual positioning system of your GPS should be fine. Hope that helps, Dave

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Panu Lehti's picture
Aug 29th 2015
Just as Dave stated on his reply, some transceivers use a magnetic compass while searching (e.g., Mammut Pulse and Ortovox S1). It is especially important that you keep all magnetic items and your electronic devices (mobile phone, MP3 player, GPS navigator etc) away from these transceivers while searching. The Black Diamond Magnetron carabiners include a warning saying that the carabiners should be kept 50cm (20 inches) from avalanche transceivers.

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Panu Lehti's picture
Aug 29th 2015
Your navigation device (dedicated GPS navigator / mobile phone / etc) uses GPS sensor to position you. But it will use other sensors (compass, gyro, altimeter) to provide you proper heading directions on the navigation mode. To make sure that you will get proper navigation advice, please keep magnets away from close proximity of your navigation device.

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