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1985supersport15 posted 10-27-2008 09:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for 1985supersport15   Send Email to 1985supersport15  
[Proposal for a survey has been removed. We don't really endorse surveys because the results generally are from a tiny sample and often are never presented or analyzed.--jimh]

I am in the process of trying to get Humminbird to take back under warranty [some product of theirs which has a fogged display]. They are saying that some fogging is normal. I however am experiencing excessive fogging that lasts up to two hours or more in colder conditions. I wonder if it is more prevalent in northern lattitudes like New Hampshire where I fish. Humminbird claims that they have not had many complaints.

If anyone was able to get a solution to the problem or refund with the company let me know.

gcl posted 10-27-2008 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for gcl    
I had the same problem with a Lowrance depth sounder. The dealer took it back, without question, and replaced it with a new unit from inventory. Cost to me: zero.
jimh posted 10-27-2008 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Devices that generate a lot of internal heat may burn off the fogging faster. On the other hand, nothing preserves electronic devices like running at cool temperatures. Maybe the Humminbird fogging problems are due to it not generating enough internal heat.
Chuck Tribolet posted 10-28-2008 12:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I've had a Humminbird get a fogging on the inside that wasn't
condensation. It was some sort white coating, and on one
side only. It was way out of warranty, so I carefully took
it apart, cleaned the inside of the window (paper towel and
Windex, IIRC), and carefully put it back together.


1985supersport15 posted 10-28-2008 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for 1985supersport15  Send Email to 1985supersport15     
My unit is under warranty but they will not give a refund. They will only "service it" but I think that it is a chronic problem with Humminbird. If they give me a new unit I'm afriad it will do the same thing.

They state on their web site that some fogging is normal. Others on continuouswave have said that that also, but I am experiencing excessive fogging. Again, I think Humminbird is just trying to dodge a product line defect.

The strange thing is that [fogging] did not seem to [occur] in the warmer weather in early summer. Once fall came [fogging] became much worse and the entire display would be fogged for two hours.

Has anyone had a fogging problem with Garmin? If not I am going for one of those once I get rid of the Humminbird.

Chuck Tribolet posted 10-29-2008 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If the condensation is fogging, it needs cool weather, not
warm. You may be able to make it go away more quickl by
turning on the backlight full brighness. That will generate
a little more internal warmth.


Slippery Eel posted 10-29-2008 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Slippery Eel  Send Email to Slippery Eel     
Fogging is a common problem with Humminbird.
btb posted 10-30-2008 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for btb  Send Email to btb     
I had a temporary fogging problem on my Garmin the last time out - it had never happened before.

I store it with the cover on - so I have stopped that practice. I also put a small Silica Gel pack under the cover for a few days, hoping that would draw out any remaining moisture...

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