I am looking to buy the Garmin 520 for some brevets but it only makes sense to do so if I can charge the device while riding. Does anyone know if this is possible?

I know that the usb port is in a funny place on the back of the device which will make charging difficult, but I just need to know if it is possible or if it will go into standby mode during charging.

I know that some models allow for charging while riding while others do not. I want to know if this model in particular does.


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    Possible duplicate of Can Garmin Edge 500/510 and 800/810 be charged while riding? – Kibbee Apr 12 '16 at 19:48
  • I believe the garmin goes into a "charging" mode when charging. Its rated for dozens of hours of battery life - are you worried that it will run flat during your ride? – Criggie Apr 12 '16 at 19:53
  • I am worried that it will die on a 20 hour ride and I won't be able to get a big portion of the data. Thanks! – changechange Apr 13 '16 at 8:10
  • @Criggie If he wants if for a Brevet it could be a 600km multiday ride, so yes it is likely to run flat – Andy P Apr 13 '16 at 8:10
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    As an alternative, consider one of Garmin's hiking models like the Dakota, Montana, or Oregon. Some of them support using AAs that can be easily switched out, and a second set of batteries should be enough to get you through the full 20 hours. They make a great bicycle handlebar mount. Also, many models support Cadence (GPS only for speed) and HRM but it's a feature that Garmin doesn't advertise too much. – Kibbee Apr 13 '16 at 13:07

This thread contains all the information you would ever want to know about the Edge 520. The bottom of Post #67 says that this is indeed possible.

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