New Marine Electronics: Radar, Chargers and More

This month's installment of new marine electronics includes products from Garmin and Aydin Marine.

Weego portable battery Charger
Versatile Charge: Portable PowerCourtesy Weego

Weego's portable battery charger can moonlight as a charger for tablets, smartphones and other USB-powered devices. The Weego 44 Jump Starter ($149) works with gasoline- and diesel-powered engines, and its orange casing has IP65 weatherproof protection. An external battery includes a 500-lumen LED flashlight with a strobe function and it can flash an SOS message. Weego says the unit can recharge your devices up to 75 percent faster than wall outlets.

Garmin Dual-Range Doppler
Painting Targets: Dual-Range DopplerCourtesy Garmin

Garmin's GMR Fantom radars use solid-state, pulse-compression technology to maximize target detection and identification, and pulse-expansion technology to differentiate targets from noise. MotionScope Doppler technology paints targets in different colors, and Echo Trail depicts a target's direction of travel. Fantom radars come in 4-foot ($6,999) and 6-foot ($7,499) open arrays. Both are smaller and lighter than Garmin's previous-generation systems.

Aydin Marine
Glass Bridge: Helm EnvyCourtesy Aydin Marine

Aydin Marine's 17-inch Glass Bridge Lite Display ($4,800) helps boaters match their helm stations with properly sized displays to create a glass bridge. The display has dimmable, LED-backlit screens and billet-aluminum cases that provide IP68 dust and water-ingress protection on the unit's face, with IP65 protection on its back. The monitor has 1280x1024 pixel resolution and a 5:4 aspect ratio, and it plays nicely with HDMI, DVI, VGA and composite input signals.