V2000 Auto Compass System 
Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my Wayfinder vehicle compass be used as a handheld compass unit?
  • How do PNI digital compasses work?
  • How will storing my bearing points help me?
  • What are the extreme Operating Temperatures?
  • What does a flashing arrow mean?
  • What is magnetic distortion?
  • What is the difference between magnetic north and true north?
  • Can I place my compass system somewhere other than my windshield?
  • How can I get my mounting bracket suction cups to hold more effectively on glass surfaces?
  • Can I calibrate the compass outside my vehicle?
  • What causes my compass to lose its calibration setting?
  • What is compass calibration and why is it necessary?
  • What is required to calibrate my compass correctly?
  • Why am I getting incorrect directional headings after calibrating my compass?
  • What does it mean when all segments on the display are turned on and wonít turn off, even when I press OFF?
  • What should I do when thereís no power in the display unit after inserting the battery?
  • Why does my compass shut off when I am driving?
  • Why does my Wayfinder vehicle compass display an error code?
  • Can I hardwire my unit to my vehicle using the 12 volt adapter?
  • Do I still need the batteries if my 12 volt adapter has continuous power?
  • What would cause the temperature to read incorrectly?
  • Why doesn't the display on my compass screen ever change?
  • Why is my compass LCD displaying two screens?

  • Can my Wayfinder vehicle compass be used as a handheld compass unit?
    Currently, only the Wayfinder V700 is designed to be used as both a handheld and vehicle compass. Please see our line of Corsa "handheld" compasses.

    How do PNI digital compasses work?
    PNI digital compasses use a patented magnetic sensor technology that was developed by PNI Corporation for the U.S. Military. This technology, called Magneto-Inductive sensor technology, is the greatest advance in compass technology since the fluxgate was invented 60 years ago. It electronically senses the difference between the earth's magnetic field and your vehicle's magnetic field, and an on-board microprocessor electronically subtracts your vehicle's magnetic field from the total discerned field, resulting in highly accurate compass readings. Magneto-Inductive sensor technology has many advantages over other technologies, including enhanced performance, less power consumption and lower cost. These advantages have made Magneto-Inductive sensor technology the choice for many high-profile users of compass applications including GM, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler automobiles, Polaris jet skis, Bayliner boats and Timex watches.

    How will storing my bearing points help me?
    Following the position of the sun and spotting familiar landmarks can give you an idea of what direction you are headed during the day. It is very different on cloudy or foggy days and at night when the sun and most landmarks are obscured. By setting a bearing and monitoring your headings, you can be far more certain of direction, even on an unfamiliar road or trail.

    What are the extreme Operating Temperatures?
    The acceptable operating temperatures are 14 degrees to 140 degrees. While the unit is being stored, it will withstand temperatures from -40 degrees to 160 degrees.

    What does a flashing arrow mean?
    An arrow flashes after a bearing point has been set on the compass. It points to the direction that the bearing is set for.

    What is magnetic distortion?
    Magnetic distortion is the disturbance of accurate compass calculations caused by a sudden abundance of external magnetic fields. Many objects can generate an external magnetic field that results in compass inaccuracy, including railroad track crossings, metal structures and electronic door openers. PNI digital compasses sense any significant change in magnetic fields and the associated magnetic distortion that occurs. Depending on your model, a distortion warning may display briefly whenever your vehicle is within close proximity to a strong magnetic field. Once the vehicle has moved away from the source of the magnetic field, the compass readings will be accurate. If the distortion warning displays continuously or displays after compass setup, try setting up the compass again in a location where there is less magnetic interference.

    What is the difference between magnetic north and true north?
    In most places on earth, true or map north is not the same location as magnetic north. This is because the magnetic fields of earth are always slowly changing. The variation between true north and magnetic north is called declination. Click HERE to learn more about declination.

    Can I place my compass system somewhere other than my windshield?
    The Wayfinder is designed for windshield installation, though it is possible to mount it on your dashtop using double sided tape or Dual-Lockô hook and loop fastener. For greatest accuracy, the display screen should be facing the rear of your vehicle (not the driver) so that the compass is aligned with the direction of travel. In addition, the unit should be mounted at least 6 inches away from magnetic equipment such as the radio, speakers or the rear view mirror. This minimizes the number of magnetic fields the compass needs to calculate and ensures greater accuracy.

    How can I get my mounting bracket suction cups to hold more effectively on glass surfaces?
    First, clean the windshield with a glass cleaner that leaves no residue. Then spread a very small amount of water around the outer edge of each suction cup. This will provide a better seal when you push and hold the bracket against the windshield glass.

    Can I calibrate the compass outside my vehicle?
    For accurate readings you must install the unit in your vehicle before calibrating the compass. Calibrating the compass after itís installed enables it to detect the various magnetic fields emitted by the vehicle itself and subtract these from the compass heading calculations. Dual-mode compasses, such as the V700, which are designed to be used as both a handheld compass and a vehicle compass, need to be calibrated in your vehicle and in your hand.

    What causes my compass to lose its calibration setting?
    Several conditions can contribute to an inaccurate compass reading:
    1. The batteries have recently been replaced.
    2. The batteries are starting to lose power.
    3. The unit has detected temporary magnetic distortion from nearby power lines, metal framed buildings or other sources of magnetic interference.
    4. The compass calibration procedure was not completed properly.

    Try calibrating the compass again. If it still does not provide accurate readings, replace the battery and calibrate the compass again.

    What is compass calibration and why is it necessary?
    Compass calibration is the process used with PNI digital compasses to separate the earth's magnetic field from stray magnetic fields emitted by your vehicle. Without calibration, a PNI digital compass regards the entire magnetic field as from the earth, including your vehicles magnetic field, resulting in inaccurate compass readings.

    What is required to calibrate my compass correctly?
    1. All PNI digital compasses need to be calibrated when used for the first time in a vehicle, when moved to different locations in the same vehicle, when moved to a different vehicle, or when the battery is changed.
    2. All PNI digital compasses require recalibration when there has been a change to your vehicle, such as the installation of a new stereo.
    3. If you intend to operate the PNI digital compass with battery and either 12 Volt adapter or hardwire kit installed, calibrate after your selected power source is installed.
    4. If you intend to operate your PNI digital compass with a temperature tether installed, it should be calibrated after tether installation has been completed.
    5. If you drive with your headlights and stereo on, turn these on prior to calibration.
    6. When calibrating PNI digital hand-held compasses, be sure that you are not near railroad tracks, metal-framed buildings, power lines, or audio speakers.

    Why am I getting incorrect directional headings after calibrating my compass?
    Your compass may be affected by magnetic distortion from electronic or metal objects within your vehicle (such as your radio speakers or rear view mirror), or from the surrounding area. First, be sure the unit is mounted in a location that is at least 6 inches away from any magnetic equipment in your vehicle. If the unit is properly mounted, check to see if the magnet icon is flashing in the upper left corner of the display screen. If so, it indicates that the unit is picking up magnetic distortion. If the icon does not disappear after several minutes of driving, you will need to calibrate the compass again. Incorrect compass headings can also indicate that the compass has not been calibrated correctly. If you receive incorrect or missing compass headings without the magnet icon flashing, try calibrating the compass again, using the instructions in the users guide.

    What does it mean when all segments on the display are turned on and wonít turn off, even when I press OFF?
    This occasionally happens when one of the display buttons is pressed during battery installation. For instance, if you set the unit face down on a tabletop to insert the battery, itís likely that one of the buttons on the display face will depress, causing the display to become "stuck" in startup mode with all segments turned on. To correct the situation, remove the battery, wait 5 minutes and then reinsert the battery. If the display becomes stuck again, replace the battery with a new battery. Again, be careful not to press any buttons during battery installation.

    What should I do when thereís no power in the display unit after inserting the battery?
    Sometimes a new battery will not immediately register with the Wayfinder unit. Remove the battery, wait 5 minutes and then reinsert the battery. If this happens again, replace the battery with a new battery.

    Why does my compass shut off when I am driving?
    If the compass does not detect a magnetic change in direction of 15 degrees or more in a 10 minute period, the "auto shutoff" feature switches off the unit to conserve battery power. The lack of a magnetic change usually means that the vehicle is parked, though it can also result from driving on a long, straight road or sitting in traffic.

    Why does my Wayfinder vehicle compass display an error code?
    An error code message is an indication of a low battery, or a bad battery connection. Please replace the battery with a new one. If this does not correct the problem, and the error message continues to appear, please contact the PNI customer service department at 1-888-422-6672, Monday through Friday between 8-5pm (PST).

    Can I hardwire my unit to my vehicle using the 12 volt adapter?
    We do not recommend using the 12-volt adapter to hardwire your unit, as hardwiring may require the removal of the fuse that protects the unit from exposure to power surges. Altering the 12-volt adapter or the unit voids your warranty.

    Do I still need the batteries if my 12 volt adapter has continuous power?
    The unit must have a battery in it at all times. When the unit is shut off, the settings are stored via the battery (even if you have continuous power to your 12 volt adapter).

    What would cause the temperature to read incorrectly?
    Making sure the surface is free of dirt, use the peel-and stick pad to adhere the sensor. Mount to a less heat-conductive plastic or rubber component instead of to a metal body part. As all vehicles are different, you may need to experiment to find the best site. We recommend the door jamb of your vehicle on the rubber stripping. The inside temperature can be affected by direct sunlight and the temperature sensor by your vehicle fan.

    Why doesn't the display on my compass screen ever change?
    Please ensure that you have removed the protective film that covers the face of the compass.

    Why is my compass LCD displaying two screens?
    Please ensure that the protective film that covers the face of the compass has been removed.




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