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I just fried my second and I wouldn't buy another. It is supposed to be waterproof, but it isn't. Mine is (was two years old) and it said on the box as well as in the instruction booklet that it was waterproof. The new ones, (same model) do not make that claim, and it is obvious why. Mine is still under warrantee, but there is no way you can reach them by phone, (you keep getting a message that they are too busy and to reach them on line; try online using the "Contact button" and you go around in circles.
Mine was tethered to the front deck and it slipped into the water for a few seconds, and that is all it took. It no longer would work after that.