All Buster Q plotters are compatible with Navionics+ and Platinum+ maritime charts. Older Buster Q devices also support C-MAP charts.
If your plotter card is already in your plotter, or you buy a new boat that already has a Navionics card inserted in the plotter, you don’t have to take the card out to activate or update it. You can activate or update the card through Plotter Sync.
To sync your plotter and activate your Navionics plotter card you have to download the Navionics mobile app, and follow the Plotter Sync directions below.
To do the Plotter Sync described in the PDF directions, you have to activate the Wi-Fi hotspot on your Q plotter. Here’s how to do that:
If you only want to activate your Navionics card to access all the features you don’t have to buy a subscription to the app. You can still download and use the app to do the Plotter Sync for free. If activating the card is difficult, you can ask for help from your boat retailer.
If you want to update the charts on your plotter card, you have to also subscribe to the app.
You’ll know the Plotter Sync has succeeded when you see your Q plotter in the Paired Devices and the Wi-Fi hotspot connection works.
If you buy a Navionics plotter card separately from a boating store or the Navionics web shop, you can first activate the card on your computer, and then insert it into your plotter. If you buy your plotter card straight from Navionics web shop, the card is already activated. However, if you want to be sure you have the latest updates you can activate the card on your computer just in case.
After inserting the card into your Q Display, you can update it later with the Navionics mobile app. To do this, follow the Plotter Sync directions in this article..
When you purchase a new plotter card from Navionics, a one-year subscription to daily updates and many advanced features is included. This means that you can download updates to your plotter card for a year.
If in the future you want to update the Navionics plotter card subscription through the app, and not by removing it from your plotter, you have to then get the subscription to the Navionics mobile app.
With the Navionics mobile app subscription you can: