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Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM

Portable navigator with free traffic-information service and lifetime map updates

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Magellan's RoadMate 2136T-LM portable navigator presents a tremendous value, but it's no bare-bones travel buddy. It offers free lifetime traffic updates in most metropolitan areas so you can find your way around delays on your route. And you also get free lifetime map updates, so you can add current maps up to four times each year without any additional cost.

Magellan's RoadMate 2136T-LM portable navigator presents a tremendous value, but it's no bare-bones travel buddy. It offers free lifetime traffic updates in most metropolitan areas so you can find your way around delays on your route. And you also get free lifetime map updates, so you can add current maps up to four times each year without any additional cost.

Better than paper maps
Magellan includes maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico with this 4.3" navigator, as well as 6 million points of interest for finding restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and other stopping points. If you're traveling on a highway, the RoadMate gives you destinations right off the exits instantly, saving you travel time. Route optimization lets you find the most efficient route when running errands by sorting multiple stops on the same trip.

Reliable Magellan guidance
The RoadMate 2136T-LM's text-to-speech voice prompts say actual street names at most turns, so you'll hear "turn right at Harrison Avenue," instead of "take the next right." Highway lane guidance shows you the correct path for upcoming maneuvers so you can take on complicated interchanges with confidence. Magellan's OneTouch™ menu allows you to access all your favorite spots with just a single touch of the screen, so you don't have to scroll through time-consuming menu screens. You can even choose to have speed limits displayed with warnings that'll keep your velocity in check.

Let AAA's trusted recommendations work for you
The included AAA TourBook® features give you instant access to service details and recommended destinations from the leading travel resource. If you're an AAA member, you can quickly access a phone listing for AAA Roadside Assistance™ in case of emergency — you'll also get your exact GPS location so help can find you quickly.

Product Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • includes FM-TMC traffic-info receiver with subscription-free updates (advertising supported)
  • lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • suction-cup windshield mount
  • car power adapter and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 4.3" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
  • internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • 6 million points of interest
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names
  • highway lane guidance
  • speed limit display
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization (up to 20 destinations)
  • navigation modes: auto, pedestrian
Other features and specs:

What's in the Box:

  • RoadMate 2136T-LM personal navigation device (with Lifetime Traffic/Maps)
  • Suction cup mount with integrated car cradle
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 4' DC power cord (5V/1A)
  • 32" USB cable (with USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on the other end)
  • User Handbook (Eng/Fre)
  • Lifetime Map Update card
  • 2 AAA info cards (Eng/Fren)
  • On-line registration sheet (Thank you note)

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Features and Specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage USA (50), CA, PR
Points of Interest 6,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 4.3"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback No
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information FM-TMC
Dynamic Content Services AAA TourBook
Removable Memory Type N/A
Battery Life 2 Hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Navigation Features
Traffic Information
Mounting Options
Power Requirement
Computer Requirements

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM is equipped with a WAAS/EGNOS-equipped GPS receiver. It receives tracking signals from numerous satellites, updating your position once per second. This receiver provides positioning accuracy down to 3 to 5 meters (10-16 feet).

Note: Please note that the Magellan RoadMate receiver is a receiver only and does not transmit GPS location signals. Neither the receiver nor the vehicle can be tracked using the Magellan RoadMate receiver.

GPS Antenna: The portable navigation unit features an integrated multidirectional GPS patch antenna adding to its sleek design.

Note: The first time you use the Magellan RoadMate it may take up to 4 minutes to compute your location under normal conditions. With adverse conditions (not having a clear view of the sky) the time to compute your location the first time can increase.

GPS Positioning: Setting a GPS position is useful if you are not getting satellite information quickly because the Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM has traveled over 500 miles while turned off. Setting the GPS position will allow the unit to compute which satellites are available and calculate the position quicker.

GPS Status Screen: The GPS Status screen uses green bars to indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM is using certain GPS satellites to compute the position. Orange bars indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM is trying to lock onto a satellite signal and no bar shown indicates a satellite that is not being tracked. The longer the bars, the better the signal.

Map Data: The RoadMate 2136T-LM comes with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska & Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, preloaded onto the built-in flash memory.

Note: Map upgrades are available for purchase from the Magellan website ( using the Magellan Content Manager and can be downloaded to the internal memory.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM includes free lifetime map updates. Lifetime Maps entitles you to receive up to four map updates per year, for the life of the GPS navigation unit or until Magellan no longer receives relevant map data (whichever is shorter). An Internet connection and Magellan's Content Manager software is required.

Note: The updates will be the same geographic map data originally included with your Magellan product. In some instances, the Magellan unit might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update, in which case you will need to select reduced map data coverage. Lifetime Maps may not be transferred to another person or another Magellan product.

4.3" Touchscreen Display: The unit features a large anti-glare, 4.3" WQVGA touchscreen display. The display's brightness can be adjusted for easy nighttime and daytime viewing. With the Auto Night Mode, the screen will automatically change from bright colors in daytime to dark tint colors for nighttime use.

Auto Night Map Display: In Auto Night Map Display mode the unit's map screen is displayed in vivid colors for daytime use and a dark-tint colors for nighttime use.

Map Screen: When a route has been calculated, it will be displayed on the Map screen in green with small arrows indicating the direction of travel. The top of the screen displays the name of the street that comes next in your Turn List together with its distance. If you are not in the city in which the next street is, the name of the city is displayed instead. As the route progresses, voice alerts will be used to prompt you of upcoming maneuvers.

  • Map View Options: The portable GPS unit allows you to the following map views.
    • 2D Map: Two dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in either the direction of your heading or direction pointing North.
    • 3D Map: Three dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in the direction of your heading.
  • Map Screen Modes: There are two unique modes that the Map Screen can be displayed in - Normal and Routing.
    • Normal: In Normal mode, your position is shown on the map along with the time and your speed. As you travel, your position will be updated, giving you a clear view of your position and surrounding streets.
    • Routing: In Routing mode, additional information is displayed, providing you with more detailed information about the route you have selected. In the routing screen, you can view the name of the current street, plus the street name for the next maneuver, POI icons, and distance to next maneuver. You can toggle between the distance remaining to reach your destination, approximate time remaining until the destination is reached, and the approximate time of day to arrive at your destination.

Note: You have the option of having speed limits displayed on the Map Screen for major roadways (when available).

Multi-language Turn-By-Turn Voice & Visual Guidance: The RoadMate 2136T-LM offers Turn-by-Turn visual guidance through it's wide touchscreen display and voice guidance via its built-in speaker. You can select English, French, or Spanish.

Text-to-Speech: The RoadMate 2136T-LM is equipped with Text-to-Speech. As you navigate to your destination, the RoadMate 2136T-LM will announce the names of the street or exit ramps (or both if desired) that are involved in each maneuver.

Auto Zoom: You can set the navigation unit's map to automatically zoom in to the lowest level when coming up to a turn.

Turn Warning: The Magellan RoadMate will sound an audible beep, bell, or chime to notify you of an upcoming turn. You can turn this warning tone off, if desired.

Highway Lane Assist: The RoadMate 2136T-LM will display highway signs as you approach a highway interchange, giving you a visual indication of which lane you should be in. This feature is available in the 48 contiguous United States only.

Maneuver List Screen: Each line of the Maneuver List screen provides details about the maneuvers in the order that they are to be made. The bottom bar of the Maneuver List screen indicates the distance and time to the next maneuver as well as the total distance computed for the route. The Maneuver List can be modified if you want to exclude one of the maneuvers to avoid traveling on one of the streets listed.

OneTouch Favorites Menu: The RoadMate 2136T-LM features Magellan's exclusive OneTouch favorites menu. The OneTouch menu provides easy access to those destinations and searches you use most. The OneTouch Favorites menus provides instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favorite places. You can bookmark your personal favorite destinations, and access them whenever you want from the OneTouch menu.

Keyboard Options: When entering your destination or other data, you can use the on-screen keyboard to spell out the name of the location. You can choose to use the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, or switch it to an ABCDEF keyboard layout.

QuickSpell w/ SmartCity Search: QuickSpell with SmartCity Search narrows your address and city searches, making destination entry easy. To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the RoadMate 2136T-LM will automatically correct spelling errors and complete your destination address. QuickSpell with SmartCity search also uses information in the unit's database to limit the keys that need to be pressed, presenting only those which can access information in the database.

Current Location Screen: The Current Location screen displays approximate address information, the distance from the next and previous cross streets, as well as your latitude and longitude. There is also a compass point in your direction of travel, calculated elevation and speed.

Address Selections: The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM offers the following address selections.

Address Selections Descriptions
Home Address You can save your Home Address into the Magellan RoadMate's memory so you can quickly return to your  home no matter where you are.
Address Book The Address Book contains addresses that you have entered and stored in the navigation unit.
Address You can enter an exact or partial address as a destination search.
Intersection You can select two streets that intersect and a route can be created to that point.
City Center You can create a route to the geographical center of a city that you  select.
Previous You can select a previous destination that you have already created a route to, even if you didn't complete the route.

Customizable Route Method: There are a wide variety of methods you can use to create a route. You can set the RoadMate 2136T-LM to calculate your route by Fastest Time, Shortest Distance, Less Freeways or More Freeways. You can also Enable U-Turns and Avoid Toll Roads for any routing method. You can compare the travel times of each option on one screen.

Multiple Destination Routing: If you're planning a trip with multiple stops, the RoadMate 2136T-LM will allow you to place the destinations in the order you wish, or allow the unit to order the stops for the most efficient route, saving you time and money. You can change the order of stops at any time.

Points Of Interest (POI): The Magellan RoadMate receiver has preloaded POIs that can be used as a destination for a route.

POIs Description
6-Million POIs The RoadMate 2136T-LM offers 6-million points of interests to help you easily find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more. You can search for POIs by entering the name or by selecting from a list of available categories and sub-categories. If desired, you can choose whether or not you want POI icons to be displayed on the map.
Branded POIs Branded POIs display your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and more by their respective logos.
Highway Exit POIs This feature provides a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits. You can select one of the POIs listed and create a route to it.

Periodic Reporting: The Periodic Reporting feature allows you to store business mileage in one convenient file for expense reporting.

SmartDetour: When you slow down under 20% of the speed limit on a freeway, after a few seconds the Magellan software assumes you are in a traffic jam and displays the SmartDetour feature on the Map screen. Detours are calculated using the same routing method that was used to create the route. A list of alternate routes will be displayed.

Auto Re-Route: If you travel off the computed route, the Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM will automatically re-calculate the routing information to get you to your original destination using the routing method you selected when creating the route.

Emergency Button: The unit's Emergency Button provides immediate directions and phone information for the nearest police station, hospital, or car repair facility.

AAA TourBook: The AAA TourBook provides ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and save (for US & Canada). The RoadMate 2136T-LM includes travel information from AAA to make your trip safe, easy, and hassle-free. If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of discount listings wherever the AAA card is accepted. There is an option to calculate a route to any of the locations provided in the TourBook.

AAA TourBook Categories Description
AAA TourBook Information View information about accommodations, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events in locations near your current position or near any location you enter. (Restaurants and lodging destinations include AAA "Diamond" ratings info.)
Show Your Card & Save Search for businesses that offer discounts for AAA members.
Approved Auto Repairs Search for AAA-approved automotive repair facilities, including hours of operation and services offered.
AAA Branch Offices Search for AAA branch offices with information on hours of operation and services offered.
Campgrounds Search for campgrounds rated by AAA.

Note: AAA membership required. Visit to register.

AAA Member Roadside Assistance: AAA Member Roadside Assistance gets you help fast with a toll-free member service number to assist you in finding an AAA approved tow truck or repair shop. The menu also shows your exact GPS location so you can provide precise information to your location.

Warranty Extension for AAA Members: AAA members can get an extra year of warranty added to the manufacturer's one year warranty by registering their GPS unit within 60 days of purchase.

Traffic Information

Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts: The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM offers Free Lifetime Traffic alerts. This allows the RoadMate 2136T-LM to provide real-time traffic information with no subscription fees.

Traffic Receiver: The Magellan RoadMate's vehicle power adapter features a built-in traffic receiver. The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM can receive traffic information so as to avoid delays in your travel. The unit's built-in traffic receiver will provide you with detours to help you avoid traffic jams and construction zones.

Note: Traffic warnings will not work if the unit is not connected to the included power adapter or you are using a different power adapter.

Traffic Incident Alerts: When routing, if a traffic incident(s), slow traffic, or stopped traffic will delay your arrival, the traffic icon on the unit's Map screen will display the computed delay due to traffic in the red box below the traffic icon.

Avoiding Traffic Incidents: When the traffic icon indicates a delay, you can select to avoid any or all of the traffic incidents along your route. The navigation unit will then calculate an alternative route.

Coupons and Offers: With Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts you also get coupon alerts that apply to the POI searches you are performing. Along the top of the POI Search Results and the Map display you will see a banner that displays coupons and offers from various merchants.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The RoadMate 2136T-LM comes supplied with an adjustable arm that can be mounted to either the windshield or dash of your vehicle using a suction-cup mount.

Note: The Magellan RoadMate needs a clear view of the sky to receive signals from the GPS satellites, so choose a location with an unobstructed view of the sky, commonly on or near the windshield.

Safety Warning: Please check the applicable regulations in your state regarding windshield mounting. Certain states prohibit the mounting of any items on your windshield. Go to for alternative mounting solutions.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The Magellan RoadMate receiver has an internal battery that permits use of the receiver for brief periods of time while not connected to external power. The unit has a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 2 hours of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter in your car. The internal battery will begin charging as soon as power is supplied to the Magellan RoadMate. It can take up to 4 hours to fully charge the battery, depending on the battery level. The battery does not need to be fully charged to use the Magellan RoadMate.

Note: The internal battery cannot be charged through a USB cable connected to a personal computer.

Battery Strength Indicator: The RoadMate 2136T-LM features an on-screen Battery Strength Indicator so you know exactly how much battery life you have left. 

Auto Power: If the touchscreen has not been accessed or the current position has not changed for a defined period of time, the Magellan RoadMate can be set to power off to save battery life.

Optional AC Adapter: An optional AC power adapter (sold separately) is available from the Magellan website. The optional AC power adapter provides constant power to the navigation unit.

Computer Requirements

mini-USB Port: The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM features a mini-USB (type-B) port and comes with a 32" USB cable for connecting the navigation unit to your PC for software and map updates from the Magellan website.

Magellan Content Manager: The Magellan Content Manager is a free downloadable PC application that syncs with your Magellan GPS navigator to deliver new updates, map unlocks, and easy access to your account. Download the free software to enjoy the latest software updates and map updates for your Magellan auto navigation device. It's the fastest and easiest way to get software updates & map updates for the Magellan RoadMate navigation unit.

Note: The Magellan Content Manager software is a free download. Other software updates and newer map updates will need to be purchased.

System Requirements: To use the Magellan Content Manager, your computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

Operating System Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor IBM Compatible PC, 1.5 GHZ Pentium or higher
Video Card Video Card DirectX 9.0 compatible with 128 MB of VRAM
Disc Space 50 MB free space for installation, more free space required for maps
Connection Type USB port

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