Things you need to understand when getting a GPS tracker for your pet:-
- The Battery – a GPS device comes with a built-in Lithium rechargeable battery, the smaller the device the smaller the battery. Battery sizes differ and is measured in mAh – What does mAh mean? Milliampere hours (mAh) are a unit of measurement used to describe the amount of battery capacity required to provide the flow of one milliampere of electrical current for one hour. Small pet trackers is usually fitted with a 400 mAh to 650mAh capacity battery, slightly bigger trackers has a 1000mAh+ battery – obviously the higher the mAh the better the battery would last however there are may things which influences battery life eg., Poor network coverage, shorter in-app update intervals which is user dependable as well as frequent usage of the locate function used in the App. So, in short – regular charging of the tracker is essential, luckily in most cases the tracker will last a good couple of days before having to recharge however it varies anything between daily up to 7 days. We assist our customers to get the best possible prolonged battery experience however we cannot guarantee a specific amount of days as it differs from user to user, with many other factors playing a huge role.
- Size and weight – In general every pet owner wants a smaller device however its not always the best option, when choosing the most suitable tracker bear in mind the pets age, weight and general posture. As a general precaution the National SPCA recommends anything around an animals neck not to exceed 5% of body mass, bearing in mind most pet trackers are extremely lightweight only weighing a couple of grams weight should not be the main factor however size would be an important aspect as well. Most products in our range is tiny and won’t cause discomfort to your pet, we will guide you to choose the most appropriate product for your pet, especially cats.
- GPS Location methods – Any GPS product requires GSM Network to function (a simcard), merely to transfer the footage or pets location to an App (fortunately very little data is required for this operation and it will most definitely not cost you an arm or a leg). The first method of tracking of a GPS product is GPS Satellites which orbits earth. The device would ping periodically or at a certain update interval which is set in the App, once pinged the tracker would obtain a signal from the satellites which would then pin the location in the App. Usually very accurate external factors may play a role which will influence the precise location of the tracker. Secondly and most important, when a GPS product is indoors it will not be able to communicate with the satellites as the building would block the view to the sky, the tracker would then triangulate and pin the location at a cellphone tower closest to the tracker, in most instances a cellphone tower are far away from our homes and in the App the location method will be indicated as LBS (Local Base Station) – this is the most challenging stage which you will need to get used to however once the entire process is understood it become easy over a period of time.