gps batteries

Purchasing a GPS device is an important step that adds safety, security, and peace of mind to users. Many users take the opportunity to explore new parts of their communities. What happens if you are traveling in an unfamiliar location and your GPS batteries die? How would you manage getting home safely? Let’s take a look at a few ways to keep your GPS battery in top condition for longer.

Understanding Your Batteries

Before looking at how to conserve battery life, it’s important to understand the type of battery that your GPS device utilizes. While most GPS devices are rechargeable, some are powered exclusively by batteries. Take a closer look at your user manual to determine what kind of battery you will use. The majority of GPS devices use lithium ion batteries. These batteries have been formulated to hold power for the longest periods of time–even in extremely cold weather. Once you understand the battery being used in your device, consider conducting a battery range test.

Battery Range Testing

Conducting a battery range test on your device is a simple concept. It is designed to determine how you can best use your GPS unit. Much like your smartphone, some activities and settings are powerful but can quickly drain your battery power. When it’s time to optimize your GPS battery, it’s a great time to start the range testing. The process itself is easy: turn on every setting in your device and use it. Keep your GPS tracker on until it dies. 

At the beginning of the test, record the time that you started using the device. When the battery dies, make note of the time before you begin to charge the battery again. While this test may not provide the most accurate results, it can help to guide you to more conservative usage. To achieve better battery life, do the opposite once the battery has recharged. Disable all settings in the device and only active the items that are actively needed. You will want to allow the battery to die again. This will allow you to see how long your battery will last in a best-case scenario.

Stay Off the Map As Much As Possible

While mapping your location is a key aspect of your GPS device, it takes a lot of battery power for it to constantly update. A simple way to improve your overall battery life is to keep your device off the map screen. Allow other settings like the compass to guide your journey. Once you know that you’re on the right pathway, take the adventurous pathway. One aspect of having a GPS device involves having a safety net. If you want to explore a new area, consider turning your GPS device off or limiting usage of it. You might be surprised at what you find in your travels. As always, be sure to do it safely. Trust your instincts and be careful.

Check Your Backlight and Your Screen Time

As we’ve already mentioned above, the amount of active screen time will reduce the overall power of your GPS unit. When using your GPS during the day, turn off the backlight feature. If you can see the screen without added power, don’t waste the battery life. Similarly, the timeout time is a setting that can help to maintain stronger batteries in your GPS unit. Much like a smartphone, the amount of time that it takes for your GPS to be idle before the screen turns off is a huge factor in how long the battery will last. Consider lowering this setting to the lowest allowable level for you–no more than five minutes is best, but the lower the better.

Enabling Battery Saving Modes and WAAS

Similarly, finding reasons to limit heavy battery-using activities can help to maintain battery life on your GPS device. Battery save mode is designed to turn the display off completely. Be mindful that you might also lose access to the WAAS system when going into battery save mode. If you want to use this feature, be sure that you can do it with a low battery usage mode. WAAS (otherwise known as Wide Area Augmentation System) is a mode that uses satellites and other stations to provide greater accuracy in location, but it does require more battery usage.

Limiting Camera App and Touchscreen Use

Depending on the model of GPS tracker you have, a camera can be a fun feature added to document and geocache your journey. As with WAAS and other modes, the camera will drain your battery. Closing out the camera app completely will help to maintain power for other parts of your trip. Similarly, turning down touch sensitivity will allow ease of use with heavier gloves, but it can be a drain to activate your battery at a feather’s touch. Turning up the touch sensitivity will make the GPS screen activate only on intentional touches–which saves battery life.

Tracking the World: Making Maintaining GPS Batteries Easy

With the tips discussed in today’s post, you can maintain your GPS batteries for even longer. If you are in need of an upgraded GPS device or are looking to purchase your first device, contact Tracking the World. Our team of skilled professionals understands the importance of keeping you and your family safe. When you put your trust in us, we can work together to design a custom solution to meet your needs. Safety, security, and peace of mind are essential to satisfaction. When you’re ready to move forward, contact us right away!

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