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Posted - 05 mars 2012 :  20:07:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have looked and looked, but I still can't find a suitable GPS logger for longer trips without access to computer and power.
Perhaps some of you have an idea?

Must have:
1. Memory for about 1 month of logging (16 hours/day) at 10 sec. intervals.
2. Run on common rechargeable batteries (e.g. AA/AAA)
3. Reliable

Nice to have:
4. Fast signal lock
5. Good sensitivity
6. Robust
7. Connect as a usb storage device for easy transfer of files.
8. Small(ish)

I have been using the Gisteq Phototrackr lite for some years
It delivers on 1 and 2, which is why I bought it, and I could just buy another one (since it broke on my last trip).
However sometimes it stop logging and starts flashing like crazy, so it is not really that reliable.
It is not that fast to acquire lock (but I can live with it). Sensitivity is fair. However it is far from robust, and even though I have been very careful, on my last trip it finally broke. The software that comes with it is not that good either.

Any suggestions for a replacement?

EDIT: I have been looking a bit on the AMOD AGL3080, however I am not too keen on using 3xAAA each day. I 10 day hike would require ~30 batteries... The Gisteq Phototrackr lite will last around 10-14 hours on 1xAA, i.e. requiring 1 or 2 batteries a day (AA are bigger, yes, but they are the same I use for my flash, so I normally bring some spare anyway)


Edited by - fkjensen on 05 mars 2012 20:22:52



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Posted - 15 mars 2012 :  16:10:41  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Had bookmarked this for later, sorry. Yes the market hasn't really been able to address needs like yours. I'd say the AMOD is the closest (the USB stick mode is very valuable) but it would have been preferable to have two AA batteries. I've decided to try Eneloop NiMH's in mine to see how much battery life I can get out of it.

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Posted - 20 mars 2012 :  22:32:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 3xAAA is really what is stopping from buying the AMOD.

I have actually been looking at the Garmin eTrex 10/20, however the size and weight could be an issue. Also I have i little trouble figuring out what "Track log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks" mean. Is it 200 tracks of 10,000 points each or 10,000 points in total? On the plus side they promise 25h on 2xAA (and maybe more if you can turn of the display...)

As a far out alternative, I am thinking of making my own. Maybe based on the Arduino platform.

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Posted - 21 mars 2012 :  14:33:43  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Finished my battery life testing with the AMOD and the Eneloops and got 17h10 with one point recorded every 5 seconds, not too bad. It's too bad it doesn't have a sensor to go to "sleep" like a Gisteq once had. As I posted in its topic I found I could retrieve the log on my iPad using the USB camera kit.

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