How To Install A GPS Tracker To A Battery In 4 Easy Steps
Did you know hardwiring your GPS tracker to a car provides a seamless tracking experience, minimizing disruptions caused by your tracker’s battery dying? Yes, by connecting your GPS device directly into your vehicle or asset’s electrical system, you ensure consistent, real-time location data. Using a golf cart battery and the SpaceHawk GPS as an example, our master installer created this simple 4-step guide on how to install a hardwired GPS tracker. That way, you can permanently install your GPS device at home without hiring a professional!
Step 1: Setup and Connection Points
- First, decide where you want to connect the red wire and black terminal. For our guide, we’re using a golf cart battery array suitable for six-volt batteries. But you can adapt this to fit your needs.
- Now, gently loosen the bolts at your chosen connection points. Attach the red wire to the positive terminal and the black one to the negative. You’re making great progress!
Step 2: Preparing and Connecting The GPS Tracker
- Remove the rubber cap from your SpaceHawk; you won’t be needing it for this permanent setup.
Next, pull back the pins at the device’s connection point.
- Go ahead and connect the hardwire kit to your SpaceHawk GPS car tracker. When you see a red light, it’s a sign your device is charging. Remember, it’s just charging, not necessarily powered on yet.
Step 3: Activation and Placement
- Grab the pin provided and turn on the device. Those flashing LEDs mean you’re powered up and ready. A solid red light? That’s your confirmation of a stable connection.
- Tighten the screws on the connector. Ensure they’re firm but not overly so to keep that rubber in perfect shape. This step seals the waterproof connection – well done!
- Now, find a spot! Use the built-in magnets to stick it to metal surfaces or get creative with velcro for a super secure fit.
Step 4: Secure The GPS Tracker & Double Check Everything
- Double-check all your connections to ensure they’re tight and that your device sits securely.
- There you have it! Your SpaceHawk is now hardwired, protected from water, and ready to deliver exceptional tracking.
Remember, while our guide uses a golf cart as an example, you can permanently install the tracker to a car, boat or asset. Always prioritize safety when working with electrical systems, and enjoy your enhanced tracking experience!
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Dos And Don’ts Of GPS Tracking Installation
Before we get into the steps of installing a wired GPS tracker, let’s first go over some basic dos and don’ts. That way you won’t fry your GPS vehicle tracking device or mess up the 12-volt system of your automobile.
What You Should Do When Installing Hardwired GPS Tracking Devices
- Do read the installation guide thoroughly: Before starting the installation process, read the provided tracker installation guide to familiarize yourself with the necessary steps, tools, and safety precautions.
- Do choose a discreet location: When installing a GPS tracker, it’s essential to select a hidden location to protect it from tampering or theft. Consider places like under the dashboard or behind interior panels.
- Do ensure a strong GPS signal: Ensure your tracker’s location offers a strong GPS signal. Avoid placing the tracker near large metal objects or other signal-obstructing materials.
- Do test the GPS tracker before final installation: Before completing the installation, power up and test the GPS tracker to ensure it’s functioning correctly and transmitting location data.
- Do use high-quality components: When installing a wired GPS tracker, use high-quality connectors, fuses, and wires to ensure reliable connections and prevent electrical issues.
What You Should Not Do When Installing Hardwired GPS Tracking Devices
- Don’t rush the installation process: Take your time during the installation process to avoid making mistakes or causing damage to your vehicle’s electrical system.
- Don’t interfere with other vehicle components: Be cautious not to interfere with your vehicle’s existing wiring, airbags, or other critical components while installing the GPS tracker.
- Don’t forget to check legal requirements: Be aware of the legal requirements for GPS tracking in your jurisdiction. In some cases, tracking someone without their consent can be illegal and result in legal consequences.
- Don’t skip grounding the GPS tracker: Proper grounding is crucial for the GPS tracker’s functionality and safety. Always connect the grounding wire to a secure grounding point on the vehicle.
- Don’t ignore potential warranty issues: Installing a hardwired GPS tracker may void your vehicle’s warranty. If you’re concerned about preserving your warranty, consider using an OBD2 or plug-and-play GPS tracker instead.
Basic Tools For Installing GPS Equipment
Before you begin the installation process of your vehicle locator it is best to have some basic tools readily available. These basic vehicle tracking installation items include simple tools, electrical tape, fleet management system user manuals, a flashlight, and maybe an extension cable.
GPS Unit Placement
- Before drilling any holes or running any wires (as applicable), decide where each hardware component will be located (device, mounting bracket, cable, etc.).
- Locate a suitable mounting location with a clear view of the sky (GPS satellites), preferably above any metal that could obstruct receiving GPS signals. GPS signals can be received through glass and plastic.
- Typically, for vehicles, the unit should be placed near the dashboard of the vehicle to the right of the driver with open exposure to the front windshield. It is important that the unit does not interfere with the vehicle’s airbag system in any manner.
- It is also a good idea to consider the visibility of the LEDs on the unit, as you may periodically need to see the LEDs to ensure the unit is working properly.
- Make sure that the device will not be exposed to damage from the sun, heat, rain, moisture, people, or objects.
- Attach the unit to the solid body of the vehicle or asset, not to plastic panels, and be sure that the cables (if any) to the unit are not cut, bent, or constricted in any way. Secure the unit and any excess wire (if applicable) with non-conductive fasteners and ties — making sure not to crimp or flatten the wires. Do not re-use any wire tie that surrounds the cable used in shipping. Do not glue the unit to the dashboard.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Start Installing GPS Trackers For My Fleet Of Vehicles?
Begin by choosing the right fleet management software and GPS vehicle tracking devices for your needs. Research and compare different fleet tracking systems to find the best fit.
What Are The Benefits Of Hardwired GPS Trackers Compared To OBD2 GPS Trackers?
Hardwired trackers provide more reliable connections, better input monitoring, and can be hidden easier than OBD2 trackers. They also offer data on vehicle idling, fuel consumption, and are tamper resistance.
Are There Any Cons Of Hardwiring GPS Trackers In My Fleet Vehicles?
Yes, hardwired GPS tracking can be more difficult to install and may void vehicle warranties. Additionally, hardwired trackers may require professional installation, adding to the cost.
What Types Of Businesses Can Benefit From GPS Tracking Systems?
Car dealerships, logistics companies, and businesses with a fleet of vehicles can benefit from GPS tracking systems. They enable better fleet management, improved safety, and reduced fuel consumption.
How Do I Install A Hardwired GPS Car Tracker In A Connected Vehicle?
Follow the tracker installation guide provided by the manufacturer. You’ll need to connect the power, ignition, and grounding wires to the vehicle’s electrical system.
- How To Install A GPS Tracker To A Battery In 4 Easy Steps
- Dos And Don’ts Of GPS Tracking Installation
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How Do I Start Installing GPS Trackers For My Fleet Of Vehicles?
- What Are The Benefits Of Hardwired GPS Trackers Compared To OBD2 GPS Trackers?
- Are There Any Cons Of Hardwiring GPS Trackers In My Fleet Vehicles?
- What Types Of Businesses Can Benefit From GPS Tracking Systems?
- How Do I Install A Hardwired GPS Car Tracker In A Connected Vehicle?