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Waterproof GPS Trackers

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Waterproof GPS Tracking Device

Portable Tracker With Magnet

Many people who purchase a GPS vehicle tracker have multiple options in regards to placement. They can either use the tracking system as a portable device that they can move from vehicle-to-vehicle, or they can connect the GPS fleet tracking system directly the electrical power supply of the automobile. For people who choose to use the car tracking unit as a portable device, one of the more popular locations for installment is under the carriage of the vehicle attached to the frame via magnetic mount. However, when placing a monitoring system outside of the vehicle people need to be aware of the possible damage they could be doing to the tracking solution.

Although many GPS trackers claim to be water-resistant, rarely have these devices been tested in extreme settings such as under the car. Here are a couple things you are probably asking yourself right now:

Is under the car really an extreme setting?

If the GPS vehicle tracking unit comes with a magnetic mount then logically the GPS device can be placed under the vehicle?

First of all, during the engineering and testing process many companies put a GP Ssystem in development through rigorous testing. One of the main things tested is the unit’s ability to sustain light water contact. The GPS vehicle tracker being tested is put through procedures were it comes in contact with light splashing or maybe moderate splashing of water. When and if the tracker passes these tests it is then given the label “water-resistant”.

Unfortunately, if a GPS car tracker is considered water-resistant and comes with a magnetic mount for outside placement this does not mean the GPS car tracking device will work properly when placed on the vehicle frame during a light rain. What happens when a GPS system is attached to the frame of the vehicle and that vehicle is driven during a light rain is that when the automobile is traveling say 45mph or more the water splashing up from the concrete is then hitting the device at that same speed. The conditions then become similar to a high water pressure sprayer bombarding the tracking unit. Clearly, no company is going to test a GPS system’s water resistance by shooting it with a high water pressure sprayer, but that is essentially the type of conditions a GPS vehicle tracker user is placing the unit in when they put the device under the vehicle in even light rain conditions. Because of this phenomenon, many companies will not cover water-damaged units. Therefore, consumers need to read the warranty information very carefully when it comes to this topic.

Some GPS car tracking users place something as simple and crude as a plastic zip lock bag around their GPS vehicle tracker to help provide additional protection from elements. Since it is almost impossible to completely waterproof a GPS system, users of vehicle tracking devices need to take every precaution to protect their monitoring unit, and carefully read warranty-related information.

Regardless of the manufacturer’s claims of a device being water-resistant, if a person plans on using a GPS vehicle tracker on the outside of a automobile they should consider investing in a hard pelican case or providing additional protection through the use of a plastic bag or other protective means.