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Old 22 June 2009, 12:40   #61
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If people continue to buy non compliant products in this way it just compounds the issue and will have a combined cumulative effect. The products will get disposed of at some point.
ah - now you are trying to convince me it is better for the ethical / moral arguments - thats OK. But I will not drop dead from buying one.
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Even buying a one off makes you an importer - even if it is for personal use.
technically - but proportionality is involved. the consequences of "importing" one unit are inevitable much smaller than buying them to resell.
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Non CE approved batteries (and chargers have been known to explode big time). Not very nice if its on your boat at the time.
you have actual evidence of this in these devices? similar problems have been encountered by major (reputable) PC manufacturers selling CE marked goods.
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I wouldn't rely on this if I were you... not many people here have good things to say about ebay's policy on policing its content.

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I am sure there are plenty of people here who would happily give you constructive feedback on how your gps pet-tracker could be adapted for the boating community.
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Old 22 June 2009, 13:04   #62
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I am sure there are plenty of people here who would happily give you constructive feedback on how your gps pet-tracker could be adapted for the boating community.
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Old 23 June 2009, 03:52   #63
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So if your not the bloke that contacted me via ebay there must be a couple of units with trouble out there I've pointed him here

Copy of his email (As my last post disapeared)

Q: Please can you help me, ive bought a GPS tracker like you and it turns on ok but when i ring for Geo-info, it responds but without any Long & Lat values. Im based in Cheshire, England, and im wondering if the problem is because im using a Virgin Pay-As-You-Go SIM. What SIM are you using and have you had any problems with yours? Thanks ant
He came back to me this morning

Dear bedajim,

Hey Jim

My Tracker works today with the Virgin SIM, the seller was right, it was a satalite update issue.

Thanks anyway
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Old 14 July 2009, 18:40   #64
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What's the battery life on these units? They look extremely good and I may be buying a few of these for 5 cars and 2 boats! So before I spend that much money I just need to know how long the batteries will last.

Also, I know it texts you when the battery is low, but how much notice does it give you and how reliable is that?

From what you've all been saying, I think it sounds ideal for me! So all I really need is this answering then I'm good to go!
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Old 15 July 2009, 01:37   #65
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What's the battery life on these units?
Mine lasts four days...don't have it set up to warn of low battery. I just change it regularly. The device comes with two rechargeable batteries...one in use, one ready to use.

Or, you could hard wire it to the boat battery. There's an optional charging cable
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Mine lasts four days...don't have it set up to warn of low battery. I just change it regularly. The device comes with two rechargeable batteries...one in use, one ready to use.

Or, you could hard wire it to the boat battery. There's an optional charging cable
How do you set up low battery warning then?

Mine lasts about 36 hours depending on how often you txt or call it.

Also Leapy I have found that when I plug my unit into the 12V power supply on the boat that I have to remove the battery otherwise it seems to run on battery power then when the battery runs flat the unit turns off. Do you have this problem?
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Old 15 July 2009, 08:14   #67
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Mine lasts four days...don't have it set up to warn of low battery. I just change it regularly. The device comes with two rechargeable batteries...one in use, one ready to use.

Or, you could hard wire it to the boat battery. There's an optional charging cable
Ah, that's not amazingly long... And I don't really want to have to hard wire the charger to the battery. Hmmm, I'm undecided now! Someone pursuade me! lol!
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How do you set up low battery warning then?

Mine lasts about 36 hours depending on how often you txt or call it.

Also Leapy I have found that when I plug my unit into the 12V power supply on the boat that I have to remove the battery otherwise it seems to run on battery power then when the battery runs flat the unit turns off. Do you have this problem?
I've never set the battery alarm as I thought it a bit of a redundant feature (for me). I just used to change the battery every four days. Doing this, it never ran out.

These days I only call it about twice a week now that I understand its abilities. As the boat's in the garage attached to the house I don't really have to ask the Tracker where it is. In a couple of weeks, however, we're going away. It'll be invaluable then.

When the Tracker is hard wired to the boat battery I take the internal battery out having figured out that it defaults to the internal battery even when hard wired. I've had no problems since doing this. Don't think it's necessarily a problem once you know about it
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Ah, that's not amazingly long... And I don't really want to have to hard wire the charger to the battery. Hmmm, I'm undecided now! Someone pursuade me! lol!
The internal battery is a small Li-Ion mobile phone battery. Bear in mind that the device never sleeps...it's awake all the time with an active GSM and an active GPS. On that basis, I think four days is pretty good. It certainly works fine for me. Obviously though, it you are calling it frequently to get a response that time will diminish.

Why don't you want to hard wire it?
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Because my battery doesn't have a trickle charge from the engine, which means it'd be powering the fishfinder and the tracker without a charge from the engine when it's running. I am looking into seeing how to get a trickle charge from my engine but because it's a manual start and trim there isn't anything setup at the moment.

I just don't know, having only owned the boat for a week, how long the battery will last powering the fishfinder alone.
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