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Old 15 July 2009, 13:17   #71
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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.
The Tracker will take milli-amps...the fish finder I don't know. Others on here may be able to advise if you post what type it is. If you have the manual it should also tell you there what the current draw is.

It also depends on how big your boat battery is - in terms of amphrs - what state of charge it's at and what condition it's in.

As the battery isn't part of a system to get you home, you could always suck it and see?

Presumably, the battery goes home with you for a re-charge?
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Old 15 July 2009, 13:28   #72
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Well I've got a Humminbird PiranhaMAX 215, if anyone knows about that. I'm not with the boat or the manual so I can't have a look unfortunately!

The battery's only a small battery IIRC and I'm not sure about the condition, but I'm pretty confident about it as it's only 8 months old! I'm definately coming round to hard wiring it! It'll just be a case of charging the battery regularly, that's all!
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Old 15 July 2009, 14:04   #73
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It'll just be a case of charging the battery regularly, that's all!
With or without Tracker you'll have to charge the battery regularly anyway if you're powering other devices
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Well thats exactly why I'm coming round to the idea! lol!
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Old 17 July 2009, 17:26   #75
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.... the tracker club >> ordered from HK last friday and arrived yesterday. One Vodafone payg sim and it works perfectly
Got it from flea bay here ;
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/incutex
with hard wired charger
Now for a IP67 box, wire it in and hide it away.



FC, CE and ROHS compliant ( well maybe thats just the box but he ho !!)
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Old 27 July 2009, 12:03   #76
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HERE is where I got mine...you could email them and ask?

Failing that, it's merely a 12v to 5v device, max current 1000mA
It looks like you have to keep it continually wired to the boat battery. What's the drain of battery like, or do you have your boat battery on permanent charge? My thoughts are going to a solar panel, for when I get my stolen boat replacement. Any comments from anyone?
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Old 27 July 2009, 12:04   #77
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Its a shame that you can't use them with the main battery and the internal battery connected at the same time. Then it has all the capacity of the internal battery but if the thieving b*s*rds disconnect the battery (it can only be a matter of time before they start doing this to disable trackers) then you still have 3-4 days of tracking info. The tracker itself could be well hidden and inaccessible to stop them finding it/smashing it.
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Has anyone tried to use the GeoFence option yet?

I tried today but it sets off as soon as I text it the 2 sets of co-ordinates so I can only assume the format I am sending the Coordinates in is not right.

I am sending this message (I have altered the numbers slightly for obvious reasons)

stockade****** 61.57,-02.53;61.55,-02.23

I am using Google Earth to set the area with the first coordinates being top left and then second bottom right as per the manual.

Yet every time I send the message I immediately trigger the Stockade! alert.

I think the issue is in the coordinates format?

Any ideas?
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Old 28 July 2009, 09:49   #79
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Its a shame that you can't use them with the main battery and the internal battery connected at the same time. Then it has all the capacity of the internal battery but if the thieving b*s*rds disconnect the battery (it can only be a matter of time before they start doing this to disable trackers) then you still have 3-4 days of tracking info. The tracker itself could be well hidden and inaccessible to stop them finding it/smashing it.
Can't quite work this out but I left my battery in and have it connected to a permanemt live feed. After about a week I got a text warning of low battery, next day I went to check the unit and it was still showing powered up - and on my next 'call' it reported full battery ( and signal). I don't know whether this suggests it works off the internal battery until its low, then recharges from the lead ?? unlikely I guess but who knows the chinese. The test will be to see if I get another low bat warning in a week or so.
Has anyone found that the position accuracy is quite poor/variable - when sending multiple position requests I have found it to be up to 30m out at times.
The move alert also seems to have a delay and triggers 5-10 mins after it is moved............. however, still pleased as it will tell me when it has moved !
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Its a shame that you can't use them with the main battery and the internal battery connected at the same time. Then it has all the capacity of the internal battery but if the thieving b*s*rds disconnect the battery (it can only be a matter of time before they start doing this to disable trackers) then you still have 3-4 days of tracking info. The tracker itself could be well hidden and inaccessible to stop them finding it/smashing it.
Mine seems to be able to do this - its running off the main boats battery(s) , with its little internal battery fitted. I've tried pulling the main boat power of it & it still stays on 7 texts position on its own battery. I also tested it in the garden for a week prior to puttingon the boat - running off the 'old/spare' boat battery.
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