GPS tracker – What to look out for when buying

Whether as anti-theft protection, a logbook for joggers or a tool for faster assistance in the event of an accident – a GPS tracker has many areas of application and therefore a large target group, which is why many manufacturers advertise for it. As the devices differ greatly in price, buyers ask themselves: Why should I spend more if all models only serve the same purpose anyway and double the price doesn’t give me twice as many functions?

But is that really the case? And what should you look out for when buying?

One of the most important criteria for the purchase is the battery life. Especially if the GPS tracker is used as anti-theft protection for cars, you should opt for more expensive devices. After all, in an emergency, it takes some time before the police are notified and can start searching. It’s simply not enough if the battery only lasts 1-2 days. Compared to the value of the car, a higher investment is certainly justified here. High-quality trackers, which incidentally don’t cost the earth at €50-150, have a battery life of 5 to 7 days. They are therefore ideal for senior citizens who already find it difficult to remember everyday things, let alone to recharge the device every day.

In addition, inexpensive products are generally more susceptible to faults. Obviously something must have been saved here, as evidenced by inferior hardware – in some cases, such trackers experience power surges during continuous operation – or poorly programmed software that simply bombards the user with location information text messages for no reason. In this case, it can quickly become expensive unless you use a prepaid card.

Customer service is also important. Distributors of dumping products often do not know exactly what they are actually selling. This eliminates the need for advice. And such providers cannot provide help with the often complicated installation either.

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