How to Choose a GPS Tracker

What Can You Do With a GPS Tracker? 

Use GPS to instantly locate anything that matters to you. Get the instant answers and peace of mind you need -- all in real time. 

  • Get the locations of a single car -- or an entire fleet of vehicles. Find out in seconds where a car or truck is right now, where it's been, and where it's headed. 
  • Track an object of value to your business. Any asset you need to monitor can be instantly tracked with GPS. Get text or email alerts when an object moves, and follow its path wherever it goes via Lightning GPS's powerful GPS cloud software. 
  • Get custom-made GPS tracking solutions to monitor valuable assets in order to cut retail loss. By tracking assets such as jewelry, pharmaceuticals, and large cargo, you're able to apprehend suspects and bring them to justice much more efficiently and effectively. 
  • Get real-time and historical location information anywhere you have internet access, including any computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

How to Choose the Tracker That's Right For Your Business

The type of tracker you choose depends on what you need to do. If you need track more than one vehicle, or if you want to monitor something else -- like a person or an object -- you'll need a portable GPS tracker. 

Portable battery-powered trackers like the Micro Battery-Powered Asset Tracker can be easily moved between multiple locations. It's so compact you can use it almost anywhere, but it's most often used for smaller asset tracking, such as monitoring luxury products like jewelry containers, pharmaceutical containers, etc. Optional magnetic cases are also available; they allow you to mount a portable tracker under a vehicle. 

Battery life between trackers, and calculating how much time you'll get between charges is something of an inexact science. Most units will work for at least a week without recharge during what is considered average use (about 2 hours of movement per day). Some portable battery-powered trackers have a built-in motion sensor, so they use only minimal power when they're not moving. For example, the Micro Battery-Powered Asset Tracker can last up to 2 weeks without recharging if it's in use for about an hour a day. 

For extended battery-powered tracking, consider a device like the GPS Asset Tracker - 3 Month Battery. This device functions similarly to the Micro Battery-Powered Asset Tracker, with easy portability between tracking subjects -- except it is uniquely suited for long-term assets such as construction equipment and machinery, or used by law enforcement for vehicle tracking in an investigation. Because the battery lasts for 3 months on a single charge, it is ideal for longer asset and vehicle tracking. 

If you are looking to monitor an entire fleet of vehicles, a wired vehicle tracking system may be your best choice. Wired GPS trackers like our Wired Fleet Tracking Device and Micro Wired Fleet Tracking Device get their power from a vehicle's electrical system, so there are no batteries to charge. They require a quick, relatively simple installation and they're completely invisible inside the vehicle; the driver will only know it's there if you choose to tell them.

Like hardwired systems, Plug and Play GPS trackers get their power from your vehicle's electrical system, so they don't require batteries either. But there's no need for professional installation. For example, Lightning GPS's Plug-In Fleet Tracking Device plugs directly into the diagnostic port located on or below a vehicle's dashboard, and it's compatible with almost any vehicle manufactured after 1996.

Real-time GPS trackers like the Micro Battery Powered Asset Tracker, the Wired Fleet Tracking Device, and the Plug-In Fleet Tracking Device report location immediately from almost anywhere.  Because they're connected to a vehicle's onboard computer, the Hardwired GPS trackers and Plug and Play GPS tracking devices also let you access some cool optional features. For example, you can get engine diagnostics (vehicle speed, distance driven, maintenance reports, etc.) and even immobilize a vehicle remotely if it's been stolen. To access real-time information on your computer or mobile device, a monthly fee is required.

Lightning GPS is dedicated to finding the customizable plan that works best for your business' tracking needs. Give us a call at 877-477-9119 to speak with a GPS Specialist today!