How to Choose a GPS Tracker

What Can You Do With a GPS Tracker? 

GPS trackers can be used to track and monitor anything that matters to you, enabling you to have the answers and peace of mind you need in real time. Some common uses are GPS trackers include:

  • Getting the locations of a single vehicle, or an entire fleet of them. Find out where a vehicle is right now, where it's been, and where it's headed. 
  • Tracking the movements and whereabouts of valuable business assets. Any important object that 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 cloud software. 
  • Monitoring real-time and historical location information directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

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

When it comes to selecting the right GPS tracker for your needs, your choice will depend on what you need to do. If you need track more than one vehicle, or if you want to monitor the movements of a person or an object, a portable GPS tracker will be your most viable option. 

A portable battery-powered tracker like the Micro Battery-Powered Asset Tracker is incredibly easy to move between multiple locations. Because it's so compact, you can use it almost anywhere, but it's most often used for smaller asset tracking. Some uses may include monitoring luxury products like jewelry boxes or pharmaceutical bottles. You may also want to purchase an optional magnetic case for mounting the tracker to the underside of a car for vehicle tracking. 

The number one concern with portable battery-powered trackers is battery life. The lifespan of a battery will depend on its use. For example, most units will work for at least a week without recharge with average use of about 2 hours per day. 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. 

If you want a battery-powered tracker that lasts a little longer, you may want to consider the GPS Asset Tracker - 3 Month Battery. This device functions similarly to the Micro Battery-Powered Asset Tracker, with easy portability between tracking subjects, but its design makes it uniquely suited for long-term tracking of larger pieces of machinery like construction equipment. It may also be 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 term tracking needs. 

When it comes to monitoring the movements of a 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 are powered via the 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!