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GPS tracker on the cheap?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by discv, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. discv

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    I've been looking into the pitfalls of the TK102/TK102-2/TK102b.
    Given that I am in UK, and this seller is UK- I should be able to swerve the clone issues.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TK102-TK102-2 ... 20d74ecc98

    Ok Rilot, I am ready for a short sharp telling off ;) But seriously give me a take on this. [Your correspondent on the other forum on this issue HAS got a non GPS clone! ]
     
  2. wbrownj

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    Ok, forgive me if I've missed another thread, but what are the pitfalls and clone issues? Such a tracker sounds good.
    Please explain... Do I need to beware?

    J
     
  3. discv

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    Yes- I think there are issues. I'm hoping Rilot will explain. He seems to be the pioneer on this one!
     
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    OK, that guy is the guy I bought mine from. It's a good clone and has the GPS chip in it. It works fine although it's a little fiddly to use.
    I stuck a GiffGaff sim in it and it just works. SMS it with the right code (it tell you in the manual) and it SMS you back with it's lat/long. The tracking function where you see it in real time doesn't seem to work too well though.
    I'm happy with mine as I send it an SMS before I fly to check it's working and then if I ever get a flyaway I will just SMS it again to get it's location.
    It's a bit heavy by the way. It has some weights in it to make it "feel" of higher quality. I've taken mine apart and stuck the bits in a little project box.
     
  5. discv

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    Many thanks rilot. The meaning of the word 'genuine' seems to have morphed!

    Would it be worth time trying to find a genuine Xexon 102. I wonder if this is a simple way to identify a clone.
     
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    I've found the blindingly simple answer to finding out if the tracker is genuine or clone.

    Ask the seller----------------------then additionally ask if the device IMIE will check out on the manufacturer web site.

    Not one single reply from any ebay seller to date :eek:
     
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    I thought an update might be useful. I went for this item on ebay;
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TK102-B-Mini- ... 19e36d40f8

    Simply because this guy was the only seller to reply to a request for information as to if the device was fitted with a GPS chip.
    He wrote it had the chip fitted- but declared it was a clone!

    The accuracy of this thing is amazing and it has huge battery life. It weighs in at 62 g all up.

    This model has a new firmware that does wonderful things. When powered up, after some 5 minutes it goes to 'deep sleep'. That shuts down the LEDs and the GPS etc. Hence the long battery life. Looks like some 48 hrs on a charge
    A cell phone call to the device is rejected at the 2nd ring- so nil cost. The tracker then awakes and sends a text giving it's location the last time that the GPS was awake. About 1 min later, when the system is fully awake, it sends another text giving it's exact true location.

    Apart from my Phantom, the best toy I ever bought!
     
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    All ebay listings give the weight without the battery. I have given the true all up.
    As to if the unit you refer- try asking the seller- 'is this a genuine Xexun with a valid imei number?'

    The reply [or not] will give you the answer!
     
  10. PhantomFan

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    Will the tracker you blokes purchased and use in the UK work in the USA? Sorry if that's a stupid question. :oops:

    PF
     
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    Not a stupid question at all :) Yes. In fact if I authorise YOUR cell phone to allow MY device to respond to your request for location it will respond.
    Bit of fiddling with country codes[might need help on this], but how do you fancy a test run?

    Theory here is you send me your cell phone number [pm]- I set you up as authorised, and then I send you the tracker phone number to you [pm] You just then enter the Lat/Lon into goggle earth= and that's my kitchen!
     
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    A final word on this tk102b tracker.

    I've had it continuously powered now for 4 days [96 hours!]- and it is still reporting 50% battery. Stunning!
    It has not just been sitting idle, I have interrogated it some 30 times. It's never failed to reply twice- first text is the last recorded position, second text is the true position. Worst report was 5 mtrs off but most around 2 mtrs- variation down to cloud cover I think.

    The weight I gave previously was with the magnetic back. All up weight with standard back is 59 g.
     
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    Amazing! Thanks for the update. If I ever load up a bunch of expensive bits in my Phantom or F450, I'll be sure to add one of these exact-same trackers from the same vendor. Sounds like a real winner!

    PF
     
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    Has anyone tried the eTrack ETC100 GPS tracker on their Phantom? I just purchased my Phantom (eagerly awaiting its arrival) and I'm very concerned about flyaways. I'm looking to add a GPS tracker to it to be safe.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 08C0SZ4802

    Thanks