Spot Trace Gps Tracker

 

I have owned a SPOT Messaging device for many years as an emergency beacon whilst hiking and mountain biking. I have a seperate review on this which you can find here. Before embarking on a year long trip around Australia I was after a tracker I could attach to my Drifta DOT Camping Trailer that would work whilst off the grid. I came across the SPOT Trace which ticked all the boxes.

My Requirements..

Gps

The SPOT Trace GPS Tracking Device offers affordable anti-theft protection for all of your gear. Using 100% satellite technology you can receive email or text when your assets move, even outside of. Product description. SPOT's Trace mounts up easily to all your toys-boats, motorcycles, cars, campers, trailers, snowmobiles, you name it-and allows you to see exactly where it is at any given time. Whether you've let the kids borrow the car for the weekend or just want to make sure the boat is still safe when you're away, the Trace utilizes satellite-based tracking software to show you its exact location, and can. SPOT satellite devices provide GPS location-based messaging, emergency notification, and even anti-theft alerting and tracking beyond the boundaries of cellular coverage. With the SPOT App, you can easily view your SPOT’s messages, track progress, or monitor assets. Tagged 'Spot Accessories'.

  • Ability to track my location whilst travelling with no mobile phone signal
  • Movement sensor to alert me via text message when the trailer moves (from a theft perspective)
  • Share my location with family and friends so they can follow me over the years trip.
  • External power supply option so I don’t have to keep changing batteries
  • Mounted onto the Drifta DOT Camping Trailer

Spot Trace Gps Tracker Manual

The SPOT Trace..

Spot Trace Gps Tracker

The SPOT Trace met all my requirements and being familiar with the SPOT products and configuration through the SPOT website I knew this would do the job. There are limited choices when it comes to a tracker that will work off the grid using satellites as most depend on a mobile network to send messages. Here is an overview of the SPOT Trace features and how I have used them..

SPOT Trace GPS Tracking Device. The SPOT Trace GPS Tracking Device offers affordable anti-theft protection for all of your gear. Using 100% satellite technology you can receive email or text when your assets move, even outside of cellular coverage. Spot Gen4 One Way Satellite GPS Location Tracking Portable Communicator, Device for Hiking New Technology Locator Gadget, Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Bundled with HogoR Power Bank. 4.7 out of 5 stars22.

Spot Trace Gps Tracker

Trailer Mounting and Power

I mounted the SPOT Trace onto the toolbox on the trailer using the provided mounting bracket. There needs to be a view of the sky or under something that is not metal that would stop the satellite signal. Getting power to the SPOT on the toolbox was pretty easy although you do have to buy an additional cable to do this as it does not come as standard. This placement seems to have worked quite well although the power cable did fail at some point and I have been using battery power for the last few months. I think the small fuse in the cable has blown so I will need to replace this or replace the cable.

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Movement and Status Alerts

Alerts are configured through the SPOT website for your device and after changing some of these settings you need to plug in the SPOT Trace via USB to your computer to finish the setup as well as update any firmware. I have the following alerts set..

  • Movement Alerts – If the SPOT Trace moves it will send a movement alert over satellite with it’s location. I get this alert to my phone as a text message but you can also send it as an email.
  • Status Alerts – Each day the SPOT Trace sends me an email giving me it’s status to ensure it’s all working correctly.
  • Battery Power – When the batteries are running low I receive a text message and an email to remind me to change them.

All alerts can be viewed on the spot website as well as a great smartphone app that shows the location of the alerts that are sent. The alerts worked well although in really heavy rain you can get a movement alert sensor which starts the tracking and then if no further movement a stop message will be sent which you can view on the website or app.

Tracking

Tracking intervals are configurable (5,10,30,60 mins) however the smaller the intervals the greater demand on battery power so it’s better to not have too short a time unless you need it for a specific reason, or if you are on a power supply. I have my tracking set at 30 minute intervals where a location message is sent over satellite to SPOT who then display this on a webpage that can be accessed by family/friends. All the tracking location messages can also be viewed on the smartphone app.

Tracking starts after the SPOT Trace detects a movement alert and then will go into standby mode when not moving to save battery power. Tracking works well and great to watch on the app or on the website. If you’re after extreme tracking then you can take this to 2.5 min intervals but is an additional subscription cost.

Anti-Theft

I include this section as considerations need to be made. My primary purpose was tracking rather than anti-theft however it is marketed as an anti-theft device. Consideration needs to be given as to where you mount your tracker as mine is in plain sight and if someone knew what it was they could just rip it off and yes I would get a movement alert but not much good to track the stolen trailer. Ideally this needs to be hidden where the satellite signal can still penetrate. This may well mean it’s difficult to provide external power too depending on your setup.

Conclusion

The SPOT Trace met all my requirements and has worked well over the last 18 months. The big benefit is the ability to work off the grid with no mobile reception being required. We found it incredibly useful when the car broke down and had to have the trailer recovered as well. We were able to keep a track on where the tow truck was when onward transferring to Adelaide at the time. It has also been nice for family and friends to also check on our progress and with the SPOT Trace automatically sending tracking messages we don’t need to think about anything, just set it and go.

Richard.

Review Transparency…A bit of info about this review as I get asked this many times so like to make it clear… This review is for a product I purchased myself and use on my adventures. I am not sponsored by the brand or by anyone else. This is a genuine review of what I use and hope you find this useful. I do have an affiliate link from an outdoor store (Wild Earth) I use for most of my gear and find their prices really good as well as their customer service. If you find this review useful then you can use my link to connect through or you can head off and do your own research on where to buy etc. My main aim is that you find this useful and if you do buy it by clicking on my link I will get commission on it at no cost to you.

Works Virtually Anywhere Beyond the Range of Cell Phones

Track anything, anywhere at any time! With Spot Trace you can do just that. Based 100% off Satellite technology the SPOT Trace will track your valuables worldwide and keep you aware when they are on the move.

Once activated, (Service plan required and Sold Separately) the SPOT Trace acquires GPS coordinates and sends the Trace's location to communication satellites which relay the message to your phone or computer for tracking via Google Maps. Customization allows you to receive tracking updates as often as every 2 1/2 minutes so you will always know where your valuables are. The unit is not easily tampered with- as a message is sent out when the power has been turned off.

Always discreet- the SPOT Trace does not display a light during use so it is easily concealed. The tracking feature allows for a virtual breadcrumb trail with as little at 2.5-minute intervals for maximum security. An internal vibration sensor allows the unit to enter Suspended Track Mode when at rest. Spot has thought of it all! When tracking vessels on the water where vibration may not reflect actual movement- the Dock Mode will ensure accuracy. This mode compares GPS position with vibration to ensure the vessel is moving location and not simply rocking back and forth.

Peace of mind is at the forefront of the SPOT Trace Device. Receive a daily alert so you know that your boat or vehicle is safe and sound. Low battery notifications and power off notices allow you to have a full understanding of your device and property whereabouts at all times.

Easy to operate, and a long battery life along with multiple mounting options, the Trace is designed to track any valuable big or small. Plus, the ability to connect to an external power source makes certain you can track uninterrupted. Battery life with 4 AAA batteries varies greatly depending on the selected tracking mode intervals and level of obstruction in regards to the devices position.

Spot Trace Gps Tracker Device Only

Each SPOT Trace comes with:SPOT Trace device,(4) AAA Energizer® Ultimate Lithium 8x batteries, Power cable with USB connection, Reversible mounting bracket, Industrial strength double-sided tape, Adhesive Grip Pad, Adhesive hook and loop tape and a One-Year Warranty.
Size:2.02'W x 2.69'H x .95'D
Weight:3.1 Oz.
  • Track Valuables Worldwide
  • Waterproof to IPX7 Standards
  • Small in Size and Weight
  • Tracking updates as often as every 2 1/2 Minutes
  • Easy to Operate with long battery life

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