Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS to Your Wi-Fi iOS Device

Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS to Your Wi-Fi iOS Device

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Bad Elf is offering a 'Bad Elf GPS for Lightning Connector' dongle that adds GPS functionality to Wi-Fi iOS devices. While all Apple's cellular devices offer GPS built-in, the Wi-Fi models do not. Instead they rely on crowd-sourced Wi-Fi to triangulate your position, which is much less accurate.

The Bad Elf GPS dongle connects to the iPad, iPod, or iPhone via the Lightning port and provides a micro-USB passthrough port for charging.

Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS to Your Wi-Fi iOS Device

Features
● Instantly add GPS & GLONASS location support to your iPad Wi-Fi or iPod touch device with Lightning Connector.
● High performance 66-channel WAAS enables GPS provides latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and GPS track.
● Accurate to 2.5m (9ft) up to 60,000ft and 1,000mph.
● Quickly acquire satellite lock without cell tower assistance. Hot start time in as little as 2 seconds.
● Sleek design, great fit, and an internal LED that does not protrude from the case.
● Plugs into the iPad/iPod touch either way. And because the passthrough charging cable socket is on the side, you can direct the charge cable to either side of the iPad/iPod touch.
● Built-in micro-USB port allows for pass through charging while in use.
● No internet connection or monthly subscription required.
● Download the free Bad Elf app from the App Store for firmware updates and device configuration.
● Includes free upgrade to CoPilot Premium app for voice-guided turn-by-turn vehicle navigation support (USA purchases only).

You can purchase the Bad Elf GPS dongle at the link below for $129.99. There is also a dock connector version available for $119.99.

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Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS to Your Wi-Fi iOS Device

Bad Elf Dongle Adds GPS to Your Wi-Fi iOS Device
JimGramze - December 1, 2013 at 6:08am
My iPhone 5 gets GPS info even when I don't have phone service, and it guides me without a data plan so long as I set my route at home with WiFi. Cell towers don't seem to be the issue. It even works with the phone turned off and wakes about every ten miles or when a turn is coming up which uses precious little power on a multi-hour drive. I know of no other phone that can do that.
Big jiba - December 1, 2013 at 4:57am
I'm pretty sure iPad iPhone GPS doesn't work in the airplane. Too fast and high. This is for a specific use. Maybe even works better in a city.
kindofblack46 - December 1, 2013 at 6:40am
You're wrong, I used it. A GPS chip is a GPS chip...
Ed - December 1, 2013 at 1:02pm
I am not a technical expert in the field but I doubt a GPS chip is a GPS chip any more than a CPU chip is a CPU chip. In fact, I am sure it is not. If you read up on GPS you will learn that newer models have more accurate spatial resolution in 3D. In theory you can get precision measured in a few feet now. I experimented with my iPad's built in GPS on a flight to LAX last week (I was a passenger not the pilot!). The altitude of LAX reported by my iPad was off by several hundred feet at the time we landed. Over the next few minutes, while taxiing, it gradually settled down to the value listed by the FAA /- a tolerance (say, 50 feet, I don't recall precisely). While no one should be using an iPad as the primary navigation device for an airplane (it is not certified), still, off by a couple hundred feet is not useful in aviation. I also understand these newer GPS devices are used by golfers and others (I don't play myself). I suppose you can measure the distance of your shot more accurately. There are several competing products out there. I have no idea if Bad Elf is one of the best ones or not. I am just sharing information to let folks know that these do have a purpose (for some applications) that adds value above and beyond the built in GPS on the iPad. Best wishes.
latetodinner - December 1, 2013 at 2:30pm
The issue is not accuracy. The issue is lock times and consistency of lock. Phones and GSM devices use cell tower assisted GPS to speed the "lock" . In reality they are triangulating your position using cell towers until they are able to get a true satellite lock. It is very effective for land based activities like driving. Devices like the Bad Elf GPS units are designed to add GPS to Wi-Fi only devices like the iPod touch, the iPad wi-fi or the iPad mini wi-fi. They also add a level of piece of mind to people who iPhones or GSM iPads with built in GPS chips who do not want cell tower assisted GPS but instead want "true" GPS. Pilots in particular, Boaters who travel more than 10 miles offshore (out of the reach of cell towers) and people who are traveling in mountains or areas where cell towers are scarce may find the GPS from an external receiver like the Bad Elf more reliable. I have an iPhone and I find the GPS for driving to be fine. However I also have a boat and I use a Bad Elf GPS Pro (the bluetooth one) to give GPS to my wi-fi only iPad and to my iPhone at the same time. Its all in how you use it.
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