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Bad Elf GPS for Lightning Connector

by Bad Elf
3.7 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
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  • Directly plugs into any Lightning Connector equipped Apple device
  • Fast lock times with GPS and GLONASS satellite support
  • Accurate to 2.5m (9 feet) up to 1000 MPH and 60,000 feet
  • 66 channel WAAS/SBAS/EGNOS/MSAS chipset
  • Lightweight and compact with micro-USB power pass through port
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  • Size (LWH): 1.2 inches, 0.3 inches, 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 0.48 ounces
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The Bad Elf GPS and GLONASS RECEIVER is the only approved external GPS accessory designed to directly connect to your Lightning Connector equipped iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. This Bad Elf GPS accessory plugs into the dock connector and allows Apps to read your current location.


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I wanted an external GPS to hopefully improve the accuracy and reliability of the internal iPad GPS. My uses are aviation and land management. The WAAS was a real plus, along with the reputed 2.5 meter accuracy.

The Good:
It's small and doesn't require an external power supply. Works with ForeFlight and WingX Pro. Also most GPS enabled apps on iOS.

The OK:
Accuracy isn't any better than the iPad builtin GPS, so far the best I've seen is 5 meter, infrequently 4. Locking on the satellites can take some time, so I'd take the "fast lock" with a large grain of salt. The advertised WAAS capability at this point is unknown I've never seen it reported in the Bad Elf GPS app, so I can't say whether it's getting differential correction or not.

The not OK:
If you're using a case like OtterBox, or LifeProof forget it. Apparently the designers never considered the fact that many people put their iPads into a case. You'll have to remove the iPad from its protective case to plug in the Bad Elf GPS. If you work out in the field that is an non-starter. I recently had to survey a large vernal pool and I was in fear of dropping the whole shebang in the drink while bushwacking my way through the woods. The connector seems less than secure, but so far it hasn't fallen off. Acquiring and locking on to satellites is variable, on several occasions it took a few minutes, and in one case I had to unplug the unit and restart. Some times it reports lots of satellites, but after a few minutes it still hasn't locked on to any.

The take away:
If your flying, consider a unit you can put up on the glare shield. If you have to walk the woods in the wet conditions consider a bluetooth connected unit so your iPad can stay safe and warm in its cozy case. The accuracy is so-so and the time to acquire satellites is the same.

I'm considering returning the unit and trying another.
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This powerful little unit has transformed My iPad into a fully capable navigation system on my boat. Add the 6'extension cord and place the BadElf module out the window or on top of your hardtop or Bimini for super accurate GPS to go with your Navionics (or any other) software.
I would have no concern using this as my primary navigation system for coastal cruising.
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Really great when it worked. I'm a realtor and I bought this to show farms. It worked for about 3 days. Now it won't stay connected to my mini ipad. If you continue to adjust it will connect but it won't stay connected. With the cost of the mini ipad I have about $400 in it.
I sent an email to the manufacturer but so far have not heard from them.

Was contacted by John at customer support. The company replaced the item and the new unit works as advertised.
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It's a nice gadget that may be of great use for a number of purposes. I was hoping to use it on the Airbus flight deck, where it didn't work at all. The reason is that signal reception is not possible due to the thick/ heated cockpit windows on the Airbus flight deck, not even through the rear windows. I am still looking for a working solution to get a cable-connect (or plugin) external gps for the ipad (no-one of serious nature would use a wireless or bluetooth transmitter in such an environment) - and have had no joy so far for.
I have tested signal reception of my iphone 5 at the rear windows, and it works just fine. So I am a little unhappy that this specifically designed external gps could not get a valid signal in the same spot where my iphone got one just fine. How can it be that the internal gps of a phone has a better signal reception than an external gps that has no other purpose than get a GPS (and in this case also GLONASS) signal?
Support from bad elf has been mixed, with some good respones first, but now I am complaining about the product, I receive no further replies.

If you know where you are going to use this item, I guess there are many fields where it comes in handy. Though most users will probably need an extension cable - I do not understand why that is not supplied with the unit.
For Pilots, if you face multi-layered heated windows similar to the Airbus flight deck, stay clear of this item as you will very likely not get signal reception. The regular GA pilot on smaller aircraft will probably find this works fine in his cockpit.
I appreciate your inputs and findings on the topic.
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I own an iPad Air (purchased in March 2015) WiFi model. After buying it, I realized that having the GPS model would have been a better choice, Fortunately, I learned that a GPS unit and off-line maps could be substituted. I paired this Bad Elf GPS with Maps.me (a free app) and it worked perfectly.

Now then, Maps.me is a terrific program that provides an atlas of maps representing the world. Its documentation, however, is not the best. In order to figure out how to use the GPS, I had to figure out how Maps.Me worked. Fortunately, two emails to Maps.me cleared up most of my problems, then observation and poking around, the rest.

The bottom line is that if you buy this unit for your iPad Air - WiFi, it will work perfectly with recommended mapping software, but you really need to know the software (app) to make the GPS work.

The app that runs Bad Elf is free and available on the Apple store. Once the app is installed, you do not have to do anything with it (at least, we did not). Our only problem with this device is that in order to plug it into our iPad Air, we had to remove its protective case as the Lightning Connector is not long enough to extend through the thickness of a case in order to plug in.

Now then, here are brief directions for Maps.me to get you started: on the bottom, left side, there is an outline of an arrow. Tap it once, and it will turn blue and simultaneously, your location is shown on the map. If you drive in this position, the arrow and the map moves along your route, with the arrow eventually disappearing off the monitor. Tap the blue arrow one more time, and it will "track" by staying in one place on the screen while the map moves under it.

Because you can see so much on the Maps.
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