Dual XGPS200 Portable GPS and Battery Cradle for iPod Touch
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- Allows iPod touch to be used for car and boat navigation, golfing, hiking, geocaching, cycling, or a number of other uses
- High-sensitivity GPS receiver provides location information to most GPS-aware apps
- Built-in rechargeable battery makes the GPS fully portable and provides up to 10 hours of use on a single charge
- Amplified speaker makes it easier to hear spoken navigation instructions, or use 3.5-mm audio out to connect to stereo
- Note:Windshield mounting kit, and 12V cigarette lighter adapter are not included - (XGPS200CK sold separately)
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The GPS cradle adds full GPS capabilities to an iPod touch. The GPS receiver works with most apps, so you can now use your iPod touch with many GPS-aware apps and add dozens of new uses to your device--from car and boat navigation to geocaching and golfing--anywhere you go: around the corner or around the world. Add dozens of new, cool uses to your iPod touch. Included in Box: - High-sensitivity GPS receiver enables the use of most GPS-aware apps on the iPod touch (apps not included) - Rechargeable battery for powering GPS or recharging iPod - Amplified speaker for boosting navigation voice prompts - Microphone for voice memos and communications apps (iPod touch 1G, 2G,3G, and 4G models only) - A design that works anywhere in the world (does not require car power) How Does It Work? The portable GPS and battery cradle works with all iPod touch 1G, 2G,3G and 4G models. The GPS receiver provides location information to most any GPS-aware app available in the App Store.* COMPATIBLE WITH IPOD TOUCH(R) 1G/2G/3G/4G; GPS RECEIVER ENABLES THE USE OF TURN-BY-TURN NAVIGATION APPS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD; RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWERS THE GPS FOR UP TO 10 HOURS; POWERED SPEAKER; USB & AUDIO OUT CONNECTIONS; PORTABLE DESIGN TO WORK IN & OUT OF CAR; BUILT-IN MICROPHONE FOR USE WITH VOICE MEMO APPS & OTHER COMMUNICATION APPS. Technical Specifications Audio out: 3.5 mm Volume control: Yes Portrait/Landscape support: Yes iPod touch charging: Yes Cradle charging time: Approx. 4 hours GPS operation time: Approx. 10 hours Dimensions (W x L x H): 0.75 x 2.5 x 5.0 in/1.9 x 6.35 x 12.7 cm Weight: 2.8 oz/79.38 g
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One of the reasons that I bought this product over competitors was that the product provides backup power (rather than relying on the ipod as a power source). The website said there was enough power to run an ipod for 10 hours. But in reality, when fully charged, the product was only able to re-charge my iPod touch to about 60% capacity.
It is possible that this product has some value, but I have not found any evidence that it works as a GPS, so I plan to return it and purchase a Emprum UltiMate GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and desktop/laptop computers. I originally chose the Dual XGPS200 because it has its own power source, cost 1/2 as much, and as a cradle, seemed more durable than competitors. Another option would be the Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, and iPad (66-channel, SBAS/WAAS, 10Hz).
Even with GPS off, and standing outside with clear sky above and just a few trees nearby, getting a GPS lock can take a very long time. It took as long as five minutes in many cases.
Then it just quit getting a lock and will not get a GPS sync at all.
I just use it for the battery capability for my iPod Touch...
I will never even consider purchasing a product from Dual Electronics ever again..
Lesson learned... money wasted... C'est la vie...:( Live and learn...
However, getting a call while the gps is giving me verbal directions can be a problem. So, this is the perfect solution and I do not use up my data limit. However, it only works on gps apps that can preload the maps, like Navigon.
So Totally portable for walking, biking and driving. Long battery life. I love it!
Note for recording tracks.
My favorite app for exploring and tracking new bike and hiking trails is MotionX. I can track my trail with the display off. See where I am on Navigon, and download maps for that trail track later using WIFI. I am one happy camper!
A couple of months ago it stopped providing GPS location. We spoke with Dual tech support and they were unable to restore the GPS function. So today I received a replacement under warranty (cost us $17 in return shipping.) The replacement unit did not work, so again I called DUAL tech support. This time, they told me that apparently the XGPS251 does not work with the current iOS 6.1.3! (a customer had told them that when they reverted to a previous iOS it did work again)
Unfortunately, Apple does not support reverting to a previous iOS. So we're stuck with a useless GPS cradle after wasting $17 to return hardware that was not worse than the warranty replacement DUAL sent.
RIDICULOUS that DUAL has not corrected their unit to work with the current iOS, especially considering that it's not even a year old.