According to JAVMA’s statistical report, there were over 10 million pets got lost each year. This figure is truly alarming. How can we prevent this from happening? Put them on GPS trackers is a good choice, while, how can we select a suitable tracker among all kinds of products in the market?
Through detailed communication with pet lovers, we have summarized from the pet lovers’ perspective that a good pet GPS tracker should be able to work long enough, waterproof, with safe materials and alarms.
- Work long enough
Working hours on electronic devices are largely limited by battery, while battery working hours is limited by size. As we all know, we can’t make big size GPS tracker for a small pet to compromise the battery life issue. A good pet GPS tracker supplier would spend much time in battery material so to get a safe and small size device but can last long enough. Besides the battery materials, they would be also engaged in improving the power consumption of the product such as sleeping mode, activate by motion sensor, smart positioning etc..
Pet GPS tracker is requested to be waterproof is because pet may stay in a raining environment, play in the muddy water and swim in the pool. According to International Electrotechnical Commission, the waterproof level can be defined as IPXX, XX is two numbers, the first X means dustproof level which is ranged from 0-6, the second X is waterproof level which ranged 1-7. If the Pet GPS tracker is claimed IP65, it means the waterproof level is not strong enough; it can only work under splashed water like raindrops. Usually, a qualified pet GPS tracker would request waterproof level IP67 which can dip into 1 meter water for around 30 minutes. However, not all the supplier can offer real IP67 waterproof level device even they claimed in specification. When you find a tracker, you may check if there is hole (the hole is usually for simcard slot, microphone or speaker) on the shell or not, then discuss with supplier what material they are using for prevent water entering into the hole.
- Safe materials
Whether the pet GPS tracker is safe would refer to the shell materials, emission and internal battery. Since the device would touch the pet tightly in daily life, it’s better wrapped by a silica rubber case which is not only soft and durable, but also harmless (edible silica gel is normally used for baby feeding nipple). Regarding emission level and safety of internal battery of the Pet GPS tracker, it often presented in corresponding certificates like CE/FCC and MSDS.
We can’t always stare at our pets; certainly, we can’t always stare at the tracking application in our mobile. That’s why alarms is badly requested in a pet GPS tracker. We need alarm when pet runs out home area, or runs into a dangerous environment which is so-called safe zone alarm; We need alarm when pet GPS tracker’s battery is low so to make sure it always working fine to protect the pet which is low battery alarm; we need alarm when someone take off the pet GPS tracker from our pet so to get the last position of the lost pet which is removal alarm. It’s better if a pet tracker integrated with camera, or lighting so to monitoring the environment or get flash remind when we are searching the lost pet.
When we find a pet GPS tracker with above mentioned features, it would surely protect our pets well.