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An amazing bit of kit
6 October 2018
Pawfit GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
What a great idea this is, I couldn't wait to receive this and try it out. When the package arrived I was pleased to find it packaged in a nice looking strong box, ideal to keep the user guide and accessories in when not in use. Found within the box are several components which are as follow - quick start guide, USB charging cable, charging unit, collar attachment & tracker.
The quick start guide opens up to show various information plus how to fit the tracker and get it up and running. I was pleased to find the charging cable is a sensible length, it measures 90cm, this plugs into a small charging unit which you plug the tracker into. The collar adapter is made from strong ABS plastic with a rubberised strap that clips on to the adapter to hold it in place. The tracker then fits into this adapter by sliding it into a slot then twisting which secures it into place. The whole thing ends up quite solid and secure, although I do have a slight concern over how long the rubber fixing strap will last? The tracker itself is also made from very strong ABS plastic with a pop out rubber plug which is where the sim card fits along with a rubber button to switch the tracker on with a 3 seconds press.
There is no sim card included so you will need to acquire one of these before use. The tracker requires a nano sim with a minimum of 100mb of data, as it's estimated that the tracker will use 100mb of data per months use. It's also recommended that a new nano sim is used as an older one may not support GPRS data which the tracker requires to operate. It is also recommended to use one of the following - Vodafone PAYG SIM,EE PAYG SIM,O2 PAYG SIM or Tesco PAYG SIM as these are known to work with this tracker.
Once you have your sim inserted, battery fully charged (which takes approx 2.5 hours for a full charge) and the tracker fitted securely to your pet you are ready to proceed. Incidentally, it is claimed the battery will last between 4-6 days whilst in use although I haven't tested this out fully yet.
Your next step is to download and install the Pawfit app from the Apple app store or google play. Once installed you have to register an account before you can use the app, along with your home address details in case your pet is found roaming. If found roaming a stranger can access the pets ID and home address by just pressing the button on the tracker. One thing to note is that this is designed for pets over 3.8 kg in weight, so if your pet is smaller than this then it may not be suitable?
In use I found this a little fiddly to fit to my dogs collar, I found it best to remove the collar first as it makes fitting much easier. Once fitted you are good to go. My dog didn't seem to notice the tracker attached to it's collar, my concern was that the dog may feel it and try to scratch it off but no such issues. My daughter then took our dog for a walk around the block, I was able to track it's movements for the complete walk which I must say felt quite a novelty. The app gives you all sorts of information, some useful other maybe not so useful. To be honest I wasn't too bothered about calories used, rest hours etc, all I needed to know was that my pet was safe and where it was located, although I'm sure others may find all the available info useful.
The app gives the following information - It gives a map of the area where your pet is located, it will also show the trip your pet has taken so if you have a hole in your fence that only your pet knows about then the tracker could help reveal it? The app also keeps a record of your pets activity showing active hours, rest hours, distance covered and calories used. This is all recorded and can be accessed at any time, the app shows up to a months activity (maybe beyond that but I haven't had the tracker long enough to test that out). There are safety zones which will alert you if your pet crosses them. Another very handy feature is that you will receive an alert if the temperature rises or lowers which may cause distress to your pet. I can see this being very handy for those that have left a pet in a vehicle as sometimes even with windows open a car interior can still become very hot indeed, this should alert you to this. Although I wouldn't advise becoming complacent because you have this feature available.
I have found this to be more useful than I first thought as my dog has a habit of finding a way through our fence, we now know exactly where our pet is at all times. I do feel this could be put to other uses too as we had a small child find her way out of our locked garden many years ago which caused great distress until she was safely located. A tracker attached to her clothes would have alerted us to this far quicker and allowed us to locate her easily.
I do have one reservation though - I do feel that the rubber strap securing the tracker to the collar could be torn off if the pet were to catch it on something during it's daily activities? the rubber strap although quite robust does clip onto four pegs so any weakness would be there. Not a problem for the tracker as you should be able to find it again. I have in fact placed a small cable tie around our tracker to give it a little more protection if it were caught on something. This may not be an issue but I thought it worth mentioning. The downside to this is that the tie would need to be cut off again for charging.
Considering what this does and the peace of mind it gives I think this is an amazing bit of kit and I highly recommend it!
Box contents -
1 x Pawfit GPS Tracker
1 x Collar strap
1 x Collar attachment
1 x Charging Unit
1 x USB Charging Cable
1 x Quick Start Guide
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