XY GPS FAQ

Due to the nature of the XY GPS, a one size fits all battery life is not practical. That being said, here’s the short answer: The XY GPS's rechargeable 400mAh lithium ion battery should last, at least, between 1 and 5 days on a single charge depending on the chosen battery settings.

The XY GPS enters a Bluetooth only mode when in range of a mobile device running the XY Find It app to save battery life. With this mode it is possible to get up to 30 days of use out of your XY GPS, but it would require the unit to be exclusively in this mode.

For significant battery savings the XY GPS will stop using its cellular ability while in range of a mobile device running the XY Find It app. The XY Find It app will report for the GPS and use the phone’s GPS location (which is often more accurate). When the GPS goes out of the phone’s range it will immediately begin using cellular to report it’s own location again.

THE XY GPS has 3 different battery modes that can be set from the XY Find It app.

    • Standard is our default mode. It strikes a balance between performance and battery life. The battery should last 3-4* days on a single charge and the GPS will report in 15 minutes intervals.
    • Save is our power saving mode. It prioritizes battery life over performance. The battery should last at least 5* days on a single charge and the GPS will report in 30 minutes intervals.
    • Accuracy is our high performance mode. It maximizes performance for a dramatic hit in battery life. The battery will last 1-2* days and the GPS will report every 5 minutes.

*These battery estimates assume the XY GPS connects to Bluetooth only rarely.

In order to safely ship the XY GPS and to comply with ICAO/IATA Air regulations we ship the XY GPS with a 30% battery charge.

The XY GPS does not have a buzzer and so cannot make noise.

No, the service used by the XY GPS is paid for through XY Findables.

Yes. Each XY GPS is purchased with a predetermined plan and when that plan runs out a subscription will be necessary. The subscription cost is $5 a month per XY GPS unit.

The XY GPS can gather GPS data anywhere a GPS signal is available worldwide. To send the GPS data to our servers, it must have GSM cellular reception. The most complete GSM coverage map in North America is the T-Mobile coverage map, which you'll find here: T-Mobile Coverage Map Global Coverage map coming soon.

The XY GPS is about the size of a large pocket watch.

  • Diameter: 4.7 cm (1.8 in) at the edges, 5.6 cm (2.2 in) at the corners
  • Depth: 1 cm (0.39 in) at the edge, 1.2 cm (0.47 in) at the dome.
  • Weight: 31.18 g (1.1 oz)

The XY GPS has no planned obsolescence, however the GSM cellular network is going to be replaced over time and the current XY GPS will not be functional with anything other than GSM. Later models will be compatible with contemporary network technology.

The XY GPS is about the size of a large pocket watch, although it’s much lighter. We are developing an adapter for use on collars so that it doesn’t have to dangle, which is especially useful for smaller pets.

The GPS’s reporting interval is dependent on the battery settings of the XY GPS.

  • Save reports its location every 30 minutes
  • Standard reports its location every 15 minutes
  • Accuracy reports its location every 5 minutes

It depends on a number of variables. In general it should have an accuracy of a few yards, but external factors can negatively impact accuracy. More information is available at http://www.gps.gov/systems/gps/performance/accuracy/

No. The GPS is sweat resistant and will weather splashes and rain like a champ, but it should not be taken swimming or be fully submerged.

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