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portable waterproof gps ?

skidders 0 Points
edited November -1 in GPS Recommendations
hi all im new to this im looking to see if a device suited to my needs exist
ok im a kitesurfer and have noticed a LOT of people esp beginners to the sport loose there boards and these boards can cost up to £600 .
it got me thinking if i put a old/cheap smartphone in a waterproof housing on the board it could be tracked by gps .
then i thought there must be a standalone gps unit aval out there so thats why im here !
so can you guys tell me if theres anything aval out there that may be suitable to kitesurfers that is cost effective
regards steve

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  • Boyd 1985 Points
    Most outdoor/handheld devices are waterproof to IPX7 standard. Is that good enough for your use?

    https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={b60ebc00-4cdb-11dc-4733-000000000000}
    Is my outdoor or fitness device waterproof or water-resistant?

    Since terms like waterproof and water-resistant can be confusing and interpreted in different ways, Garmin has manufactured devices with a standardized International Protection Rating (IP). Most Garmin outdoor and fitness devices are rated with this standard's rating of IPX7*, which means the device is able to withstand accidental immersion of one meter of standing water for up to 30 minutes.

    The depth of one meter refers to the pressure at this depth. The GPS falling into water with significant force may cause the device to be damaged since the pressure of striking the water may be greater than one-meter. Therefore, attempting to avoid water contact will decrease the chance of water damage occurring.

    * The fenix, Forerunner 910XT, 310XT, 50, 10, FR60 and FR70 have a higher water-resistance level and can be utilized when surface swimming.
  • skidders 0 Points
    Most outdoor/handheld devices are waterproof to IPX7 standard. Is that good enough for your use?

    https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={b60ebc00-4cdb-11dc-4733-000000000000}
    Is my outdoor or fitness device waterproof or water-resistant?

    Since terms like waterproof and water-resistant can be confusing and interpreted in different ways, Garmin has manufactured devices with a standardized International Protection Rating (IP). Most Garmin outdoor and fitness devices are rated with this standard's rating of IPX7*, which means the device is able to withstand accidental immersion of one meter of standing water for up to 30 minutes.

    The depth of one meter refers to the pressure at this depth. The GPS falling into water with significant force may cause the device to be damaged since the pressure of striking the water may be greater than one-meter. Therefore, attempting to avoid water contact will decrease the chance of water damage occurring.

    * The fenix, Forerunner 910XT, 310XT, 50, 10, FR60 and FR70 have a higher water-resistance level and can be utilized when surface swimming.
    well as a kitesurf board is constantly in the water id say a higher level of resistance would be required it will never sink but its constantly bufeted with streams of water it should ideally also be trackable from a mobile smartphone ?
    thanks for the feedback so far
  • sussamb 813 Points
    You can't 'track' normal handheld GPS devices, they're only receivers.

    But there are devices like this https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-go/tracking/cOnTheGo-cTrackLocate-p1.html

    which may require more waterproofing for your intended use:?:

    (although this particular one isn't available in the UK)
  • skidders 0 Points
    You can't 'track' normal handheld GPS devices, they're only receivers.

    But there are devices like this https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-go/tracking/cOnTheGo-cTrackLocate-p1.html

    which may require more waterproofing for your intended use:?:

    (although this particular one isn't available in the UK)
    so back to square one
    can anyone point me on a trackable portable device that is waterproof
  • Tim 1480 Points
    I'm not certain if you will find a GPS suitable (and reasonably priced) to work for that application. The challenges are (1) that it will require both a receiver and a transmitter and (2) that it needs to work in a water environment. GPS receivers are very sensitive to water and if covered by even a thin layer of water won't work so well, if at all. Another potential issue (I'm not a kitesurfer so I don't know if this is the case) is what happens if the kiteboard is upside down? If that is possible then the board itself is likely to at minimal block the signals or submerge the GPS where it can't receive the signal.

    There very well might be hardware out there that would work-- but with the hardware and data costs it wouldn't be cost effective.
  • skidders 0 Points
    chers for this it is possible for the board to get pushed over by a wave etc but they usually get pushed upright again im thinking the only possible solution could be a waterproof housing to take a smartphone a simple gps tracking app could then be installed
  • Tim 1480 Points
    Perhaps something like the Garmin Astro dog tracking collar could be a good starting point since it doesn't rely on cellular.
  • skidders 0 Points
    Perhaps something like the Garmin Astro dog tracking collar could be a good starting point since it doesn't rely on cellular.
    http://www.thetileapp.com/?utm_source=AdWords&utm_medium=CPC if only this had better range
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    How about something like this in a waterproof case?

    http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=100
  • How about something like this in a waterproof case?

    http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=100
    why dont links work on this forum ?
  • sussamb 813 Points
    'Live' links aren't generally allowed :wink:
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