How can I extend the battery life of my tracker?

Most Tractive GPS trackers have a standard battery life of 2-5 days; the Tractive GPS XL offers a battery life of up to 6 weeks. Actual battery life can vary depending on hardware, usage, and environmental factors. You can read more about those, plus get all tips to extend the battery life of your tracker below.

 

Which factors impact Tractive GPS battery life?

The following factors impact the battery life of your tracker:

  • Cellular Coverage: In case the tracker is in an area with a weak mobile network signal, or there is an issue on the side of the network provider, the battery may drain more quickly than in instancs when there is sufficient cell coverage.
  • GPS Availability: The tracker performs best when GPS signals are readily available, outdoors and under a clear sky. Prolonged GPS interference may lead to a decreased battery life.
  • Temperature: Batteries function best and offer the longest lifetime at room temperature.
  • Your Pet’s Activity Level: Is your pet always on the go? Higher activity levels mean more frequent position reports, which can lead to a shorter battery life.
  • Use of LIVE Tracking: LIVE Tracking mode drains the battery more quickly than default tracking mode.
  • Hardware/Firmware: If your device has been damaged, or the firmware is not up to date, this may lead to a shorter battery life. 

 

How to extend the battery life of your Tractive GPS tracker:

Follow the steps below to ensure that your Tractive GPS tracker has the longest possible battery life:

  1. Enable Battery Saving Mode.
  2. Enable Bluetooth and GPS / location services on your smartphone when you're indoors/nearby your pet.
  3. Make sure to keep your tracker up to date.
  4. Select trackers only: Try out the Spare Battery Plus for a battery life of 5-10 days
  5. Limit the use of LIVE Tracking to instances when your pet is missing or out of sight. You'll still always be able to see where your pet is in default tracking mode.
  6. Make sure nothing is blocking your dog or cat's tracker from the open air/sky and avoid using LIVE Tracking when your pet is indoors. Just like on your cell phone, the roof of the building will interfere with the GPS signal and decrease GPS accuracy.
  7. Avoid using the tracker in areas where there is a weak (or no) cellular network signal. Your phone's mobile network strength can be a good indicator of this. 
  8. Avoid exposing your tracker to temperatures colder than -5°C and warmer than 40°C. When using the device in extreme temperatures, minimize the use of LIVE Tracking and ensure you have good cellular coverage.

If you still have questions or concerns about the battery life of your tracker after following these tips, contact Tractive Customer Service for troubleshooting support.

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