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    Bluetooth receiver questions

    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with any Bluetooth gps receivers (like the ones here for example)

    I am thinking about gettting the PRO model. My plan is to get one of these, with an external antenna (permanently mounted), and hardwire the charger to ACC power. I want to be able to remove the unit (so I can use it with my PDA when I fly somewhere).

    Anyone know how the device works?
    Does it sleep or turn itself off when it isn't in use? If so, how does it wake back up again when you want to use it?
    How about compatability with existing software?
    Any recommendations on the PRO model (WAAS enabled, 33% longer battery life) vs. the Lite model (can use AAA batteries if I forget/lose the charger while on vacation, faster hot start)

    Thanks.

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    i was wondering about how the GPS units connect to your computer via bluetooth, does it come with a bluetooth adapter that connects to your comp? or is that a whole seperate deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdougyfresh
    i was wondering about how the GPS units connect to your computer via bluetooth, does it come with a bluetooth adapter that connects to your comp? or is that a whole seperate deal?
    I have a Belkin Bluetooth GPS and it connects wirelessly with a bluetooth adapter that was purchased separately.

    Quote Originally Posted by zPilott
    Anyone know how the device works?
    Does it sleep or turn itself off when it isn't in use? If so, how does it wake back up again when you want to use it?
    I'm not sure about the one you're looking at, but my Belkin only turns off if I do it manually. And I'm pretty sure this one is compatible with the popular software like Destinator 3 since it is a NMEA 0183 v2.20. Most softwares support both NMEA and SiRF protocol (the two standard protocols).

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    so you have to turn it off if you leave it in the car for a day or two? If you have a power line permanently attached, will it come back up, or will I have to manually turn it on?

    I just want to put this in my car and forget about it. I don't want to have to worry about turning it off and on, etc.

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    Alright, I can provide you with a bit of experience.

    I use a DeLorme BlueLogger Bluetooth GPS Reciever. I absolutly love the thing and would swear by it. It is also way more precise than the USB Earthmates. I have it connected to an external antenna and power source via cig. lighter. It hides up under my dash and the antenna sits on my dash. When I want to turn it off, I press the off button. I usually leave it powered on 24/7. The reason being, When I start my GPS program my GPS Reciever already has a lock. Your GPS reciever will not come with a bluetooth device for the computer, you must purchase that seperately. They are only about $20. The whole reason I got bluetooth is so I could use it with my Truckputer and my Dell Axim PDA. It works wonders. So far, I have used the BlueLogger with SA 2004, SA 2005, Routis 2004, iGuidance 2.0 and Topo USA 5.0. Works fine with all of them. Since it is bluetooth instead of USB you don't have to worry about the device not powering up when you come out of hibernate either. Not to mention the amazing 8 hour battery life and 50,000 data point logging TO BOOT! Plus, for only $150 with software and a money back guarentee, you would be stupid not to.

    Hope this helps. Any other questions?

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    Is your lighter always on, or is it on acc power? I am planning to have it hooked up to acc power, and I am wondering what happens when the battery dies. Do you have to manually turn it on again, or does it just come back on, and can you use it again after it gets a lock again?

    Bottom Line:I want to leave it in my car (only charging it while the car is running) and forget about it (never have to touch it except when I want to take it out and use it with my PDA) If I can do that, I'm buying one

    The logging sounds cool (especially for going to the race track

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    Quote Originally Posted by zPilott
    Is your lighter always on, or is it on acc power? I am planning to have it hooked up to acc power, and I am wondering what happens when the battery dies. Do you have to manually turn it on again, or does it just come back on, and can you use it again after it gets a lock again?

    Bottom Line:I want to leave it in my car (only charging it while the car is running) and forget about it (never have to touch it except when I want to take it out and use it with my PDA) If I can do that, I'm buying one

    The logging sounds cool (especially for going to the race track
    My cig lighter has power all the time, even when my truck is off. I leave my radar detector and my GPS plugged in there and they stay on 24/7. I would suggest you hook your GPS to a constant power source if you want to hook it up and forget about it. If the battery goes dead the unit will power off and will not come back on until you turn it on, however the battery will charge if you dont turn it on. Like I said, your best bet would be to hook it up to a constant 12v instead of your acc line. That's basicly what I have done and it works like a charm. I only take it out of the truck to use it with my laptop or PDA when I go on trips and don't take the truck.

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    okay, thanks a lot, I think that is all I need to know. It sounds like I just need to decide if I want to wire it to constant power, or tur it on manually. I am just paranoid about having it constantly wired, but I guess it can't draw that much power, and I can always unplug it or put in an inline switch if I am going to leave my car for a while.

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